Since its foundation, Wolfson has flourished thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends. We are hugely grateful for your support.
Gifts allow Wolfson to offer scholarships to reduce the cost of studying in Oxford, travel awards to facilitate students’ research, bursaries for students who encounter unexpected financial hardship, and much more.
Our most important current priorities are listed below.
2020 Hardship Appeal
Wolfson is setting a target to raise £100,000 which will allow the College to provide exceptional hardship support for students in need as a result of the coronavirus crisis, this year and next.
While the College currently has numerous ways of supporting its residents with basic needs, our students are encountering financial hardship on a scale never seen before. With the Hardship Fund, the College wants to ensure that no Wolfson student is forced to give up their studies for want of means.
Thanks to a number of generous gifts, we have already raised more than £50,000.
The generosity of Wolfson's alumni and friends will have a direct and meaningful impact on students in financial distress. Every pound raised will go directly to supporting them.
The Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize
One special initiative 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
7 August 2020Aamer Sarfraz appointed to the House of Lords
Wolfson congratulates Aamer Sarfraz on his appointment by The Queen as a member of the House of Lords.5 August 2020Professor George Smith Honoured by Royal Society
Congratulations to Professor George Smith, FRS, who has been awarded the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize 20208 July 2020Refurbishment of the balcony
This project has been given the go-ahead as part of the Estates Strategy to improve our College buildings and environment.
Parties and Dinners12 - 12Sep SepDegree DaySaturday 12 September - 11:00am to 3:30pm
Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:30, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information.Lectures and Seminars05 - 05Nov NovMargaret Oliphant and OxfordThursday 5 November - 1:30pm
Merryn Williams is a poet and critic. Her latest works are The Fragile Bridge: New and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press) and Mansfield Park Revisited (Plas Gwyn Books). At present she is collecting poems about the pandemic and the lockdown. Merryn is a long-standing member of Wolfson's Common Room.