Fundraising Priorities

The support of alumni and friends is important to Wolfson in fulfilling our plans for the development of the College.

See below for our current priorities, as the College continues to grow so do our opportunities and need for support. 


The Isaiah Berlin Legacy Giving Day

The Berlin Legacy Giving Day provides the opportunity for all members of the College community (alumni, students and staff) to support Wolfson’s endeavours to preserve the legacy of our founding president, Isiah Berlin. This February, we are seeking support for the Berlin Legacy Research Fellowship, which seeks to safeguard the teaching of Berlin’s works on liberty. Learn more.


Scholarships

Supporting students through scholarships and increasing the number of fully-funded research fellowships is the core ambition of Wolfson College's fundraising activity. Last year we were successful in reaching our goal of 50 DPhil Scholarships for the 50th anniversary. We are now looking to find the next 50.

Matching Funds

The graduate scholarship matching fund scheme, where permanent endowment funds are created on a 60:40 donor matching basis, has made a significant difference to the College. It was used to augment the extremely generous legacy from Emeritus Fellow Frances Marriott. A number of specific scholarships have been funded in the same way in the subjects of Economic History, Jewish Christian studies in Late Antiquity, Korean Literature, Semitic Philogy, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies and Classical Art.


The Annual Fund

Since the College foundations over 1,100 Alumni and friends of the College have made donations. More than half of these donations have been made since 2008. We want to improve our alumni giving participation rates in order to continue to grow the pool of funding and, in turn, expand scholarship giving and other student support. In the current environment, students need all the help they can get. Please give today and make an online contribution here.


Academic Clusters

The academic clusters have created a distinctive and exciting academic profile for the College. There are many ways to support the Wolfson clusters such as funding a scholarship associated with a specific cluster, research support, prizes and travel grants to members of the College.


College Refurbishments

There are currently two modest building projects in the planning stage to further enhance College facilities. The old lodge, the buttery and some small rooms in between are being reconfigured for more up-to-date conference and social space in the College. The specifications are projected to be in of the same standard as the new Academic Wing and building works are being planned for 2019. A cost of at least £500,000 is projected for which a portion will need to come from fundraising.

A new fitness facility to replace the existing weight room and gym and to add studio space for dance, yoga and other group activities is projected for a site next to the Gandy buildings and the squash courts. Planning permission was granted some time ago for such a facility, but the concept needs to be rethought in the light of the College's current needs. This is likely to be £1 million project for which a donor is being sought.


Student/Alumni Sports

The Boat Club now has a sponsor in Investec and their sponsorship has recently been expanded and extended through 2019. Student sports remain very important and there are continuing efforts to bring alumni back to College to join in student/alumni events. Support for sports gear and events is always welcomed.


Legacies

Please remember that legacy giving has been the great strength in building Wolfson College's - and much of Oxford University's - collective wealth. It is part of what has funded the excellence at this great University. If you are thinking about giving a legacy to Wolfson College, please contact the Development Office.

Ways to Donate
There are many ways in which you can support Wolfson; find out more here.
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Our upcoming events

Concert and Plays
18 - 18
Jan Jan
Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize
Thursday 18 January -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

The third Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, organised by Wolfson College in conjunction with the English Faculty will be awarded at an event in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium at 5.30pm on 18 January. The theme set for this year's poems is 'Stealing', and the winner will receive £1,000. The judges are Oxford's Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage and the poet Professor Bernard O'Donoghue.

Parties and Dinners
18 - 18
Jan Jan
Guest Night
Thursday 18 January -
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 List

Clubs & Societies
18 - 18
Jan Jan
LGBTQ Movie Night - The Handmaiden (2016)
Thursday 18 January -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

There will be a film screening at 7:30pm in the Auditorium, and then a reception with refreshments and snacks in the Florey room afterwards to discuss the film.