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The William Shakespeare Club

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was a poet, playwright and actor. Today, some people doubt that William Shakespeare is the real author of all of his plays. They argue that how could an actor with no university education have written such works? And they point to a perceived lack of evidence linking the actor with his work. But if Shakespeare did not write Shakespeare, then who did?

We think that he is, and always will be, the greatest writer in the English language and that's why we chose him as the next level in our giving clubs.

Donors who are members of the William Shakespeare Club symbolise creativity and inspiration.

In return we offer our thanks through:

  • permanently naming a teaching room in the Newton building, City campus
  • thanking each person in the University's Shaping Futures donor newsletter
  • our Online Roll of Honour
  • invitations to special selected events, such as our highly respected Guest Lecture programme
  • a donor pin

Your donation can be made in one go, or annually or monthly over a period of up to four years. See more information in our giving table.

Shakespeare said:

"We know what we are, but not what we may be."

Education is a gift that takes us to what we may be.

If you would like to discuss making a gift at this level and learn more about joining the William Shakespeare club, please contact Fiona Wall on +44 (0)115 848 8810 or

William Shakespeare