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St Cuthbert's Society

St Cuthbert's Society Opportunities Fund


At Cuth’s, we are committed to providing the best possible student experience, producing graduates who not only achieve highly in their degrees, but who are also equipped with a diverse range of interests and skills which enable them to thrive in life after University. And to continue to offer this, we need your help.

The St Cuthbert's Society Opportunities Fund was created to support the social, academic, and personal development of Cuth’s students. Please consider giving to this fund. By donating back to your college you can make a difference to the chances that are available to current and future students, whatever their circumstances. Your donation can be directed towards one of these three elements, or unrestricted to the fund as a whole.

Social

Sports, clubs, and societies lie at the heart of our Junior Common Room and the Cuth’s community, and with your support, the JCR can keep its fees and club subscriptions low, maximising student participation. We are very proud that the number of societies at Cuth’s keeps on growing, with the addition of running team and a debating club this year bringing the total number to nearly forty. With your help, they can truly flourish.

Academic

The opportunity to conduct research or undertake academic training is invaluable for those students wishing to excel in their field of study. Thanks to support from our alumni, we are able to offer financial assistance to Cuth's students in the form of travel bursaries and research grants. Over the past year, students have been to able to present papers at conferences in the USA and China, attend summer schools, and carry out field and archive work.

Such research grants and awards make a real contribution to the academic development of our students and this year with your generosity, we hope to increase the number of awards available.

Personal

The chance for students to both share their existing skills and learn new ones makes Cuth’s a very special environment for young people. Your support enables our students to create their own opportunities for personal development, perhaps through taking part in charitable, cultural, or vocational activities such as outreach projects, internships, or volunteering.

Last year the Opportunities Fund supported Byul Ryan-Im, a finalist in Combined Honours in Arts, to travel to a refugee camp near Athens to devote her time and energy to an educational project for those living there. Your help also enabled Sara Cowburn, a third-year student in Psychology, to volunteer at a mental health hospital last summer, providing invaluable experience and skills for her future career.

How You Helped

‘I spent July of 2016 in Murighiol, Romania, excavating a Roman legionary fortress located on the margins of the Danube Delta. Because of Cuth’s support, I can support myself while teaching students both how to excavate and how their work as archaeologists has real impact in the present.’

- Emily Hanscam, PhD Candidate in Archaeology