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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.’
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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Concert and Plays26 - 26Apr AprOxford Lieder / Song at Wolfson: William Morgan sings Schumann and DuparcThursday 26 April - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Oxford Lieder is delighted to begin a new series of early-evening song recitals in collaboration with Wolfson College. The series will showcase outstanding singers who are in the early stages of highly successful careers and international stars in the making.Parties and Dinners26 - 26Apr AprGuest NightThursday 26 April - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during term time and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart, no gowns.
Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.
Guest Night Price ListNetworking27 - 27Apr AprRF/JRF Lunch TableFriday 27 April - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
This is an opportunity for JRF/RFs to meet and network at informal lunch in Hall. Beer and wine are served. Partners and children are welcome. There is no need to book in advance.