Fitzwilliam’s 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, 8 June, 2016 - 09:30
Fitzwilliam's Royal Charter 1966
Fitzwilliam's Royal Charter 1966

This year Fitzwilliam celebrates 50 years as a College, and has launched a #50FitzFacts social media campaign to mark the occasion.

Did you know, for example, that although the Royal Charter granted in 1966 established Fitzwilliam as a full, independent College in the University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam’s origins actually date back nearly 150 years to 1869?

It was in 1869 that the University set up the ‘Non-Collegiate Students Board’ to develop more economical ways for students to study at Cambridge. At the time, the cost of being a ‘non-collegiate’ student at Cambridge was half that of being a member of a college; this encouraged a wider range of applicants. The ‘Non-Collegiate Students Board’ eventually became Fitzwilliam.

The College takes great pride in its origins and commitment to widening participation and continues to pioneer schemes to attract students from all backgrounds.

Follow us on Twitter @FitzwilliamColl to find out more Fitz Facts.

One new fact will be revealed each day until 8 July, the 50th anniversary celebration for 1966 alumni.

See webpage with #50FitzFacts

More about the 50th anniversary of the College - Fifty Years a College

PS – Fitzwilliam won ‘University Challenge’ in 1973 – one of only 10 Cambridge colleges to win the competition.