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 Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize

One special initiative in 2019 is to honour the life of Jon Stallworthy by endowing the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford graduate students. A much-loved tutor, scholar and poet, Jon Stallworthy was a Fellow of Wolfson between 1986 and his death in 2014 and twice Acting President of the College. Thanks to generous gifts from Old Possum's Practical Trust and the Derek Hill Foundation, the prize was first awarded in 2016. We now want to endow the prize as a permanent tribute to Professor Stallworthy and hope that his many friends and admirers in the Wolfson community will give their support. 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

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 Wolfson Alumni 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

College Committee
19 - 19
Nov Nov
Design project 2019
Tuesday 19 November - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

A temporary display of the College's Design Project 2019 is available to be viewed in the Upper Common Room for members. Come and join us for an informal talk about the project on Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 13:00 to 13:30 in the UCR. 

Courses and Workshops
19 - 19
Nov Nov
Life-Writing Surgery with Sally Bayley and Tony Gray
Tuesday 19 November - 1:15pm to 4:30pm

A free afternoon workshop to help you with your life-writing project. Whether you have nearly completed your magnum opus and need some critical feedback, you are struggling to start and haven’t written a word yet, or whether you’re somewhere in the middle and want help and advice on what from your writing should take—this is the workshop for you. Sally Bayley is the author of Girl with Dove, BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and now on the A levels syllabus.

Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Nov Nov
The Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing: Lucasta Miller
Tuesday 19 November - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Biographer and critic Lucasta Miller will give this term’s lecture in memory of Harry M Weinrebe, philanthropist and founder of the Dorset Foundation. A former visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and Beaufort visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Lucasta Miller is the author of The Brontë Myth (Jonathan Cape, 2001) and L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Jonathan Cape, 2019), the Celebrated ‘Female Byron’.