Projects for 2018-19 include fundraising for an endowed undergraduate student support fund in memory of John Collier and our ‘Take a Seat’ initiative to help with the refurbishment of central site.
The JC fund for student support
Thanks to the support of alumni we have been able to establish a John Collier Fellowship in Law and a College Teaching Officer; a position which was appointed in 2018.
Following on from this success, we launched the John Collier Student Support fund in 2016. This is a permanent fund to support undergraduates in need of financial assistance. The Fund was established with thanks to Jonathan Klein (1979) who volunteered a generous donation of £50,000 as a matched gift in order to motivate others to contribute £100,000 to the Fund.
A permanent fund of £200,000 has now been endowed, in John Collier’s name, to provide:
- grants for those suffering unexpected financial hardship; and
- the College’s contribution to the Cambridge Bursary scheme which supports Trinity Hall undergraduates from the lowest income families with their termly maintenance costs.
Such funds help ensure that no student has to leave College for financial reasons and that no talented student is prevented from attending because of financial hardship. Research by the University has also shown the provision of Bursaries helps students to focus on their studies and makes them less anxious.
We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the funds in honour of JC.
Take a seat and help with our refurbishment programme
As part of the refurbishment of the Dining Hall in 2013-14, the benches were replaced by new chairs. We are offering members of the College a unique opportunity to name a chair, for themselves or a loved one, in one of the oldest dining halls in Cambridge.
These chairs are constructed of European Oak and have been designed and made by distinguished furniture designer Luke Hughes.
For a donation of £1,000 (net) an inscription can be placed on a brass disc, 31mm diameter, on the back of the chair. This provides an opportunity to mark a special occasion or to remember a loved one in memoriam for years to come. Donors will also be invited to a lunch or dinner in the Dining Hall as a thank you, when you have the honour of sitting on ‘your’ chair for that occasion. The donation covers the cost of the chair and will also contribute towards much-needed refurbishment of the College’s buildings on the main site.
Inscriptions are limited to a number of characters and we request that they include names and dates only. There are a limited number of chairs and inscriptions will be offered on a first come first served basis.