The College’s mission is to offer self-motivated students from across the globe a rigorous, nuanced, and intensive education designed to inspire them to be unafraid to be challenged and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Generations of Old Members have taken the personal growth and development gained in Univ’s friendly and empowering setting and put it to use by making a meaningful contribution to the world.
To sustain and advance this special tradition of learning and scholarship the College needs the dedicated support of its Old Members. Each donation, regardless of its size, will have an impact on some aspect of our community. Just as every student shapes their own direction and learning at Univ, likewise every gift that comes from our Old Members enhances the experiences and enriches the lives of our current members and Fellows.
Gifts to Univ can be directed to an area of College that matters most to you, usually within one of three areas: supporting people, supporting Univ’s programmes or enhancing facilities. These donations enable us to continue to produce transformational work and to continue to attract and nurture the very best students, regardless of their financial background.
Univ is committed to ensuring that the students it admits can focus on their academic studies and get the most out of College life without undue anxiety about making the financial sums add up. Whether it is short-term financial aid, or long-term bursary support, the generosity of our Old Members enables Univ to ensure that financial situation does not obstruct success.
- In the 2019-2020 academic year, Univ provided 89 undergraduates with a College bursary.
- Most of this support is for the academic term, with Univ granting bursaries for students with a family household income up to £52,000 – generally ranging from £500 to £1,500 per annum.
- Our student support mission is simple: every student who is capable of gaining a place at Univ should be able to come here without having to worry about money.
- In order for Univ to attract the world’s brightest postgraduates, full funding is an absolute necessity.
- In the space of ten years, the support of Old Members has transformed Univ’s provision of graduate financial support, from offering just a handful of scholarships to now being in a position to offer more than 55 fully-funded places for the 2019/20 academic year.
- It is our ambition to continue to expand this programme and to make Univ the institution of choice for the best postgraduate students.
Univ prides itself on having one of the first dedicated Access Officers in the University and continues to pursue its belief that students should feel able to apply to Univ, regardless of background. By supporting access at Univ you will be helping to continue and build on our comprehensive access activities, such as school visits, roadshows, and study days.
The College has a team of over 60 undergraduate students from many different backgrounds and subject areas. The Univ ambassadors work with young people to encourage, motivate and inspire them to continue and complete their studies successfully. They act as tour guides on Open Days, and help to run events such as school visits, taster days for primary, secondary school, and college students. Ambassadors are also available to make visits to schools independently, to talk about their experiences of learning at and applying to Oxford.
Univ is the “link college” for the areas of Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Shropshire, Telford and the Wrekin, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
From the October 2016 admissions round, the College has expanded its undergraduate intake by 10%. These spaces are earmarked for UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds and Univ provides those students with targeted support to ensure that they succeed. The third cohort of students under this programme joined the College in October 2019, and consisted of candidates in Chemistry, Classics, Mathematics and Philosophy, PPE, Physics, Earth Sciences, Engineering, History, and Politics and Law.
These new places will be filled through the University’s normal competitive admissions process, but they will be available only to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim of this scheme is simple – to ensure that very deserving students of high potential do not miss out on a place at Oxford.
Many students from disadvantaged backgrounds may not have had the opportunity to broaden and deepen their academic skills and experience beyond the school curriculum, and so the College offers these new students an intensive three-week bridging programme in the summer before they start their degree. This bridging programme will consist of subject-specific tuition, wider exploration of academic material, and the development of key academic skills so as to ensure that these students hit the ground running when they start their first term. The bridging programme has an annual cost of roughly £50,000, which is fully funded through the generosity of our Old Members, and is completely free to the students.
To find out more please see our Opportunity Programme page.
Legacies are an enormously important source of funds for the College, and one that is increasingly popular among Old Members.
It goes without saying that in preparing a will, an absolute priority is to ensure that the needs of your family and loved ones are met. However, when these provisions are in place, you may feel that a bequest could also be made to Univ. A gift in your will can make a lasting contribution for generations to come, whether it endows scholarships or bursaries for gifted students, helps fund academic posts, or provides new facilities and resources.
Please see our Univ Legacies booklet below for more information or open/download it as a PDF.
For US taxpayers, a bequest made to the American Friends of University College, Oxford, Inc. (“AFUCO”) is deductible for federal estate tax purposes. Further details and Legacy Sample Wording for US Taxpayers can be found here.
For a discussion on your ideas for a legacy, whether for general College purposes or for specific areas of College life, please contact Martha Cass on +44 (0)1865 276 958 or email Martha.Cass@univ.ox.ac.uk. She would be pleased to speak with you or to meet you at your convenience.