2016.02.15 Message from the Principal, Elizabeth Archibald


It is now customary that each year in the Vice-Chancellor’s matriculation speech, first-year students are told, “Don’t let your degree get in the way of your education”. But in an era of higher fees than ever before and the greater academic pressure that comes with this burden of debt, involvement in areas outside of studying is becoming increasingly difficult.

At St Cuthbert’s Society we are committed to producing graduates who not only achieve highly in their degrees, but who are also equipped with a diverse range of interests and skills which enable them to thrive in their life after University. Therefore this year we are launching our Student Opportunities Fund, and are asking our valued alumni to give what they can in order to support our student activities, providing students with the best possible experience while at St Cuthbert’s, and allowing us to continue to produce well-rounded graduates with the skills they need to excel. Our Junior Common Room keeps its fees and club subscriptions low in order to maximise participation in sports and societies, but this means that our students need your support.

Donations to the Fund will be directed to the area of greatest need, or you are able to specify in your gift if you would like it to go to a particular aspect of our student community. From professional coaching for our sports teams to props and staging for Drama Society productions to guest lecturers, your donation can have a huge and immediate impact. Our Boat Club have had success this year, with several wins at the North East Indoor Rowing Championship, while Women’s Football are now third in their league and through to the quarter-finals of the Cup. But with your support, the Boat Club could afford a new boat, and Women’s Football could gain the skills and experience needed to win their league.

If you are in a position to help us, we would be extremely grateful.  A single gift of £100 could provide a coaching course for one of our sports teams; £50 would fund the materials for an Art Society masterclass or sports equipment for our Hockey Club; while just £20 would provide new plants for the gardens of 12 South Bailey, cared for by a dedicated group of students and Senior Common Room members.  Alternatively, an ongoing regular gift of, for example, £10 or £20 monthly or annually, would help us to provide long-term support and security for all our student activities.

If you have fond memories of your time at Cuthbert’s and want to ensure that our current students have the same opportunities and chance for development, we urge you to give to this worthy cause. A gift of any size will be very gratefully received, and can be made by completing this form, selecting “My college’s annual appeal”, or made online here.

We will provide regular updates on how your gift and others have been used, as well as reporting back at the end of the year to let you know how it has made a real difference to the Cuthbert’s community. All the latest news and events from Cuthbert's can be found on our website and in the monthly Newswire updates. If you have any questions about the Student Development Fund or any other alumni news, please don’t hesitate to contact our Development Officer, Harriet Rawet.

Very best wishes for 2016.

Yours sincerely,


Elizabeth Archibald