During our two virtual Telephone Campaigns we spoke with 632 alumni and raised over £194,000. This has made – and continues to make – a huge difference to the College community.
The donations we received will enable us to offer financial support to more undergraduates next year via the enhanced Cambridge Bursary scheme. 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. This is particularly important where households whose finances have been affected by the pandemic.
Your support will enable us to offer additional funding to PhD students whose courses were disrupted by the pandemic and who needed financial help with the additional living costs they had not budgeted for. Donations will also help postgraduates over the next academic year to undertake travel for their research and to ensure they don’t miss the opportunity to present at academic conferences.
Donations will help with our widening participation activities through helping with events in College and our link area to encourage schoolchildren to consider applying to Cambridge.
Your support makes a tangible impact. It underpins the Admissions Department’s wide variety of residentials, talks, workshops; funds visits by the Admissions team, Fellows, and students to our regional link area and Cambridgeshire school; and provides the resources for young people from our link area to visit Cambridge itself in the midst of the College environment.
When reflecting on a recent workshop designed to support students with little prior discussion and debating experience, one student commented: “It was so insightful being able to discuss different ideas and expand on them with likeminded people without any fear of judgement. I now feel so much more confident in speaking my mind”.
The past year has seen an increase in anxiety amongst our students. Donations have enabled us to provide an additional external counsellor during Easter Term to see a further seven students for four to six sessions of counselling support. Donations have also enabled our wellbeing team to undergo further training to develop their clinical skills, which will, in turn, benefit our students.
Extra-curricular activities have been important for wellbeing during the pandemic. Donations on the telethon have enabled us to purchase additional fitness equipment and offer financial support to members of the choir via choral scholarships.
Your donations have enabled us to purchase new editions of books, 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.
Donations will also help with the costs of a new College Teaching Fellow. This new College post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the College’s distinguished tradition of delivering small-group supervision teaching to the very highest standards.
Your support will also enable us to refurbish student bedrooms over the next academic year to ensure they are a more conducive environment for study, with improved energy efficiency.
Thank you for your support.