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Our Funding Priorities

Below you can see some more detail on the college's funding priorities. If you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact the Development Office.

Undergraduate Bursaries:


The College's first priority is "to attract and support the very best students irrespective of their financial background". 

We would therefore welcome support from alumni and friends of the College to support access bursaries. The College’s first priority is to attract and support the very best students irrespective of their financial background. The increase in tuition fees, and changes to government funding of higher education over the past decade, have dramatically increased the need for bursaries and hardship grants. We are proud of our tradition of providing access to students from all backgrounds.
In consultation with the donor, the College would also discuss the naming of such a bursary.


Graduate Support:

Sidney's graduate students are an increasingly important part of College life, with a growth of 20% in the past few years. A graduate studentship, based on academic merit will help attract some of the very brightest graduates from around the world to come to Sidney. The high costs of graduate tuition mean that many excellent students are simply unable to come to Cambridge without such support.



Teaching Support:

In line with the second of the College's three priorities – "to continue to provide personalised teaching with high levels of supervision by research-active Scholars" – we would welcome support from alumni and friends of the College with our ongoing need to support College Teaching 


The current income from student fees only accounts for 40% of the cost of education provided by the College. In 2011 the College was able to announce that due to the generosity of members of the 1596 Foundation, we were able to appoint our first 1596 Foundation Fellow - Dr. David Beckingham - as part of the College's commitment in this area. This appointment directly shows the impact that our major donors can have at Sidney, and we urgently need to make three further appointments in this area.


Providing Excellent Facilities:

As part of the College's third priority – "To enhance our students' experience at Sidney by providing excellent facilities"- one of our most important responsibilities is ensuring that our students are able to be provided with decent accommodation. Many of our alumni will have fond memories of their time as a student at Sidney and we are very aware of the importance of improving the student experience wherever possible.

Student Accommodation:

One of the biggest needs for any College is to provide affordable and comfortable accommodation on site for our growing student body. Historically we have been indebted to our alumni and friends in this regard – most notably to Mrs Kyoko Gledhill who enabled the modernisation of Blundell Court, and the creation of a new floor of student accommodation. Named the 'Gledhill Skyline' in honour of her late husband, David Gledhill, this represents an eloquent and enduring testament to her husband's love for his College, as well as an act of great commitment to the students of today and of the future.

Affordable private lodgings in Cambridge are at a premium, and the College regards the provision of comfortable, secure and attractive accommodation as a key objective.

Work has commenced to create 28 students rooms in Sidney House (above the Britannia Building Society on the corner of Sidney Street and Sussex Street), going some way to replacing the rooms which will be lost when the lease on the Portugal Street houses expires in 2018.

Thanks to the generosity of the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund, the College has already raised £1.5 million towards this fantastic development and welcomes further support to enable it to reach the total project cost of £2.4 million.

"Your support will allow us to provide affordable accommodation and facilities for our students, enabling them to make the most of their time at Sidney and creating an environment in which excellence can be nurtured."

Professor Richard Penty
Master of Sidney Sussex College