The history of St Catharine’s is one of benefaction. The College was founded as a place of learning in 1473, thanks to the vision and generosity of Robert Woodlark, and has grown due to the philanthropy of its patrons ever since. It is an institution with education at its core, where students with the potential to do great things are taught and mentored by experienced academics.
To maintain this vision of excellence the College launched a major fundraising initiative to raise £30million for the College. Our Members and friends responded, with unprecedented levels of support coming from across the globe and representing many generations of the extended St Catharine’s community.
Such generosity has been truly inspirational and has enabled us to achieve a great deal already: to build the McGrath Centre, now in constant use by students, Fellows, alumni and conference guests; to endow five College Teaching Officer posts; to refurbish the College Boathouse; and to fund a student counselling scheme.
The St Catharine’s Campaign has acted as a catalyst and we now look towards building on these successes to create a more robust financial future for the College. This is vital if we are to continue to educate the best and brightest undergraduates and postgraduates, attract and retain the finest academic staff to our Fellowship, and continue to improve and invest in the College’s estate.
“The education, formative experiences and lifelong friendships I developed at St Catz have made me the person I am today. I want other people to be able to benefit and experience the same positive things I did. We can all afford to give at some level, and by giving back to St Catharine’s, I’m saying thank you for everything it has done and continues to do for me. For me, giving in this way is a joy."
Andy Jones (1990, Chemical Engineering)