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Fitzwilliam Society Grants Awarded


Five projects proposed by graduates and undergraduates have been awarded funding in the seventh year of the Fitzwilliam Society Grants Scheme.

The successful applications were:

  • A new study table for the MCR extension to provide more ergonomic study spaces and for other events such as board games, arts and crafts – £865.50
  • Open air cinema equipment, including a projector, stand, and screen for the MCR, which will double the size of the current screen and allow more people to attend at more times of day. Can also be used by the JCR and other college events – £635
  • Badminton Nets and Basketball Hoops for communal use at a some MCR accommodation to encourage outdoor activity that is good for physical and mental health – £500
  • THIS IS GENDERED ( – the first (online) feminist encyclopaedia to facilitate and normalise conversations about feminism and gender – £400
  • Subsidising environmentally friendly menstrual products, to incentivise students to ‘try-before-you-buy’ non-single-use menstrual pants that produce less waste – £150

The aim of the Grants Scheme is to enhance the experience of Fitzwilliam students by funding projects that are not eligible for funding from other sources. Details of the 2021/2022 scheme will be published at the start of Michaelmas term.

The JCR and MCR help to promote the scheme amongst the student body, and this year attracted eight quality applications despite the distractions and difficulties of Covid-19.

Everyone who matriculated at Fitzwilliam is automatically a Member of the Fitzwilliam Society, which was founded in 1924 to keep Members in touch with each other and with the College. More information here.

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