Robinson College

Robinson College

Photo by David Gruar.

About Robinson College

Sir David Robinson founded Robinson College at Cambridge University in 1977. Queen Elizabeth II officially named the college as a part of the university in 1981. Robinson was the first at Cambridge to accept both male and female applicants from its founding.

The benefactor for the Robinson College, Sir David, led a life filled with charity and entrepreneurial ventures, including the fortune he made renting radios and televisions starting in the 1930s. Most of the money he made went to institutions like Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Evelyn Nursing home, and Papworth Hospital, through the Robinson Charitable Trust.

The Robinson College coat of arms, pictured to the right, is iconic for the college. The college describes it as “Azure in base two Bars wavy Argent over all a Pegasus rampant Or gorged with a Crown rayonny Gules.”

The Robinson College Community

Robinson College’s student body typically holds a liberal perspective in the political spectrum. Several Robinson students have received an appointment to the Cambridge University’s Student Union as Green Officers, working toward sustaining the environment.

Notable alumni of the Robinson include the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg and Olympic rowing medalist John Pritchard.

Robinson College Grounds & Architecture

Robinson’s gardens retain the historical value of Cambridge University in that the architects who built the college in the 1970s decided to build around the existing sites instead of demolishing and replanting. Now combined, the various gardens are made up of no less than 10 gardens, some of which date to the 1890s. The college has maintained the mature plants like chestnut trees and espalier fruit trees left by previous occupants, to beautify the grounds.

Noted for its extensive use of brick, the architecture at Robinson meshes the modern age and traditional association of the college on Cambridge’s campus in architect firm Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s design. Robinson’s entrance is a drawbridge-like ramp, boasting both an attractive look and easy accessibility for disabled visitors and students.

Robinson College Contact & Location

Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN
Tel: +44 1223 339100
Fax: +44 1223 351794

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