Scholar with passion for Shakespeare's works is remembered by university

Published: 12 June 2006 at 14:43

An American scholar who retired to Castle Heddingham in Essex has been remembered by Anglia Ruskin University for her gift of money and books to the University’s Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences (ALSS).

An American scholar who retired to Castle Heddingham in Essex has been remembered by Anglia Ruskin University for her gift of money and books to the University’s Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences (ALSS).

Mrs Shirley Skinner-Young who died in 2001 left a ‘most generous’ bequest to the University, together with a collection of books which is being incorporated into the University’s Library.

On Friday 16 June, a large plaque carved from slate was unveiled by Mrs Jenny Leggatt, Trustee of the bequest and Professor Monika Pruetzel-Thomas, Dean of the Faculty of ALSS, on the first floor of the Helmore Building, at the University’s Cambridge Campus,  to commemorate the life, work and generosity of Mrs Skinner-Young who was a friend of the University.

The bequest is being used in perpetuity to part-endow a readership in the Department of English to be called the Skinner-Young Readership in Shakespeare; and a postgraduate studentship in Shakespeare Studies.

Professor Pruetzel-Thomas said:

“This magnanimous bequest is recognition of the excellence of the Department of English and Media and will make a real difference to the Department. The collection of books alone will enrich greatly the learning experience of the students.”

“The part-funding of a readership and a postgraduate studentship will offer some highly gifted individuals the chance to excel in their English and Shakespearean studies, all thanks to the generosity of one woman who had an incredible passion for the works of this world-acclaimed author.”

Those attending the  ceremony included Jenny Leggatt, Trustee of the bequest; Dr Eugene Giddens, Skinner-Young Reader in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature’ Rowland Wymer, Head of English and Media, Lynsey McCulloch, Skinner-Young Research Student and other members of the Department of English and Media.

The special plaque was produced by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge.

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