Ever since William of Durham’s bequest to the College in 1249, Univ has been dependent on the generosity and loyalty of its donors. More than 750 years later, philanthropy remains central to the College, funding our students, tutors and Fellows, repairing and maintaining our buildings, and supporting clubs and societies.
We are committed to recognising this generosity and to treating all our donors with discretion, consideration and respect.
Our Donor Charter underpins our commitment to engage with our donors and sets down the standards they can expect from us. We are also registered with the Fundraising Regulator, whose Badge demonstrates our commitment to good fundraising practice. For more information on data protection, see the About Development page.
The Opportunity Programme
A ground-breaking access programme to ensure that 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; now adopted by the central University. Find out more on our Opportunity Programme page.
Bill Sykes Memorial Fund
Established in memory of the Reverend Bill Sykes, College Chaplain from 1978-2005 and Emeritus Fellow until his sudden death in 2015: the fund provides perpetual funds in support of two of Bill’s passions, the Chapel Choir and College sport. A video tribute to Bill by Old Member Professor Godfrey Fowler OBE (1950, Medicine) can be viewed below.
Roger Short Memorial Fund
Established in memory of Roger Short (1963, Classics): finances a travel scholarship programme to Turkey and neighbouring countries (particularly Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus, but with the emphasis on Turkey) in perpetuity. Find out more about the Roger Short Scholarships on our Travel Grants page or read The Roger Short Memorial Fund Newsletters on our Publications page.
The Oxford-Radcliffe Scholarships
Due to the kind donation of £10m by a group of anonymous Old Members as matching funds, Univ has been able to fund 81 new students, with research covering as diverse areas as earth sciences, medicine, economics and condensed matter physics.
The Goodhart Building
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. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, 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. For further details please see our Goodhart Brochure.
The 1249 Society was established to recognise and thank Old Members who make significant contributions to Univ’s Annual Fund year after year.
There are various annual membership levels according to age with amounts based on the College’s founding year, 1249. If your annual giving reaches or exceeds £1,249 (including Gift Aid) within the fiscal year (1st August – 31st July), you will be welcomed as a 1249 Society member for the year in which your gift is made. For those aged under 30, the annual membership level is £124.90, and recent leavers need to give only £12.49 to become members.