It was founded in memory of Siew-Yue Killingley (1940-2004), a dedicated teacher who was always attentive to the academic and personal needs and potentialities of her students. A fund was launched at a memorial service for Siew-Yue in All Saints’ Church, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 25th September 2004. The Trust was registered by the Charity Commission in 2005.
You can read about the Trust’s recent work in our annual review 2020-21.
Siew-Yue always took an interest in her students as individuals, and considered their individual needs. The S.Y. Killingley Memorial Trust aims to do the same. If you agree with these aims and want Siew-Yue’s work to live on, please read “How can I help?“. Most of the Trustees are friends of Siew-Yue, some of whom studied in her highly enjoyable classes. They include university and school teachers, and an artist with no background in higher education. The Selectors are people with a wide range of teaching experience, who share her devotion to helping adult learners of all ages and backgrounds.
Since July 2005 the Trust has provided funds to help:
A school leaver to buy an Arabic dictionary and grammar in preparation for a university course
Two overseas postgraduate students to take evening courses, one in German and one in Dutch
Two unemployed people to follow WEA courses, one in literature and one in painting
Several part-time postgraduate students to continue their studies in literature and creative writing
A retired person in the South of England to take a distance-learning course in French based in Northumberland
A teacher of English to speakers of other languages to buy books for a Certificate in Education course
A music teacher to start a part-time postgraduate course in composition
A music graduate to continue a course of advanced piano lessons
A singing student to take part-time courses in preparation for a professional course
A wildlife conservationist to start a course of flute lessons
A university language student to take lessons in lindy-hop dancing
A dancer to take a degree in professional dance practice
Several signers to take advanced courses in British Sign Language
Several refugees to take a course in interpeting
Read what some of the People the Trust has helped tell us about their experiences.
If you’d like to help the Trust in any way, please do.