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.


Gift Opportunities

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:

Teaching and Research // Graduate Studentships // Welfare and Mental Health // The Alan Turing Initiative
King's College Choir // Preserving the Chapel // Restoring 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.

Members and Friends News

King's accommodation receives RIBA East Award

The College's accommodation buildings at Cranmer Road have received the prestigious RIBA East Award for 2023.


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King’s Librarian James Clements helped Andrew Lloyd Webber uncover the story of a family ancestor.


King’s Fellow wins John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize

King’s Fellow Matthew Gandy is this year’s winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, awarded by the Foundation for Landscape Studies and UVA School of Architecture.

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