Access & Outreach

St Catharine’s is committed to widening participation in higher education – supporting candidates who might not otherwise apply to the College, and also encouraging young people to aim high in their education, wherever their university future may lie.

Our Outreach work across the University as a whole is ambitious, varied and far reaching, so the Cambridge colleges have divided the UK into ‘link areas’. St Catharine’s works with around 120 schools in Suffolk, Rutland and North Yorkshire, and we frequently conduct events with schools outside those areas as well.

The College regularly hosts groups for day visits as well as our Schools Liaison Officer visiting schools further afield. The College runs subject ‘taster days’ and Open Days throughout the year. In 2019 Taster Days were held in MML, History, Medicine and Theology. These events allow pupils to meet academic staff, to speak to current students and also give them a chance to sample the academic side of St Catharine’s – and hopefully realise it is a welcoming and academically accessible environment.

Each year the College spends in excess of £60,000 on access and widening participation work, including the salary of a full-time Schools Liaison Officer and support for travel and hosting students at the College. The College seeks support from individuals who appreciate the transformative impact a Cambridge education can have on the life course of the ‘brilliantly bright’ student who has no idea how Cambridge can fulfil their academic potential and, indeed, how in turn their intellectual capital can be appreciated by the university.

Campaign Target

To fund the annual costs of Outreach work, whilst also building in perpetuity gifts.

Annually we look to raise £60,000 for this work. Gifts amounting to £1.5 million would create an invested fund sufficient to pay for the work and costs of Outreach at St Catharine’s.

Collectively, gifts large, medium and small add up – for example, 30 donors, giving £50,000 each, would cover the financial commitment to outreach work in perpetuity.