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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14 May 2020
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Susan Walker
6 May 2020
Dr Susan Walker awarded Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Susan Walker, Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
01 - 01
Aug Aug
Degree Day
Saturday 1 August - 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. 

Parties and Dinners
07 - 07
Aug Aug
Degree Day
Friday 7 August - 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.