Projects Supported by the Annual Fund


Since 2014, 73 projects that have been supported by the Annual Fund. Below you can read about the impact the fund has had on four of these projects:

Lady Margaret Boat Club

Over recent years, the Lady Margaret Boat Club (LMBC) has been awarded over £48,000 from the Annual Fund to help purchase vital equipment. The LMBC is the largest sporting society at St John’s, welcoming rowers of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. Aside from the health and fitness benefits associated with rowing, membership of the LMBC helps to nurture important skills such as time management, team work and communication, as well as building life-long friendships in the process.

The LMBC Women’s Captain, Laura Ferrier, said of the Annual Fund: ‘This year we are extremely excited to be acquiring a new boat for the 1st VIII. This will elevate our performance and give us a final push into May Bumps, especially as we will be racing for the first time ever in a shell specifically designed and weighted for women. The new boat, along with the history of purchases made with the Annual Fund’s support, means that we can develop our skills, fitness and love for the sport throughout the entire Women's Side, meeting the demands of the increasing number of female rowers we take on each year.’

St John’s Voices

Since 2014 the Annual Fund has granted St John’s Voices over £21,000 to support their pursuit of choral excellence. St John's Voices is a mixed-voice choir, giving both male and female students the opportunity to be part of the College's rich choral heritage. Since it was launched in 2013, the Voices have already gained an enviable reputation for their performances, both in the College Chapel and further afield. 

Director of St John’s Voices, Graham Walker, said: 'From the beginnings of St John's Voices, the support of our alumni has been invaluable, and has helped us develop and grow the choir in exciting and ambitious ways. Over these five short years we have been incredibly fortunate in the support of the Annual Fund and without these grants, and those who make them possible, we simply wouldn't be where we are now, and for that we are forever grateful.'

The North West Access Tour 

In 2016 the Annual Fund provided £8,900 to support the Access Office’s most ambitious initiative to date: the North West Access Tour. The tour saw College members visit schools in Bolton, Rochdale and Blackburn to provide guidance to potential applicants, and to dispel some of the myths that prevent talented students from viewing Cambridge as a viable option for further study.

Academic sessions mirroring tutorials were given by Fellows, while workshops on navigating the Cambridge application process were delivered by the College’s Admissions Tutor. Addressing one of the most common reasons for not applying to Cambridge, information on the financial support networks available at St John’s was provided to both pupils and parents.

Pre-Admission Prizes

In 2015 St John’s established its pioneering Pre-Admission Prize initiative – the first of its kind in Cambridge – with the assistance of a £25,000 grant from the Annual Fund. Providing a one-off award of £5,000 to the most promising applicant in 13 major subject areas, the introduction of the prizes has been associated with an increase in the number of applications to study at St John’s, and the quality of applications received.

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