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
Events

The latest from Wolfson College

21 February 2019
Happy International Mother Language Day

Wolfson College celebrates International Mother Language Day.

18 February 2019
Washoku dinner hosted by Embassy of Japan at Wolfson College

Wolfson College was honoured to welcome the Embassy of Japan to host a Washoku dinner on 2 February 2019.

11 February 2019
'Reflecting the Landscape': photographs by Jenny Blyth

Jenny Blyth's exhibition 'Reflecting the Landscape' opens to public on 18 February 2019 to 28 March 2019. 

Our upcoming events

Family Friendly
24 - 24
Feb Feb
Wolfson Children’s Art Event
Sunday 24 February - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The Wolfson Family Society invites you to join in for a children’s art event on Sunday, 24th February, 10 am - 1 m, in the Haldane Room.

Children of all ages in Wolfson college are invited to explore and share their creativity. Where do different colours come from? How many colours can you make?

Clubs & Societies
24 - 24
Feb Feb
AMREF Afternoon tea goes international
Sunday 24 February - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

All are warmly invited to join the AMREF team for Afternoon Tea in the UCR. In the light of International Mother Language Day which takes place on 21 February 2019, we invite you to bring cake, snacks and sweets from your own country to share with each other! 

£1.25 donation for a slice of cake plus tea/coffee, charged on Bod card or through cash donations. All proceeds go to AMREF Health Africa.

Concert and Plays
24 - 24
Feb Feb
Fournier Trio Recital
Sunday 24 February - 5:00pm

Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87