Sir Richard Powell
Sir Richard Powell matriculated at Sidney Sussex College in 1927, and after entering the Civil Service in 1932 he pursued a distinguished career in the Admiralty and the Ministry of Defence before his appointment as Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1960 to 1968. In 1972 Richard was made an Honorary Fellow. On his retirement, the Bursar at that time, Roger Andrew, asked our current Bursar, Nick Allen, who was then an undergraduate at Sidney, to give Sir Richard a tour of the College. It happened that Richard and Nick already knew one another as they shared a barber!
"Richard made a number of generous donations during his life and left a substantial legacy to the College. Amongst other things, his gifts enabled the College to renovate and expand the library in order to meet the requirements of current and future generations of
students at Sidney. In recognition of his generosity the library was named in his honour and continues to be used on a daily basis by our students.
His legacy was also used to establish the Powell Library Fund, which meets the running costs of the library. In addition, College established the Powell Arts and Music Fund to help students participate in the performing arts. In recent years, this Fund has supported the Sidney Arts Festival and students participating in the Edinburgh festival, and provided conducting lessons for budding musicians. In addition to the £1m in these funds, the College has been able to reserve £2.5m of the legacy for future building projects. A truly fine legacy!"
Nick Allen, Bursar
The Leslie Yoxall Bursary
Leslie Yoxall attended Manchester Grammar School before joining Sidney to read mathematics in 1933. He was one of the elite group of cryptanalysts who broke the German Enigma cipher at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
"As an undergraduate studying mathematics at the University of Cambridge, it seems I am one of many students who, while anticipating where their degree might lead, are also a little uncertain about how it will affect them financially, both during their studies and life afterwards. So it was with much appreciation that I received the Leslie Yoxall Bursary. The Bursary was made possible through the generosity of Leslie Yoxall, who included the College in his will. This is an ideal way for those with the means to help others to support future generations and is a great way to be remembered.
In the current economic climate, and with the recent rise in tuition fees, it is now even more important to ensure that financial worries do not deter potential applicants from applying to study at Cambridge. I am personally very grateful for the kindness of Leslie Yoxall and it means a lot to know that students are being supported in this way. For me, it means that I am less reliant on my parents and it eases the financial burden, allowing me to concentrate on my studies and to take advantage of the opportunities the University has to offer. Sidney is known for its strong sense of community. Donating is an excellent way to contribute to this and can make a real difference to a student who might otherwise be struggling to make ends meet."
Niall Bootland (2010)
In 1732 the College received a valuable bequest of property from Samuel Taylor of Dudley, who matriculated at Sidney in 1691. The purpose of his legacy was to promote the study of mathematics at Sidney. The sale of mineral properties from the Taylor estates in 1818 and 1823
enabled the College to build "the Taylor Mathematical Library. In addition the bequest ensured that the College was able to employ a Taylor Lecturer in Mathematics. The current Taylor Lecturer is Dr Berry Groisman. "Through this Lectureship many talented researchers have been given the opportunity to bring their teaching skills and passion for mathematics to Sidney. It has been of enormous benefit for generations of young mathematicians who have received personal guidance and support from Taylor Lecturers throughout the years. For many students a College Lecturer is the first link to the Faculty of Mathematics, and the teaching support provided by College Lecturers through supervisions has always been, and remains, one of the main strengths of the Cambridge system."
Dr Berry Groisman