The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment, by
an anonymous benefactor, of the Douglas Cashin Fund to offer financial
support to undergraduate students studying Classics at Cambridge. This
scheme will enable all students regardless of financial means to
benefit from an education in Classics at Cambridge by offering student
bursaries on a means-tested basis.
The University of Cambridge, and our anonymous benefactor, are
committed to providing access to, and widening participation in, the
study of Classics by the brightest students regardless of their
financial background. One example of Cambridge's commitment to
widening participation is our establishment of a 4-year undergraduate
Classics course, which does not require an A-level in Latin or Greek
to apply -- thereby giving a much wider set of students the
opportunity to study Classics at Cambridge.
This fund has been named in honour of Douglas Cashin, who studied
Classics at Cambridge and went on to a career as a Classics teacher at
secondary schools in Liverpool. During his career, Mr Cashin's
enthusiastic and accessible style helped many cohorts of
schoolchildren to engage with classical civilisation, literature and
languages. His inspirational style also helped these students to gain
confidence in their own abilities, which helped them to raise their
ambitions for what they might achieve both in education and in life
more widely. Mr Cashin's example ties in extremely well with our own
aims for our undergraduate degrees.
It is planned that the first Douglas Cashin bursaries will be offered
during the 2015/16 academic year.