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Our Funding Priorities

Sidney Sussex College prides itself on offering an enriched university experience, an academically rigorous education, as well as maintaining a collegiate environment, in which our students can thrive.

We are grateful for all support but particularly that which goes towards the College’s four main fundraising priorities, outlined below. If you would like more information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either the Development Director, Dr Jillaine Seymour (+44 1223 3 38864 developmentdirector@sid.cam.ac.uk) or the Senior Development Officer, Mr Charlie Cadby (+44 1223 764087 developmentofficer@sid.cam.ac.uk). Thank you for your interest in supporting Sidney.

Undergraduate Bursaries

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

With rising tuition fees and changes to government funding of higher education over the past decade, the need for financial support for our students is more crucial than ever. The Cambridge bursary scheme enables us to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to study at Sidney, confident that we can provide them with an excellent academic and pastoral experience. We are proud of our tradition of providing access to students from all backgrounds. 

We would therefore welcome support from alumni and friends of the College for bursaries. We are also happy to discuss the possibilities which exist for naming bursaries with prospective donors.

Teaching Support

A key benefit of a collegiate education is individual teaching with direct contact through supervisions with research active academics. However, the current student fee only covers around 50% of the cost of this education. Since 2011, the generosity of members of the 1596 Foundation has supported two 1596 Foundation Fellows: Dr David Beckingham (2011 – 2017) and currently Dr Edward Wilson-Lee  – a major contribution to the College's commitment to high quality teaching.

We welcome support from alumni and friends towards this Fellowship and to our College teaching posts in History, Mathematics and Economics. 

Endowing the Choir

Sidney prides itself on being an outstanding environment for music-making by students studying a range of academic subjects and the Choir, in particular, is a major focus of College life. The high standard of  tand choral music at Sidney is only possible thanks to the generosity of the College’s alumni and friends. Sidney now has six endowed six choral scholars. This support enables us to purchase music, offer singing lessons and subsidise tours. Last year, the Choir had three very successful tours to Germany, Rome (where they had the fantastic opportunity of performing in the Colosseum) and Dubai and Jordan where they performed a Choral Play composed by Joanna Marsh (a Sidney alumna and Composer in Residence) in the Dubai Opera House. This year the Choir will be recording a new CD, as well as touring the USA in the summer.

The College is seeking support for 18 more choral scholars. For each sponsored choral scholar, a bronze plaque, recognising the donor’s generosity, is  affixed to the choir stalls.

Providing Excellent Facilities

Sidney is committed to providing affordable and comfortable accommodation on site, as well as other facilities, so that students and academics have the freedom to concentrate on their studies and research. Over recent years, thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, Sidney has been able to complete a wide range of renovation projects including converting previously commercial properties into accommodation, undertaking essential maintenance to our beautiful historic buildings and refurbishing student rooms.

Sidney is now about to embark on an exciting and ambitious development project to transform the current kitchen into a new, modern dining hall and to build a new, larger kitchen in the basement of the William Mong Hall and under the Master’s Garden. This venture will provide much needed facilities for the ever growing College community. This project represents a wonderful opportunity to restore the oldest part of the College, the magnificent original buildings of the late sixteenth century, and to create a new, versatile dining hall, fit for the twenty-first century.

The College is enormously grateful for the wonderful leadership gift of £3.5 m which has ensured the feasibility of this project but is conscious that further support will be needed to bring it to completion.