Give TogeTHer in November 2020 raised £343,012 from 568 donors. This has made a huge difference to the College community over the past academic year.
The donations we received have enabled us to offer financial support to more undergraduates via the Top-Up Bursary scheme. We were able to offer 36 Top-Up Bursaries during the past academic year and the £20,000 raised on the Giving Day was able to support half of these students. These bursaries relieve the financial pressure felt by undergraduates, enabling them to focus on their studies and ensuring they can make the most of their College experience.
We were able to offer additional funding to four PhD students whose courses were disrupted by the pandemic and who needed financial help with the additional living costs they had not budgeted for. We expect more PhD students to be affected in a similar way over the coming years.
Your support transforms people’s lives. Donations to the ‘Rowan Williams Studentship’ will enable an applicant from a poor, remote area of the Philippines affected by violent insurgence to come to Trinity Hall for a Master’s course next academic year.
Helping with wellbeing initiatives
The past year has seen an increase in anxiety amongst our students. The donations to mental health helped with costs of providing an external counsellor during Easter Term to see an additional seven students for 4-6 sessions of counselling support. It also enabled our wellbeing team to undergo further training to develop their clinical skills, which will in turn benefit our students.
Physical activity outdoors has been important for wellbeing during the pandemic. Record numbers started rowing in Michaelmas term last year, but self-isolation regulations meant it was harder for crews to get together to train. Your support has enabled THBC to purchase double sculls so that students are able to enjoy the benefits of being out on the river when it is not possible to fill an eight.
Thanks to your support our Librarian has been able to purchase hundreds of new textbooks in the fields of Law, Economics and Medicine, replacing out-of-date editions and ensuring we have increased the number of copies and range of texts in the Jerwood Library. This is such an important resource for our students’ studies.
Remote teaching became crucial during the pandemic. Your support enabled our students to continue their studies from their accommodation and our Fellows to teach effectively. The additional technology we were able to purchase was vital to aid the remote teaching process.
The gifts from 296 donors also unlocked money from the Harding Challenge into an intercollegiate fund to help undergraduates in greatest need across collegiate Cambridge. This new enhanced bursary scheme will enable collegiate Cambridge to support even more students from the lowest household incomes when they start this October.
Thank you for your support.