Donate to the central spaces project

Raising funds for our central spaces is an immediate priority for the Master and the Development Director. If you are able to give to the College to support this important project, please contact the Development Director (

Gift matching

Peter (1974) and Christina (2016) Dawson have given a substantial lead gift of £4 million and established a matched funding challenge of equivalent value, to encourage others to support this vital project. Until December 2021, all gifts received for the project will be matched on a pound-for-pound basis, up to a maximum of £4 million. Successful completion of this matched funding challenge will enable the College to complete the remodelling of our central spaces.

The Sydney Smith Room

Dr Sydney Smith, a Fellow of St Catharine’s between 1939 and 1988, is remembered fondly by many Members. As part of the central spaces project, the College will create a new private dining room for both our Members to enjoy and state-of-the art facilities to help us attract leading conferences. Many thanks to Peter and Christina Dawson for suggesting this touching way to memorialise Dr Smith.

Recognising your support

Donors who give £10,000+ can choose to have their name listed alphabetically on the main donor board or, if they specifically want their gift to be in memory of Dr Sydney Smith, their name can be listed alphabetically on the donor board for this room instead.