New Lucy Cavendish Student Centre all set to enrich the lives and futures of enterprising women

14 November 2013

Cutting the sod - the President and Lucy Cavendish studentsThe first sod has been cut to mark the beginning of the development of the new Lucy Cavendish Student Centre, based on Histon Road, Cambridge, signalling a new, and exciting, phase in this unique College’s future.

Lucy Cavendish College is a tremendous success story. Over the past fifty years it has provided a route into the University of Cambridge for women over 21 who may not have followed the traditional path into education; during this time it has made available opportunities for many wonderful women who have gone on to benefit society, economies, their communities and families.

Lucy Cavendish has grown significantly over the past five years expanding its student numbers by 50%. This rapid growth has resulted in a real need for accommodation and facilities for students, most notably for family accommodation. The new Student Centre will address this issue and will consist of 56 ensuite study bedrooms, a social area with an outdoor space for students to relax and eight flats for students with families, all set within secure private gardens and within ten minutes walk of the main College site.

The development was officially marked by cutting the first ‘sod’. Amongst those present were the College President, Professor Janet Todd, OBE, Bursar Lesley Thompson, Domestic Bursar Christine Houghton, Linda Stone - a Piggott Scholar in History, Student’s Union President Shelley Gathigia, student Kate McCombe with 2-year old daughter, the Centre’s architect and developer.

Of the development Professor Todd said: “We are committed to ensuring that our College can continue to give a chance to the extraordinary women who study here to achieve their academic ambitions and reach their full intellectual potential; to do this we aim to provide them with the best possible environment and facilities in which to study and develop.”

Following the ceremony the President was taken on a tour of the site – equipped with her hard hat! – to get a feel for how it will develop. Student Linda Stone said of the Student Centre:

“Sometimes student life can feel lonely if you do not live on the main College site – just working in a lab or the library. Being able to live in a significant student community such as the new Student Centre will give us, and our families the opportunity to feel part of Lucy Cavendish, not only to be ‘of College’ but importantly ‘in College’ too.”Bursar Lesley Thompson, architect, President and Domestic Bursar look at plans for Histon Road

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.

For more photographs of the cutting of the sod please visit out flickr site.

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Jeanette Ariano, Communications & Marketing Manager, 01223 768426 web:

@LucyCavColl                  /LucyCavCollege

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