Supporting Homerton

As soon as you walk through the gates to study at Homerton College you become a lifelong member. As a College we warmly welcome your involvement in the community, and this doesn't stop when you graduate. We are here to support you throughout your career and in turn hope that you will feel a long-term connection to Homerton and give back if you feel able to do so. 

The Harding Challenge

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of David and Claudia Harding's recent gift to Cambridge, if you are a new donor and choose to give to any aspect of student life, the impact of your gift will be doubled. The Harding Challenge ensures that a gift by someone who has never given before unlocks a reciprocal amount to go towards a special fund for undergraduate financial support. 

How exactly does the Harding Challenge work? 

The money which your donation unlocks will provide additional resource for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, which is being expanded so that a greater number of students will be eligible, and those in greatest need will receive more help than ever before.

This additional resource is distributed to students in need across Cambridge. How it is distributed is based on College wealth and undergraduate student numbers. The Harding Challenge therefore helps level the playing field in the student experience in Cambridge by increasing and equalising what each College can provide for students in need, regardless of historic College wealth.

So in Homerton’s case, distributions are weighted in the College’s favour and benefit to the College is greatly amplified: for every £1 that Homerton spends on new support for undergraduates, an extra £3.06 from the Harding Challenge Fund will also be put towards this support, totalling £4.06.

Our priorities are:

The COVID-19 Emergency - We cannot yet know the many ways in which this crisis will affect our students’ finances, but the evidence is already there that for some the effect is very hard indeed.  We have today launched an Emergency Hardship Appeal for funds to support them.

Student support - Hardship grants to help meet living expenses, to prevent any student dropping out of their course due to financial reasons; as well as academic support such as bursaries and funding for internships, and access to counselling when necessary. 

Photo: Homerton Graduation 2018

The student experience - Ensuring equity of access to the extra-curricular activity which makes up the Cambridge experience, including sports, music,theatre and dance.

Photo: Women's Rowing Team 2018

Homerton Changemakers - our unique personal development programme to equip our students to make a difference in the world. Learn more about Changemakers.

Students at the Changemakers Summer School 2019

Graduate bursaries and scholarships (The Kate Pretty Fund) - Most students graduate from their first degree with debt, and need robust funding for graduate study in order to stay in Higher Education.  Homerton students look to the College for help in funding graduate study.

Photo: Homerton Graduate Research Day 2018

The Stephenson Fund - Homerton does spectacularly well on the river. Recent Homertonian rowers have included a Rio Olympian and a US World Championships gold medallist, as well as the Bow seat in the 2019 Men’s Varsity Boat race. Homerton College Boat club provides a lively home for intercollegiate rowers at all levels. With a new boathouse, which opened in 2019, our facilities have never been better. We need to ensure that our dedicated rowers, be they potential Blues or novices, have access to the best possible equipment we can provide.

The College can accept donations made online or by cheque, made payable to the Homerton College Appeal Fund. You may also make your gift by credit or debit card by phoning 01223 747280 during office hours. Alternatively, please send a completed Donation Form to: Development Office, Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PH.

A Regular Gift

Donations that we receive regularly, on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, allow us to plan ahead with confidence. If you would like to make a regular donation to Homerton and are a UK bank account holder, please complete the Direct Debit instruction on the Donation Form and return it to: Development Office, Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PH.

If you would prefer to set up a Standing Order, please contact us in the Development Office.

Leaving a Legacy to Homerton College

The College welcomes gifts by legacy of any sum and to support any aspect of its life and work.

For more than two hundred years, legacies have helped fund teaching at Homerton. Recent bequests by Alison Shrubsole, Hilary Shuard, Joan Simms and others have empowered the College in its core activities of teaching, education and research. They are a most important means of augmenting the endowment and meeting future needs. To expand its support to students, the College encourages Homertonians to provide for a legacy in their Will.

You can find further details on how to leave a legacy, and the benefits this will have for Homerton in our Legacy Brochure.

Gift Aid

To make a Gift Aid Donation, please complete the Gift Aid section of the Donation Form or make a Gift Aid declaration over the phone. If you have given in the past, we may already hold a Gift Aid declaration for you.

Gifts by US Residents

US residents can make tax-deductible gifts through Cambridge in America (CAm). Alternatively, you can download the following Donation Form, and send your donation to the address below:

Cambridge in America
PO Box 9123 JAF BLG
New York, NY 10087-9123

Donation refunds

Under law, charities are not permitted to refund donations, other than in specific circumstances. The Charities Act 2011 is the relevant legislation.

However, if you need to speak to us about a refund, please contact us within 7 days of making the donation, either by email to or by telephone on 01223 747280, and we will be glad to discuss the case.  If the provisions of charity law are satisfied, and the donation is returnable, we will refund the donation within 7 days of receiving the written information we will request from you in order for us to lawfully return your donation. 

Homerton is committed to responsible fundraising. For more details please see our Fundraising Promise.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your donation with us, please contact the Development office, either by email at: or on 1223 747270 / 01223 747280.

Homerton College is a Registered Charity, 1137497