Wadham Calling 2021

14th September 2021

News, Alumni news

Wadham's annual telephone campaign gets underway this week.

  • Wadham College with student and visitors

    Telephone campaign caller Zahra Grieve (inset) with summer school guests. 

Our first telephone campaign since September 2019 takes place between 13-27 September, with a wonderful team of 15 student callers making contact with hundreds of alumni.

Student caller Zahra Grieve (Classics, 2018) comments: “I'm getting involved in the Wadham telephone campaign because I'm passionate about what the Annual Appeal stands for: it is essential to removing barriers to education for present and future students. Having been a participant on summer schools myself, and working on them now as a student ambassador, I know first-hand how profound an effect these can have on potential students."

Telephone campaigns are a unique opportunity for alumni from around the world to discuss Wadham past and present with our current students.

They also represent one of the key fundraising campaigns in our annual calendar. Our ability to resume these after the interruptions caused by the pandemic is desperately welcome – we face a funding shortfall every year, and the pandemic has exacerbated this with a dramatic loss of income normally generated by our conference business. 

Funds raised for the Annual Appeal 2021 by the telephone campaign are used to support students facing financial difficulty, and to support Wadham’s Access to Excellence programme. It enables Wadham to help give the brightest students, whatever their financial background, the opportunity to experience and benefit from a world-class education and to achieve their personal potential.

Zahra adds: “That the Annual Appeal now allows for three Wadham summer schools – in Classics, Biology and Modern Languages – is testament to the generosity of Wadham's supporters. The telephone campaign is a great opportunity for us to engage with Wadham alumni, personally thank them for their continued support and to ensure that future students receive that same support that I did.”