In 2017, with the encouragement of Members, the College established a fund to provide additional resources in support of the existing access and outreach efforts the College undertakes to encourage candidates to apply to King’s and the University of Cambridge.
The purpose of the Fund is to receive donations which can enhance and add to existing efforts to inform potential candidates – particularly those in under-represented demographics or in our designated outreach areas – of the possibilities offered by King’s, and to encourage their applications for undergraduate courses.
How does it help?
Donations to the fund allow the Admissions Tutor greater flexibility in directing the Access and Outreach programme, and in particular for efforts with our target schools in the North-East of England.
The fund can help reimburse volunteers (including students) for expenses while participating in the Access Bus trips, and can also assist candidates with travel costs for interview where it may cause financial difficulty or prevent them from attending.
Funds may be used for purposes including:
- Grants for course applicants, to support the cost of accommodation and travel expenses at interview
- College Open Days
- Schools Liaison initiatives
- Access Bus
- Transport, bed and board for Fellows, staff, and students involved in off-site access and outreach initiatives
- Promotional materials (including web, design, copywriting, printing, and postage)
What impact does your support have?
King’s already has the greatest number of undergraduate applicants in the University, and also admits the greatest proportion of candidates from maintained schools. We’d like to continue and expand our success in this area, and ensure we represent an increasingly accessible option for talented students, regardless of financial and familial circumstance.
As well as maintaining our track record in encouraging applications from non-traditional backgrounds and first generation students, the College would like to strengthen its Schools Liaison Programme, building stronger links with schools in our target communities and developing long-term relationships with teaching staff and school leaders.