In the First World War , 13,878 members of the university served and 2,470 were killed. Teaching, and the fees it earned, came almost to a stop and severe financial difficulties followed. As a consequence the university first received systematic state support in 1919, and a Royal Commission appointed in 1920 recommended that the university (but not the colleges) should receive an annual grant.  Following the Second World War , the university saw a rapid expansion of student numbers and available places; this was partly due to the success and popularity gained by many Cambridge scientists. 
The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is one of the largest cancer research facilities in Europe and is directed by Professor Greg Hannon , who also leads one of our Grand Challenge funded teams. The Institute is based in the heart of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital biomedical campus with close links to research partners within the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre including the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Gurdon Institute.