Calling Campaign FAQs

Caller Benefits

*£119 per week covers the rental cost of a standard student College room during the summer. On-site accommodation in a standard student room will be available for student callers for the duration of the campaign, if requested.


Do I need previous experience?

Previous experience is not necessary since you will receive excellent training in negotiation and communication.


What is the campaign raising money for?

The 2020 campaign is aiming to increase funds for the following key priorities:


Why does the College run Call Campaigns?

To raise money for targeted needs such as student support or new building facilities. Over £220,000 was raised in the last campaign over June/July 2019, rising to well over £400,000 when longer pledges are taken into account. The gifts were pledged by 385 alumni including 111 gifts from first-time donors to the College.


What makes a good caller?

Someone who…


Why apply?


What skills will you gain?


When will you be working*?

Thursday 18 June - Tuesday 7 July (see below for shift timings and days off)

Training days:

Shifts:

*Please note that weekend calling times may change slightly depending on the final call pool


Student caller endorsements

I had some fantastic conversations with alumni and learnt alot from them about the decisions they made after leaving the College. I received some wise career advice, which will stay with me as I begin applying for my first full-time position. Some of the conversations were so natural you could imagine talking to alumni over coffee. I really enjoyed finding out more about what it was like to study at Churchill specifically in the early days and experiences of alumni at College.
Cherish Watton (G17 History)

During my degree, I have benefited greatly from Churchill's amazing support. Being a part of the Churchill Call Campaign, I was able to help give back to the College and connect with the amazing alumni. I really enjoyed learning about the crazy paths people took after leaving Churchill and getting inspiration about what I want to do after I graduate. There are so many options out there that I would have never considered prior to chatting to the alumni. 
Jacqueline Siu (G16 Medicine)

I really enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the room, as it was such a nice, energetic team of people. I also enjoyed actually getting the donations, which felt really rewarding.
Eve French (U16 Classics)

It was a great way to get in touch with our alumni! I got to hear their stories and we had some great chats about life and career aspirations. To me, it was a great experience and I’d definitely do it again – if I was still at Churchill!
KK Teh (U13 NatSci) 

I would highly recommend applying. It was really interesting talking to former students and finding out about the history of the College, and the perks of the job were great - free meals, occasional gifts and a generous salary.
Zofia Gibbins (U13 Medicine) 

Being a part of the calling campaign forced me to step out of my comfort zone and develop my communication skills. Additionally, it gave me access to a lot of good advice about what to do in my future career from people in relevant fields. It was also quite fun and I had a great time with the other callers!
Dimitris Kousoulidis (U13 Engineering) 

I applied to work on the Calling Campaign because it was a good short-term job that fitted in well with my studies, but I ended up coming out of the Campaign with more than a lining in my wallet. Talking to person after person on the phone was a great way of getting over my typical millennial fear of calling people, something that's essential to do sooner or later. Also, the responsibility of asking people to part with their money (which you're guided through expertly!) really forces you to sell Churchill, yourself, and your fellow students; so even if at the time it seems like you're just blagging it, you end up learning a conversational style that's polite while still being confident. So it's a rewarding experience in all sorts of ways.
Amy Johnstone (U13 Engineering) 

It was far more rewarding both in terms of both giving back to the College and skills learnt than I expected!
Nicholas Taylor (U14 Land Economy) 

When I applied for the Call Campaign there were multiple factors that persuaded me: First, I wanted to contribute in raising funds for the next cohorts of Churchill students. Second, I wanted to have a fundraising experience as well as the communication skills that come with it while also putting my own skills to work. Third, considering that this was going to happen in the second and third week of December 2016, it was a perfect time to participate while also working on my research papers and Thesis. The College support was enormous - the free meals, accommodation, and the brief words of encouragement by the members of staff at the start of each Call day. I was particularly inspired having the Master and other members of staff come speak to us intermittently before the start of each Call day - and I'm sure each member of the Call team had similar experience and may had also contributed in boosting morale. The Buffalo team were amazing and also contributed to the success following the structure of Campaign, the games, and the overall support. Finally, I also learned a lot: The experience and the invaluable piece of career advice which I did receive from the Alumni.
ThankGod Ebernezer (G13 Biochemistry) 

The Churchill Call Campaign was an absolutely amazing opportunity to hear personal stories from alumni first hand. On top of that, I was able to polish my communication skills in English over the phone. The organizing team made this experience a lot of fun motivating us with games and small rewards.
Barbora Janulikova (G12 Arch&Anth)

A unique opportunity to talk with past students and find out what was different about college in their day. Plus you get to work in a fun and lively team for a great couple of weeks!
Robert Smyth (U14 Medicine)


Still not convinced?

Why not come and meet callers from the last Call Campaign at a drop in information/drinks event on Monday 10 February 2020 from 6–7 in the JCR Games Room

Apply online