Moving up

29th July 2019

News, Alumni news

Two new buildings are starting to take shape in the heart of Wadham College.

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Steel frames are being erected and floors put in place at the College’s William Doo Undergraduate Centre and the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building, Oxford's first dedicated Access Centre. A team of builders from Beard Construction is turning this inspirational Amanda Levete designed project into reality.

Thanks to incredible alumni support we have already secured a fantastic £15 million towards the cost of the new buildings.  We are now looking to raise the remaining £3 million by autumn 2020 and alumni and friends are making their mark by naming rooms, floors, bedrooms, tables and a variety of other elements within the buildings.

Director of Development, Julie Hage is delighted with the response that the College has received in response to the appeal for funds. “Contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated,” she said. “Alumni and friends are offering their support in a number of ways including some naming rooms in honour of family members and others making gifts of £3,000 so that their names can be added to the donor wall to honour their association with the College.

Former President of the Wadham Alumni Society, Ross Hutchison, (Philosophy and French, 1979), is making his mark on Wadham’s future by naming a student bedroom.  He says, “I very much value this continuing and enduring association with Wadham. 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."

Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC, added: "Alumni support is making these visionary new buildings a reality, with the potential to change lives of generations of young people. We are incredibly grateful for their support, and we invite all alumni to take part in the final phase of our Back Quad appeal".

Wadham’s Access Centre will become the hub for our extensive school outreach work which supports 6000 students from under-represented schools on an annual basis. The fully accessible Undergraduate Centre will provide our students with inspirational facilities for social and academic interaction. Both buildings are due to open in October 2020.