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 and a fully accessible Undergraduate Centre

Last chance to help fund our transformative Back Quad buildings

Oxford's first-ever purpose-built Access Centre will become the hub for Wadham's extensive school outreach work. The fully accessible Undergraduate Centre will provide our students with inspirational facilities for social and academic interaction.

Thanks to the inspirational benefactions from our lead donors, and the generous gifts from alumni and friends all over the world, we have secured an unprecedented £16 million of our £18 million target, with alumni and friends helping to fund elements within the buildings.

As we prepare for the official opening in Trinity Term 2021, we are launching the final phase to raise the remaining £2 million and contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated.

The College would be delighted to recognise the generosity of our alumni and friends on the donor wall in the atrium of the new Back Quad buildings.  

Thanking our donors Donate now

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 and by contributing to this project you will see the tangible impact of your generosity every time you return to Wadham.

If you would like to help fund any part of this project, please contact Julie Hage or Marco Zhang: development.team@wadham.ox.ac.uk 

  • Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

    The new Dr Lee Shau Kee Building (right) and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

  • Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

    Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

  • Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

    Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

  • Buildings from the new Webb Quad

    Buildings from the new Webb Quad

  • External staircase

    New external staircase leading to the Library Terrace and main entrance to the William Doo Undergraduate Centre

  • Access Centre facade

    Access Centre facade

  • Internal staircase

    Feature staircase linking the William Doo Undergraduate Centre with the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building

  • New buildings from Elephant Gate

    View of the new buildings taken at dusk from the Elephant Gate

  • Looking to the Back Quad from the entrance to the William Doo Undergraduate Centre

    Looking to the Back Quad from the entrance to the William Doo Undergraduate Centre

  • Looking into the atrium connecting the two new buildings

    Looking into the atrium connecting the two new buildings

  • Looking past the facade of the Access Centre to the foundation buildings

    Looking past the facade of the Access Centre to the foundation buildings

  • Architect impression of new buildings

    The Undergraduate Centre Lounge looks out onto Back Quad

  • The light and adaptable new JCR

    The light and adaptable new JCR

  • A seminar room in the Lee Shau Kee Building

    A seminar room in the Lee Shau Kee Building

  • A student bedroom

    A student bedroom

  • A student bedroom (rendered image)

    A student bedroom (rendered image)

  • An ensuite bathroom

    An ensuite bathroom

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

    The staircase linking the two buildings gives views over Back Quad

  • Make your mark

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.

Play Wadham alumni and staff

Help fund the Back Quad development

We are excited to be entering the final phrase of our Back Quad building project and invite all alumni to give your support to this transformational development for future generations of students.

Ken Macdonald QC, Warden

News

News

Building for a fairer future

13th April 2021

The Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and the William Doo Undergraduate Centre, designed by architects AL_A at the centre of Wadham College’s historic Oxford site will be inaugurated this month. 

Introducing Webb Quad

21st September 2020

Introducing Webb Quad, bordered by our new undergraduate and access Centres, the Bowra buildings and Holywell Music Room.

Topping Out in Back Quad

24th September 2019

With the tightening of a bolt, William W H Doo marked the milestone of reaching the highest point in the construction of Wadham’s new Undergraduate and Access Centres.

Giving back

5th February 2019

Helping to fund a tutorial room in Wadham's Back Quad development, Wadham alumna Siripattra Kusuwan encourages giving back to the college which helped shape her.

I'm thrilled to support the building of Oxford's first dedicated Access Centre, which is a great demonstration of the College's commitment to ensuring that a broad and diverse group of future students benefit, as I did, from all that Wadham and Oxford have to offer.

Former President of the Wadham Alumni Society and supporter of the Back Quad development, Ross Hutchison, (Philosophy and French, 1979)

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.