Bill Sykes at the Chalet in 1990
Bill Sykes at the Chalet in 1990
Bill at the Univ Old Boys' Rugby match 2014
Bill at the Univ Old Boys' Rugby match 2014
The 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.

The College has established The Reverend William 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.

The Sykes Memorial Fund will be an endowment that will provide steady funding that will help resource the annual budget of College’s Chapel Choir, an institution that Bill established shortly after his arrival at Univ. Income from the Fund will support the activities and needs of the Chapel Choir including the purchase of new music and music folders, assistance for extra musical tuition, and partial sponsorship for members to undertake regional/overseas tours. If in a given year extra monies are available, the College would direct those funds to assist another of Bill’s passions: College Sport. Univ’s less financially secure sporting clubs would be able to apply for funds to further their ambitions and encourage their members’ participation.

Make a gift online

Individuals who wish to contribute to the Fund may make a single donation using our online gift form. Please select 'Other' under 'Designation' on the online gift form, and write 'The Reverend William Sykes Memorial Fund' in the box.

Make a Single Gift

Individual contributions can be made online via most debit and credit cards.

If you would like more information, or would like to discuss a multiple year pledge to The Reverend William Sykes Memorial Fund, please contact Ruth Lindley in the Development Office at or telephone +44 (0)1865 286208.

If you would prefer to make a single donation by cheque, please contact the Development Office for a Sykes Memorial Fund Gift Form. Cheques should be made payable to 'University College Oxford' and sent (with a completed Gift Form) to the Development Office, University College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH.

Thank you!


A Video Tribute to the Revd Bill Sykes



Further individual video tributes to and memories of The Revd Bill Sykes can be viewed here (page opens in new window).


Tributes to the Revd Bill Sykes


“It was people like Bill who made Univ in my time – 1981 to 1984 – so pleasant a place to be. I was not a chapel-goer, indeed not a believer, but Bill was a friend who took an interest and stayed in touch.” – Kris Gledhill


“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


“Bill extended the same care and kind counsel to the summer program from SMU, for close to thirty years. We will miss him greatly.” – Michael Holahan


Further individual  tributes to The Revd Bill Sykes can be viewed here (page opens in new window).



Photograph of Bill at the Chalet in 1990 courtesy of Helen Weavers (1986, Biochemistry).
Photograph of Bill at the 2014 Univ Old Boys' Rugby match courtesy of Sean Hopkins (2010, Earth Sciences).