Subject Fund in Earth Sciences

Supporting Queens' Earth Sciences students with academic expenses

In recent years, determination to support Earth Sciences has taken centre stage at Queens’, exemplified by the creation in 2019 of The Ron Oxburgh Fellowship in Earth Sciences. Now, adding a subject Fund will further help to attract the best students and academics to Queens’ in this subject. The College is lucky to have Prof James Jackson (1973) who directs Earthquakes without Frontiers and Prof Marie Edmonds (pictured right), the inaugural Ron Oxburgh Fellow, as well as a Junior Research Fellow, Dr Camilla Penney.

Establishing an Earth Sciences Fund in perpetuity will support future generations of Queens’ Earth Scientists. It will enrich provision for undergraduates and postgraduates by assisting them in a variety of areas, including:

  • Academic-related travel
  • Books, equipment
  • Research projects
  • Vacation placements and fieldwork                                                                                                                                                                                      

An endowment of £100,000 will produce an annual amount for the Director of Studies in Earth Sciences to support their students. £56,000 has already been pledged, so we now need your help to complete the endowment and provide an additional £3,000 cash spend to be used immediately to benefit our students. 

To support this Fund, please donate online or download our printable donation form

We aim to endow the Fund in 2021 to establish Earth Sciences on an equal footing with other endowed subjects (Milgate in Economics, Patterson in English, Macpherson in Law, Scott in Medicine, etc). Donors will be invited to a celebration dinner in Old Hall with the Earth Sciences Fellows, the President and current Earth Sciences students at Queens’ after the completion of the fundraising, and when it is safe to do so.

Prof Edmonds writes: the need to understand climate, resources, natural hazards and energy is now paramount for society. Earth Sciences in Cambridge is going from strength to strength and the colleges play an extremely important role in supporting the development of the students and of the subject. Queens’ Earth Scientists go on to important roles in Government, industry and business of all kinds, building on the foundation of knowledge and the analytical skills they developed in in their undergraduate degree at Cambridge.

Please contact with any questions. 


  • The names of donors will appear in the annual Gifts List, in print and online. Please let us know if you would like your gift to be anonymous.
  • Donors who give £10,000 or more will be invited to the Commemoration & Ceremony of Benefactors and Feast for the three years following their gift.
  • Gifts from US taxpayers are donated tax-efficiently through Cambridge in America.
  • Gifts from first-time donors, donors whose last gift to Queens’ was before 31 July 2018, and those who qualified for the Harding Challenge between August 2019 and August 2020, are eligible to unlock funding from the Harding Challenge.