Laura Ashley Holdings
Laura Ashley Holdings is generously endowing the Laura Ashley Holdings Cambridge Scholarship at Robinson. More information is on our bursaries and scholarships pages.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP sponsors the Robinson College Law Library, providing over £3,000 per annum at present towards the costs of acquisitions. The cost of running our student Law Library is expensive, especially relative to other subjects, because of the constantly changing nature of many of its sources. The Law Fellows and supervisors endeavour to make prudent spending decisions and have achieved some cost reductions by using some online access to journals and statutes, so that the new acquisitions cost just over £10,000 per annum to maintain the College’s working collection of sources, of which approximately 40% is for text books and 60% for journals.
Annual Law Dinner
Each year a Law firm hosts the annual Robinson Law Dinner, which brings together current students and Law Fellows with Robinson lawyers who are practising as solicitors, barristers, in-house Council and working in other areas. We are grateful to the following firms for their support in recent years: Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Simmons & Simmons, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Jones Day.
Law Revision Week
Each year the Robinson Law students take part in an off-site week of revision supervisions, often at our sister college, St Catherine's, Oxford. We are grateful to the following firms for their sponsorship, which allows students to attend regardless of their financial circumstances: Baker & McKenzie, Norton Rose Fulbright, Kirkland Ellis and Clyde & Co.
Beachcroft LLP Fellow and Director of Studies in Law
Thanks to very generous financial support from law firm, Beachcroft LLP, Robinson was pleased to welcome Dr Isabella Alexander (Robinson Fellow, 2005-2012) as Director of Studies and a Fellow in Law in 2005. Managing Partner of Beachcroft LLP, Paul Murray, said at the time of announcing this partnership:
"We regard this as an excellent way to bring together academic lawyers of the highest calibre with those in practice at Beachcroft LLP so that each may benefit from the experiences of the others and offer rounded and high-quality teaching, learning and research opportunities to students and staff alike."
During her time at Robinson, Dr Alexander maintained regular contact with Beachcroft and visited their London offices from time to time to give seminars on her specialist area of the law. Beachcroft lawyers visited Robinson and took part in the College's annual Law Revision Week and other Robinson College Law Society activities.
Proudfoot Consulting Director of Studies in Management Studies (2006-2010)
Robinson College worked with Proudfoot Consulting over a period of five years, following the company's commitment to sponsor the post of Director of Studies in Management Studies. The Director of Studies, Dr Ian Rudy (1981), was known as the Proudfoot Consulting Director of Studies in Management Studies and acted as a key link between the College and the company, alongside the Fellow Director of Development. Proudfoot is one of two companies that comprises The Management Consulting Group (MCG) and is a specialist firm of consultants that implements sustainable operational improvements at no net annualised cost to their clients.
At the launch, Robinson Warden, Professor David Yates, commented "We are most grateful to Proudfoot Consulting for its gift and for Kevin Parry's (1980) advocacy on the College's behalf within the firm. The company's support helps the College to ensure that it maintains the highest standards of teaching in Management Studies, whilst introducing the students to a "hands-on" consultancy that not only seeks to identify potential efficiencies, but also to help clients to implement those recommendations. We look forward to working with Proudfoot over the next five years."
On March 19th, 2007, Robinson College hosted the first stage of selections for the MCG internship; a chance for one Robinson undergraduate to spend the summer in the US as an intern to one of the firms of the Management Consultancy Group Plc. The group was keen to give an exceptional student the chance to experience working for a major firm in his field of business. Thirteen students took part in this part of the recruitment process, which consisted of a business simulation exercise, "the Wine Bar game". The students were split into teams of 3-4 and were given numerous decisions to make about the running of their own (hypothetical) wine bar - everything from branding to ordering of stock, from staffing, to maintenance and expansion of the premises of the bar. At various stages in the process, each team's decisions were processed through a computer to determine the outcome of the choices that had been made.
The winning team comprised James Gordon, a second year Land Economist, Adam Jones, a second year Physical Scientist, and Romana Karim, a third year Philosopher. This team went through to the next stage in the selection process; a round of interviews with Kevin Parry at the MCG London offices. Ally Considine, in her third year reading English, was also offered an interview as the most outstanding candidate from the other teams and, in fact, succeeded in securing the internship after the second round interviews. An article that Ally wrote following her internship can be seen on page 10 of the Michaelmas 2007 edition of Bin Brook.
To learn more about Management Studies at Robinson today, or about sponsoring subjects in a similar scheme, please initially contact Helen Cornish.