Briggs welcomes legacy boost for Edinburgh Napier University.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs is welcoming a £750,000.00 legacy boost for Edinburgh Napier University, the largest ever received by the institution. The sum was left to Napier in the will of philanthropist Dr Ian Tomlin who also donated the same amount to the university during his lifetime. It will be invested in the study, teaching and performance of classical music. Miles has today tabled a Parliamentary motion commending the late Dr Tomlin’s generosity and paying tribute to the role of philanthropists more widely in backing Scotland’s universities.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Dr Tomlin’s generous legacy is a very welcome boost for the music department at Napier and for students and staff working there.

“ Philanthropists like Dr Tomlin make a massive contribution to Scotland’s university sector and we should recognise and commend the role they play in supporting our educational institutions.”


* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please call Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

 Motion Number: S5M-05528
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 10/05/2017

Title: Dr Ian Tomlin's Legacy for Edinburgh Napier University's Musicians

Motion Text:

That the Parliament acknowledges that the late Dr Ian Tomlin has left £750,000 in his will to Edinburgh Napier University to support its classical music programme; is aware that this legacy is the largest ever received by the university and matches the level of support the philanthropist gave to it during his lifetime through scholarships and annual donations, which also saw the establishment of the Ian Tomlin Centre for Music, and a clinic for people with hearing problems at the former Craighouse campus; notes that Dr Tomlin’s generous legacy will fund the study, teaching and performance of classical music through the provision of masterclasses, specialist lessons, workshops and concerts, and will also be used to invest in equipment and teaching; pays tribute to Dr Tomlin and the other philanthropists who support the higher education sector, and hopes that the students and staff who benefit from Dr Tomlin's legacy enjoy every success.


Miles Briggs