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.
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 Emeritius 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.
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.
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.
6 November 2017Aris Lecture 2017
This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.30 October 2017The Ronald Syme Lecture: Migration and the Metropolis: How ancient Rome stayed great
Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.23 October 2017Imagining the Divine: Exhibition
Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.
Networking21 - 21Nov NovSocial Science TableTuesday 21 November -12:45pm to 1:45pm
The Wolfson Social Science Tables are for any Wolfsonians and guests who want to get together every now and again to talk social science. Whether you’re a student or a fellow, whether you've come back from 2 years in the field or have spent the last 2 years struggling with Stata (or a manuscript!), whether you’re an eminent geographer or just someone who wants to figure out what social science means, we’d love to see you at the tables.Lectures and Seminars21 - 21Nov NovLives and LettersTuesday 21 November -5:30pm to 7:00pm
This discussion centres on an understanding and appreciation of letters as repositories of complex meaning, creating unique possibilities that weave together the textual, visual, material, biographical, and cultural. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Matt Bevis, University of Oxford, and Hugh Haughton, University of York, will talk about their work on literary letters in relation to life-writing and biographical practice.Lectures and Seminars23 - 23Nov NovTravelling and Filming in GandharaThursday 23 November -5:00pm to 6:30pm
In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.