Wolfson College Digital Research Cluster

We focus on work across a variety of disciplines in which the web is the platform, and where sharing of ideas and methodologies could bring mutual benefit.

Since the Cluster was launched in 2010 the pace of digital research has accelerated. Many students in the college are using digital technologies in their personal and project research.

It could be argued that all research these days is digital, since we all use computers in our work. The focus of the Digital Research Cluster is on work across a variety of disciplines in which the web is the platform, and where sharing of ideas and methodologies could bring mutual benefit.

Wolfson College is the natural home for this venture: it is graduate, large, strong in sciences and arts, forward-thinking, and has a tradition of fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration. By working together within the Wolfson Digital Research Cluster, we aim to lead the way in this rapidly advancing field, create new research partnerships, and also to attract funding for scholarships, workshops, and summer schools.

The vision of the Digital Research Cluster was unveiled at an inaugural meeting on 8th March. 2010. The Cluster also has a formal agreement for collaboration with the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Cluster Advisory Committee

The Cluster was founded by Donna Kurtz (Classics). The present Director is David De Roure (e-Research Centre), with  David Robey (Italian) as Associate Director.

They are supported by an Advisory Committee consisting of Eric Meyer (Oxford Internet Institute), David Zeitlyn (Social Anthropology), Moritz Riede (Physics), Jacob Dahl (Assyriology), Tarje Nissen-Meyer (Earth Sciences) and Pip Willcox (Bodleian LIbraries Centre for Digital Scholarship).

Digital Research Cluster members

Upcoming events

Past events


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Our upcoming events

24 - 24
Apr Apr
Tri-Innovate Pitch Event
Tuesday 24 April -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Tri-Innovate 2018 finalists will pitch their ideas at The Foundry for £8,000 first prize and title of Innovation of the Year. Come support Wolfson finalists as they compete against finalists from Hertford, Jesus, New, and Pembroke Colleges.

Courses and Workshops
28 - 28
Apr Apr
Indo-Iranian Philology Study Day
Saturday 28 April -
9:00am to 5:00pm

A study day in Indo-Iranian philology, with opportunities to take lessons in subjects such as Avestan, Vedic Sanskrit, reading Old Persian cuneiform, and Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative philology. There will be taster sessions for beginners and brush-up sessions for those who once studied the subject. For further information or to book a place, please email Philomen Probert (philomen.probert@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

Concert and Plays
01 - 01
May May
Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
Tuesday 1 May -
8:00am to 11:00am

All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson.


8.00–8.40 am Musical entertainment by members of the College 
All are welcome to drop in

8.40–9.00 am Break
Morning pastries will be available

9.00–9.30 am Formal inauguration of the new President
Please take your places by 9 am