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.
Access to Excellence - demonstrating impact
Thanks to your support, Wadham is breaking new ground with its access programmes. Our work was recently singled out as best practice by Sam Gyimah, the Minister for Universities, and highlighted in The Guardian newspaper. 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
Introducing our strategy – how you can contribute
Building for the future
Wadham College is constructing two new buildings; 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.
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
The investment required
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 £40 million by 2020. The good news is that thanks to your generosity, £33 million has already been raised – during the consultation phase. Now we are inviting all of our alumni and friends to help us reach the final target and make our vision a reality.
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.
We couldn’t do this without you
We are fortunate that more than 23% 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.