Crankstart - Community

With over 1,500 Crankstart Scholars studying at Oxford at any one time, you’ve probably already met one of your fellow scholars!

We encourage students to meet and share their experiences with one another, at informal events, through formal drinks receptions organised by the scholarship team, and in more casual settings with the Crankstart Scholars’ Council.

Scholars’ Council

I really like the sense of community that we are given by the Scholarship, for example the several events that they have throughout the year such as the Ball and Uni Parks meet up. 

Scholar studying Chemistry, Wadham College

The Scholars’ Council provides a wide variety of free or low cost informal events exclusively for Crankstart Scholars. They have held careers workshops, group volunteering sessions, formal halls, and organise an annual scholars’ ball.

A new council is elected each year by the current Crankstart Scholars and any scholar can put themselves forward for a role on the council.


Dreams2Success is a student-led campaign, developed by the Crankstart Scholars' Council, dedicated to helping scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds to connect with and learn from a diverse, international network of high-level professionals. Their aim is to bridge the socio-economic divide through a series of tailored workshops where scholars can listen to guest speakers share their career experiences. Audience members have the opportunity to directly interact with experts and gain personal insight into their field. Their speaker series strives to include a broad range of sectors, catering to our scholars' wide variety of career aspirations


We always enjoy hearing from scholars after they have graduated and encourage you to keep in touch. Some alumni return to Oxford to share their stories and achievements as well as provide helpful advice to current scholars.