Support us

At the heart of what we do is supporting and nurturing exceptionally talented young writers and scholars, and offering them opportunities to help establish their career.

Sponsor a project or scholar

Some people love the variety of OCLW, and some love particular projects. At the heart of what we do is supporting and nurturing exceptionally talented young writers and scholars, and offering them opportunities to help establish their career. If you'd like to support a project or an individual, we're keen to discuss the possibilities. You may be inspired by something you see in our Events Calendar, or you may be happy to make a gesture towards whatever ambitious endeavour we're planning at any given time. To put your name to a project or scholarship of any kind, and enjoy some great benefits in return, please contact Associate Director Kate Kennedy on oclw@wolfson.ox.ac.uk, or simply make a gift.

Become a Friend

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing's Friend scheme is a fantastic way to support our research and outreach. Our loyal Friends support our work with annual donations and can enjoy a range of exciting privileges and opportunities. Membership starts from only £10/month.

Cherwell Friend, £10/month. Receive regular mailings with news and updates on our termly programme. An invitation to attend a ‘tea-talk' with the OCLW Visiting Scholars. Attend a post-lecture Friends' reception and enjoy a drink with the speaker and Visiting Scholar community of OCLW. See your support credited on our website. Annual subscription of £8.30 membership fee, £111.70 donation*

Linton Friend, £35/month. Enjoy exclusive benefits at our highest Friends level with all of the above, plus: Gain access to distinctive projects with our prestigious partner organisations and international speakers. Be recognised for your support at an annual lecture dedicated to our Linton Friends, after which we invite you to join the OCLW scholars and directors for a post-lecture reception. Attend an annual post-lecture dinner with our speakers, directors and special guests (extra costs apply). Annual subscription of £20 membership fee, £400 donation*

Chadlington Supporter. Enjoy an individual association with OCLW by becoming a Chadlington Supporter. With a minimum annual donation of £1,000, Chadlington Supporters share our founder and Honorary Director Dame Professor Hermione Lee's passion for helping exceptional young academics to fulfil their potential, support the Centre's work in community outreach, and in maintaining its international reputation for excellence in research. In return, they are uniquely valued, receiving personal updates from Hermione, Elleke and Kate on the Centre's progress, and opportunities to get to know the scholars and be recognised for their support.

Legacy Giving

When you come to make plans for the future, you may like to consider remembering OCLW in your will. Making such a gift is naturally a very personal matter. However, letting us know of your wishes gives us the opportunity to thank you for your kindness, while allowing us to make plans together. We are happy to talk to you in confidence about the range of options open to you, either in person or over the phone. In the first instance, please contact Kate Kennedy, Associate Director on oclw@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

*We are obliged by HMRC to make it clear that the donation component paid by friends and supporters is voluntary and that it is possible to purchase any of these memberships without making this donation, at a cost of £8.30, £20 or £35. If you wish to do this, please contact Kate Kennedy.

News
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.