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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Help us to make Cambridge education accessible to all

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is the oldest continuing education university department in the country. Our purpose at ICE is to provide accessible, flexible and meaningful education to adults throughout their lives, whether they’re studying for personal, social, societal or professional reasons.

Accessible and affordable forms of higher education have never been needed more as learners seek to engage with safe ways to study in order to renew skills to respond to emerging economic challenges or learn as part of a wider approach to personal enrichment and mental wellbeing.

We recognise that the costs of studying at University can be challenging and we are continually striving to remove or reduce this potential barrier to learning with us. If you would like to support our aim to prioritise and enable learning throughout life and to promote the widest possible access for learners to the University, you can do so by making a donation to the Institute. 

Your donation will help to cover the cost of study for a student who couldn’t otherwise afford to do so, recruit and develop academic staff, and improve our facilities and grounds for students at Madingley Hall.

ICE alumnus Matthew Lynus spoke to us about his recent donation: “I’m committed to lifelong learning, and I believe that this is best done within a framework where one can question their knowledge and continue to grow. ICE opens up possibilities for meeting such ambitions, and it is my wish to leave a legacy so that these opportunities can be afforded to others who, like me, are advocates for lifelong learning.” 

All gifts, large or small, are very gratefully received.

Donating opportunities

If you would like to, you can donate to one or more of our funds outlined below.

  • Student bursary fundYour contribution will make it possible for us to promote opportunities to study at the Institute of Continuing Education to a broad range of adult learners and ensure that tuition fees are no longer a barrier to study. This will enable us to support people from a variety of backgrounds, those who have never experienced higher education before and those who may have experienced hardship, financial or otherwise.
  • 2023 continuing education fund - In 2023, the Institute will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Your contribution will support our programme of public engagement events, special educational programmes and celebratory activities.
  • Madingley Hall fundYour contribution will enable the development of facilities, space and resources for students, providing them with an environment conducive to learning.
  • Madingley Hall garden fundWe are continually committed to repairing, restoring, improving and developing our gardens. Your donation will help us to ensure that the the historic fabric, plants and garden features are preserved and the site enhanced, so that Madingley continues to be an inspirational home providing high quality surroundings for student and visitor experience. 

If you would like to discuss a donation, please contact us by email, in confidence, at

Thank you for your support.

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