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Languages Trust Funds

We are the trustee of over 100 trust funds, used to support academic activities at our member institutions, the School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library. ​


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The trust funds were established following generous donations from supporters. Some are almost as old as the University itself, dating back to the 1850s, while many others have been created since 2000. Please find details of our Languages Trust Funds below.

Trust Funds

The Bithell Bequest was given to the University in the 1970s and was directed at the Institute of Germanic Studies (now Institute of Modern Languages Research). The terms of the Trust Fund are flexible other than that the money be used for the benefit of Germanic studies. The Trust Fund is overseen by the Germanic Trusts Committee and supports various activities at the Institute: an annual Bithell Memorial Lecture, two Bithell prizes, publications and book purchases.

The Esmond Trust was created in 1972 fund the awarding of scholarships and the promotion of education and research at the University of London Institute in Paris. The trust fund is now used to fund student bursaries at the Institute.

The bequest of Miss Beatrix Ford is slightly unusual in that it was not given specifically to the University of London. Miss Ford left the money in her will for the advancement of relations between the United Kingdom and France; bearing this in mind, the University of London Institute in Paris was a logical area to support.

The Trust Fund is used to buy books for the University of London Institute in Paris library and to support the publishing of the Institute’s bi-annual journal Francospheres.

The E.S. Naish Bequest dates back to 1996 and was to promote research and scholarship in German language and literature at the Institute of Germanic Studies. The Germanic Trusts Committee, based at the Institute (now the Institute of Modern Languages Research), oversees the trust fund and runs an annual Sylvia Naish Prize. There is also an annual Sylvia Naish Fellowship which enables graduates from the German-speaking countries to conduct research in the UK or vice versa.

The Nathan Scholarship fund was first intended to provide a scholarship to be tenable at the University of London Institute in Paris. However, because the fund does not generate enough income for this purpose it is now used, along the Esmond and Quinn funds, to subsidise student bursaries at University of London Institute in Paris .

In 1909 the University of London received a gift from two sisters; Mary and Louisa Ouseley, to encourage the study of “Arabic, Persian, Hindustani and other Oriental Languages” in the United Kingdom. The sisters’ motivation for donation was to perpetuate the memory of their father and with it the University created the ‘Joseph Walker Jasper Ouseley Scholarships’. The Scholarships are tenable at the SOAS, University of London.

The A. E. Quinn Bequest was given to the University for the purpose of supporting students at the University of London Institute in Paris. The bequest was left under the terms that it be used for travel scholarships and “other educational purposes as the Executive Committee of the said institute in its absolute discretion determine." As there has been little need for travel scholarships in recent years, the trust fund has supported student bursaries since 2008.

Established in 1980 as a memorial to Professor W.D. Robson-Scott, Honorary Director of the Institute of Germanic Studies from 1968 to 1973; the Trust Fund supports the Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded annually each spring by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and is designed to assist postgraduate students at a University in the United Kingdom to travel abroad in connection with research bearing on the languages and literatures of the German-speaking countries, the Netherlands, or Scandinavia.

The Keith Spalding Bequest was established in 1993 and supports German Literature in a number of ways at the Institute of Modern Languages Research. Professor Keith Spalding, whose gift created the fund and passed away in 2002, was a Pacifist German scholar who fled Nazism in the early 1930s, fought in the Second World War and become one of Britain’s most distinguished lexicographers.

The Trust Fund is overseen by the Germanic Trusts Committee at the IMLR and has been used to purchase books for the Institute’s Library and the Institute has also held Keith Spalding Lectures in the past.

The Cassal Endowment Fund was established in 1957 following a gift to the University left in the will of Mrs Dorothy Beatrice Staunton. The fund was named in memory of Mrs Staunton’s father, Celestin Cassal, and grandfather, Charles Cassal Chevalier, who was a Professor of French at University College London. Mrs Staunton wished the Cassal Endowment Fund be used “for the promotion exclusively of study of the French language” though left the details of how that was to be achieved to the University. In 1958 the University created a scheme for administering the fund which established the Cassal Lectures in French.

The Cassal lectures are now hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. The RPF Programmes Committee at the School of Advanced Study is responsible for the trust fund.