News from the alumni and development office

16th December 2013

News, Alumni news

We are delighted to announce that Warren East (1980, Engineering) will succeed Anthony Preston (1974, Modern Languages) as the next Chair of the Development Council.

A visionary leader of ARM Holdings for more than a decade, Warren retired this summer to focus on a significant portfolio of non-executive roles, including board membership of BT and Dyson. We very much look forward to working with Warren to advance the plans for the next phase of the College’s development.

We continue to work closely with our alumni to secure funding for the most talented students at Wadham, both at undergraduate and graduate levels, and the support we have received this year has made a genuine difference to our ambitious access programme and to our graduate scholarship provision. Recognising the fierce international competition for graduate talent, and the importance of fully funded scholarships to attract the best applicants, the University has established the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund as a time limited scheme offering 40% in matched funding to Colleges who can raise 60% of an endowment for a scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of a number of old members, we have successfully secured funding for three endowed scholarships this year, and we will sustain our efforts to make the most of this opportunity for Wadham in 2014.

In the wake of Mandela’s passing, a group of resourceful and generous alumni are helping us prepare the launch of a special appeal for a Mandela Memorial Scholarship Fund at Wadham, and we shall share the news about this early in the New Year. Please contact Julie Hage, if you would like to be involved: julie.hage@wadh.ox.ac.uk

We are very sad to announce that Shona Nicholson will be leaving Wadham in the New Year to take on a new role as Director of Development & External Relations at the Goodenough College in London. This is a very exciting opportunity for Shona, and a tremendous loss for Wadham. Shona has been a sterling Deputy Development Director for almost four years and has worked tirelessly to expand and strengthen our alumni activities and fundraising initiatives.

It was a great pleasure to see so many of our alumni returning to College for recent events including the Circles' Debate, Carol Service and 1610 Society dinner. We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming events in 2014, including the Meeting Minds - Oxford Asia Reunion in Hong Kong 21-23 March, and the Meeting Minds - Alumni Weekend in North America, New York City 11-13 April.

Finally a special thank you to our multi-talented College librarian, Tim Kirtley, whom many of you will know. Tim is responsible for the wonderful Christmas image on this year’s College newsletter and card.

  • Wadham by Tim Kirtley
  • Warren East

    Warren East, the new Chair of Wadham's Development Council.