In the past many parents of Robinsonians expressed the wish that there was a formal mechanism for staying in touch with Robinson after their child's graduation. With this in mind we launched "The Friends of Robinson College" in 2005 and now invite parents, friends and relatives of our College Members to become Friends.
Friends receive the College magazine, Bin Brook, twice a year and regular email news updates about achievements, activities and events. They are invited to join us for College and Alumni events, such as the Varsity Match, the Annual Reception and concerts, and may make use of the College's renowned accommodation and conference facilities at prevailing alumni rates, subject to availability. The current alumni rate for conference facilities is a 10% discount on list price.
To become a Friend of Robinson, please complete and return this form. There is no membership fee for Friends, but we ask you to make a regular monthly, quarterly or annual donation according to your means. Donations from the Friends will be used to support College activities, such as supervision teaching, sports and music, and facilities, like the Library, maintenance of the buildings and the beautiful gardens.
Robinson College is unique. As Cambridge University's only purpose-built co-educational undergraduate and postgraduate College, the College and its governing Fellowship have a progressive and highly inclusive approach to their mission of providing world-class education to students from throughout the globe. In 2003/4, the College's income was £665,000 less than the full cost of educating our students. That is £1,750 per student, per year. Today we subsidise each student's education by at least £2,000 per annum, more in the case of individuals in need of bursary support. The College costs £9 million per annum to run. In 2014/15, 27% of Robinson’s income was raised through academic fees and charges; 10.8% was provided from endowment income; 2.4% from donations taken directly into our income and expenditure account for the year, rather than into the endowment; 56% from our conference business, student residence charges and catering. Of this income, 41% was expended upon education; 51% on the costs of providing student residence, catering and conference facilities and services and 7% on other costs. Fuller details can be seen on our Funding Robinson page.
It is a founding principle that no candidate applying to Robinson should ever be evaluated on political, racial, religious or social grounds. This commitment to access through merit alone was the over-riding, guiding value for our founder Benefactor, the late Sir David Robinson, and the founding Fellows. Today, Robinson is the embodiment of that founding dream: a confident, progressive, forward-thinking, and enterprising academic community, genuinely mixed by gender, race, politics, education, religion and social background. We are proud of our reputation for achievement and strive to provide ever-wider access to academic excellence in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Our members. successes, in all walks of life, enrich the communities within which they choose to live and work.
By becoming a Friend, you will not only remain in close contact with the College and an important part of our community, but you will help Robinson to continue to offer excellence in education to outstanding students from all backgrounds and walks of life. Do join us!