Queen Laying Foundation Stone 2 May 1968. Copyright: Oxford Mail & Times Ltd.

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.

Learn more
Wolfson College Oxford – The First Fifty Years by John Penney and Roger Tomlin, gives a detailed account of the College's history and is available from the Lodge.

Landmarks in Wolfson’s History

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Tim Hitchens
8 May 2018
Message 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 2018
Inauguration 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....

16 April 2018
Tri-Innovate Final 2018

There have been six finalists selected for the Final Tri-Innovate 2018...

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
May May
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Monday 21 May - 5:00pm
Courses and Workshops
21 - 21
May May
Zen Meditation
Monday 21 May - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn and practise traditional Zen Buddhist meditation and learn the fundamental tenets of Buddhism.

Lectures and Seminars
22 - 22
May May
AWRC: Graduate Students' Forum: presentations of their work in progress
Tuesday 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!