7 November 2013
Lord David Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, yesterday visited Lucy Cavendish College, the only women's higher education college in Europe solely for students aged twenty-one and over, to meet some of the inspiring students, and find out more about the pioneering work the College is doing to support women achieve their academic ambitions/ academic potential.
Lord Sainsbury has a keen interest in Lucy Cavendish’s work in widening participation with, each year, at least a third of their first time undergraduates coming with Access Diplomas and comparable qualifications, rather than A-levels. He therefore met some of the students for an informal lunch so that he could learn more about their individual, often inspiring, stories.
Amongst those present was 27 year old student Kate McCombe. Previously flying high as an air stewardess she is now in her final year studying History whilst also being a single parent to her daughter. Of the visit Kate said:
“Studying at Lucy Cavendish is an opportunity I never thought I would have. The supportive and creative environment has enabled me to realise my potential whilst juggling the challenges of being a single parent. I am deeply grateful for the chance Lucy Cavendish has given me to do both and it was a rewarding experience being able to share my gratitude with the Chancellor of the University.
Following his lunch Lord Sainsbury was taken on a tour of the College grounds to hear about the College’s unique history and plans for future developments to support women in education. President of the College, Professor Janet Todd OBE, says:
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to meet the Chancellor and introduce him to some of our wonderful and amazingly diverse students. Lucy Cavendish is unique within the University and we are very proud to have the chance to show Lord Sainsbury around our college, tell him about our exciting plans for expansion and give him some taste of the kind of work that is done here.”
Notes to Editors: Lucy Cavendish is the only all female college in the country for women aged 21 or over. The women who attend it have usually made a clear decision to transform their lives. The College is particularly strong in Medicine and Veterinary Studies, Law, Engineering, and English. Our President, Professor Janet Todd OBE, is an internationally-renowned scholar of early women writers and author of many biographies and critical works.