The Courtauld Association of Former Students could never have grown as it has without the tireless dedication of Jane Ferguson, who has worked unpaid as its Secretary for the past eleven years. Indeed, Jane established the whole Association together with our first chairman, the late Michael Kitson. She also created the Courtauld Institute News which she has edited all along. Alas, Jane feels that it is time to move on, although I am delighted to say that she feels she can continue editing the Courtauld Institute News. We shall miss her vision, her bright enthusiasm, her endless patience with colleagues and her marvellous attention to detail. Jane ceases as Secretary on a high note, however, for it is in a great degree due to her efforts that the annual booksale had grown so much that this year we reached the unimagined heights of raising over £10,000. On behalf of all the members of CAFS, Jane, thank you for your tireless efforts.

As Jane (partly) leaves us, the present state of play is as follows:

  • Our database carries the names and addresses of 2,500 former students now living in the UK and
    across the globe.
  • We meet at the Annual Reunion in the Summer, and arrange occasional events.
  • We organise an annual careers evening for current students, with talks from CAFS members from widely different walks of life.
  • We hold our annual booksale in association with the reunion in June.
  • The Michael Kitson Scholarship Fund helps postgraduate students who could not otherwise afford to study at the Institute.

This Scholarship Fund is entirely dependent on donations and will be supporting fees for two students in the current academic year — a total of £5,610.

The Association has now reached a point when it needs to develop dramatically and it is a measure of Jane Ferguson’s efforts that this development will now need the attention of a full-time person. The Development Office will be looking for funding for this important new post during the coming year and we shall keep you informed about progress in the next newsletter.
It is vital for the health of the Institute that we continue to build a strong Association. We welcome donations, of course, at all times, but above all we just want to hear about you, and to see you at the Annual Reunion. Please keep in touch, and contact the Development Office where Candy Blackham, Head of Development, and Sophie Hussey, Development Manager, will be pleased to hear from you. And do please write to me at the same address with any suggestions for the future.

Robin SimonChairman, CAFS