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Building the Future: 50th Anniversary appeal

How you can help

You can help future students at Churchill College by contributing to the 50th Anniversary Appeal. Your gift can either support the provision of new student accommodation or go towards our student fund which will provide studentships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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 "The 50th Anniversary of the College provided a historic opportunity to build on our achievements. We aim to do this literally, by providing a New Court for 68 students whom we cannot now accommodate on campus and who would benefit greatly from the full College experience. The cost of the New Court is approximately £10.6 million. So far we have raised £5.7 million.

As Sir Winston said when launching the campaign to found the College: I ask you to contribute with enthusiasm and not with caution. The response was full-hearted, providing the foundations of success for the College's first half century. The need today is no less and I hope that you will respond with equal generosity to the present appeal. With your help the College can go from strength to strength over the next fifty years...and beyond."

— Sir David Wallace, Master (2009–2014)

The new Cowan Court will be more than just bricks and mortar.

Virtually all students wish to live in College, where their welfare is best looked after and they can experience to the full the life of the community. Cowan Court at Churchill College will be more than just bricks and mortar. It will be a home away from home, a centre where students share life and learning. A priceless social and intellectual experience only conferred by living in College.

"Churchill has a unique sense of community; that's what attracted me to apply here. Providing accommodation for the duration of the course brings everyone together. That's why the New Court is so important; it will be a community for Churchill students for the next fifty years and into the future."

— Harry Bullivant, Engineering student

The new accommodation will be situated west of South Court adjacent to Madingley Road. The design of the new building reflects the College's environmental strategy, minimising the carbon footprint and energy use of the building throughout its life. The building will also be fully accessible to disabled visitors and residents, including three rooms specifically designed for disabled students.

"Accommodating all our undergraduate and advanced students is critical to Churchill's success as an academic and social community - and vital as we continue to attract the very brightest and most focused students to this College. I am delighted by our plans to build a wonderful new court whose visionary design will provide comfortable, social space while minimising environmental impact." 

— Richard Partington, Senior Tutor 

We hope you will agree that our collegiate system as one worthy of nurture and that you will support its extension in the shape of the new Cowan Court.


This project is supported by The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation


Latest news

News and updates on the building of Cowan Court

Cowan Court build Flickr album

All the latest photographs documenting the build of our new student accommodation.

Cowan Court — the end is in sight!

The trees have been lowered into the centre of Cowan Court and planted up by the Gardens team.

Cowan Court takes shape

Construction of Churchill's new accommodation court — Cowan Court is rapidly progressing over summer.

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Timber cladding and room installations under way

Cowan Court is rapidly going into the final stages of its build with the beautiful timber cladding now up and work beginning on installation of rooms and services.

A roof over Cowan Court

The Cowan Court building project is still on schedule for completion next summer. The roof is now being installed will be weathertight by early next year.

Cowan Court build update

The timber frame of Cowan Court is now going up rapidly with the rather odd site of the plastic wrapped pre-fabricated bathroom pods inserted in each floor.

Work on Cowan Court moves ahead

Work on Cowan Court is moving ahead on schedule with the construction of the concrete walls for the stairwells well under way.

Celebrating Cowan Court

A new court for student accommodation at Churchill College is to be named Cowan Court in honour of alumnus and Benefactor Fellow, Michael Cowan.

Building starts on our new student accommodation court

Construction has begun at Churchill College on a new student accommodation court.

New Court approved

A new court for student accommodation at Churchill College is one step closer to becoming a reality with the City Council granting planning permission for the project.