Development Trust

A Brighter Future

The Edinburgh College Development Trust exists to support students of Edinburgh College across all campuses and all subjects by disbursing funds given by donors. It is a separate entity from the College and a charity in its own right.

Our donors believe in the power of further education and the potential of the College's 25,000 students across 4 campuses in Edinburgh and Midlothian.  The Development Trust provides the governance needed to maximise income and effective grantmaking for the benefit of students.

Since its foundation in 2014, the Trust has secured funds from corporate, individual and trust sources for a range of scholarships, student-led initiatives, projects and campus improvements.

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The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to reach out to donors and partner organisations and oversee the disbursement of donor funds through scholarships, student project grants and major projects grants in partnership with the College and the Student Association.  The current Trustees are:

  • Kate Darrah, Founder and MD of The Ridge in Dunbar
  • Colin Flinn, Chief Executive of Royal Caledonian Education Trust
  • Fiona Gray, Commercial Operations and Human Resources
  • Ann Landels, Director of Crisis Skylight Edinburgh and Interim Chair of Edinburgh College Board of Management
  • Eluned McHardy,  A qualified lawyer who has practiced in multi-national and local Edinburgh law firms
  • Scott Beattie,  Supervisor with EQ Accountants LLP and alumnus of Edinburgh College

You can see an overview of the charity and accounts on the OSCR website.


The Trustees work with donors to steer funds to student-focused projects.  Recently this has included:

Student Group Grants to fund innovative projects that develop employability and life skills, promote positive mental wellbeing for students or improve the campus experience for students

David Doig Foundation STEM Scholarship to give a student the opportunity to work in promoting science and technology to school children

Hard Times Fund to support students in financial crisis and who do not qualify for other key support funds

Widening Horizons project to support students with additional needs to work together outside of normal College term time

The Trust has also worked with ECSA and the College to secure funds for green travel initiatives and continues to identify new project opportunities. Details of the grants made in recent years are listed in our annual accounts (see OSCR website).

Our Donors and Alumni

We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the Trust and we hope to grow our network of supporters.  We welcome news from our alumni to inspire today's students, and partnerships with businesses wishing to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.  We are delighted to have individuals make contributions to our funds including those who choose to make a gift in their will to the Edinburgh College Development Trust.

Get in Touch

To learn more about the work of the Trust and how you might get involved, please contact Julie Forster, Interim Development Trust Manager:

0131 297 9124

Edinburgh College Development Trust is a Scottish Charity, No. SC044657.  Company No. SC469307

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