‘Get In’ studentships support Trinity Hall students from under-represented communities
Thanks to donations from alumni we are able to offer Masters studentships to applicants from under-represented ethnic backgrounds, as part of the University’s Get In initiative. The next phase of Get In was announced today.
The aim of “Get In” is to increase the number of students from historically under-represented ethnic minority communities at Cambridge, in order to become representative of UK society, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Get In tackles the perception that Cambridge “is not for me” and provides financial support to encourage members of these communities to apply and take up offers to study at Cambridge.
Trinity Hall alumnus, Iain Drayton (1991) is one of the founding benefactors of the initiative. He has supported undergraduate Get In bursaries and also donated to the College to establish Get In Masters studentships at Trinity Hall. These studentships help the recipients with the cost of course fees and maintenance.
Iain explained his reason for supporting this initiative: “I had a wonderful time when I was at Cambridge, but there were too few faces that looked like mine. That is why Get In Cambridge is important: we’ll build representation, and we will no longer be the exception to the rule, we will provide many exceptions, and we will be exceptional.”
A Masters studentship makes a transformative difference in enabling someone to undertake a postgraduate degree. A Masters can open up the potential for a doctorate and a career in academia, as well as enhancing employment opportunities. Typically 80% of Masters students self-fund, so the provision of studentships is a fundamental way in which we can remove barriers to postgraduate study at Cambridge.
In 2019, British Black, British Pakistani and British Bangladeshi made up:
- 12.4% of the UK sixth form population
- 6% of the Cambridge undergraduate population
- 3.8% of the Cambridge postgraduate population
Increasing funding for Masters students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds is crucial if we are to address under-representation at Cambridge. A greater diversity at Masters level will lead to more diversity in PhDs, postdocs and eventually higher level posts.