Support the department

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The University of York has invested significantly in the new theatre, film and television complex, but this does not support all of the equipment needed to enable its optimum use.

Contact us

For further details, please contact Sharon Oakley:

Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni
The University of York
YO10 5DD
01904 324465

The University is registered charity number U25967.

The Department has a history of patronage from individual sponsors, charities, foundations and commercial supporters. Recently, a £100k grant from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts funded lighting equipment in the theatre, and a generous donation from The Sylvia & Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust will support our first full production on the new stage. Many other significant supporters, including the Holbeck Charitable Trust, have enabled us to realise our ambitions to establish the Department and its facilities.

However, funding for higher education is in decline and we are increasingly reliant on additional support from donors who wish to make a lasting difference. Sponsorship opportunities are wide-ranging, from seat-naming (at £500 per seat in the theatre) to large equipment purchases and naming the theatres or broadcast studios. Funding possibilities vary in scale, but all contribute significantly to our students’ professional training and the aspirations of the department.

Gift Aid

The University is an exempt charity (U25967). Gift Aid increases contributions from UK tax payers by 28p for each £1 donated. Additionally, higher rate tax payers are entitled to reclaim at least 20% of their donation, and donors subject to the additional 50% tax rate can reclaim up to 37.5%. The Government’s matched funding scheme also enables the University to receive an extra £1 for every £3 donated, after Gift Aid is applied.

Gift aid, combined with tax relief and the government matched funding scheme, means that your donation can potentially be increased by more than 150%.