Our Vision: Access to Excellence

Wadham aspires to become a beacon of fair access and academic excellence and thanks to you, our alumni and friends, our efforts have been taken to the next level. Our extensive access work is changing lives but there is so much more to do.

Enabling Access to Excellence

Robert Hannigan, Warden, Wadham College

During my time as Warden, it has been a privilege to meet alumni and understand how much a Wadham education has changed lives. Wadham tutors and the tutorial system have shaped, and continue to shape, generations of students to have a positive impact on the world around them. Our Access to Excellence campaign, supporting each step of the educational journey, has surpassed its original target and made a difference to thousands of applicants, students and Fellows. We are determined to strengthen the financial foundations of the College so that students from a kaleidoscope of backgrounds can continue to embark on this unique educational journey.

This vital work would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters and I would like to extend my warmest thanks to you all for enabling Access to Excellence.

Robert Hannigan


Impact - Five Key Areas

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we are securing funding for every step of the educational journey – from pre-16 outreach to increased support for our students and graduates.

Thanks to you

Julie Christiane Hage

As socio-economic turbulence has become a reality for nations around the world, the global Wadham community of alumni and friends continues to support the College's educational mission, and we are deeply grateful for your commitment and your friendship.

Your support continues to make a very real difference to the lives of our applicants, students and Fellows. Thanks to donations from 3,799 alumni, the Access to Excellence campaign target of £45m has been surpassed, with £49.4m secured towards the five steps of the 'life-cycle' programme. We were delighted to celebrate the achievements at our recent Access to Excellence Summit and you can read about the impact of your donation in the donor report.

As we look to the future, we need to redouble our efforts to secure Wadham’s mission in education and research, and we look forward to sharing our plans in the months ahead.

Julie Christiane Hage

Fellow and Development Director

Support our Access to Excellence work

By building a ring-fenced “Access to Excellence Fund”, we continue efforts to support all activities related to our ambitious five-step “life-cycle” programme.

Our work continues. For Wadham to remain a beacon of fair access and diversity, we are asking you all to give your best gift. If you are already a donor, perhaps you would consider increasing your annual contribution or making a significant one-off donation. Please get in touch with our Development Team to discuss how you can help.

You can find further information on Wadham in Numbers and the Annual Report and Financial Statements here.

Dr Lee Shau Kee Building, the William Doo Undergraduate Centre and the Locke Access Centre ©Hufton+Crow

Get in touch

We are always pleased to hear from you. Please do get in touch to discuss how your donation can make a difference.

Julie Hage: julie.hage@wadham.ox.ac.uk

Barnaby Norman: barnaby.norman@wadham.ox.ac.uk

Wadham has always been radical, forward thinking and creative and its Access to Excellence strategy is in keeping with what Wadham does.

Sally Mapstone (English, 1975) Vice-Chancellor and Principal of St Andrews University