Our ambition

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.

Our ambition

At Cambridge philanthropy has driven impact for more than 800 years. Our responsibility as a leading teaching and research university is to serve an increasingly global society.

Our people are drawn from all over the world, as are our partners, and it’s the world’s challenges we must tackle. So we need to be able to attract the best people, regardless of their background or financial status and provide them with the best facilities.

Our track record

Since the University was founded in 1209 the work of Cambridge scholars has had a profound effect upon the world. Cambridge scholars pioneered new interpretations of scripture, identified the building blocks of life, the origins of the universe and the origins of man. They invented the computer and the web cam, the rules of football and the jet engine. The impact of all of these things ancient and modern continues to resound around the world, just as our current work in clean energy, transport and food security will touch the lives of millions for generations yet to come.

Cambridge scholars pioneered new interpretations of scripture, identified the building blocks of life, the origins of the universe and the origins of man. They invented the computer and the web cam, the rules of football and the jet engine.

Our vision

We want to increase our impact on the world. We want to raise £2 billion to:

  • Create new professorships to attract more world-leading academics to lead teaching and research
  • Transform the Biomedical Campus into a global centre where new treatments are created, tested and delivered, all on one site
  • Expand the West Cambridge site and increase its standing as an international science and innovation hub
  • Increase our graduate student population

Cambridge is asset rich, but invests all of its philanthropic income in the development of the University. Compared to its peer institutions, particularly in the USA, we are operating with far fewer resources.

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.

Sir David Attenborough (image by Cate Gillon)
Creating transformational solutions to environmental challenges: a partnership between international nature conservation organisations and University researchers.
Students in front of one of our Colleges
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.
Family check-up
New approaches to the world's most debilitating health conditions
A Cambridge-Africa Programme workshop in Tanzania
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
A doctor giving a patient a CT scan
As threats to health become more complex and interconnected, so too will the solutions we develop to combat them.
Super conductor
Making possible a new generation of discoveries that provide affordable, clean energy for everyone on the planet for generations to come.