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“There has never been a more vital time in the RCA’s history to ask you to leave us a gift in your Will. Pledges to our GenerationRCA Fund will provide an antidote to the harsh financial barriers faced by the brightest minds of the future who would find themselves unable to study at the College without your support.”

Dr Paul Thompson Vice-Chancellor

At present, approximately 160 students are forced to withdraw permanently from the RCA for financial reasons every year.

For the RCA to realise and unlock the full potential of its strategic plan to become a STEAM-focused university, it must recruit the innovators of tomorrow, not just those who can afford to attend. To achieve this the College has established the GenerationRCA Fund. It will provide essential full-fee scholarships to the very best students with the capacity to research, innovate and work at the very top levels in their fields.

As the RCA pushes the boundaries of art and design it is vital that all voices are represented. Leaving a gift in your Will to the GenerationRCA Fund will provide vital financial support, creating pathways for those most in need to study towards extraordinary professional potentials. Unrestricted gifts left in your Will to the GenerationRCA Fund will create a meaningful legacy, in perpetuity, enabling numerous gifted students, regardless of their financial background, to study at the Royal College of Art.

Please explore our legacy brochure which provides an insight into how you can help the next generation of creative leaders access the College’s world-class education. Further information, including messages from legacy circle members can be found below.

Download the Legacy Gift brochure (PDF).

The impact of leaving a legacy to the RCA

Here, our students and alumni describe in their own words how important financial support has been to them:

‘One of my biggest dreams was to pursue postgraduate studies. Gaining a scholarship enables me to move to London and enrol on MA Contemporary Art Practice at the RCA. It has made me realise nothing is impossible’

– Asimakis Alexiou, Performing MA 2020, Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

‘I won a travel scholarship, which was fantastic. It gave me as much paint and canvas as I needed. What I got from being there is my life. I’m a painter, and I learned to paint at the RCA, it’s fantastic.’

– RCA Alumna Tracy Emin, Fine Art MA, 1989, recipient of the Ritblat Family Travel Scholarship

‘The international tuition was a tremendous burden and having that lifted with the financial support provided was incredible. It removed major stress that would have blocked creative energy and vision. The scholarship was an enormous boost in confidence. ’

– RCA Alumnus Jesse Cahn-Thompson, Information Experience Design MA, 2019, recipient of the Pokémon Scholarship

As Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the RCA I have witnessed the vital impact legacy gifts play in providing those most in need with access to the RCA’s world-class education.

Since joining in 2017, I’ve been humbled by the motivations behind the legacy gifts we receive, many of which are left by our alumni, academic staff, supporters and close friends.

The GenerationRCA Fund will play a fundamental role in maintaining the diversity of the RCA’s talent pipeline and stand as a vital resource that will underpin student access to our education as the College moves into its next chapter.

If you are considering leaving a gift to the RCA in your Will, I ask that you direct it towards the Fund which will support countless brilliant students, from all backgrounds, for generations to come. I understand that deciding to leave a gift in your Will is an extremely personal decision, and the RCA is dedicated to represent your wishes.

When you choose to leave the RCA a legacy gift the College promises to:

  • treat you and your family with courtesy, respect and honesty;
  • respect any changes you decide to make after pledging a gift in your Will;
  • use your gift wisely and cost-efficiently so that it has the greatest possible impact; and
  • handle any data you choose to provide, securely and confidentially*.

My team would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please get in touch with Shaun Fradd on [email protected].

Thank you,

Helen Protheroe
Director of Development & Alumni Relations

David Birch

Legacy Pledger, David Birch tells us why he has decided to include the College in his Will.

‘As an alumnus, graduating from the School of Ceramics in the 70s, I was fortunate in receiving a government grant. Studying at the College opened many doors for me later in life. I therefore feel it incumbent upon those of us who are able to contribute today, in whichever way possible, to help the next generation of talented students to have the opportunity and privilege to attend the world’s number one art school – the RCA!’

– RCA Alumnus David Birch, Ceramics & Glass MA, 1976, Founding Director of The London Pottery Co Ltd

Mike and Caroline Howes

Legacy Pledgers, Mike and Caroline Howes tell us why they have decided to include the College in their Will.

‘While evaluating RCA’s Ceramics & Glass as a potential recipient of a legacy from our Wills, we sought four explicit qualities: exemplary teaching/learning environment for tomorrow’s designer-makers; extensive collaboration with all the creative industries to prepare students for the realities of the market place; a global reach for all its enterprises to reinforce Britain’s cultural brand identity; and sufficient insight into the college’s philosophy and methodology to monitor our continuing commitment. In each regard we found that RCA measures up well.’

Thank you for your interest in including the Royal College of Art in your Will. Your support will enable the College to secure its future. The GenerationRCA Fund will help countless students in perpetuity.

If you would like to pledge a gift in your Will to the RCA or would like to find out more information about doing so, please contact Shaun Fradd on [email protected] with any enquiries or complete the digital form.

Complete the digital Legacy Gift form (PDF)