The College Coat of Arms

The arms echo those of Sir Isaac Wolfson. The heraldic language, unpunctuated since it is a legal document, describes a shield divided down the middle into red (left) and yellow (right), overlaid by a chevron divided in the opposite way, into yellow (left) and red (right).

Distributed symmetrically over shield and chevron are three roses with their thorns and seeds in natural colours, and two pears, each flower or fruit is coloured red if the background is yellow, and yellow if it is red.

Above the shield is a knightly helmet, the crest above its red and yellow banded wreath symbolising the College’s origins and aspirations: the Norman arch of the west door of Iffley Church for Iffley College which it incorporates, the crossed staffs with serpent of the Greco-Roman god of healing for Sir Isaac’s gift to medical research, a yellow torch with natural-coloured flame for the pursuit of knowledge.

The Latin motto expresses the College’s ideal of intellectual curiosity in humanity, which embraces the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. It is part of a well-known line by the Roman playwright Terence: homo sum; humani nil alienum a me puto. ‘I am a human being; in my opinion nothing to do with human beings is foreign to me.’


Facts

  • ARMS: Per pale Gules and Or on a chevron between three roses two pears all counterchanged the roses barbed and seeded proper.

  • CREST: On a wreath of the colours in front of a representation of an arch in Iffley Church two rods of Aesculapius in saltire proper surmounted by a torch or inflamed proper.

  • MOTTO: Humani nil alienum

 

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Wolfson College Rooftop
12 April 2019
Wolfson College hosts Symposium in Silicon Solar Cell Technology

Wolfson College is honoured to host the Oxford Symposium in Sillicon Solar Cell Technology on 15 and 16 April. 

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Wolfson College to host eBike Summit 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, the College will host the first Oxford eBike Summit. 

Tom Cross Exhibition
8 April 2019
Shapes and Adventures: Paintings by Tom Cross

Tom Cross' exhibition "Shapes and Adventures" opens to public Monday 15 April.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
27 - 28
Apr Apr
The Korrigan Consort Presents: Hunger & Judith Triumphs
Saturday 27 April - 7:30pm to Sunday 28 April - 9:30pm

The Korrigan Consort is thrilled to present a spring double-bill, featuring Joanna Ward’s Hunger and Antonio Vivaldi’s Judith Triumphs.

Two tales, two women, two troubled souls. One, an artist struggling to form her identity as a creative, a woman, and a mother. One, a noblewoman with the weight of a nation on her shoulders, rebelling against the expectation of women to sacrifice. Both struggle under the thumb of patriarchs and patriarchy, with stories reaching across time.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Imagining Madness
Tuesday 30 April - 1:30pm to 5:30pm

How has madness been perceived and represented by composers, biographers, medical professionals, and people who have experienced it first-hand? How should we conceptualise madness as scholars? This interdisciplinary colloquium features various speakers, and aims to give researchers who are interested in this subject an opportunity to meet one another, hear about each other’s work, and to discuss the challenges of writing about experiences and perceptions of madness and mental illness.

Lectures and Seminars
30 - 30
Apr Apr
Asian Treasure Traditions Seminar
Tuesday 30 April - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Treasure Seminar, Trinity Term, 2019 Cathy Cantwell Tuesday 30th April, Wolfson College Seminar Room 3, 5.pm - 7pm, followed by dinner at Wolfson Title: The Phurpa Consecrations Practice (byin rlabs phur pa'i sgrub pa) texts from the Eightfold Buddha Word, Embodying the Sugatas (bka' brgyad bde gshegs 'dus pa), revealed by Nyang ral Nyi ma ’od zer (1124-1192), and their connections with the Transmitted Textual Traditions