The City & Guilds College Association (CGCA) is the largest constituent college alumni body of Imperial College London.
Established in 1897, the Association now has more than 4,000 members around the world from a myriad of professions. One of its prime objectives is the advancement of the Faculty of Engineering and the well-being of its students.
Joining the CGCA after graduation is good way to maintain links and network with other members and stay in touch with old friends and Imperial life. Its informal network can prove extremely valuable as a source of information and contacts.
As a member, you will also be kept updated about events like the decade reunion lunches and the Annual Dinner.
For more information, check out cgca.org.uk.
The Old Centralians' Trust is the charitable arm of the CGCA, which provides generous financial help to students through a wide variety of avenues.
Since 1965, well over one hundred students have been saved financially in the face of personal hardship; in most cases the Trust’s assistance has made possible the completion of studies which would otherwise have had to be abandoned.
But over and above its prime objective of hardship assistance, the Trust also makes up to £50,000
available each year for a wide range of awards targeted towards students undertaking activities that
are wholly ‘extra-curricular’.
These include: two ‘Student Activity Awards’ in each Department for those engaged in a high level of activity away from the lecture room (this may be anything from running student societies to engaging in sporting activities, being involved in volunteer projects - or even taking music lessons); support for group activities such as sports tours or technical visits; grants towards overseas trips by individuals or groups, whether for a humanitarian project, for climbing, exploration or even plain adventure.
The Trust additionally supports the ‘Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture’, organised by EEE and held in the Spring Term each year, which aims to bring a world-class lecturer to the college for the benefit of a student audience.
A modest level of support is also provided for key CGCU Officers, in view of the fact that they do not have sabbatical support in the same way as ICU.
Details about the Trust, and how to apply for an award, may be found on the ‘Charitable Trust’ pages of the CGCA web site here.