Downing students gifted a ‘take a break’ treat

Downing students gifted a ‘take a break’ treat

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How a new initiative kindly funded by alumna, Alice Bayly (Downing 1989) helped Downing students to take some time away from revision and relax.

“When I was at Downing, I occasionally found a parcel of chocolate biscuit cake in my pigeon hole — a gift in the post from my mum when she thought I needed a bit of TLC. Over 30 years, I can still remember that the exam term could be a bit of a slog and it was easy to feel overwhelmed and even isolated. So, I thought I’d like to do something that would give students a reason to take a break from revision and connect with others — over a piece of cake. Of course, confectionery won’t take away all the stress, but I hope it can help a little bit!”

The sessions took place daily during exam season in Downing's Wellbeing Centre. Reflecting on the importance of providing students with extra support during the exam period, Dr Kate Daniels, Head of Student Well-being said:

“In the Wellbeing Team, we understand how stressful and overwhelming exams can be for our students. That’s why we’re thrilled to be offering these ‘take a break' wellbeing drop-ins and would like to thank Alice for her thoughtful donation. The sessions offered all Downing students a listening ear and some friendly chat, drinks, fresh fruit and lots of lovely cake!” 


To find out more about supporting Downing College, please contact:

Jo Finnie Jones

Director of Advancement

+44 01223 334850

To find out more about supporting students at Cambridge, please contact:

Nathaniel Wright

Associate Director — Student Support