Legators and their stories

Why support Clare Hall with a gift in your Will?

Recognising legacy gifts are essential to Clare Hall’s future, more and more Life Members, supporters and friends,  are choosing to remember the College in their Will. 

One of our most recent legacy gifts to the College has enabled us to provide much-needed bursary support for our graduate students, as well as improving facilities across the whole site.

Here are some inspiring stories from Life Members of Clare Hall who have made the commitment to leave a legacy to the College and on the impact past legacies have made on the current students.

Coales Legacy

Edward Coales (Life Member and Fellow Commoner) and his wife, Sue Coales made a legacy pledge in memory of Edward’s father - John Coales. John was made a Founder Fellow of Clare Hall in 1964 and was the first Professorial Fellow of the College. John was Head of the Control Engineering Group in the University, and in the 1970s he also became President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Chairman of the Council of Engineering Institutions.

‘Both Sue and I feel that it is crucial to support the funding of students at Clare hall during the current difficult times and also for the future. We, therefore, decided to add Clare Hall as a beneficiary in our Wills.’ 

Edward Coales





Pippard Legacy

Sir Brian Pippard was the first President of Clare Hall, from 1966 -1973. His legacy has enabled the Pippard Bursaries to be set up in his name.  The Pippard Bursaries are awarded annually to graduate students.

'Brian's legacy lives on in the Pippard Bursaries which are awarded to graduate students to help them financially. It is a fitting testament to Clare Hall's first President that his support for graduates continues to this day as a result of his legacy.' 

Charlotte Pippard

'Having a Pippard Bursary from Clare Hall is really helpful not only because of the financial aid itself but also because it is an expression of encouragement and confidence in its own students. I almost gave up on crossing the Atlantic to come and study here in Cambridge due to a considerable change in the economic situation in my country, but thanks to Clare Hall's kind and supportive environment I started my research into food sovereignty and biodiversity conservation in the global South. I hope that my work will prove beneficial for the future.' 

Current Graduate student, Department of Geography.