Campaign progress

2017

October

CRSC launches officially; it campaigns initially for scholarships to be funded through opt-out donations from students

November

Newnham JCR and SUs at Emmanuel, King’s, Sidney Sussex and Trinity pass motions to support CRSC

2018

February

CRSC decides to lobby the university directly to provide scholarships

Motions of support are passed by JCRs at Christ’s, Peterhouse, Selwyn and Corpus, and by the MCR at Christ’s

CRSC is unanimously endorsed by CUSU Council

March

Motions of support are passed by JCRs at Downing, Homerton, Queen’s, and by MCRs at St Catharine’s, Homerton and Newnham

May

CRSC and CUSU Access Officer Olivia Hylton-Pennant publishes an open letter urging the University to award a full scholarship to Syrian offer-holder Abdullah Kattineh, as well as establish a sustainable system of scholarships

Abdullah is awarded a scholarship covering full tuition and living costs by the Cambridge Trust

Motions of support are passed by JCRs at Caius, Churchill, Clare, Corpus, Girton, Murray Edwards, Robinson and Pembroke, by MCRs at Emmanuel and Medwards MCR, and by SUs at Jesus and Lucy Cavendish

The University commits to establish at least ten studentships every year for students whose education have been affected by armed conflict

CRSC meets with Graham Virgo (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education) and Aaron Westfall (Director of Development and Alumni Relations) to discuss eligibility criteria and funding arrangements for the new studentship

June

James Gardom (Senior Treasurer of CRSC) meets with Matthew Mellor (Development Director at Pembroke and Chair of Cambridge Colleges’ Development Group) regarding the studentship

CRSC continues to receive email inquiries from refugees and individuals affected by political/ humanitarian crises. As the studentship had yet to be established, committee members attempt to find alternative sources of funding for these individuals.

CRSC speaks to Helen Pennant (Director of the Cambridge Trust)

CRSC meets with Matthew Mellor

July

CRSC meets with Christopher Whitney (Director of Principal Gifts) and Pam King Sams to discuss funding arrangements for the studentship

September

CRSC learns that significant progress has been made by the Cambridge Trust over the past month and a major announcement will be made soon

The Cambridge Trust introduces the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship