College Committees

Committees are at the centre of college government and members at Wolfson may participate in the College decision–making process to an extent that is almost unknown at other colleges. All College business, from finance to sport and entertainments, is managed by the College's committees, which report to the General Meeting and the Governing Body.

All current College members can volunteer to sit on one of our committees. Learn more.


General Purposes Committee

General Purposes Committee prepares the agenda for the subsequent Governing Body meeting, and is an important committee of the College. Chaired by the President, it is composed of College officers, elected fellows, four elected junior members (including at least two graduate students and one SF, RF or JRF) and the chairs of the General Meeting and the Social and Cultural Committee.

Committee to which graduate students are elected.

Minutes & Agendas


Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee meets annually in Hilary Term to consider committee memberships based on the nominations it receives.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Social and Cultural Committee  

Social and Cultural Committee allocates and approves money for all the College's clubs, societies and social functions. The SCC's sub-committees, listed below, encompass most of the life of the Wolfson Community. Provided you can draw up a credible budget and a good case for expenditure, practically any worthy endeavour can be supported by the Common Room Fund, which is overseen by the Social and Cultural Committee.

SCC's Sub-committees are Art Society, Bar Committee (BarCo), Entertainments (“Entz”), Music Society, Romulus Magazine, Sports and Family Society. Learn more.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Academic Committee

Academic Committee is concerned with all academic matters in which the College may have an interest, for example proposals for lectures; seminars and conferences; College Library and Archives policy; and College admissions policy. This Committee is also very important for developing Wolfson's strategy to develop its ‘destination college' status.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Domestic and Premises Committee

Domestic and Premises Committee considers the physical aspects of the College, including accommodation, safety in College, building works, renovations and development projects. Chaired by the Bursar, the fruits of this committee's labours are usually very visible and long-lasting, and are often also quickly implemented.

DPC's Sub-committees are Grounds, Catering, Wine, Nursery and Health and Safety.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Finance Committee

Finance Committee oversees in outline College expenditure, income and investments.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Information Technology Sub-Committee

Information Technology Committee discusses all aspects of the College IT facilities, such as computers, printing and network connections. A representative from this committee reports to the General Meeting.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Equality and Welfare Committee

Equality and Welfare Committee meets termly to oversee equality as well as welfare issues and policy.

Graduate students may nominate themselves for this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Audit Committee

Reports to the Governing Body via GPC. This committee supervises internal audit in the College.

Graduate students are not represented on this committee.

Minutes & Agendas


Fellowships and Memberships Committee

Recommends College appointments and membership, e.g. of fellows and members of Common Room.

Graduate students are not represented on this committee.

Minutes & Agendas

More Information
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Events

The latest from Wolfson College

Aamer Sarfraz portrait photo
7 August 2020
Aamer 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.

George Smith portrait photo
5 August 2020
Professor George Smith Honoured by Royal Society

Congratulations to Professor George Smith, FRS, who has been awarded the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize 2020

Balcony view from the Harbour lawn
8 July 2020
Refurbishment of the balcony

This project has been given the go-ahead as part of the Estates Strategy to improve our College buildings and environment.

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
12 - 12
Sep Sep
Degree Day
Saturday 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 Seminars
05 - 05
Nov Nov
Margaret Oliphant and Oxford
Thursday 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.

Parties and Dinners
14 - 14
Nov Nov
Degree Day
Saturday 14 November - 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.