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Encouraging the Brightest and Best

We want to reach, support and fund as many of the best students as possible from all backgrounds, to ensure that affordability is not a barrier to being able to study here, to help our students succeed and thrive during their time here and equip them for life after Cambridge.

The King’s Student Access and Support Initiative is enabling permanent change that is transforming our ability to improve access and ensure that students with talent and tenacity are welcomed, valued and thrive here.

The Supplementary Exhibition Fund plays a vital role in supporting King’s students throughout their undergraduate career, often providing a crucial safety net. 

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.


Give to King's Priority Areas

Our initiative to to improve equality of access and help combat entrenched social and economic disadvantage.
We aspire to ensure that all of our students can access the support that allows them to fully immerse themselves in College life.
Our international students make an immeasurable contribution to the King's community and we must do more to support them.
The Class of 1977 is supporting applications from promising candidates from schools which do not have a history of sending their pupils to Oxbridge.

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:

The King's Campaign - Encouraging the Brightest and the Best

Ahead of the launch of the King's Campaign, our staff and students talk about some of the benefits that the encouragement of applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures can bring to the College community.The King's Campaign is our ambitious plan to raise £100 million in order to improve student access, to enhance our capacity as a provider of world-class research, and to maintain our renowned historic buildings, such as the Chapel.To donate to our Student Access and Support Initiative, please visit:

Teaching and Research // Graduate Studentships // Welfare and Mental Health
Choir and Music // Preserving the Chapel // The Gibbs Building // Library and Archives
Our transformational project to redevelop Chetwynd Court and open out the heart of the College.
Our £100 million fundraising campaign to radically transform access to a Cambridge education for socially and economically disadvantaged students.

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