About Wolfson

Wolfson College - view from Common Room Wolfson College is the largest graduate college of the University of Oxford, with a diverse, international population of over 600 graduate students. The College was founded in 1966 thanks to generous donations from the Wolfson and Ford Foundations.

Its first President was Isaiah Berlin, whose vision of a modern, democratic, multicultural college continues to this day. Equally strong in the humanities and sciences, Wolfson is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to research, its modernity and egalitarianism, and as a centre of academic and cultural excellence.

With a single common room and no high table, Wolfson prides itself on its informal atmosphere, enabling graduates to exchange ideas freely with College Fellows and Member of Common Room. Wolfson’s interdisciplinary Research Clusters foster interaction between academics at all stages of their careers and take innovative approaches to research in subjects from life-writing to law and society; quantum foundations to the ancient world.

Uniquely situated on the banks of the River Cherwell, the College boasts striking Grade II listed buildings designed by the eminent architects Powell & Moya and some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford, with a punt harbour and protected water meadows providing tranquil surroundings in which to relax and study.

Wolfson also enjoys a vibrant social and cultural life, including a flourishing arts and music scene and a wealth of sports clubs and activities that contribute to a full calendar of cultural and academic events. Families and partners are especially well catered for, benefitting from bespoke accommodation and a day nursery onsite, in addition to all the facilities that can be found at most Oxford Colleges.

As part of our vision for the future of graduate education, we are building a new lecture hall and Academic Wing that will change the face of the College and provide a twenty-first century learning environment. As we approach our 50th Anniversary in 2016, our aim is to increase the already impressive number of scholarships available at Wolfson, and become the first-choice graduate college in Oxford. 


Latest news

Fri, 7 Mar 2014

The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium has been shortlisted for a Design Through Innovation RICS award. 

Fri, 28 Feb 2014

Esteemed cognitive psychologist Professor Steven Pinker gave a compelling account of the unacknowledged worldwide decline of violence in the 2014 Haldane Lecture.

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