The 2017 Enlightenment Lecture

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The third annual Enlightenment Lecture: Tuesday 31 October 2017 in the historic Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG

Professor Lindsay Paterson: Philanthropy and Education in Scotland

The lecture runs 17:30 to 18:30, followed by a prosecco reception in the stunning Anatomy Foyer.

Philanthropic contributions to education have become more prominent in recent years, in Scotland as in many other places. Yet philanthropy used to be much more important to Scottish education than it is now. Funding from the state, from individual students, or from non-philanthropic commercial relationships remain far larger than any kind of charitable donation. The lecture will consider why people – now and in the past – have been inclined to make philanthropic contributions, and what would be required for there to be a truly substantial increase in philanthropy.

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We are grateful for the generous continuing support of Walter Nimmo, David Purdie and Bruce Minto for the Enlightenment Lectures.


Lindsay Paterson is Professor of Educational Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. His main academic interests are in education, civic engagement and political attitudes. He has published widely on the expansion and purposes of higher education, on social mobility, on the relationship between education and civic values, on the twentieth-century history of Scottish education, and on Scottish politics. He has provided policy advice to the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee and to the Scottish Government. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.