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Student Activities and Personal Development

The time spent at Girton can be life-changing for our students, in part because of the opportunities afforded for travel during their course of studies and the wide range of extracurricular activities, including sport, music and the creative arts, that they can take part in. These opportunities need to available to every Girton student, and not dependent on whether they can afford them. We welcome donations to a variety of funds, ranging from Travel and Sports Awards to the Choir.

The Music Performance Fund 

The College has a strong tradition of excellence in musical performance, with many former students having gone on to make their career in this field. Girton is also unusual among Cambridge Colleges in that senior members engage actively with students in performance projects (a phenomenon often restricted elsewhere to Chapel music). This high level of engagement is facilitated in part by our excellent Musicians in Residence scheme. By raising £5,000 our new Musical Performance Project aims to allow Girton's Musicians in Residence scope to expand and enhance the performance opportunities, both vocal and instrumental, they offer our students. For many students, College-based musical performances, whether as a performer or an audience member, have contributed to improving their mental health, never more so than during the current pandemic.

Students practicing for a performance with Musician in Residence

Supporting Academic, Personal and Sporting Achievement

Our Prize fund supports awards for academic excellence for those students who have achieved a First Class Honours Degree in their final year examinations. The fund also supports Travel grants (for students wishing to travel in support of their studies) and Sports Awards, which are given to talented students who are playing sport at a university level.

Student Travelling

There are also a number of specific travel awards (including the Dr Jean Grove Memorial Fund (for Geography Fieldwork) and the Ruth Morgan Fund (which supports travel by Modern and Medieval Language Students).

Student studying in Library

The College is also proud to be able to offer a range of funds that support students in accessing the resources they need to complete their studies, both subject specific funds (like the Medical Appeal, which also supports the College’s Meds and Vets Society) and more generally (such as the Academic resources Fund).

Student Societies

We currently welcome donations to support both Girton College’s award winning Chapel Choir and Girton’s College Boat Club (via the Infidel Boat Club).

Girton Boat Club - Women's Team Rowing on river

Supporting Widening Participation

You can find out more about Girton College’s Schools Liaison and Widening Participation Schemes here. Our Access Fund supports our work in this area.

large group walking toward honey suckle walk attending the Girton150 Festival

Supporting our cultural heritage and our buildings and grounds

Our Cultural Heritage fund supports our Collections, buildings and gardens. To make a donation please select the link below and then email, if you would like your donation to this fund to be directed to a particular purpose.

Ash Court

Girton stories

Belinda Lewis

History, 1998

Studying at Cambridge was life-changing for me…Girton’s reassuringly down-to-earth atmosphere helped put me at ease and the College offered me a strong sense of community and belonging... I have decided to leave Girton a legacy so future generations can enjoy all the benefits the College has to offer: for me, these included meeting people with a completely different background and world view; the chance to try huge range of new sports, hobbies and interests; and discovering an environment where ability and dedication were the only attributes required to succeed.

Give to Girton

There are many ways you can donate to Girton.

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