The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities across the UK. Established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, the Foundation has donated over £960million, becoming one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK.
Our Reading List Scholarships are provided in the form of a smart card worth £250 that can be spent at Blackwell’s – either in their bookshops or online. Blackwell’s have been a partner of the charity from the beginning, helping us deliver the Scholarships and ensuring students can get their textbooks at the best possible price.
YouthSight, the award-winning specialist youth research agency, were commissioned to provide us with research among their panel of undergraduates. This research has helped us understand the extent and nature of the financial pressures facing students from lower-income households, and has helped us hugely in our thinking.
Spencer Cobby Photography
Many of the photographs on our website were taken by the wonderful Exeter-based Spencer Cobby, on location at Exeter library.
IPSOS-MORI, one of the UK’s leading research companies, were commissioned to provide us with research among the general public. This research has complemented the Youthsight work by helping us understand attitudes among the graduate population towards the charity, as well as invaluable help in estimating the number of ‘tuition fee-free’ graduates in England.
John Smith's Student Store
Where students are studying at a campus with a John Smith's bookstore, we provide the Scholarship in the form of a £250 John Smith’s e-voucher. John Smith’s have supported the Reading List Foundation since 2017 and their help allows some of our students to access books in a way that is most convenient to them.