Regent’s has a unique history and character, and a commitment to the highest standards in teaching and learning. In 2017, the College celebrated sixty years as a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, and we are now building the case to appeal to new and existing supporters for the funds we need to secure the College for the next sixty years – and beyond.
Our fundraising priorities are: (1) endowment reserve, (2) academic support, (3) student support, and (4) building maintenance. These are the aspects of the College’s life and work which are in need of support and where major gifts would be strategically directed. One of the benefits of identifying fundraising priorities in this way is to enable prospective donors with particular interests to choose where to direct their gifts. Within three of these areas – academic and student support, and buildings – there are also significant naming opportunities for major donors, as is usual throughout the higher education sector.
For information about the College’s discrete funds, including scholarships commemorating Pamela Sue Anderson and Greyfriars Hall, visit our page on the Oxford Thinking website.
Academic Support: Securing Teaching & Research
Regent’s is committed to the highest standards in teaching and learning, and our tutors are models of good practice in the University. In recent years, Dr Lynn Robson and Dr Leif Dixon have received prestigious teaching awards from the Oxford Student Union and the University. We are also dedicated to excellence in research, with a number of our academics publishing cutting-edge work, especially in Theology and History. It is essential that we continue to attract and retain the most outstanding academics to compete with other world-leading institutions. Major benefactions of at least £1.4 million will allow us to name and endow many of our academic posts. There are significant naming opportunities available to major donors, including Fellowships in Biblical Studies and Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, and English. Also, given the need to meet changing academic requirements, we are looking to fund posts in Law, History, Geography, Economics and Classics. The cost of endowing academic posts is as follows: Tutorial Fellowships – £1.4m (£55k annually), and Stipendiary Lectureships – £900k (£35k annually).
Student Support: Securing Learning
At Regent’s, we aim to give each of our students the best opportunity to excel in their chosen field. Through the University, we already contribute to a bursary and fee reduction programme, ‘Oxford Opportunity‘, but we would also like develop a bespoke package of student scholarships and bursaries of our own. Undesignated donations to our Student Support Fund are of the greatest benefit because they enable us to respond with flexibility to the changing needs of our students without constraints or restrictions. However, contributions are also welcome towards: postgraduate scholarships (£250k to permanently endow and name a scholarship), bursaries (£150k to endow and name), and hardship funds (single gifts of up to £5k would enable us to help students to meet unexpected costs).
Building Maintenance: Securing the Site
Regent’s has been developing and improving its site since we arrived here in 1927 and we continue to strive to provide the best quality of accommodation and facilities for our students and conference guests. We will benefit most from undesignated donations towards our Maintenance and Upkeep Fund, however, for donors who wish to leave a lasting legacy, there is considerable scope for naming opportunities with everything from the student common rooms and the Main Library, to the main block of student accommodation.
To discuss any of these opportunities in more detail, contact:
Dr Matthew Mills, Development Officer