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 and a fully accessible Undergraduate Centre

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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 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. 

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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: development.team@wadham.ox.ac.uk

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 room naming donor, Ross Hutchison, (Philosophy and French, 1979)

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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.

Building promise

5th September 2019

The promise of Wadham’s exciting new AL_A designed buildings was brought to life by a tour of the construction site with Beard site manager Kieran Tiller.

Giving back

5th February 2019

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

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 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 

  • 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

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.

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