Building for the future
Introducing Wadham's Back Quad development

Building for the future

Help us build an inclusive community 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.

  • The William Doo Undergraduate Centre (left) and Dr Lee Shau Kee Building, Oxford's first dedicated Access Centre

  • The Access Centre facade

  • A view of the buildings from Bar Quad 

Improving accessibility to Wadham College and an Oxford education is key to our plans to develop a new Access Centre and Undergraduate Centre. The two new buildings will enable the College to expand and develop its work with students from disadvantaged ‘widening participation’ backgrounds and have 24-hour accessibility for students with disabilities.

As a leader in access and outreach provision, reaching thousands of secondary school students through our outreach work every year, Wadham has been looking to create a dedicated facility for welcoming young people aspiring to study at Oxford for many years. Similarly, the College has long been aware of the need to provide accessible facilities to our undergraduate students. Thanks to generous leadership benefactions from alumni and friends, and with your help, this aspiration will become a reality.

How you can help

Thanks to the inspirational benefactions from our two lead donors, generous gifts from other early benefactors and a College contribution, we have already secured a fantastic £13.6 million, with alumni and friends naming elements within the buildings.

We are now looking to raise the remaining £4 million by 2020. Contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated, and a gift of £3,000 or more (payable over three years) will put your name on our donor wall. 

Donate now

There are a number of ways you can make your mark on our new buildings and we would be delighted to discuss naming opportunities with you. Please contact Julie Hage or Marco Zhang:

Your support will help make these visionary new buildings a reality, with the potential to change lives of generations of young people

Ken Macdonald QC, Warden

Naming opportunities

Naming opportunities

Make your mark

The Back Quad project is part of Wadham's Access to Excellence programme which supports young people from the moment they consider university through their undergraduate and graduate studies, and as they go out into the world. Every donation makes a difference. By contributing to this project you will see the tangible impact of your generosity every time you return to Wadham.

Naming opportunities



Bop to the drop

10th July 2018

An alumni Bop, complete with end of the evening 'Mandela-ing', marked a final farewell to the Goddard Building JCR and celebrated Wadham's exciting Back Quad development.

Wadham’s 2018 Impact Report: Demonstrating commitment

3rd July 2018

A significant increase in Wadham’s outreach work is detailed in the College’s second annual Impact Report.

Development plans for Wadham College

28th September 2016

Following the promise of significant funding from generous benefactors, Wadham has asked internationally acclaimed architect Amanda Levete to develop designs for the replacement of the JCR and Goddard Building (staircases 16 and 17).

Being able to visit Wadham was the only reason I applied. It made Oxford less scary and gave me confidence.

Amy Howlett ( Law, 2016)

About the building

About the building

Radiating a spirit of openness

The transformation of Back Quad is integral to Wadham’s Access to Excellence programme. This aims to support young people from the moment they consider university, through their studies, and as they go out into the world to make a difference. In 2020 two elegant new buildings – completing our central-Oxford site – will replace the outdated, inaccessible Goddard Building and enhance neighbouring landmarks, from the 18th century Holywell Music Room to the 21st century Graduate Centre. Together, the new buildings will support our widening participation programme by welcoming future generations of aspiring students and undergraduates.

The Dr Lee Shau Kee Building is designed specifically to welcome school visitors and host Wadham’s celebrated access activities – complete with space for teaching, public lectures, a music room and wheelchair-accessible accommodation for our residential summer schools. 

The William Doo Undergraduate Centre will form a new focus for student life. Its attractive, light-filled spaces – including a new Junior Common Room, study area, e-hub, art room and café – will be open and accessible to all at Wadham.

  • The Undergraduate Centre Lounge looks out onto Back Quad

  • The light and adaptable new JCR

  • A seminar room in the Lee Shau Kee Building

  • A student bedroom

  • A student bedroom (rendered image)

  • An ensuite bathroom

  • The staircase linking the two buildings gives views over Back Quad