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Supporting Thornely & Law and Sidney

Supporting Thornely and Law at Sidney


All donations to the Thornely Fund enable Sidney to offer an extraordinary range of financial support to Law in the College – from fellowships, bursaries, and prizes, through to travel awards and support for further professional work. The Master and Fellows are very grateful to all those who have contributed to the Thornely Fund, and to other aspects of Law teaching at Sidney, for all that they have done to strengthen and promote the College.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of supporting Sidney or specifically the Thornely Fund, please contact us at:
Development and Membership Office, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, CB2 3HU
Telephone: +44 1223338864


The Thornely Fund collectively supports the John Thornely Fellowships, the John Thornely Bursaries, and provides other student support.


Thanks in great part to the Founding Members of the Thornely Society, in 2007, the Thornely Society reached its first goal - to fully fund a Thornely Fellowship in Law at Sidney Sussex. Dr Jillaine Seymour was the first holder of the Thornely Fellowship; Dr Bordin and Mr Mares are the current holders of Thornely Fellowships.


The fund can support a number of John Thornely Bursaries each year.
Alla Barford (matriculation 2008; graduation 2011) was the first holder of a John Thornely Bursary and reports:
"Sidney Sussex College proved very supportive during the three years of my undergraduate degree. In particular, when I realised that I may need to work during term time and the vast majority of holidays, instead of focusing on my studies, the College’s Thornely Society awarded me their annual Bursary. The reality of the matter is that financial worries can have a detrimental effect on anyone’s ability to concentrate fully on their university work, and not having that pressure meant that I had a great weight lifted off my mind. This meant that I was able to fully dedicate myself to my studies, as well as to everything else that the university had to offer, rather than squeezing in part-time work at every spare hour.
But the award was not only a financial help. It was an indication that the College fellows believed that I was capable of achieving a good grade – this alone is a great morale boost when you come from an ‘unconventional’ Oxbridge background. I was very fortunate in being chosen as a beneficiary and sincerely believe that the award made a real difference: not only to my final results, but to my university experience.
Having graduated several months ago, I now live in London and work as a consultant in Mayfair. I plan to travel before embarking on a career as a solicitor. I very much hope that the Thornely Bursary will support other students in a great variety of ways, and allow them to make the most of university and College life for the three short years that add up to the Cambridge University law degree."


The Thornely Fund also supports a wide range of awards for Law students in addition to bursaries - from grants and prizes through to travel awards and support for further professional work.


Sidney Sussex hopes to continue to attract generous support for the Thornely Fund, which will help the College meet the teaching and student support challenges of the future.