The Trust

Excellence in Need

The Scottish International Education Trust exists to give financial help to Scots men and women who show exceptional ability and promise.

It’s at that critical time when they need to further their studies or professional training that a cash injection can make a huge difference to their development.

The Trust was the brainchild of Sir Sean Connery. Having had a scant education himself, Sean was well aware of the importance of learning and the empowerment it brings.

So in 1971 proud Scot Sean joined with friends like Sir Jackie Stewart to establish the charity.

Sean himself donated his entire fee from Diamonds Are Forever. Apt indeed, because finding diamonds and helping them shine is what SIET is all about.

We were greatly saddened by the death of Sir Sean on 31 October 2020 and want to acknowledge the enormous contribution he has made to the lives of hundreds of Scots over the last 50 years through the existence of SIET. We will continue the work of the Trust to ensure his legacy.

Trustees and Officers

Ginnie Atkinson (Chair)
Dr Michael Ewart MBE
Deirdre Fulton
Professor Donna Heddle
Professor Stephen Hillier OBE
Diana Murray CBE
Professor Sir Geoffrey Palmer
James Rice
Anthony Schofield
Dr Jane Stanley

Ken Thomson

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
Prof. Mark Blyth
Sir Chris Hoy
Dr. Kylie Murray
Kirsty Wark



Photo courtesy of Edinburgh International Film Festival / Peter Ross