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Free Thinking

Free Thinking is about people. The campaign sees St John’s take the lead in addressing key current issues that face Cambridge and UK higher education as a whole. We must adapt to the changing higher education landscape so that all our scholars can reach their full potential: free from boundaries, free from worry and free from compromise.

Free Thinking is about pushing beyond our present limits and fulfilling a far bolder vision of what a college can achieve.

We are at a critical time in UK higher education, where the diminishing government financial support available to undergraduates, postgraduates and academics is beginning to impact our ability to attract the best talent and properly nurture it. This is particularly problematic for the University of Cambridge, and St John’s College, as world-class institutions competing on a global stage.

St John’s must now secure the means to take on greater responsibility for the funding of scholars and scholarships. The College must fill the funding gaps that have opened up over time and release itself from future whims of government policy. It is an enormous task, but one that St John’s is proud to face head-on.

Fortunately, the College’s finances are stable and sustainable, and as such offer a firm foundation from which to pursue these goals. However, as detailed in the Breaking Even pages, these finances do not provide the necessary surplus to fund the scale of ambition outlined below.

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Undergraduate support – Studentship scheme

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Chris Dobson in the lab

Postgraduate support – PhD Scholarships

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Research

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Group of scholars

Breaking even

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Making your gift

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