New landmark institute to transform public policy thinking
A major gift from alumnus Peter Bennett has enabled launch of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, to find sustainable solutions to global problems.

Our ideas and innovations have
shaped the world.
Our campaign,
'Dear World... Yours, Cambridge'
will raise £2 billion
to help us shape all our futures.

Yours, Cambridge

 
 
 
 
 
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For 800 years, the world has invested in Cambridge and Cambridge has delivered. We gave you gravity, evolution, computers and pulsars. Next we could deliver clean energy sources, longer lives, quantum computers and parallel universes. But first we need to ask more from the world.
 
 
 
 
 
The fundraising campaign has reached £1.08bn.
Our Dear World, Yours Cambridge campaign for the University and Colleges was launched in October 2015 and aims to raise £2bn for research, posts and facilities. The campaign total now stands at £1.08bn.
 
 
 
 
 
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Cambridge is a unique community of 31 Colleges, and home to more than 18,000 students. The Colleges are the home of our signature supervision system, where students are mentored by some of the world’s leading thinkers. Our 9,000 staff are spread across six schools and more than 150 departments, faculties and institutes.

Focus on our aspirations

For eight centuries, Cambridge has welcomed brilliant minds, set them free to collaborate and create, sending world-changing ideas in return. But we can never say: 'our work is done'. Help us ensure that our impact on the future will be as vital as our impact on the past.

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There are thousands of students out there who could make their mark on the world.
A College supervision session
Teaching the next generation of leaders how to think, not what to think. Here, teaching is a two-way process, revolving around an exchange of thinking and understanding.
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New approaches to the world's most debilitating health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
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Creating transformational solutions to environmental challenges: a partnership between international nature conservation organisations and University researchers.
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Supporting a new generation of outstanding researchers to create an African research culture.
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Creating Europe's largest concentration of scientists and clinicians fighting chronic diseases.
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As threats to health become more complex and interconnected, so too will the solutions we develop to combat them.
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Making possible a new generation of discoveries that provide affordable, clean energy for everyone on the planet for generations to come.

Gift announcements

Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

Gift announcement
The long-sought dream of wearable and mobile devices that will interpret, replicate and influence people’s emotions and perceptions will soon be a reality thanks to a collaboration between the University and Nokia Bell Labs.
Gift announcement
The Bennett Institute for Public Policy will address emerging global patterns of inequality and social unrest by offering a unique combination of deep research, high-level training and effective policy engagement. 

Impact of giving

Philanthropic giving is at the heart of the success of the Collegiate University, enabling us to make discoveries that change the world and to ensure that our students receive an unrivalled education.

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Philanthropic impact story
How will philanthropy impact the University’s future?
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Philanthropic impact story
The second phase of the interdisciplinary Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme, a collaboration between the Philomathia Foundation and the University, has been launched to enable further pioneering work in addressing some of the major issues facing humanity today.