The Old College Appeal
The Old College needs your help.
Aberystwyth is the first University in Wales, founded at the Old College and firmly rooted in its local community and region.
We have a once in a generation opportunity to both preserve this iconic, Grade 1 listed building, whilst re-imagining its use for the 21st century and generations of students and visitors to come.
The preservation and restoration of Old College will cement its place in Welsh and UK heritage.
Through its innovative design will produce educational, outreach, engagement, enterprise and research activities with far-reaching and vital public benefit.
Old College will throw open its doors to enrich lives and stimulate learning across all ages and attract hard-to-reach and excluded groups in the town and region.
Our project will deliver major educational, cultural and socio-economic benefits for our students and community whilst fully complementing existing University and local provision.
Our project also responds to multiple challenges faced by our community. Despite the town’s vibrant setting, it lies in an economically-disadvantaged region, with GDP per head below the EU average and at the bottom of the UK league.
Despite Aberystwyth’s status as a University town, qualifications levels are low, with fewer residents holding degree level qualifications compared to the Welsh average, reflecting the high net migration levels of 18-30 year olds.
Imagine a facility that through its outreach work can spark a passion for education in a young person.
Imagine a facility where visitors from around the world can learn and understand the important place of Welsh culture in the world.
Imagine a place where a promising student can test and incubate an exciting business idea.
Imagine a place where researchers from different disciplines, on-site and virtually across the world, can share ideas that will profoundly improve lives or shape public policy.
That place is the Old College.
The support for the Old College appeal has been incredible, we are enormously proud of what we have achieved thanks to the generosity of our community of alumni and friends. But there is still a way to go. Please support the Old College Appeal in any way you can and donate today.
To find out more about the spaces and facilities in the Old College, visit the Old College plans.
About the Appeal
The Old College Appeal is the most ambitious fundraising appeal since our Foundation in 1872. Following the footsteps of Aber’s ‘crowd-funding‘ trailblazers of the 1870s and the impact achieved by the ‘pennies of the people’, never has your support and ambition for Aberystwyth University been so crucial regardless of the size of your gift.
The appeal aims to raise £3 million in philanthropic income from our alumni and friends and help enable us to unlock the full grant of £10.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other matched funding to secure the future of the Old College.
Considered by many as the heart and home of the University, the Old College is now a place that you can transform, where many lives were changed through learning and discovery, lifelong friendships and relationships shaped.
By pledging your donation today, together we can save this unique and rare treasure, and recreate these transformative opportunities and experiences. In doing so, you will join every other donor, unless expressed anonymity, to be permanently recognised in the Old College for all to see and celebrate.