News - Last updated: 19th December 2017

19th December 2017: Scholarship News

The Lillingstone Trust has offered 7 full and 6 half scholarships to students applying to start university in Autumn 2018.

9th October 2017: Scholarship Award

The Lillingstone Trust has awarded £1,000 towards a new PhD research project titled: 'How is environmental change influencing the movement of Malaysia's apex predators in wildlife corridors?' The project, facilitated through the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, aims to evaluate whether there is sufficient gene flow between isolated populations of the critically endangered Malayan tiger and vulnerable Indochinese leopard, and explore the added impact of climate change on population connectivity. The grant from the Lillingstone Trust will go towards travel costs, ensuring the pilot study - a crucial first step - can take place. The project is a collaboration between DICE, TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network, Perhilitan, and local NGOs.

22nd September 2017: Lillingstone Trust Lectures 

The Lillingstone Trust Lectures start again on Wednesday 27th September with 'Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions' presented by Dr Mark Lewney.
Full details of this lecture and forthcoming lectures can be found here.

22nd September 2017: Scholarship Update

The Lillingstone Trust has awarded seven scholarships to students starting university this Autumn.  This brings our total number of scholars to twenty.  We wish all our scholars well in their studies.


19th June 2017: Apply for Scholarships

Apply now for a Lillingstone Trust Scholarship for starting University in Autumn 2018.
Find more information about the scholarships and how to apply on our Apply webpage.
The deadline for applications is 30th November 2017.

17th May 2017: Successful Season of Lectures Completed

17th May saw the completion of the series of lectures for this year with a really interesting lecture by Professor Dwayne Heard from University of Leeds on 'Our Atmosphere - Chemistry Does Matter'.
Lectures will start again in September 2017. Keep checking on the Royal Latin School website for further details.

1st December 2016: Town vs Gown

A challenge quiz—Town v Gown---was held in front of an audience of 120. The evening, organised by a local charity BACAB, that provides funds for the local Citizens Advice, was much enjoyed and raised in excess of £2,500. 

The quiz was preceded by a talk from the winner of the BBC Mastermind 2016 winner Alan Heath. The evening was chaired by Sir Anthony Sheldon, and the question master was the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.  The very exciting quiz was won, after a tiebreak, by the Town team. 

The community use of The Lillingstone Trust Community Laboratory was welcomed by the Headmaster, David Hudson, of the Royal Latin School in Buckingham on Friday 25th November.

20th November 2016: Scholarship Update

The Lillingstone Trust has to date granted 13 scholarships to pupils from the following schools:
The Royal Latin, Buckingham
Sponne School, Towcester
Magdalen College, Brackley
Northampton School for Boys
We have 6 pupils in their second year of studies and 7 in their first year.  Scholars are studying subjects ranging from Biochemistry to Psychology to Radiography.

The Trustees will be awarding scholarships for students starting their studies in Autumn 2017 by the end of 2016.

26th January 2015: Local Trust Awards £97,572 to Royal Latin School Community Laboratory

It has been announced that a significant grant has been awarded by a Buckinghamshire charitable trust to the new Discovery Centre building at The Royal Latin School. 

The Lillingstone Trust, a small charity based in the Buckingham area, has agreed a grant of £77,572 to fully equip the Community Laboratory. The Trust will also grant £20,000 to fund the community science outreach programme for the first year of operation.

The aim of the Lillingstone Trust is to encourage young people in the local area to study science subjects at well-established universities with a strong record of academic excellence. It provides scholarships to students at local schools who might otherwise be financially deterred from attending university. In addition, the Trust promotes the study of science subjects in the local area to people of all ages. 

John Lane, Chairman of Trustees of the Lillingstone Trust, said: “We believe the Royal Latin School’s impressive plans for the Community Laboratory and associated community programme fits perfectly with our aim of supporting and encouraging more young people from lower income backgrounds to continue into higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics”.

‘We are thrilled to be receiving such generous support from the Lillingstone Trust’ said Chris George, Assistant Headteacher at The Royal Latin School and leader of the science outreach programme. ‘The Community Lab is the jewel in the crown of the Discovery Centre, and has been specifically designed to enable us to share our love of science with primary schools, special schools and with the wider community. We are very much looking forward to being able to get into the Discovery Centre, and I know that my colleagues in local schools will share our excitement at the news that we will be able to continue to build on our successful science outreach programme in the months ahead.’

The Community Lab will also host a programme of community science lectures by visiting speakers from universities, companies and entrepreneurs, including former students of the school who have gone on to make significant contributions to the scientific community all around the world.

The Discovery Centre is due for completion in early summer 2015, with a formal opening ceremony expected to take place in the Autumn. The £5m, 12 laboratory building has been funded by a combination of statutory and charitable contributions from businesses, individuals and trusts.