• The Culham Junior Research Fellowship in Fusion Plasma Physics
    October 29, 2014

    WORCESTER COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD in conjunction with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

     The Culham Junior Research Fellowship in Fusion Plasma Physics

    Due to unforeseen problems with funding, this post will not be recruited to this year.  We hope to re-advertise the role late in 2015.

  • First Class results for Worcester finalists, July 2014
    October 2, 2014

    Our finalists achieved outstanding degree results this summer, and we send our congratulations to all of them.  93.8% of students were awarded a 2.1 or higher, with 44 students receiving Firsts.  As a result, Worcester was placed third in the interim Norrington Table (which compares the performance of undergraduate students at each of the Oxford colleges in their final examinations), our highest ranking for many years. 

    In addition, a number of finalists were awarded University prizes:

    Neil Alliston
    Institution of Engineering & Technology Manufacturing Engineering Student Prize 2014

    Eugene Atkinson
    Proxime Accessit Gibbs Prize (Classics) 2014

    Nicholas Booth
    Institution of Engineering & Technology Prize for outstanding academic achievement 2014

    Abigail Bridger
    Proxime for the Wronker Prize for the best overall performance in Law Finals 2014

    Abigail Bridger
    Gibbs Prize (Law) 2014

    Kyran Esparza McGlacken
    Gibbs Prize (Group Project) (Physics) 2014

    Emily Goddard
    Best Performance in European Human Rights Law Prize 2014

    David Huggins
    Gibbs Prize (Group Project) (Physics) 2014

    Sean Morris
    Proxime Accessit Gibbs Prize (Physiological Sciences) (First BM Part II)

    Madeleine Mould
    Gibbs Book Prize (Law) 2014

    Samuel Poulson
    Atkins Prize for the Best Energy-related Exhibit, Lubbock Day (Engineering) 2014

    Rose Ryan Flinn
    Gibbs Prize (Mathematics and Philosophy Part A&B) 2014

    James Wheeler
    Harley Prize of the New Phytologist Trust (Biological Sciences) 2014

    Susannah Worster
    Gibbs Prize 4th year project in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry (Chemistry) 2014

  • Appointment of Director of Chapel Music
    July 8, 2014

    The Chapel Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of Thomas Allery as Director of Chapel Music. Thomas held the Organ Scholarship of Worcester College between 2007 and 2010 and has since held posts at Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge and Magdalen College, Oxford, alongside undertaking further study at the Royal College of Music. Thomas will work with both choirs and the organ scholars to further develop the chapel’s music. We are looking forward to welcoming Thomas when he joins us in September.

  • The Tercentenary Campaign: Press Release
    July 1, 2014

    Worcester College Oxford was founded in July 1714. To mark its three hundredth anniversary the College today announces the launch of

    The Tercentenary Campaign

    £100 million to endow Worcester for the next three hundred years

    Worcester College, built on the site of the thirteenth century Benedictine foundation Gloucester College, is one of Oxford’s most popular and beautiful colleges, renowned for the variety of its architecture, the beauty of its gardens, its lake and the extent of its grounds. Former Provosts have included the spymaster J. C.Masterman, the diplomat Lord Franks and the historian Asa Briggs. Students have included Thomas De Quincey, Rupert Murdoch and US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

    This year the College launched its Tercentenary Celebrations with a reception at the National Gallery hosted by Old Members Lord John and Sir Timothy Sainsbury.  A hugely successful series of events has included an acclaimed concert by the Chapel Choir at St John’s Smith Square, a Tercentenary Dinner with a glittering array of guests and the triumphant Tercentenary Commemoration Ball, sponsored by the Ministry of Sound (courtesy of Old Member Baron Palumbo of Southwark).

    “Worcester is the least well-endowed of Oxford’s historic colleges,” explains Provost Jonathan Bate, “the Tercentenary Campaign – with perhaps the most ambitious target of any Oxford College fundraising campaign – is a unique opportunity to secure our future and to ensure that no gifted and talented student, whatever their background, is prevented from applying to Worcester by anxiety about future debt.”

    The ten year Campaign will be led by two Committees of Old Members, one in the UK chaired by Mr Edward Wray, and one in the USA, with Senator Bill Bradley as Honorary Chairman and Mr Barrie Wigmore as Chairman.

    At today’s Campaign launch at the British Academy in London, Provost Bate announced that the College has received

    £56 million in pre-campaign lead pledges

  • Nazrin Shah Building
    April 28, 2014

    Worcester College is delighted to confirm that a resolution to grant planning consent for the new Nazrin Shah Building was achieved in April 2014.

    The application follows significant consultation with the City Council, Heritage Bodies and neighbours and approves the construction of a lecture theatre which will seat 160 along with a new studio, seminar rooms and an e-hub offering an interactive and state of the art learning and performance environment for students, Fellows and staff. In addition the development will provide a facility that will be used for conferences and for lectures that will be open to the University and the city as a whole.

    The new building, constructed from natural materials such as stone and timber, will be sited in the northern grounds of the College bounded by the cricket pitch and Earl Building and has been praised for its sensitive design and respect for the historic landscape and heritage aspects of the site. The project aims to be sustainable with the inclusion of geothermal boreholes and a green roof and will also include the extension of the lake and opportunity to open up picturesque views through the College grounds.

    The Provost of Worcester College, Professor Jonathan Bate, comments:-

    “I am incredibly excited by this project – Niall McLaughlin and his team have produced a beautiful design that will sit discreetly in its setting while providing fantastic opportunities for our students. The College is hugely grateful to our Old Member HRH Nazrin Shah for his generosity in making this possible.”

    The new building was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, having come to the attention of the College when shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize for its Bishop Edward King Chapel at Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon.

    The next stage of design is now underway and it is expected that works will commence in Spring 2015, with works expected to take 12 – 15 months to complete.

    pdcm limited were appointed to manage the architectural competition and design and will continue to manage the design, procurement and construction of the new facility owing to their significant experience and track record delivering projects of this nature.

  • 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.