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

 

News
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12 December 2019
Secret of Skins

Sarah Skeels, Wolfson student, appears in the new BBC Four natural history documentary, called Secret of Skins

25 November 2019
Wolfson alumnus Michael Rands appointed Master of Darwin College

Congratulations to Dr Michael Rands, Wolfson alumnus, who has been appointed Master of Darwin College. 

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22 November 2019
Romulus reveals this year's theme

The editorial team revealed the theme with a launch party that had live music, scientific talks, poetry and a juggling performance. 

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Dec Dec
Accessing and Analysing Culturally Sensitive Content: Data Capsules, Extracted F...
Thursday 19 December - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The long-term goal of the Ātea Project — which is part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenges — is to help build prosperous, culturally thriving and technology-driven Māori economies for future generations.

Art Exhibition
07 - 25
Jan Mar
Haiku poetry composed by the President, with illustrations
Tuesday 7 January - 9:00am to Wednesday 25 March - 4:00pm

This exhibition is located in the corridor between the Buttery and the Cafe. 

Conference
16 - 18
Jan Jan
From Concept to Monument: Time and Cost of Construction in the Ancient World
Thursday 16 January - 1:00pm to Saturday 18 January - 6:30pm

The conference sets an exclusive focus on modelling the costs of construction over the course of 1,500 years, from Archaic Greece to the early middle ages. Over the last decade, the general interest in building costs and organisational aspects of historical construction has seen a rise in popularity amongst scholars working on pre-modern architecture.