Students in Flitcroft

The founding vision behind Cumberland Lodge was to help students and young people reflect on how their academic studies could contribute the betterment of society. 

Today, this incorporates a range of activities, including subsidised study retreats and educational mentoring schemes for postgraduate students and early career researchers, as well as our developing programme of work with schools.

Study retreats

Cumberland Lodge has offered subsidised residential and non-residential study retreats for students in higher education for nearly 70 years. We now welcome about 4,000 students every year. 

As part of the programme we offer St Catharine's Sessions, which encourage students to reflect critically on ethical, moral and social issues outside of their own field of study.  

Bursaries

Cumberland Lodge offers bursaries to help students with limited means attend our conferences and join visiting university groups for study retreats. Find out more here.

Scholarships and mentoring 

Cumberland Lodge offers two scholarship schemes to mentor and support PhD students and early career researchers and encourage them to use their personal skills and academic studies for the betterment of society. 

Our Cumberland Colloquia scheme also offers early career researchers and doctoral students the opportunity to organise their own inter-disciplinary conferences at Cumberland Lodge, which engage with contemporary ethical and social issues. In the process we seek to nurture thought leadership for the future. Resources from previous Colloquia can be found on our Learning & Resources pages.

Cumberland Lodge scholars on the steps at the rear of the Lodge

 

Our popular annual 'Life Beyond the PhD' conference for doctoral students coming towards the end of their studies provides advice and training for planning future careers, and a forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas. Find out more about our most recent conference here.

International students

Our Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), launched in 2017, will equip international students in the UK who are deemed to be potential future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate and influence policy in their home countries, and build a powerful global network.

Our Commonwealth and International Students Christmas conference in December has taken place every year since 1947. It gives international students studying in the UK the chance to experience a traditional British Christmas, to engage in a programme of thought-provoking and inspiring seminars and workshops, and to meet others who are studying away from home. 

Work with schools

We have recently launched a new programme of workshops for school children, to promote social and civic awareness and equip them with the skills and confidence to become active participants in their communities.

For some of these workshops we are drawing on a recently discovered connection between Cumberland Lodge and Roald Dahl's children's story, The BFG. Recent academic research suggests that the house in Windsor Great Park that the Queen gifts to the BFG at the end of the book was referring to none other than Cumberland Lodge, where Roald Dahl spoke to a visiting students from the USA just a few years before publishing the story.

For more information about our schools outreach, please contact Rachel Smillie, our Education Officer, at rsmillie@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk.