Search just our sites by using our customised search engine
Unique Cottages | Electric Scotland's Classified Directory

Click here to get a Printer Friendly PageSmiley

Robert Burns Lives!
US couple donates £170,000 for Robert Burns research


Edited by Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Greater Atlanta, GA, USA
Email: jurascot@earthlink.net

US couple donates £170,000 for Robert Burns research (STV News- 16 Jan 2020))

An American couple has donated more than £170,000 to studies of Robert Burns in Scotland.

Frank and Susan Shaw, from Atlanta, Georgia, have given $225,000 (£171,000) to Glasgow University’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

The couple fund a scholarship at the centre and the donation is the latest in a series of financial gifts to the university.

In a joint statement, the couple said: “We are lucky to have built a great friendship with the team at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

“It has been wonderful to be part of supporting the great scholarship and educational excellence of the work being undertaken on Burns in Glasgow.

“Our latest gift seeks to support the continued research excellence in this field and help ensure new scholars in Burns studies are also supported in their work.”

Mr Shaw, who runs a website on Scotland’s National Bard titled Robert Burns Lives!, maintains a keen interest in his Scottish heritage.

The healthcare company owner can trace his ancestry to Jura and is a past president of the St Andrews Society of Atlanta.

His wife is a former corporate secretary at the Coca-Cola Company.

Professor Gerard Carruthers, co-director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, said: “The huge generosity of the Shaw family enables both support for younger scholars and the advancement of cutting-edge research in Burns.”

https://news.stv.tv/west-central/us-couple-donates-170000-for-robert-burns-research

DONATION WILL HELP CONTINUE RESEARCH INTO SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL BARD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Issued: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT by Glasgow University

A philanthropic American couple have gifted a quarter of a million dollars to the home of the largest concentration of Robert Burns experts in the world, it was announced today (Thursday 16 January 2020).

The $225,000 gift from Frank and Susan Shaw of Atlanta is to the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

The Shaws are enthusiastic supporters of the scholarship of Scotland’s national bard and the gift is the latest in a series of donations to the University.

Mr and Mrs Shaw said: “We are lucky to have built a great friendship with the team at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

“It has been wonderful to be part of supporting the great scholarship and educational excellence of the work being undertaken on Burns in Glasgow.

“Our latest gift seeks to support the continued research excellence in this field and help ensure new scholars in Burns Studies are also supported in their work.”

Mr Shaw, who is a past president of the St Andrew’s Society of Atlanta, can trace his ancestry to the Scottish island of Jura and runs a website on Scotland’s national bard called Robert Burns Lives!

Mrs Shaw, a native Atlantan, retired in 2002 from The Coca-Cola Company as Corporate Secretary after 35 years.

Professor Gerard Carruthers, Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies based at the University’s College of Arts, said: “The huge generosity of the Shaw family enables both support for younger scholars and the advancement of cutting-edge research in Burns.

“We are very grateful for both the moral and material support of Frank and Susan - they are our passionate friends and collaborators who make a big difference to us and our students.”

Professor Roibeard O Maolalaigh, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow, said: “We are extremely grateful to Frank and Susan Shaw for their continued support of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

“It recognises the importance of the outstanding scholarship on Scotland’s national bard being provided by the University of Glasgow.”

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies was established in July 2007. Its mission is the development of research, scholarship and teaching in the area of Robert Burns, his cultural period and related literature.

Born in 1759, Robert Burns’ poems and songs have been translated into every major language, and his influence has extended far beyond Scotland. A recent report by Professor Murray Pittock of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies called Robert Burns and the Scottish economy said the bard's economic and cultural importance to the Scottish economy is now estimated to be £203 million annually and the bard’s brand is worth £139.5 million a year.


Return to Robert Burns Lives! Index Page


 


This comment system requires you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator has approved your comment.

comments powered by Disqus

Quantcast