Telephone triumph

5th October 2016

News, Student news, Alumni news

A “truly special network” is how one student caller described the Wadham community after a record breaking Telephone Campaign.

Some 600 alumni chatted with student callers, with over 60% making a gift, pledging a total of £330,000 to the Wadham Fund during the annual two week Telephone Campaign.

Fourteen enthusiastic students spoke to alumni from across the generations, from last year’s leavers to those matriculating in the 1960s, sharing stories, experiences and news.  

Conversations ranged from career advice and tips for tutorials, to deep discussions about the philosophy of human psychology.

Student caller Shayaan Rehman (Jurisprudence, 2015) commented : “From speaking to Wadham alumni I have found an overwhelming love for the College – its ethos, people and culture.  I certainly feel luckier to be a part of the truly special Wadham network.”

“One repeated theme among alumni was a respect for the way they were taught to think during their time at Oxford, which many said has helped them hugely during their careers in a variety of sectors,” added caller Simon Choules (PPE, 2014).

“Being a finalist, it was reassuring to see that Wadham isn’t just a home for the duration of your degree, that it supports and provides for you for the rest of your life,” said Keshvi Radia (Mathematics, 2014).

The Warden, Ken Macdonald QC, comments: “We are deeply grateful to our alumni for supporting Wadham in such a generous way, and for taking an active interest in the life of the College today. In the current funding climate, where tuition fees cover only 50% of the actual cost of an Oxford education, we simply could not sustain our excellent teaching without the support we receive from alumni. Gifts of all sizes to the Wadham Fund make a genuine difference and I would like to thank our alumni and friends for helping us sustain the College as a beacon for fair access and academic excellence.”

The Wadham Fund is a way for alumni to give directly to the support of current students. Alumni donate with a range of gifts from £5 each month, to £5,000 each year.  Donations go towards Student Hardship Grants, the College’s ambitious Access and Outreach programme and support for the Tutorial System. All donations to the Wadham Fund contribute to our Access to Excellence programme. Wadham College is immensely grateful to over 1,000 alumni who donate to the Wadham Fund every year and would like to express sincere thanks to all who donated to the Telephone Campaign.

If you missed out on a call this year, please contact for a priority call during the next campaign or you can make a donation online.

  • Thank you from Wadham student callers!