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 scholarship. 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.