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
11 March 2019Wolfson College makes its annual donation to eight individual charities
Each year the College's Social Committee shortlist eight national and local charities to receive a donation of £400.7 March 2019Alumnus Phil Hewitt publishes book on recovery after trauma
In February 2016, marathon runner and journalist Phil Hewitt were attacked in Cape Town. Deeply traumatised by the attack, he turned to running -...6 March 2019New works of art in the Haldane Room and Upper Common Room
The College is delighted to announce that new artworks are on display in the Haldane Room and the Upper Common Room by contemporary African...
Clubs & Societies31 - 31Mar MarRomulus Call for ContributionsSunday 31 March - 11:59pm
Looking to express your creative side? Romulus, Wolfson College's literary magazine, welcomes submissions in the form of poems, short stories, essays, papers, photos, illustrations, or anything else that can be printed. This year's theme is Ritual. Written pieces should generally be no longer than 2,500 words. Academic papers are welcome, but should be accessible to a general audience.Lectures and Seminars15 - 16Apr AprOxford Symposium in Silicon Solar Cell TechnologyMonday 15 April - 9:00am to Tuesday 16 April - 6:00pmLectures and Seminars02 - 02May MayWolfson Lecture Series 2018-19: Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Twenty-first cen...Thursday 2 May - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
After 35 years in diplomacy, Sir Tim Hitchens considers how 21st century will be different from 20th century diplomacy. He will consider the evolution of diplomatic tradecraft, and the different cultures of diplomacy around the world.