Recognition

Recognition

  • Benefactors plaque
    Donor recognition
  • Old Schools commemorative plaque
    Donor recognition

Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the commitment and generosity of its friends and supporters. The collegiate University’s 800-year history is synonomous with a history of enlightened benefaction, and the same is as true in the 21st century as it has ever been.

Today we are delighted to recognise and celebrate the generosity of our supporters in the following ways:

These forms of recognition respect the wishes of some donors to remain anonymous.

In addition, each College has its own recognition programme, and events for supporters. 

The Guild of Cambridge Benefactors

The Guild of Cambridge Benefactors honours the generosity of major benefactors to the University and the Colleges.

The names of individuals, companies, foundations and trusts that have been welcomed as Companions of The Guild since its inaugural ceremony in 1998 are listed below and are recorded on the Benefactors’ Staircase in Old Schools, the historic heart of the University. 

  • Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation
  • Arcadia Fund
  • Dr Denys Armstrong
  • Tadao Aoi
  • Mr Dennis Avery and Mrs Sally Tsui Wong-Avery
  • Christopher & Shirley Bailey
  • HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Saud
  • Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing
  • BAT Industries
  • Humphrey Battcock
  • Peter and Paula Beckwith
  • Robert Beldam
  • Maurice Benavitch
  • Robin Boyle
  • BP plc
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Brian Buckley
  • The Cadbury family
  • Cambridge Australia Scholarships Ltd (formerly Cambridge Australia Trust)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Dr Rosalie Canney
  • Rita Cavonius
  • Professor and Mrs Louis Cha
  • Thomas & Grace Chan
  • Leslie W. K. Chung
  • The Coexist Foundation
  • Gifford Combs
  • Andrew & William Cook
  • C N Corfield
  • Dr Stuart Cousens
  • Michael J J Cowan
  • Veronica Crichton
  • The Cripps Foundation
  • The Cultural and Arts Management Trust
  • Bita Daryabari
  • Countess de Brye
  • Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
  • Jim Dickinson
  • Professor Carl Djerassi
  • Dr Christopher and Mrs Ann Dobson
  • Mr and Mrs Gaylord Donnelley
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Bruce & Elizabeth Dunlevie
  • The James Dyson Foundation
  • Dr Mohamed A & Mrs Jamie El-Erian
  • Valerie Eliot
  • Nancy, Dowager Countess of Enniskillen
  • The Evelyn Trust
  • The Evolution Education Trust
  • Dr and Mrs M C Faulkes
  • Dmitry and Lada Firtash
  • Eliza and Canning Fok
  • Foundation For the Future
  • Jessica & Peter Frankopan
  • Richard Frischmann
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • Sir Paul Getty KBE
  • The Gillespie Family Trust
  • Dr Dennis Gillings
  • Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline plc)
  • Kyoko Gledhill, in memory of David Gledhill
  • The Government of India
  • Professor Philip Grierson
  • Guinness (now Diageo plc)
  • Dr Chit Chan Gunn
  • John & Ann Haines
  • Dr Yusuf Hamied & Farida Hamied
  • The Hauser-Raspe Foundation
  • The Health Foundation
  • Susan and David Hibbitt
  • Hitachi Ltd
  • Leif Høegh
  • The Hong Kong Cambridge Medical School Liaison Charity
  • Dr Alan Howard
  • Susan Howatch
  • James Hudleston
  • Hutchison Whampoa and Sir Ka-shing Li
  • Clifford Anthony Ingram
  • Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel
  • Dr David James
  • William and Weslie Janeway
  • Ivan D. Janković
  • The Jardine Foundation
  • Dr Ramon Jenkins
  • Sir Paul Judge and Lady Judge
  • Dr Mark Kaplanoff
  • The Kavli Foundation
  • Dr Donald Kellaway
  • Graham Keniston-Cooper and family
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
  • Liong Seen & Wai Phin Kwee
  • Raymond & Helen Kwok
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • Dr Seng Tee Lee
  • The A.G.Leventis Foundation
  • Sir David K P Li and Lady Penny Li
  • Professor Y W Loke
  • Marks & Spencer Group plc
  • The MAVA Fondation
  • Hamish Maxwell
  • Dr and Mrs D M McDonald
  • Harvey McGrath
  • The Andrew W Mellon Foundation
  • Paul Mellon KBE
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd
  • Dr William M W Mong
  • Gianni and Joan Montezemolo
  • The Monument Trust
  • Dr Gordon and Mrs Betty Moore
  • Sir Douglas Myers
  • Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation
  • Professor Roger Needham & Professor Karen Spärck Jones
  • Ken & Julia Olisa
  • Open Society Foundations
  • John Osborn
  • PHSA Engage Mutual Health
  • Mark Pigott
  • Dr Leonard Polonsky
  • The David & Elaine Potter Foundation
  • HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
  • The Märit and Hans Rausing Charitable Foundation
  • Dr Sigrid Rausing
  • Dr Alan Reece
  • Rolls-Royce Group plc
  • N M Rothschild & Sons
  • Graham Rushton
  • Dr Raymond Sackler KBE and Mrs Beverly Sackler
  • Dr Robert Sansom
  • The Schiff Foundation
  • Schlumberger
  • Dr Scholl Foundation
  • The Schroder Foundation
  • Walter and Rosemary Scott
  • Peter Selman
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley
  • Sinyi Cultural Foundation
  • Dr Herchel Smith
  • Dr Rosalind Smith & Steven Edwards
  • SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline plc)
  • Freydoun Soudavar and family
  • Dr John Sperling
  • The Sutton Trust
  • Tata Steel
  • Dr John C Taylor
  • Baroness Thatcher and The Margaret Thatcher Foundation
  • Catherine Thomas
  • Professor John Todd
  • James & Dorothy Toms
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Hazel Trapnell
  • The Underwood Trust
  • Unilever plc
  • Fred van Eck
  • The John and Lucille van Geest Foundation
  • Marie Vergottis
  • Norman Waddleton
  • Sir David Walker
  • Walters Kundert Charitable Trust
  • L. Hoyt & Anne Watson
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Westminster Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Guy Whittaker
  • Frank Peter Wilson
  • James and Jane Wilson
  • Lucia Windsor
  • Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States
  • The Winton Charitable Foundation
  • Woco Foundation
  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale
  • Dr F A Zoëllner

The Vice-Chancellor’s Circle

The Vice-Chancellor’s Circle was created in 2007 as part of the Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign. It provides the University and the Colleges with an opportunity to recognise and thank those donors who have provided significant support for key projects and programmes that underpin excellence at Cambridge. 

  • Chris Adams
  • H. H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait
  • The Alborada Trust
  • Anglian Water Group
  • George N Appell
  • Annie C M Arnold
  • AstraZeneca plc
  • Vladimijr Attard
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Dr Margaret Barton
  • Christopher Bartram
  • Judy and David Beech
  • Edward and Sally Benthall
  • Bharti Foundation
  • Dr Stephen Blyth
  • Graham Boeckh Foundation
  • Peter Boizot
  • The Bonita Trust
  • Isabelle Bouhon
  • Dr Margaret Branthwaite
  • David and Terrie Brittain
  • Muriel Brittain
  • Dr Philip and Mrs Patricia Brown
  • BT Group plc
  • Sir Adrian Cadbury
  • Tim Cadbury
  • James Campbell
  • Dr Simon and Mrs Jill Campbell
  • Terry Cann
  • Philip Carne
  • Richard Chiu
  • Meileen Choo
  • Citigroup Foundation
  • Michael and Susan Clasper
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • The Clothworkers' Foundation
  • Anthony Connell
  • C S Craig Family Foundation
  • Crausaz Wordsworth
  • Joanna Dannatt
  • Frances Drake
  • The Drapers' Company
  • Alison Duke
  • East Asian History of Science Foundation Hong Kong
  • Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson Foundation
  • The Hon Stephen Evans-Freke and Mrs Valerie Evans-Freke
  • The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
  • Derek Finlay
  • Ford Foundation
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Professor Ronald Girdler
  • Gurnee F Hart
  • Cecil Hawkins
  • Michael and Morven Heller
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Dr Tzu Leung and Mrs Stella Ho
  • Hogan Lovells
  • F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Sarah Holt
  • The Horse Trust
  • Reg Howard
  • Clive Humby and Edwina Dunn
  • Dr Joyce Hutchinson (née Baker)
  • Mary V Insall
  • Professor S W (Toby) Jackman
  • Johnson Matthey plc
  • Ann Johnston
  • Dr Sidney Kenderdine
  • Richard King
  • KPMG LLP
  • Eashwar Viswanathan Krishnan and Tzo Tze Krishnan-Ang
  • Nat le Roux
  • Anne Lonsdale
  • Dr Michael Lynch
  • LyondellBasell Industries
  • Bevil Mabey
  • Man Group plc
  • The Manoukian Charitable Foundation
  • Ina Boeglin Marica
  • D G Marshall of Cambridge Trust
  • Professor Sir Laurence Martin
  • Marguerite McAvity Price
  • Kevin and Donna McDonald
  • Scott Mead
  • Dr Jonathan Milner and Mrs Rosy Gounaris-Milner
  • Hans-Jörg Modlmayr and Hildegard Modlmayr-Heimath
  • Sir Mark and Lady Moody-Stuart
  • HE Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, Lord of Abernethy
  • Mulberry Trust
  • Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Nihon University
  • Neil Ostrer
  • Kevin Overstall
  • Prabir Kumar Pal
  • Simon Palley
  • Dr Robert Paul
  • Pfizer Ltd
  • Philecology Foundation
  • Dr John and Mrs Elizabeth Phillips
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne
  • QUALCOMM
  • Charles Rawlinson
  • Michael and Sarah Jane Richards
  • Alan C Root
  • Nicholas and Lora Sallnow-Smith
  • Professor Sir Nicholas Shackleton
  • Joan Simms
  • John and Elizabeth Ann Stancliffe
  • Keith Sykes
  • Robert Tattersall
  • Julian Charles Francis Townsend
  • The Traub family
  • UCB
  • Rumi Verjee
  • William and Helen West
  • Dr Anthony Wild
  • Dr Tony Wilkinson
  • Maria Willetts
  • Richard Williams
  • Curtin Winsor III
  • WPP plc
  • WYNG Foundation
  • Tsunehiko Yamazaki
  • Emeritus Professor Peter A Young