Encouraging the Brightest and Best
We want to reach, support and fund as many of the best students as possible from all backgrounds. Contributions to our Student Access and Support Initiative and other means for helping have the potential to truly transform young lives.
Our mission has always been to attract the very best students regardless of background and support them here to achieve to the very highest of their ability. However, for too many of the most able students who could thrive at Cambridge, there are still real or perceived barriers to coming here.
We aim to improve equality of access and equality of opportunity to help combat entrenched social and economic disadvantage. At King’s, we are already leading the way in UK state school access and have been for many years, but we need to do more.
King’s Student Access and Support Initiative fund will be the catalyst for seven areas of permanent change that will transform our ability to improve access and ensure that students with talent and tenacity will be welcomed, valued and thrive here.
The Supplementary Exhibition Fund and the new King’s Top-up Bursary Scheme play vital roles in supporting our undergraduates throughout their time here.
Student hardship at graduate level is an acute problem. There are now fewer grants available and less student loan availability, both of which penalise students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We need to be able to fund more MPhil studentships, and ensure that the lifeblood of Cambridge’s academic success, our world-class research students, are supported by endowed PhD studentships.
Why We Need Your Support
For too many of the most able students who could thrive at Cambridge, there are real or perceived barriers to coming here. We must improve access to middle and lower income students and combat entrenched social and economic disadvantage. Watch and listen to our staff and students talk about what King's is doing to tackle this inequity, and what benefits the encouragement of applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures can bring to the College community: