Access to Excellence
Wadham has long been known as a beacon of fair access and academic excellence and we have ambitious plans. Building on 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 your support, Wadham is breaking new ground with its access programmes. Our pre-16 Luton access project was cited in the annual Government report on access to higher education, as one of the most innovative and effective programmes currently being undertaken anywhere in the UK. Working with Social Mobility Think Tank, The Bridge Group, the College continues to assess the impact of our expanding outreach activities. More
Your support is changing lives
How you can help
By building a ring-fenced “Access to Excellence Fund”, we hope to finance all activities related to the five-step journey. This requires an investment of £45 million by 2022. The good news is that thanks to your generosity, £41 million has already been raised. We are inviting all of our alumni and friends to help us reach the final target and make our vision a reality. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how you can help.
We are also partnering with social mobility think tank, The Bridge Group, to measure the impact of our expanded Access to Excellence activities and to pass on what works to other institutions.
Building for the future
Wadham is proud to have completed two new buildings, scheduled to open later in 2021. Oxford's first-ever purpose-built Access Centre will become the hub for our extensive school outreach work. A fully accessible Undergraduate Centre will provide our students with inspirational facilities for social and academic interaction. Help us build an inclusive community for the future.
We couldn’t do this without you
We are fortunate that more than 21% of our alumni support the College every year. This is a remarkable achievement and our thanks go out to everyone who has given. Yet, in order 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.
Our Access to Excellence strategy. Five bold steps.
In close collaboration with alumni, students and colleagues across Oxford, we have developed a comprehensive five-step strategy – covering the entire educational journey. Our Access to Excellence programme aims to support young people from the moment they consider university, through their undergraduate and graduate studies, and as they go out into the world to make a positive impact on society. MoreHow you can help