£8 million is now needed for a student support fund to help with the College’s goal of continuing to attract the world’s best students at undergraduate and graduate level, regardless of their ability to pay. By June 2011 £2 million had been raised towards the £8 million target.
The College is committed to ensuring that students do not fail to complete their degree because they, or their parents, have fallen on hard times. Cuts in funding to higher education coupled with increases in fees will place additional financial burdens on students. To meet this challenge and to ensure that admissions are based solely on academic merit, Merton must stand ready to offer bursaries and grant support on a far more extensive scale than is the case at present.
The College subsidises each UK/EU undergraduate by more than £7,000 every year.
If you would like to support these ambitions, you can make a donation online or by contacting the development office on +44 (0) 1865 276316.
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Merton has a continuous programme of refurbishment, both to protect and maintain its ancient buildings and to provide new facilities in keeping with the changing demands of society.
Approximately 10% of students at Merton now have some kind of disability or welfare/hardship situation during their time at Merton. The College has a strong Welfare Team, but it requires financial support to keep it running.
The College currently lacks an appropriate lecture theatre for term-time student use and for its conferences, which of course would then generate more funds for the College. This would also be used as a Music Room. The fundraising target for this project is £3 million.
The College's current sports facilities are in bad need of renovation and upgrading. We plan to build a new sports complex, which will cost in the region of £2.5 million.