Recent events have brought issues of disparity of opportunity to the fore not only for people from BME backgrounds but also from any background that is at a disadvantage by means of race, class, gender or other circumstance. The University of Cambridge and its Colleges are committed to widening participation for underrepresented groups through a programme of support for projects and awards, to increase access and provide opportunities to students during their time with us.
Working closely with our Senior Tutor on widening participation has highlighted the issue that more funding opportunities are generally available for undergraduate and PhD study; there is very limited funding for MPhil study currently and so this is a barrier for able students to continue their studies. Wolfson will help bridge this gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling more students to continue in their academic journey.
We are excited to launch a new fund specifically for MPhil students from BME backgrounds who have experienced educational disadvantage. This will provide funding to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study. We are seeking donations in increments of £1,000.