For Trinity to continue to attract excellent students, it is vital that everyone with the requisite academic ability knows they can succeed here, whatever their background or personal circumstances.
The University has in place one of the country’s most generous student support packages, but even that is not enough. Since the government’s cuts to university funding and the consequent increase in tuition fees, the need for college-based support has more than doubled, especially for those from the ‘squeezed middle’. Trinity has been able to address this need thanks to the generosity of Old Members and Friends, and hopes to have the means to continue to do so in the future.
Public funding for research has been diminishing, especially within the Humanities. Many of today’s graduates have incurred sizeable debts during their undergraduate studies, and find that they will need at least £25,000 p.a. to support themselves while studying for a higher degree. This has, inevitably, taken a toll on the numbers who can afford to pursue higher degrees and research.
In order to ensure that high calibre graduate students continue to apply here, Trinity needs to increase both the number and size of the scholarships awarded. Thanks to generous support from Old Members and Friends, combined with matched funding from the University, in recent years the college has been able to endow three new, fully-funded graduate scholarships at the DPhil level and to support a number of Masters students on a year on year basis, but there is still more to do.
To mark the retirement of History Fellow Bryan Ward-Perkins, the college is raising money for a graduate scholarship in Late Antique and Medieval History. The scholarship will be for a Masters or a DPhil student starting in 2021. For a Home/EU student, the fees are a little under £8,000 p.a. and living costs can be as high as £19,800 p.a. Through your generous support, we hope to cover the fees and we will look for matched funding from elsewhere in the University to assist with living costs.
In recognition of the important part that graduates from the USA play in College, we continue to raise money to support Marshall Scholars. However, there is great competition from other institutions, especially overseas, many of which have more generous financial packages in place. Old Member’ and Friends’ support is therefore essential in ensuring that Trinity and the University do not lose exceptional graduates. Without it, even the most talented students will not be able to study at a higher level, and some who do so will have no choice but to leave Oxford for better funding opportunities elsewhere.
The impact of donations for graduate support is tremendous and this short video of graduate student Ben Lake demonstrates how greatly appreciated it is.