Thank you for considering a gift to the College; we warmly welcome and encourage participation at any level.
There are many ways in which your generosity can benefit Univ and you can direct your gift to an area of College that matters to you most. Further information on specific funds and programmes can be explored below.
Details of our benefactors are published in the annual College Record and the ways in which our OMs incredible generosity helps College are often highlighted in The Martlet, the College magazine – details of both can be found on our Publications page. Please see our Donor Charter page for new plans on updating donors on the impact of their gifts, and some recent administrative changes.
Find out more about ways in which you can make a gift on our Give Back to Univ page.
Areas Your Generous Gifts Directly Impact
- Univ Opportunity Programme, expanding the number of UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds at the College
- Graduate Scholarships, attracting the best
- Undergraduate Bursaries & Access, encouraging students from all backgrounds
- Student Support awards (Hardship), ensuring an education at Univ is affordable at all times
- The Bill Sykes Memorial Fund, supporting Chapel Choir and College sport
- Travel Scholarships, assisting students in funding fieldwork linked to their studies
- The Tutorial Fund, safeguarding our unique style of world-class teaching, and supporting the scholarship of our Fellows
- The Master’s Academic Opportunity Fund, supporting the research and study interests of undergraduates during vacation periods
- The Graduate Research Fund, enabling students to develop a deeper understanding of their subject
- Student Sports and Societies, improving the quality of experience for students in their extra-curricular activities
- General buildings and facilities
- The Goodhart Building, a refurbishment project improving student accommodation
“In my time on the JCR committee, I was fortunate enough to see how Old Members’ contributions to the College were put to use. Seeing the positive impact it made on the student body was more than enough to convince me to contribute.” – Minesh Shah (2004, Physics)
Further Project Details:
The Opportunity Programme
Univ has launched an ambitious new scheme – the Opportunity Programme – to expand the number of UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds at the College.
“I am delighted to welcome Univ’s creative new initiative to bring to Oxford more smart students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to provide them with an innovative bridging programme to help ensure that they thrive here.” – Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor
From the October 2016 admissions round, the College increased its undergraduate intake by 10%. These new places are filled through the University’s normal competitive admissions process, but are available only to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These additional students were selected in the usual way and according to the usual academic criteria. The aim of the scheme is simple – to ensure that very deserving students of high potential who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but who might otherwise miss out on a place at Oxford due to the sheer number of applications, have the chance to study here.
Further details, including comprehensive FAQs, can be found on the Opportunity Programme page.
To find out more about ways of making your gift see our Give Back to Univ page here.
The Goodhart Project
First opened in 1962, the Goodhart Building has already housed two generations of students, and allowed them to live on the main site, in the heart of the College – a place of friendship and community, and a brilliantly effective support for academic achievement. It is a vital component of the College’s accommodation provision.
“I think it’s very important that people today should have the same privileges that we were lucky enough to have in our time; without new buildings and up-to-date facilities of all sorts that’s never going to happen” – Arthur Weir (1952, Law)
In 2014, a major refurbishment was undertaken to fulfil the more stringent environmental requirements of the 21st Century, and to meet the needs of the next generation of students. This successful renovation has included a range of measures intended to make the building not only more usable and comfortable, but also more energy efficient.
We are extremely grateful to all donors who have given to this project, including the Wolfson Foundation, who have kindly provided a grant of £50,000 towards the cost of the refurbishment.
Bill Sykes Memorial Fund
The Reverend Bill Sykes, College Chaplain from 1978-2005 and Emeritus Fellow until his sudden death in 2015, was an extraordinary man who left an indelible mark on College and generations of students who participated in his “Reflection groups”, sang in the chapel choir, played sport, or just knew Bill as a kind friend and unerring supporter.
“Bill had more impact on me than anyone else I met in my three years at Univ. A rare gem, one of life’s truly good people. I will miss him dearly.” – Nic Isham
The College has established The Bill Sykes Memorial Fund to continue Bill’s legacy by providing perpetual funds in support of two of Bill’s passions: the Chapel Choir and College sport.
If you would like to make a gift to the Bill Sykes Memorial Fund please do so via our online giving form, selecting “Other” under “Designation” , and write “The Reverend William Sykes Memorial Fund” in the box. Or contact the Development Office – E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Short Memorial Fund
Roger Short was educated at Malvern College and at Univ, where he was a Classics Scholar from 1963-1967. A fluent Turkish speaker he devoted much of his subsequent career in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the country; he was serving as British Consul General in Istanbul when he was killed in a terrorist attack on the Consulate building in November, 2003.
“My time in Turkey provided me with a fundamentally unique experience, which I could never have experienced without the benevolence of a Roger Short Scholarship.” – Abigail Reeves (2012, Law)
The Roger Short Memorial Fund finances a travel scholarship programme to Turkey and neighbouring countries (particularly Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus, but with the emphasis on Turkey) in perpetuity. This is an extension of a travel scholarship programme already in place at the College. You can read many of the reports written by those who have benefited from the fund by selecting “Travel Reports” on our News and Features page. College also publishes an annual Roger Short Memorial Fund Newsletter which can be found on our Publications page.
Find out more about the Roger Short Scholarships on our Travel Grants page.
In common with the world’s great universities, Oxford has a large and growing postgraduate body, trained at the most exacting levels in superb facilities. They leave with specialist knowledge, multidisciplinary experience and advanced research skills, to address the monumental challenges facing our global society and business.
The College recognises that to attract the world’s smartest postgraduates complete funding is an absolute necessity. Full funding is offered as a matter of course by many of the world’s leading universities, and Univ currently loses exceptionally able students as a result.
“The status of the graduate degree qualification is steadily taking the place of the undergraduate degree as a passport to the top jobs.” – Professor Peter Jezzard, Dean of Graduates
However, the College is currently operating two generous matched funding schemes and is unique among Oxford colleges in this respect. The two schemes have the power to double the value of significant donations received before 2018.
Leverage of this kind is unprecedented in the history of the College, and it brings within our sights the prospect of fully funding fifty postgraduate places at Univ. Our aim is to bring about full funding for all of our postgraduate research students, and with your help we hope to achieve this by the end of 2018.
For further information on ways in which you can support College in this area please contact the Development Office – E: email@example.com
Profiles of, and interviews with, a number of Univ’s former postgraduates can be viewed on our Young Univ Gallery website.
Postgraduate Study at Univ – The Vital Statistics
- There are approximately 200 postgraduates at Univ
- Postgraduates at Univ come from more than 40 countries
- 38% come from the UK and 62% from overseas
- Only two thirds of DPhil students, and one third of Masters students are fully funded
In addition to matched funding from the Oxford-Radcliffe and University schemes, the College also arranges partnership funding with individual departments across Oxford. These collaborations further reduce the cost to the College of supporting its postgraduates, extending the value of your philanthropic investment.
A collection of major gifts (£25,000 and above) will help to generate crucial funding and leverage further support, allowing Univ to secure the brightest talent, students who can truly contribute to the College’s intellectual community. In many cases, your gift to postgraduate scholarships could increase almost threefold through various matching programmes.
The Oxford-Radcliffe Scholarships
A group of anonymous Univ Old Members committed £10m towards postgraduate scholarships in December 2012.
£4m of this commitment is in the form of “challenge” funding. Donations from other Old Member’s to postgraduate scholarships will be matched on a ratio of 1:2 – each £2m raised by the College will release an additional £1m of matched funding for permanent endowment to postgraduate study.
The Oxford-Radcliffe Benefaction, along with the Oxford Graduate Matched Fund, has the potential to significantly add to the value of your donation.
For further information on ways in which your gift can be maximised through the Oxford-Radcliffe Benefaction please contact the Development Office – E: firstname.lastname@example.org
“One of the things that influenced my decision to study at Univ was the fact that the College offers excellent funding for conferences, providing a vital opportunity to share new discoveries with fellow researchers.” – Julia Brouard
The Oxford-Radcliffe Scholarships are targeted on the following subject areas:
- Biomedical and Medical Sciences, including interdisciplinary research in Centres for Doctoral Training
- Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, including interdisciplinary research in Centres for Doctoral Training
- Earth Sciences
- Politics, Public Policy, International Relations and Global Governance
- Other subjects (limited to 10% of Oxford-Radcliffe Scholars)
Benefactors Case Study – Paul Chellgren
Paul Chellgren is an American citizen, who came up to Univ in 1966 to read Economics as a postgraduate. Until his retirement in 2002, Paul was Chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc., a global diversified energy and chemical company. He is now an Operating Partner of Snow Phipps, a private equity firm with $1.5 billion of assets under management.
Paul is a leading benefactor of the College and wished to create the newest postgraduate scholarship in Economics at Univ. The Oxford-Chellgren Scholarship in Economics is the first endowed scholarship to qualify for funding from both the University-wide matched funding programme and the Univ-specific Oxford-Radcliffe scheme.
“I am pleased to support postgraduate scholarships in Economics at Univ. Oxford and our College must have the resources to attract and support the very best students on a global basis.” – Paul Chellgren (1966, Economics)
Capitalising on two matched funding opportunities Paul’s four-year commitment of £465,000 will trigger the University’s Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund programme and secure an additional £310,000 of funding. His pledge, together with the University’s matched funding, generates £775,000, providing permanent endowment income of £31,000 to fund a new standalone postgraduate scholarship.
Paul’s commitment not only unlocks University funding; it also qualifies under the terms of the Oxford-Radcliffe benefaction. Once Univ has secured £2m in philanthropic commitments for postgraduate scholarships, a further £1m will be released from the anonymous benefaction. Paul’s gift will be credited with releasing a portion of these funds, as shown above.
Incorporating both of these matching mechanisms, Paul’s philanthropy has the potential to be worth more than £1m to the College.
With the support of our Old Members we have an achievable opportunity to shape the future of postgraduate study at the College and further place Univ on the global stage. Major gifts (£25,000 and above) towards postgraduate scholarships at Univ are encouraged and donations can be structured over a period of two to five years. Leadership shown by our donors will not only reflect their loyalty to Univ, but be a catalyst for innovation and excellence in the next generation of the College’s postgraduate students.