Donor Report | 2020 - Churchill College

Donor Report | 2020 - Churchill College
Donor Report | 2020
Donor Report | 2020 - Churchill College
There is more about the Hub later in this        of Cambridge, have financial support
                                                                                                         report. It unites our past – CP Snow’s ‘two      to encourage them to come here is an
                                                                                                         cultures’ lecture took place at the College’s    essential part of the College’s mission, and

         Message from                                                                                    inception and he was a Founding Fellow –
                                                                                                         and our future. It will combine strands of
                                                                                                         the arts and sciences, in a creative space
                                                                                                                                                          has been since its foundation. This is an
                                                                                                                                                          endeavour shared by our alumni community
                                                                                                                                                          too, for which we are tremendously grateful.

         the Master                                                                                      where students from any discipline will
                                                                                                         be able to collaborate to make products,
                                                                                                                                                          We are delighted that, prompted by a lead
                                                                                                                                                          of an alumnus/a from their year and helped
                                                                                                         art installations as well as use the latest      by a matching fund, the classes of 1977-81
                                                                                                         printing and CAD technology. Although            raised over £105,000 to endow the 1977-81
         Welcome to this year’s report to donors. The College                                            facilities such as these are available in        Bursary in perpetuity at the College.
         community is deeply grateful to all donors for helping to make                                  some departments, there are students
                                                                                                                                                          2020 will be a time to mark our
                                                                                                         who will not have access to them because
         the College the thriving institution it is today.                                               they are studying a different subject – it is    achievements as an institution, to celebrate
                                                                                                         only within a College that the disciplines       the ideas and the people connected to
                                                                                                         can truly mix, and Churchill will be the first   the College that have changed the world
         I am delighted that for the third year running   As well as these enhancements to our                                                            through innovation, social enterprise and
         we have increased the number of alumni           physical surroundings, we have marked          College in Oxford or Cambridge to offer
                                                                                                         such a space.                                    research as well as through teaching the
         who choose to support the College, which         some milestones academically. Though                                                            next generation. While we celebrate the
         as well as being a good thing in itself, is      there is no formal ranking for the College     In terms of student support, you will read       past we will also be looking forward to
         an encouragement to show there is broad          any longer, once again the data suggests       later of some of the ways donors are             prepare for the challenges the next sixty
         support for our projects when we approach        we came fifth in the academic league           helping students reach their full potential      years will bring.
         corporations, trusts and major donors.           table of the 25 Colleges which teach           by funding bursaries and studentships for
                                                          undergraduates at Cambridge – it has           postgraduates. Ensuring that all students,       Professor Dame
         One of the achievements we marked,               been an average of 5th in the last ten
         thanks to donor support, was the opening                                                        if attaining the academic standard required      Athene Donald DBE, FRS
                                                          years. We are also delighted that, in line
         of the new graduate housing at 36 Storey’s       with our deliberate attempts to increase
         Way. Three new houses were opened in             diversity and widen participation, we have
         September 2019 by the Vice-Chancellor            a greater proportion of women students

         of the University, Professor Stephen             admitted this year at 42%, up from 37%
         Toope, and are a great addition to the           last year; and of our UK undergraduates
         accommodation we are able to provide             joining this year, over 75% were from the
         on site. We can now provide housing for          maintained (state) sector.
         all of our graduate students who want
         it for up to two years, so students can          2020 marks the 60th Anniversary of the        2020 will be a time to mark
         access all the facilities on our campus          formal foundation of Churchill College.
         within a campus. This creates an even            We have ambitions to raise more funds
                                                                                                        our achievements as an
         more welcoming environment for graduate          this year for the endowment and for           institution, to celebrate
         students who come here without prior             student support in particular, along with
         experience of Cambridge.                         the initiative of the Creative Hub which
                                                                                                        the ideas and the people
         We also formally opened the Xiaotian Fu
                                                          will be a fantastic new interdisciplinary     connected to the College
                                                          resource and adventure.
         garden in 2019, which brings two beautiful                                                     that have changed the world
         stones from the Three Gorges area of China       As one of the larger Colleges in Cambridge
         to the College and creates a new outside         we have ambitions to increase our
                                                                                                        through innovation, social
         space for study and contemplation in the         endowment by at least 50% in the next         enterprise and research as
         garden of 72 Storey’s Way. In the summer         ten years – as you may be aware the
         months, when the flowers are in full bloom,      endowment (our invested assets) underpins
                                                                                                        well as through teaching the
         it looks absolutely wonderful.                   all our activity and as a source of funding   next generation.
                                                          gives us financial security especially
                                                          as government funding has reduced
                                                          significantly in recent years.                Professor Dame
                                                                                                        Athene Donald DBE, FRS

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College Finances
         July 2018 – June 2019                                                                            45 grants for individuals from
                                                                                                          the small grants budget
                                                                                                                                              16 students received a
                                                                                                                                              Winston Churchill Top Up
                                                                                                          totalling £12k                      Bursary in addition to a
                                                                                                                                              Cambridge Bursary
           INCOME (£ thousands)		2019                                  2018            2017

           Archives Income		                            £546           £541            £540

           Investment Income		                          £3,721         £3,319          £2,865
                                                                                                          20 clubs and societies              79 travel and conference
           Donations and Gifts		                        £3,291         £3,915          £1,486             received funding totalling £67k     grants to postgraduate
           Income from Subsidiaries		                   £1,362         £630            £395

           Commercial Income		                          £2,585         £2,304          £2,079

           Educational Fee Income		                     £3,717         £3,519          £3,253
                                                                                                          118 undergraduate students          27 Fellows received
           College Operating Income 		                  £4,735         £4,667          £4,278             received a Cambridge Bursary        conference and research
           Total Income & Receipts		                    £19,957        £18,895         £14,896

         The College had another good year,                The Archives Centre achieved renewal of its
         academically, financially and operationally.      Accreditation status – which defines good
         The number of students increased over             practice and agreed standards for archive      38 travel grants to                 16 bursaries funded and
         the previous year to 858 students. The            services across the UK. During 2018/19         undergraduates                      named by donors
         College’s undergraduates achieved strong          the Archives Centre opened the papers of
         results with a near record number of              Professor Sir Robert Edwards and Lord
         Firsts and a very high number of 2:1s.            and Lady Soames, and lent material to two
         The number of postgraduate students               major exhibitions in the United States.
         decreased slightly compared to previous
         years but their results remain good. The
         College’s commercial business, hosting            Donations                                      18 music bursaries                  21 language bursaries
         summer schools, conferences and
         continuing education programmes was               The College was delighted by the support
         again very successful and the profits from        of alumni and friends over the last year and
         these operations contribute to the cost of        a total of £4 million was raised. A total of   Investment Performance
         providing the education for our students,         1804 donors made a gift for which we are
         providing financial support for students          greatly appreciative. This was an increase     The College’s amalgamated investment fund makes up 90%
         and improving facilities for our academic         of 131 donors on the previous year and we      of the College’s investments and delivered a total return of 7.2%,
         staff and students.                               hope we can continue to grow our number        a total of £2.5 million new funds were invested during the year
                                                           of supporters again next year.                 made of new funds and unspent income held in restricted funds.
                                                                                                          The total value of investments held by the College was
                                                                                                          £115.8 million at the year end.

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Student Support                                                                                     Archives Centre
         The College contributed £156k to fund 118         Support for student welfare has increased         2018/19, the Archives Centre used income      The Centre had another busy year for the
         Cambridge Undergraduate Bursaries, an             significantly in recent years and in particular   to meet operational costs of £571,999.        Reading Room, with 1579 daily visits by
         increase of 20 bursaries from last year.          for the confidential counselling services         Income was derived primarily from             510 individual researchers. This compares
                                                           provided by the College’s own Counsellor          investment returns (£366,000) and by          to 1501 visits by 525 readers in 2017/2018.
         In addition, the College participated in          and the University. The cost for counselling      grants from Churchill College (£20,000),      They consulted 9074 files (up from 8827
         the Pilot Top Up Bursary Scheme which             was £50k compared with £36k last year.            the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust       last year). 59% of the researchers were
         aims to provide additional support to                                                               (£64,000), the Churchill College Archives     from the UK, with 16% from North America,
         those students most in need. £49k was                                                               Trust (£38,000), and the Wellcome Trust       13% from Europe and 12% from the rest
         paid to 16 students, in addition to the                                                             (£24,600). Rent, commercial income and        of the world. There were 354 new readers
         usual Cambridge Bursary, Trinity College                                                            small donations amounted to £59,000.          (down from 389 last year). There were a
         reimbursed 50% of this cost to the College.                                                         The main expenditure was on staffing and      total of 4 visiting Archives By-Fellows in
         For undergraduates, total expenditure                                                               related costs (£436,000). The Archives        2018-2019. The Centre also hosted the
         (gross) on bursaries, grants and awards to                                                          Centre also received donations totalling      Meitner Symposium and 10 lectures in
         individuals was £465k (£368k in 2017/18).                                                           just under £307,000. Some of the donated      the Churchill History Lecture Series.
         Total expenditure on postgraduate                                                                   funds will help finance the upgrade to the
         studentships was £513k in 2018/19                                                                   Archives Centre facilities in January 2020.
         compared to £530k in 2017/18.

         Capital                                                                                             Donations Received 2018/19
                                                                                                                                                           The table below lists the total amount of
                                                                                                                                                           donations received into some of the funds
                                                                                                                                                           available to support at Churchill.
         The College spent £1.3 million (including
         staff costs) on repairing and maintaining its
         operational buildings and grounds and a further                                                                                                   Fund                               Total
         £4.7 million was capitalised. Most of the capital
         expenditure was on buildings.                                                                                                                     Alex Hopkins Memorial Fund         £3,566
         Major projects undertaken in 2018/19 included:                                                                                                    Annual Fund                        £52,015
           • the redevelopment of 36 Storey’s Way
                                                                                                                                                           Boat Club                          £34,989
           • the rewiring and refurbishment of the final
             two staircases 50 & 51                                                                                                                        Foreseeable Hardship Fund          £198,213

                                                                                                                                                           Friends of the Archives Centre     £26,415

                                                                                                                                                           Graduate Housing Project           £500,804

                                                                                                                                                           Southern African Bursary           £8,355

                                                                                                                                                           Student Support Fund               £253,497

                                                                                                                                                           Tizard Opportunities Fund          £7,402

                                                                                                                                                           Winston Churchill
                                                                                                                                                           Top Up Bursary Fund

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Boat Club
                                                                                                                                     As Senior Treasurer of Churchill College Boat     finding his old stroke watch buried in
                                                                                                                                     Club I am delighted to report on the success      rowing kit dating from the 1970s.The stroke
                                                                                                                                     the Club has had in the past year: success        watch has now been repaired and is in the
                                                                                                                                     that has been bolstered by substantial            College Archives.
                                                                                                                                     support from alumni and other friends of
                                                                                                                                     the College and the Club.                         This year we will be focusing on ensuring
                                                                                                                                                                                       that students who wish to have the
                                                                                                                                     The Club is now sponsored by MathWorks,           opportunity to trial for the University can
                                                                                                                                     who are contributing to some of the Club’s        get extra support, as well as raising funds
                                                                                                                                     running costs in a three-year agreement, and      to subsidise our own off-Cam training.
                                                                                                                                     will help to ensure that the Club continues
                                                                                                                                     to be inclusive with students not needing to      W1 did the first boat’s name ‘Shall we fly’
                                                                                                                                     pay a fee to row. This will also help to ensure   justice in this year’s Lent Bumps by gaining
                                                                                                                                     that more donated funds can be used to            their blades and they are now at 7th in

         2019 Opening                                                                                                                provide long-term funding for the Club, for
                                                                                                                                     example to be used to replace equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                       the table. The first men’s boat, ‘Shall we
                                                                                                                                                                                       Dance’, rowed over every day at the top
                                                                                                                                                                                       of division two, which was tough in the

         Doors Campaign
                                                                                                                                     that is more expensive in rowing than in
                                                                                                                                     other sports.                                     race conditions. M2 and M3 went up three
                                                                                                                                                                                       places, overall an excellent set of results
                                                                                                                                     We were delighted that thanks to the              for the Club, up 11 bumps.
         Supporting our key funding priorities                                                                                       support of alumni and through crowdfunding
                                                                                                                                     we were able both to fund new women’s             Thank you to the student and alumni
                                                                                                                                     oars and ‘resurrect’ the Canon Duckworth          committee, and all the Club’s supporters
         Connecting with our alumni community and           A fantastic £207,576 was pledged over three                                                                                for helping CCBC advance through their
         raising money for the 2019 Opening Doors           years – rising to £400,000 when longer-term                              and fully refurbish the men’s second boat.
                                                                                                                                     This sparked a great amount of interest from      financial support or through giving time
         Campaign priorities of student bursaries           pledges are taken into account. The positive                                                                               to coach students.
         and graduate housing was the aim of                response to the campaign was a marvellous                                those alumni who had known the legendary
         last summer’s telephone campaign. 13               testament to the generosity of our alumni –                              Noel Duckworth, including ex-crew members
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fran Malarée
         current students enjoyed a wide range of           wide participation is really important and it                                                                              CCBC Senior Treasurer
         wonderful conversations with 655 alumni,           encourages others to help us too.
         a record 58% of whom decided to support
         the College with a gift – our highest ever         We always say that every gift makes
         level of giving. Many of the alumni who            a difference, no matter how small, but
         participated in the campaign greatly               donations made during the telephone
         enjoyed the opportunity to re-connect              campaign to student bursaries, including
         with the College and share their Churchill         the 1977–81 Bursary and the College’s
         experiences with current students:                 pioneering Winston Churchill Top-Up
                                                            Bursaries also benefited from match funding,
         I would like to congratulate you on a              and donations to these funds were doubled,
         successful campaign and express my                 thanks to the generosity of three alumni.
         thanks for calling me. Just a few minutes
         of talking about my own experiences at             We also received a generous response to our
         Churchill put into perspective how it has          2019 Opening Doors Campaign letter which
         positively affected almost all facets of my        generated additional pledges of £82,000 in
         own life. I wouldn’t trade the experience for      support of our key funding priorities.
                                                                                                            Photo: Andrew Hatfield

         anything, and I can’t think of a better place to   Find out more:
         make a donation than the place that made 
         that possible.
         Fredrick Vateman (U12)

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Your Donations in Action

                                                                                                                                        Being able to explore
                                                                                                                                        different career options
                                                                                                                                        in my chosen field
                                                                                                                                        through work experience
                                                                                                                                        and internships would
                                                                                                                                        have been close to
         Holly Welsby                                                                                                                   impossible without the
                                                                                                                                        bursary support I receive
         Holly Welsby (U16) is from Accrington,
         Lancashire and recently graduated from                                                                                         as these opportunities
         Churchill with a First Class degree in                                                                                         are almost always
         Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.
         Coming from a deprived community was                                                                                           unpaid.
         just one of several factors that influenced

         Holly’s passion for psychology.
         Holly was the recipient of the James Barton
         Cambridge Bursary for each of her three
         years at Cambridge – financial support
         that relieved her of the burden of worrying   The goal of the
         about whether she would have money for
         accommodation, living costs and leisure
                                                       College is to
         activities whilst here.                       encourage and            Sam Smith
         She has now taken an exciting first step      enable social            It was a talk given by a Churchill Outreach      his passion for the subject he now regards
         towards her ultimate career goal of
         becoming a Clinical Psychologist, working
                                                       mobility, however this   Officer that first inspired third year natural   as the centre of his life. From helping to
                                                                                science student Sam Smith to set his             fund field trips, including a trip to Cumbria
         as a Peer Support Coach for the mental        cannot always be         sights on Cambridge.                             and geological mapping training in Skye,
         health charity Mind.
                                                       achieved alone –         Sam (U17), who attended Monmouth
                                                                                                                                 Sam was also able to carry out a four-week
                                                                                                                                 mapping project in Australia over the long
         She is part of a new neighbourhood mental
         health team using an innovative coaching
                                                       the generosity of        Comprehensive, a non-selective state             summer vacation – something that would
         approach to help people create and carry      donors is crucial to     school in South Wales without a history of
                                                                                Oxbridge admissions, has benefited from
                                                                                                                                 never have been possible without financial
                                                                                                                                 support. He also hopes to undertake an
         out goals to improve their mental health
         and well-being – a prototype that was
                                                       giving some young        receiving annual bursary support since           internship with a geothermal energy survey
         co-designed with people with lived            people a way into the    coming to Churchill and is the current
                                                                                recipient of the Greg and Rosie Lock
                                                                                                                                 in Iceland – another opportunity that would
                                                                                                                                 otherwise have been closed to him.
         experience; ‘It’s a new way of working
         within mental health and is very exciting!’
                                                       system, and a way        Cambridge Bursary and a Winston
                                                       up. Thank you!           Churchill Top-Up Bursary.
                                                                                                                                 Read Sam’s full story:
                                                                                Sam first discovered earth sciences at
                                                                                Cambridge, and is clear about the vital role
         Read Holly’s full story:
                                                                                bursary support has played in nurturing

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Postgraduate Travel                                                                Postgraduate Studentship
         and Conference Grants                                                              Features
         awarded in 2018-2019 academic year:
                                                                                            Rebecca Heath
         Conference & travel grants were awarded to 79 postgraduate students (compared to
         67 in 2017-18) some of which were awarded from the Tizard, Martin le Cornu,        Rebecca (G19) is from Spaldwick and
         Advanced Students Opportunities and Partington Research funds.                     joined Churchill to study for an MPhil
                                                                                            in Economic Research. She previously
          •   Total sum awarded = £25,482          Undergraduate Travel Grants in           completed her undergraduate degree at
                                                   2018-2019 academic year:                 King’s College, Cambridge and developed
          •   Sums ranged from £25 - £350                                                   a passionate interest in behavioural
                                                    •   38 travel grants awarded to         economics, game theory and empirical
          •   59 of the grants were for £350            undergraduate students              economics. However, her hope to continue
          •   Spanned 30 countries                  •   Total sum awarded = £9,587          her studies in this field seemed out of reach
                                                                                            due to the limited funding opportunities
                                                    •   Sums ranged from £50 to one         available from the government and
                                                        award for £1000                     external funding bodies.
                                                    •   Visited 21 different countries      “Funding an economics masters degree

                                                                                             can be highly problematic. The MPhil in
                                                                                             Economic Research currently has tuition
                                                                                             fees in excess of £21,000, more than
                                                                                             double the maximum currently available
                                                                                             through a government masters loan. Once
                                                                                             the cost of accommodation, electricity and
                                                                                                                                                    Churchill is an amazing,
                                                                                             food is taken into account, the estimated              friendly and extremely
                                                                                             financial commitment is just under
                                                                                             £35,000 for the year.”
                                                                                                                                                    supportive College;
                                                                                            As a result of these significant challenges
                                                                                                                                                    I wish I had applied
                                                                                            it was a huge relief to Rebecca when she                to Churchill for my
                                                                                            received notification that she had been
                                                                                            awarded a Cambridge UK & Churchill
                                                                                                                                                    undergraduate degree!
                                                                                            Møller Studentship; ‘The day I heard that
                                                                                            I had received the Studentship was one
                                                                                            of the happiest of my life. I spent over a
                                                                                            week in utter disbelief’. The Studentship
                                                                                                                                            Looking ahead beyond her MPhil she
                                                                                            covers Rebecca’s tuition fees and provides
                                                                                                                                            hopes to be accepted to study for a PhD
                                                                                            a maintenance allowance, which meets
                                                                                                                                            at Churchill and aspires to a career in
                                                                                            the cost of her accommodation and food
                                                                                                                                            academia; ‘With so few women taking
                                                                                            during the term.
                                                                                                                                            academic positions in economics, I would
                                                                                            Rebecca loves the friendly atmosphere           love to be a role model to encourage other
                                                                                            at Churchill and excellent welfare support      women into the profession.’
                                                                                            available. She also benefits from the
                                                                                            fantastic postgraduate accommodation            Read Rebecca’s full story:
                                                                                            available at the College and is enjoying
                                                                                            living in Wallace House, one of the new
                                                                                            postgraduate buildings on site.                 endowment-fund

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Shannon Gilbert

                                                                                                         Shannon (U&G15) comes from a small         She began her MPhil in Modern and
                                                                                                         village in rural South Wales. She moved    Contemporary Chinese Studies in 2019.
                                                                                                         schools frequently when she was
                                                                                                         younger, and was also home educated        Shannon was delighted to be awarded
                                                                                                         for a number of years before completing    the Simon Henry MPhil Studentship which
                                                                                                                                                    supports a Churchill student reading an
                                                             Churchill College has                       her undergraduate degree at Churchill in
                                                                                                                                                    MPhil in Chinese studies. The Studentship,
                                                                                                         Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.
                                                             shaped my life in more                                                                 which is part-funded by the Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                    Trust, covers course fees and maintenance
                                                             ways than I can probably                                                               costs and it opened a window of
                                                             see now, it has allowed                                                                opportunity for Shannon to continue her

                                                                                                                                                    studies right away – something that would
                                                             me to explore new ideas                                                                otherwise not have been possible due to
                                                             and build a career which                                                               the scarcity of available funding and her
                                                                                                                                                    own personal circumstances.
                                                             will allow me to give
                                                                                                        I cannot overstate how                      “Until my Director of Studies made me
                                                             back to society, and I am
         Jake Meeth                                          immensely grateful for
                                                                                                        fortunate and grateful I                     aware that this studentship was available
                                                                                                                                                     I had been in a state of some anxiety about
                                                                                                        am to be able to continue                    what I would do after graduation. The loans
         Jake (G14) is from Wichita Kansas                   the donations which have
                                                                                                        here for another year.                       available for postgraduate study primarily
         in the US and studied engineering at                made that possible.                                                                     cover tuition, so I would not have been able
         Churchill before joining local start-up                                                        This simply would not                        to get together enough for maintenance.
         company PragmatIC.
                                                                                                        have been possible                           As the eldest of five children, I would not
                                                                                                                                                     have wanted to put an extra financial
         The role provided Jake with great industrial
         experience but he realised he needed to                                                        without this generous                        burden on my family, either. I cannot
         return to academia to better understand                                                        funding offer.                               overstate how fortunate and grateful I am
                                                                                                                                                     to be able to continue here for another year.
         the tools for bridging industry and research.   It is the place to go when I hit a roadblock
         This aim finally became possible thanks to                                                                                                  This simply would not have been possible
                                                         and need a friend to talk to. It is also the
         funding received from the Gulbenkian-Yuval                                                                                                  without this generous funding offer.”
                                                         place to go when everything is going well,
         Studentship and Jake was delighted to find      and you want to share some experiences.”                                                   Shannon also benefited from College
         himself back at Churchill for his PhD.                                                                                                     support via a grant from the Wing Yip
                                                         Looking ahead, Jake sees opportunities
         Returning to Churchill proved to be a                                                                                                      Travel Fund, which enabled her to go to
                                                         to apply his skills in nanofabrication
         natural and easy transition. Churchill                                                                                                     Taiwan for two and a half months in the
                                                         industries in the UK and the US, and
         offered a cosy and relaxed atmosphere                                                                                                      summer of her first year. The trip provided
                                                         eventually hopes to lead research into
         whilst at the same time providing the                                                                                                      a first opportunity to use her second
                                                         new applications and pioneer exciting
         perfect environment to explore new ideas                                                                                                   language in a native setting and she recalls
                                                         industrial projects. Ultimately, he is very
         and research, ‘the College MCR is always                                                                                                   it as being an amazing experience which
                                                         aware that it is thanks to the funding he
         inviting and waiting for an interesting                                                                                                    increased her enthusiasm for her degree.
                                                         has received that this career path has
         conversation’. In fact, Jake cites the people   been made into a possibility.
         at Churchill as being the best thing about                                                                                                 Read Shannon’s full story:
         the College.                                    Read Jake’s full story:                                                          
        “The highlights of my time at Churchill all                                                                                                 endowment-fund
         revolve around the people. To me, Churchill     endowment-fund
         College is the place I live. It is the place
         to go after a long day in the lab and
         decompress with a game of foosball.

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Living in the New
         Graduate Housing
         Christian Totoiu                                                                                The Creative Hub
         Christian Totoiu (G19) is from Anaheim
         in Orange County, California and recently
                                                                                                         at Churchill College
         joined Churchill College as an MPhil
         student in chemical engineering and
         Christian was delighted to move into Boyd                                                       It is widely recognised that creativity             The Creative Hub will include workshops,
         House, one of the newly opened graduate                                                         flourishes most readily between existing            both digital and traditional, with equipment to
         houses on 36 Storey’s Way.                                                                      disciplines, calling for an openness of mind        enable students to experiment with different
         Christian enjoys the property’s physical                                                        that is best fostered by sharing a common           techniques to bring artistic and design
         location, with its close proximity to the                                                       goal with people of contrasting approaches.         projects to fruition. To support the various
         West Cambridge site, easy access to                                                                                                                 projects it is intended to have a technician
                                                                                                         The College is keen to revitalise and               on hand to offer advice, skills and training.
         the College’s facilities and private and         Living on site has also encouraged             encourage the spirit of interdisciplinary
         quiet surroundings. However, it is the           Christian to attend more events, talks         thinking and creativity on which the College        Most students would not generally have
         close proximity to his peers, aided by           and activities in College and become a         was founded. The Creative Hub will host a           access to a creative working space. The
         the building’s design that has had the           more engaged, involved member of the           dynamic programme of events and create a            Creative Hub will allow groups of students
         most significant personal benefit. Each          postgraduate community – something             platform geared towards bridging academic           from disparate disciplines, and with a wide
         floor has a communal space intended              that would not have occurred if he had         disciplines, and forging new collaborations,        range of interests, to join together and be
         by lead architect Simon Tucker (U&G86)           lived off site.                                so that our students can better respond to          creative, as well as attract future applicants
        ‘to create smaller communities within a                                                          the challenges of the 21st century.                 and visitors to the College.
         larger community and help foster social          Outside academia he enjoys playing tennis
         interactions’, and this aspiration has           and – since joining Churchill, squash –        Students of all disciplines, undergraduates and     The overall cost of the project is £3.58 million,
         certainly been achieved:                         as well as hiking and travelling. Following    postgraduates, will have the opportunity to         and building will start once half this total is
                                                          the completion of his MPhil, Christian will    make things together. The Hub will be a place       achieved. The building project cost is to provide
        “The shared kitchen and living rooms, as          continue on to a PhD in Chemical and           for creativity and innovation, including a multi-   a roof and transform the space over three levels.
         well as the laundry facilities, have led me to   Biomolecular Engineering at the California     purpose project space, to explore, design, test,    In addition to a variety of tools, the workshops
         meet and interact regularly with neighbours.     Institute of Technology. In future, he hopes   scale, build and present ideas – technical,         will be equipped with a 3D printer, and other
         This has encouraged a sense of familiarity       to pursue a career driving academic            social, artistic and more.                          advanced digital equipment such as VR.
         that has resulted in spontaneous                 research to industrial applications.
         conversations and the establishment of                                                                                                              A Director will be appointed to inspire and
         new friendships.”                                                                               Much more than a                                    support a dynamic range of projects and
                                                                                                                                                             encourage creative collaboration. This is
                                                                                                         building project

                                                                                                                                                             envisaged as a senior academic role occupying
                                                                                                                                                             40% of the Director’s time. In addition technical
                       A significant personal benefit has been the                                       This will be a facility unique to Churchill,        support is required to advise students, train
                       proximity to my peers. This closeness has                                         providing a ‘maker’ space in the disused oil        them in relevant skills, and supervise their
                                                                                                         store next to the squash courts at the front        use of tools and equipment.
                       led to and continues to lead to constant                                          entrance to the College. It has been designed
                                                                                                                                                             For more information visit
                       interaction with them and, thereby, provides a                                    by the pioneering architecture collective
                                                                                                         ‘Assemble’ who won the Turner Prize for
                       sense of community away from home.                                                Contemporary Art in 2015, and includes
                                                                                                         Joseph Halligan (U06), as one of its leaders.

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Donor Report | 2020 - Churchill College
2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the College receiving                                    Postgraduates                                    Endowment Funding
         its Royal Charter, and we have ambitious aims to honour the
         legacy of our founder by continuing our mission to support                                  We are also committed to raising more            The College’s endowment, which stands
                                                                                                     endowed studentships for postgraduates.          at around £100 million, contributes around
         excellence in all subjects: the arts and humanities and science,                            As students now graduate with more debt,         £3 million to fund College expenditure each
         engineering and technology.                                                                 postgraduate study (especially in the arts       year. The more this can be grown over the
                                                                                                     and humanities) is becoming unaffordable         next few years, the more financial stability
                                                                                                     for all but the most privileged. Endowing        we can provide to achieve our educational
         The College can look back on its 60 years
         of stellar achievements which include 32        Undergraduates                              studentships will enable us to support future
                                                                                                     academics whatever their background.
                                                                                                                                                      mission. We face uncertain times, and
                                                                                                                                                      continual changes in policy in terms of funding
         Nobel laureates as former students, staff                                                                                                    Higher Education. Therefore, growing our own
         or Fellows, and 60 years of educating           We continue to raise funds for              Our aim is to increase the number of endowed     invested assets helps us to guarantee that we
         the brightest and best from a range of          undergraduates who face graduating with     studentships. The College currently funds        will be able to continue funding education and
         backgrounds who have gone on to make a          debts of over £60,000, which deters many    some postgraduates through fee income –          research for future generations.
         difference to the world beyond Cambridge        from less privileged backgrounds from       the more that can be funded philanthropically,
         University. We have chosen to mark the          applying to Cambridge. The College offers   the more students can benefit from both
         anniversary by launching a campaign             support in the form of access bursaries     funded studentships and the funding that
         to raise at least £6 million for student        through the Cambridge Bursary Scheme,       can be released for other purposes.
         support, the Creative Hub, and the College’s    but this is funded entirely by the
         endowment, and to look forward in the           College itself.
         spirit of our foundation. Our new campaign,                                                 Creative Hub
                                                         Overall the College spends over £400,000
         Think Forward, will be launched later this
                                                         per year supporting undergraduates with
         year, and will span the 20/21 academic                                                      This year we launched fundraising
                                                         bursary and hardship funds. A growing
         year, to highlight our successes and help                                                   for the Creative Hub – the Hub
                                                         number are now funded by specific
         to fund our future.                                                                         takes us back to our founding
                                                         bursaries which are endowed
                                                                                                     purpose as an institution born
         Donations now form over 25% of the              (for example the Lock Bursary Fund).
                                                                                                     out of the ‘two cultures’ debate.
         College’s total income, either as income        To endow all the other bursary funds
                                                                                                     We aim to encourage interdisciplinary

         from invested capital (most of which            fully would cost £10 million; therefore
                                                                                                     thought by transforming the disused
         has been donated for endowment) or              the more donations we can attract to
                                                                                                     former oil tanks store near the
         as donations which are expendable in            student support funds, the better.
                                                                                                     front of College into a digital and
         the year given.                                                                             analogue workshop to encourage
                                                         As you will have read, we offer extra
                                                         support to students whose parental          students creatively and to enable
         Student Support                                 income is below £25,000 p.a. through        development of their ideas. Although               Thanks to all donors for
                                                                                                     many University departments have
                                                         Winston Churchill Top-Up Bursaries,
                                                                                                     their own workshops, they are not
                                                                                                                                                        your support in the last
                                                         and will continue raising funds for this
         Many of you will have heard about the           particularly disadvantaged group.           accessible to all students, and                    year – as we celebrate the
         emphasis the University is now putting on                                                   Churchill would be the first college to
         student support schemes and broadening
                                                         The 1960 Club, which donors can join
                                                                                                     offer a truly interdisciplinary facility
                                                                                                                                                        last sixty years, let us look
                                                         by donating £1,960, helps to fund these
         access to Higher Education from under-          bursaries which otherwise must be           for all its students whether in the                forward to helping to tackle
         represented groups. This area has always                                                    arts or sciences. We aim to raise at
         been important here at Churchill, and is
                                                         funded from our unrestricted funds.
                                                                                                     least £1.5 million of the total funds of
                                                                                                                                                        the challenges the world
                                                         We are delighted that since we launched
         an urgent priority for fundraising this year.   the 1960 Club we have raised over           £3.58 million needed for the Creative              will face in the next sixty
         Also all gifts to student support (including                                                Hub in our Think Forward Campaign.
         sports and cultural activity, which play a
                                                         £300,000 in pledges for these bursaries.                                                       years and beyond.
                                                         This is a great start though we require
         large role in pastoral support) will now        over £2 million per year to fully endow
         release a matching gift from the                this valuable scheme.
         University’s Harding Challenge Fund.                                                                                                           Fran Malarée,
                                                                                                                                                        Development Director

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