History & Heritage
Wolfson has grown and evolved over the past 50 years, retaining its founding President Sir Isaiah Berlin’s egalitarian ethos of being 'new, untrammelled and unpyramided’. The College officially became Wolfson College in 1966, when it was renamed in honour of Sir Isaac Wolfson, who contributed toward the College’s foundation.
In 1965, the University of Oxford founded Iffley College. Later the same year Sir Isaiah Berlin was invited to be the College's first President. Through his efforts, generous benefactions were received from the Wolfson Foundation and the Ford Foundation, which enabled the College to include graduate students. The first of these were admitted in October 1968.
The College's buildings, designed by architects Powell and Moya, were ready for occupation in 1974 and the College received its Royal Charter in 1981.
Landmarks in Wolfson’s History
8 May 2018Message from the President
It is a great honour to have been elected President of Wolfson. The college is one of the most distinctive in Oxford: a graduate college,...30 April 2018Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
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....
Lectures and Seminars21 - 21May MayThe Zoroastrian goddess Dēn in Islamic robe: her figure in Zoroastrianism and it...Monday 21 May - 5:00pmCourses and Workshops21 - 21May MayZen MeditationMonday 21 May - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Learn and practise traditional Zen Buddhist meditation and learn the fundamental tenets of Buddhism.Lectures and Seminars22 - 22May MayAWRC: Graduate Students' Forum: presentations of their work in progressTuesday 22 May - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
3 graduate student members of the AWRC will present a topic for friendly discussion with Cluster members and others with an interest: Nina de Kreij: "Μᾶλλον and μάλιστα in comparative and superlative expressions in Homer" Valters Negribs: "Can Kings be Yogīs?" Eva Anita Haghighi: "Etruscans in Latin poetry: political,cultural and personal implications in the age of Augustus". All are welcome!