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
We are at a critical juncture. Alumni and friends have generously supported the Back Quad development. We now need to secure the final £3m to reach our target. With your help, the Back Quad will be transformed for generations of future students.
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.
Make your mark
Oxford's first-ever purpose-built Access Centre will become the hub for our 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 two lead donors, generous gifts from other early benefactors and a College contribution, we have already secured a fantastic £15 million, with alumni and friends naming elements within the buildings.
We are now looking to raise the remaining £3 million by 2021. Contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated, and a gift of £3,000 or more will put your name on our donor wall.View our shopping list 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. By contributing to this project you will see the tangible impact of your generosity every time you return to Wadham.
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: email@example.com
Watch it go up
Watch it go up
Selected naming opportunities
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.
While most of our students and staff work from home, construction continues on the William Doo Undergraduate Centre and Dr Lee Shau Kee Building - Oxford's first purpose built access centre.
Undergraduate Daniel Gunn jumped at the chance to visit Wadham’s Back Quad development, to see building progress first hand.
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.
Being able to visit Wadham was the only reason I applied. It made Oxford less scary and gave me confidence.
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.