Intelligent generosity

Nice to see that Ros and Steve Edwards have given £30 million to New Hall, one of Cambridge’s most distinctive (but poorest) colleges. It was founded in 1954 by Dame Rosemary Murray with one shilling and no name. The intention that it would eventually be given a name when someone endowed it properly. Which is what has now happened. As a result, New Hall will become Murray Edwards College.

This is the biggest single benefaction that I can remember (of course there’s the £200 million Bill Gates donated to set up the Gates Scholars Trust — Cambridge’s answer to the Rhodes Scholars scheme in Oxford — but that doesn’t really count because it’s such small change to Billg) since the Radio Rentals tycoon David Robinson endowed Robinson College in the 1970s.

Ros is a former New Hall student.

Hmmm… Just remembered that New College, Oxford — which was founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham — still hasn’t found a proper name. They really ought to get a move on.