New Top-Up Bursary Scheme for students at Trinity Hall

Student support is a key priority for the College: gifts enable young people to study here who could not otherwise do so.

“The side effects of the Great Recession and now the Great Pandemic have driven a step rise in inequality around the world. But education can serve as a great leveller. Having similarly been given an opportunity to spend some of the most enjoyable and exhilarating years of my life at the Hall thanks to a fully-funded scholarship, this is my way of paying it forward.”

Trinity Hall alumnus and donor to student support


The Top-Up Bursary Scheme was piloted by a group of Colleges in 2018-19. It is designed to supplement the Cambridge Bursary scheme, which offers grants to students from households with lower incomes. Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, we were able to offer Top-Up Bursaries for the first time in 2019-20. This meant 26 students who started in October 2019, received a Top-Up Bursary to help with their living costs. This was in addition to the 70 students we helped support with a Cambridge Bursary last year.

This academic year 36 Top-Up Bursaries will be offered to Freshers, making 62 awards in total. Again these Bursaries have been made possible through philanthropy. Offering Top-Up Bursaries relieves the financial pressure felt by undergraduates, enabling them to focus on their studies and ensuring they can make the most of their College experience.

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