Clock Tower Circle

Celebrating Leadership Giving at Trinity College Cambridge

The College established the Clock Tower Circle to recognise and thank those who give over £1,000 annually and so provide vital funding for Trinity’s priorities including student support, access and outreach, and research. Lifetime membership of the Clock Tower Circle is awarded to those donors who have given more than £25,000.

In appreciation of their generosity, Clock Tower Circle members receive a donor pin, are recognised in the Annual Report, and receive an invitation to a special reception with the Master and Fellows in June each year.

To join the Clock Tower Circle, please click here.

Why I Joined The Clock Tower Circle… by Amna Hadziabdic (2004)

“I was a recipient of a Trinity bursary during my undergraduate years, which enabled me to study at the College. I hope a lot of other people will be given this great opportunity too, and this is why I decided to give back.

Student finances today look very different compared to my college time – all Cambridge undergraduates now face tuition fees of £9,000 per year, which only overseas students like me needed to pay at the time. Indeed, there are still not enough students from state schools – especially from lower income families – applying to university. If the College is to remain truly ‘needs blind’, bursaries are critical in helping it to provide the same levels of resources and support to undergraduates that students from more privileged backgrounds receive.

Furthermore, if Trinity is to continue attracting the best students from the around the world, bursaries are an essential part of the College’s appeal as they allow undergraduates to enjoy all that Trinity has to offer without worrying about their financial circumstances. Without such a bursary I wouldn’t have been able to attend Trinity, so I am delighted to now be in a position to support the future of the College by funding undergraduate bursaries.”

Tax-efficient Giving for Members

If you are a UK 40% taxpayer, you are entitled to reclaim the difference between basic and higher-rate tax on your donation. This means that a gift of £1,000 per year to Trinity College would amount to £1,250, including Gift Aid, for the College, but cost you only £750. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, please ensure that you claim that margin on your own tax return. The Alumni Relations & Development Office will gladly provide guidance on this matter if required.