• Computing Officer
    April 1, 2014

    £23,585-£28,132 per annum

    Applications are invited for the role of Computing Officer, who will take responsibility for the organisation and staffing of a working hours helpdesk and technical troubleshooting service for Fellows, staff and students. The post-holder will also assist the Computing Manager with day-to-day administration of the Windows servers and the main college network.

    The successful applicant will possess experience of the provision of front-line support of Microsoft applications, with a working knowledge of Windows XP and 7, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems and MacOS desktop operating systems. Excellent customer service and team-working skills are essential, together with the ability to perform to a high standard in the face of many priorities. Some experience of Linux desktop operating systems and networking would be advantageous.

    Further particulars and information about how to apply may be downloaded below.  The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 1 May 2014, with interviews anticipated to take place during the week of 12 May 2014.

    Worcester College is an equal opportunities employer.

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  • Systems Administrator
    April 1, 2014

    £29,837 to £36,661 per annum

    Worcester College is seeking a self-motivated and experienced Systems Administrator to take responsibility for the day-to-day administration of our Windows servers. You will also work in conjunction with line managers in deploying upgraded and new systems, as well as supporting the Computing Manager with the general administration of the main college network.

    An in-depth knowledge of Windows XP and 7 is essential, together with Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems. In addition, you will be experienced and confident in supporting Microsoft applications. A working knowledge of MacOS desktop operating systems and Linux operating systems would be an advantage.

    Further particulars and information about how to apply may be downloaded below. The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday, 1 May 2014, with interviews anticipated to take place during the week of 12 May 2014.

    Worcester College is an equal opportunities employer.

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  • Appointment of Academic Administrator
    August 13, 2013

    The college is pleased to announce that Mrs Rhian Perridge will start work as Academic Administrator in the Academic Office on Monday 30th September. 

    Mrs Perridge has previously held administrative posts at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the Nuffield Department of Surgery University of Oxford, and at Oxford Brookes University where she is currently Academic Administration Manager. 

  • Press Release, 25 May 2012
    May 25, 2012

    Worcester College Oxford announces the endowment of The Asa Briggs Fellowship in the Humanities

    The Provost, Fellows and Scholars of Worcester College are delighted to announce the endowment of the Asa Briggs Fellowship in the Humanities, thanks to an enormously generous benefaction from John Sainsbury (Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG), an Old Member who has already given significant  support to both the College and the University.

    Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs of Lewes, celebrated his ninetieth birthday last year, but he still remains active as a historian and writer. Having served at Bletchley Park during the war, he was Fellow in History at Worcester College before becoming Professor of Modern History at Leeds, founding Professor and Dean of the School of Social Studies and then Vice-Chancellor at Sussex, and Chancellor of the Open University. He returned to Worcester as Provost in 1976. His historical writings, ranging from many books on the Victorians to the authoritative history of the BBC, are extraordinarily well known and highly regarded.

    Provost Jonathan Bate explained the nature of the Asa Briggs Fellowship: “Asa Briggs is a true polymath – he took an Economics degree by correspondence simultaneously with his History degree and for a time he taught all three elements of PPE at Worcester, so it seemed to me that a fitting tribute would be a Fellowship in ‘the Humanities’ as opposed to a specific discipline: it will reflect his own extraordinary academic range, between history, economics, the history of political thought, public policy and for that matter Victorian literature and even, in a sense, via his work on broadcasting, the new field of ‘media studies’. We do not know how disciplines will evolve, and in what Humanities areas there will be the need for endowed tutorial fellowships in thirty, fifty, a hundred years’ time. Thus the Asa Briggs Fellowship in the Humanities will endure and evolve, with the capacity to be reassigned to new or needy disciplines when an existing holder retires or leaves.”

    Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG, said that he was especially keen not only to honour the former Provost and his friend but also to give support to the Humanities at a time when their funding was under great strain.

    Lord Briggs said: “I am deeply honoured by the outstandingly generous endowment of this Fellowship in the Humanities by my old pupil and friend John, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, K.G., to whom the College owes so much. I love Worcester College dearly, having spent 25 years of my academic life there: first, ten years as a Fellow from 1945 to 1955, and later, as Provost from 1976 to 1991. I am still writing and I shall follow with interest the evolution of the Fellowship which reflects my own span of interests.”


    For further information, contact:

    Coleen Day
    Director of Development
    Worcester College
    Oxford OX1 2HB
    Tel. 01865 278346
    Fax 01865 288322

  • The Wigmore Benefaction and the University Teaching Fund
    August 12, 2011

    The preservation of the tutorial system is a shared priority for the College and the University and as Oxford faces a series of steep budget cuts in the years ahead the importance of securing funding, particularly for academic posts has become a real priority.

    Barrie Wigmore, who came to Worcester in 1964 to read PPE, and his wife, Deedee, saw an opportunity through the creation of the Oxford Teaching Fund to endow in perpetuity three tutorial Fellowships in History, Economics and Philosophy.  Their donation of £3.6 million, combined with £2.4 million from the Teaching Fund, amounts to a total gift of £6 million.

    The College is immensely grateful to the Wigmores for their gift and for their enthusiasm for and continuing support of the College.  This is a superb benefaction.  As Barrie (a former pupil of the recently retired Provost Richard Smethurst) said “Deedee and I are delighted to be able to support the College and Oxford in this way, in the hope that future generations of students will be able to benefit from its incomparable tutorial system”.

    Barrie and Deedee with recently retired Provost Richard Smethurst (centre) signing the contract

  • Election of New Provost
    June 30, 2011

    Jonathan BateThe College is pleased to announce the election of Professor Jonathan Bate as Provost, to take office in the summer of 2011 on the retirement of Mr Richard Smethurst, who has been Provost since 1991.

    Jonathan Bate, born in 1958, was educated at Sevenoaks School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature. After completing his doctorate, he was a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was appointed King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool in 1990. Since 2003, he has been Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick.

    Well known as a critic, biographer and broadcaster, Jonathan Bate has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA. Among his books are a biography of Shakespeare, Soul of the Age, and a history of his fame, The Genius of Shakespeare. He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was chief editor of the RSC edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works. His biography of the poet John Clare won Britain’s two oldest literary awards, the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. His one-man play for Simon Callow, The Man from Stratford, is currently on national tour. A Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, he was made CBE in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours.

    Commenting on his election Jonathan Bate said “I am surprised, honoured and delighted to be asked to lead one of Oxford’s loveliest and friendliest colleges through the challenging years that everyone in higher education is about to face. My top priority will be the preservation of Oxford’s distinctive tutorial system, while ensuring that access to the College is available to students of high potential, whatever their background. To achieve that goal we will need the support of all the College’s Old Members and friends, as we plan a campaign of renewal leading up to Worcester’s tercentenary in 2014.”

    Photograph by Eamonn McCabe.