We are designing programmes to support young people on every step of their educational journey; from pre-16 outreach to post-16 curriculum enriching and admissions focussed support and we are dedicating resources to evaluate and adapt our programmes to ensure the best possible outcome.
Wadham’s pioneering, two-year sustained scheme for Year 10 school students in Luton giving students a better understanding of university life ended with certificates and celebrations. Based on the success of this scheme, we are partnering with the Oxford University to scale up this pre-16 scheme over the coming years. And as I write, we have some of Europe’s most talented 15-year old mathematicians residing in College for a 6 weeks’ Maths Master Class – a collaboration with Boston University’s renowned PROMYS programme designed to nurture exceptional mathematical talent. Last week we were hosting 48 Year 12 pupils for the Engineering Summer School thanks to generous support from our alumni. With lab exercises focussed on coding and robotics, 3D design and bridge building, we are able to offer hands on experience and tutorials for pupils from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Six of our Engineering alumni came to share their experiences with the young pupils, and the inspiring and moving Q&A session could have gone on into the night with all the questions from an eager audience. Summer Schools in Classics and Politics are planned for August and we are seeing an increase in applicants from our summer school students securing places at Oxford and indeed at Wadham.
Two of our 2017 leavers chaired this year’s #IGaveToDorothy campaign raising money for projects that make Wadham more wheelchair accessible. They encouraged a fantastic 29% of all 214 undergraduate and graduate leavers to make a gift that, along with the generosity of our alumni challenge donors, will have a significant impact on future Wadham students.
A season with alumni events on several continents came to a delightful crescendo with the annual Benefactors Garden Party on 24 June where 300 of our generous alumni and friends came together for a festive afternoon in the Fellows Private Garden. Cricketers gathered earlier in June for the annual College versus President’s XI match and dinner and saw the Wadham students win back the 'Frog of Awe'. May was a busy month too: a sell-out debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution brought a stellar panel together in San Francisco to discuss the future of AI. You can watch the full debate here. Wadham Alumni Society hosted another popular London dinner with Facebook Policy Director Simon Milner speaking about security in the digital age.
We also have a string of events scheduled for the new academic year, and we look forward to seeing our generous legators at the 1610 dinner on Friday 8 September, all alumni for the Wadham Alumni Dinner on Saturday 9 September and alumni from all over the world are travelling to join their peers at the 1960-1964 Gaudy on Friday 22 September. Our series of Wadham Wednesday social and networking drinks continues on 19 July at the Founders Arms on the Southbank in London and on 8 November (location TBC). All alumni are warmly welcome. The Wadham Alumni Society welcomes all of you to the AGM on 9 September and also invites alumni to consult the revised constitution: https://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-clubs-and-societies/wadham-society.
The annual Hong Kong reception for Wadham alumni is generously hosted by William Wai-Hoi Doo on Friday 1 September. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven Kt QC will give a talk at the Hong Kong Bar Association on 31 August. The California Wadham group is organising a Wadham Wednesday on 20 September in San Francisco (venue TBC) and more US events are planned both on the East Coast and the West Coast in connection with the Oxford North American Reunion in San Francisco in April 2018.
With very best wishes to all for a joyful summer,
Director of Development