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. 

Academics At-Risk Fellowship

We are launching a campaign with The Council of At-Risk Academics (CARA) to accommodate an academic and their family at Wolfson College, Oxford.

It will cost us £30,000 to support one CARA family for one year. Here at Wolfson we are lucky enough to have secured the support of an anonymous donor, who has agreed to provide £15,000 towards our first placement. We need your help to match that and raise the remaining £15,000. The Alumni Office are holding a campaign throughout Michaelmas will be holding a Giving day on 21st November. Support the campaign as an ambassdor or donor here.

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 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

Parties and Dinners
19 - 19
Oct Oct
Formal Hall
Friday 19 October - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Formal Hall is a served three-course meal. Dress code is smart, no gowns. Drinks are at 7.00 pm, with dinner at 7.30 pm. Open to all members of College and Common Room and their guests. There is no informal dinner served on Formal Hall nights.

Lectures and Seminars
22 - 22
Oct Oct
President's Seminar: 'Gravity and Levity'
Monday 22 October - 5:30pm

The President’s Seminar series provides a platform for the presentation and discussion of some of the fascinating and ground-breaking research that is carried out by Wolfsonians at all career stages.

In this term's seminar Prof Wolfgang de Melo will talk about gravity and levity in Varro, the Roman Grammarian; Dr Felix Tennie will speak on gravity and what we believe to know about it; Mr Alexander Hardie-Forsyth will focus on Laurence Sterne's line of gravitation.

Clubs & Societies
22 - 22
Oct Oct
Italian language course by OUIS
Monday 22 October - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Oxford University Italian Society (OUIS) organises weekly classes open to all those interested in learning Italian. The beginners course is in Wolfson (seminar room 3, but check at the lodge) on Mondays at 19:30. Italian classes at other levels are also organised in different locations.