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Selwyn College Telephone Campaign

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Telephone Campaign December 2021

Telephone Campaign 2021 video

Each year a team of students takes on the task of phoning the alumni and friends of Selwyn. They speak to members about their time in College, ask them to share their wisdom with younger Selwynites, and seek help for current and future generations with a gift towards student support. Our next campaign will take place in December 2021 and we look forward to getting in touch.

As you will see in the video, this year our campaign focuses on further strengthening financial support for students and improving student access to high quality spaces for living and learning. The Old Library refurbishment will further enhance Selwyn’s teaching, learning and archival facilities, and the Three Hostels retrofit project will provide comfortable, low-carbon postgraduate housing that responds to the 21st century challenges of our rapidly evolving climate. Pending the results of final surveys and feasibility assessments, we hope that this might include the installation of a ground source heat pump that can be shared equally among the three hostels. This is subject to a final environmental and financial assessment, which will be made by the college council. When combined with waste recovery systems, and high levels of insulation, the hope is that the carbon footprint of the site could be reduced by up to 60%. Watch the video.

The College was founded in the great age of Victorian philanthropy, and it is that spirit of giving that has inspired its 134 years of history. Having access to bursaries can make a world of difference to many students, ensuring all Selwynites have the best opportunities, irrespective of their financial background, and upholding our core principle of 'merit over means'. In addition to bursaries, our student support funds also provide hardship grants for those who experience unexpected financial difficulty during their time here.

The 2020 Campaign

The response to the December 2020 campaign was fantastic, with over £170,000 raised by the end of the campaign.

We do hope that many of you have had a great conversation with a current student. We hope that we will manage to reach you in December, but in the mean time please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Telephone campaign 2020 callers

If you need to get in touch about the campaign, please contact our Development Office on +44 (0) 1223 763937 or email 

Supporting the Campaign

If you wish to make a donation via post, please click here to download a donation form.

If you wish to make a donation through Cambridge in America, please visit the Cambridge in America website.



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