Our primary aim is to provide the very best education within a vibrant, supportive environment for all our students.

To achieve this, we value your support of the College’s fundraising priorities.

Student bursaries

We are determined to do all we can to ensure that Sidney is accessible to students from all backgrounds.

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme allows us to encourage the best students to apply to study at Sidney, regardless of their financial situation, confident that we can provide them with an excellent academic and pastoral experience throughout their time here.

Under the terms of the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, bursaries can be named where a gift covers the total cost of the bursary – please be in touch if you would like to discuss this possibility.

Student support

Our students may face many different pressures in this wonderful but sometimes challenging environment, and we want to support them as much as possible.

This support can cover a range of needs – including buying textbooks, paying for taxis for injured students, subsidising counselling sessions, paying emergency travel costs and offering bridging ‘loans’ for those in short term need.

By giving to our student support fund, you can help us to provide the care that our talented students sometimes need, so that they can perform to the best of their abilities.

Academic and professional support

We strive to provide our students with experience in academic research or professional environments beyond the boundaries of their degree syllabus. 

Your donations to our academic and professional support fund can enable students who would not otherwise be able to do so to take up work placements and internships, or embark on life-changing travel and volunteering opportunities.

Student experience

Student life at Sidney is enriched by its clubs and societies, which cater for every interest. We believe these experiences are as important as academic studies in a well-rounded education.

Support for the College’s extra-curricular activities such as the Sidney Boat Club and other sporting societies, the music society and subject societies, is very greatly appreciated.

Teaching and research

A major benefit of a collegiate education is individual teaching through supervisions – a chance for students to have direct contact with research-active academics.

However, at present, current student fees only cover around 60% of the cost of this education.

With your support, we can continue to provide the very best education, as well as fund the research of our College Fellows and students.

We are very grateful in particular for the Chatong So Fellowship which is held by Dr Fulda (Fellow in History) and for the support provided for the Worth Waynflete Fellows, Dr Groisman, Dr Oner and Professor Sepulchre (Fellows in, respectively, Maths, Land Economy and Engineering). Sidney also appreciates the generosity of members of the 1596 Foundation who support the 1596 Foundation Fellowship, held by Dr Wilson-Lee (Fellow in English) and the donors to the John Thornely Fellowship which funds two Fellows in Law, Dr Bordin and Ms Saunders.

Buildings and facilities

We are committed to providing affordable and comfortable accommodation on-site, as well as the other facilities necessary for our students and academics to concentrate on their studies and research.

Your donations to our buildings fund will support the essential maintenance and improvement of our beautiful historic buildings.

Following a programme of refurbishment of our student accommodation, Sidney is now in the middle of an ambitious project to build a new, larger kitchen in the basement of the William Mong Hall and under the Master’s Garden. This will revolutionise what the College is able to offer its members, creating a new servery, increasing our dining capacity and providing Sidney with a versatile conference and event space.

Endowing the Choir

Sidney is an outstanding environment for music-making.

The high standard of the Choir and choral music at Sidney is only possible thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.

We are seeking endowments of choral scholarships, which allows us to purchase music, offer singing lessons and subsidise tours. Your support will ensure that our outstanding choir can continue to be a wonderful asset to the College community.