William and Kate to attend fundraiser for alma mater

06:43 27 October 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Middle Temple Bar last week

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Middle Temple Bar last week

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend a charity dinner organised by the university where they met.

William and Kate will be at the black-tie fundraiser in London on Thursday November 8 to support the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign.

The Duke is patron of the campaign, which he launched in St Andrews in February last year.

“It’s knowing that so many of Scotland’s finest brains and great achievers gained, and continue to gain, inspiration from this place that makes me so proud to be the patron of our university’s 600th anniversary appeal,” he said.

William will join St Andrews students who have benefited from scholarship support to appeal to those who have also been inspired by Scotland’s oldest university to help pave the way for future generations of achievers.

The 600th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was created as a wedding gift from the university to William and Kate last year, and is designed to create opportunities for gifted students of limited financial resource.

Pamela Forbes, who was enabled to study at the university by a bursary award, said: “I never thought that going to university would be an option for me. However, I was selected to take part in the First Chances project which gave me more confidence in my own academic abilities.”

The royal couple met at the university and both graduated in 2005.

William left with an honours degree in geography and the Duchess with an honours degree in history of art.

The private charity dinner in London’s Middle Temple Hall will also be attended by St Andrews principal and vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson and university chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell, as well as more than 250 alumni and friends.

Prof Richardson said: “The intellectual capital of our students and academics is our most valuable possession. It is the basis of our global standing and the foundation stone upon which our future success depends.

“With the support of our campaign patron and the generosity of our alumni and friends, we hope to make the November 8 a critical contribution to the future of Scotland’s first university.”

Entertainment will be provided by The Other Guys, a student a cappella group, who became a YouTube sensation with their spoof musical tribute Royal Romance, as well as violinist and second-year student Maebh Martin.

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