Telephone Campaign

Each year, a number of Downing’s graduate and undergraduate students take part in the College’s fortnight-long Telephone Campaign. It is a vital aspect of the College’s Development Programme, and this year the campaign will run from 17 September to 2 October.

The team of callers update alumni with the latest news from Downing and any recent developments, as well as discussing ways in which you can help us safeguard the future of the College, and make it possible for us to fulfil our core mission to provide a world-class education to the students with the most potential in each subject, whatever their means, social background or nationality.

It is always a pleasure to see the overwhelmingly positive response to our telephone fundraising campaigns and the generosity shown by our alumni. In last year‘s campaign, nearly 295 gifts were pledged to the College in support of our students, our buildings, the academic life of the College, and the full range of extracurricular activities that enrich our students’ lives through societies, cultural activities including art, music and drama, and sport. The financial challenges facing the College have never been greater since our foundation in 1800. In this year 2018, Downing is continuing to celebrate '300 Years of Giving'  in commemoration of the signing in 1717 by our Founder of his Will, and in recognition of more than 200 years since of development through legacies, gifts and appeals. I invite you to continue your part in this activity.

We have a team of excellent student callers and we are very proud to have them as our ambassadors. Our students always have a fantastic time speaking to Old Members about current College life and love to hear your stories about your time at Downing.

Every gift matters, so we ask that all Members who feel able to do so consider supporting Downing in the forthcoming Telephone Campaign.

For more information, please contact Susan Esden (Development Manager) 01223 334825 or  


Alumni & Development, Downing College, Cambridge CB2 1DQ. Telephone 01223 334850· Email