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Trust Fund Events

The School of Advanced Study oversees four Trust Funds bequeathed to the University for the specific purpose of funding events in the humanities. 

University of London Event Trust Funds

The John Coffin Memorial Fund

The John Coffin bequest was created in October 1956, to provide “grants as suitable occasion should arise but not necessarily every year”, for:

  • “a lecture on Christian Ethics”

  • “a lecture on any recent research of historical, literary or scientific interest”, including:

  • Lecture in the History of Ideas (from 1997)

  • Annual Lecture in the History of the Book (from 2003)

  • Annual Palaeography Lecture (from 2004)

  • “Chamber Concert or recital by an ensemble or instrumentalist”

  • “Literary readings of prose or poetry” (from 2003 including option of readings in languages other than English, and for more than one reading per year to be organised)

Any institute – or institutes in collaboration - is now freely invited to make submissions for John Coffin events in any of the above subject areas.

The Cassal/Staunton Bequest

From the Will of Mrs Dorothy Beatrice Staunton (d. 18 April 1934), in memory of her father Celestin Charles Edward Cassal and her grandfather Charles Cassal (former Professor of French at UCL). The Senate agreed in March 1958 that the fund should support a lecture in French. It has since been agreed that the fund may be used to support French studies through support for lectures, conferences etc organised in the School, and through sponsorship of a bursary scheme for masters study in French.

The Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture in English Literature

From an endowment by Mr Mohamed Aslam in memory of his wife, Dr Hilda Hulme, the annual University Lecture was created in January 1985. The subjects should relate to one of “the three fields in which Dr Hulme specialised, namely Shakespeare, Language in Elizabethan Drama and The Nineteenth-Century novel.

The Creighton Lecture

The first Creighton Lecture “on an historical subject” took place in 1907 and was hosted by King’s College London. The lecture was established in memory of Mandall Creighton (1843 – 1901), a British historian and Bishop of the Church of England, following a donation by his widow, Louise Creighton.  The Creighton Lecture has been administered by the IHR since 2011.

Applying for funding 

The responsibility for approval of the programme of trust events and budgets rests with the Trust Funds Panel. The panel meets three times per year, normally in October, February and May. In the months proceeding each meeting a call will be put out for applications to the relevant trust funds.  Guidelines for applying and the relevent form can be found below. 

Please note that applicants are required to reflect on how their event relates to the key strands of the School of Advanced Study strategic plan. These may be found here.

Trust Fund submission form



Please do not submit an application form independently of a call. 

Please note that this funding is only available to SAS members of staff.