Recognising extraordinary donors

The University of Birmingham was built on philanthropy. 120 years ago, Joseph Chamberlain raised the funds from local individuals and companies to construct the campus, so that he could change the lives of the people of Birmingham.

Today’s philanthropists continue to work with the University to change young lives, to make a difference to our city, and to improve the world for future generations. Our three recognition circles express our gratitude and acknowledge the impact of those who are making especially significant gifts to support students, research and the campus.


  • The Rowbotham Fellowship thanks donors who have pledged a legacy gift to the University in their will, plus the friends and relatives of those who have made a bequest and who wish to remain in touch with the University
  • The Chamberlain Circle celebrates individuals and philanthropic organisations that have given between £100,000 and a million pounds
  • The Chancellor’s Guild of Benefactors honours individuals and philanthropic organisations that have made gifts of over a million pounds to the University