The Downing College Association was founded in 1922.
Life membership is offered to current undergraduate and post-graduate students. Fellows who were not Downing students are also invited to become members.
The principal role of the Association has always been to keep alumni in touch with each other and with the College. It has achieved this aim by the individual efforts and initiatives of its elected officers, by organising an annual dinner and by publishing the annual Association Newsletter.
None of this has changed but in recent years the College itself has taken a much more active role in alumni relations and has moved to strengthen its own direct links with alumni. Thus the College through its Development Office now organises an alumni weekend, publishes Dow@Cam yearly and arranges other activities for alumni such as the London Event and the Annual Donors' Garden party. The role of the College in fostering alumni relations complements that of the Downing Association and many activities are undertaken jointly.
The increasing involvement of alumni with the College and with each other is to be welcomed on all counts, and it is heartening to see the large and ever increasing number of alumni who have renewed their links with the College.
A proposal to change the name of the Association to "Downing College Alumni Association" and thus clarify its purpose was approved at the Annual General Meeting on 22 September 2012.