Make a Gift
There are three core funds for which the college raises money: student support, teaching and research, and existing buildings, facilities and services.
We encourage our supporters to make a gift to the fund that is most important to them or to make an unspecified donation, which will allow the college to direct their gift to where it is needed most.
Our current fundraising priority is the Levine Building, a transformational project that will meet the college’s urgent need for more appropriate facilities for academic activity, residential accommodation and physical access.
Trinity wants students to succeed, whatever their background or personal circumstances and from time to time, the college needs to provide financial or other assistance.
The University has put in place one of the country’s most generous student finance packages, the Crankstart Scholarship, and they support many students throughout their time at Oxford. However, with cuts to university funding and rising tuition fees, the need for college-based support continues to grow, especially for those from the ‘squeezed middle’ who face unexpected hardship as a result of a change in family or other circumstances. Trinity has been able to address this need thanks to the generosity of Old Members and Friends, and hopes to have the means to continue to do so in the future.
If Trinity is to continue to attract the best students, it needs to ensure that applications come from as wide a pool as possible and that includes schools without a tradition of sending students to Oxford.
The college’s access team works with teachers to encourage potential applicants through an extensive programme of Open Days, school workshops and residential visits. This allows applicants to meet current students, get a better idea about studying at Oxford and see the college and the university for themselves. It also helps to dispel negative myths about Oxford.
Encouraging recent leavers to take up teaching posts in schools that do not have a history of sending students here also helps to make Oxford more accessible. Trinity offers a bursary to a leaver who chooses to join the TeachFirst scheme, a career path which attracts several highly motivated students each year.
Trinity is first and foremost an academic institution, but it also values music, drama and sport; as well as being enjoyable and relaxing, they promote well-being, teach life skills and complement study, enabling students to make the most of their time here.
Providing opportunities for students to take part in sport, regardless of the cost; to pursue theatrical interests here, in the wider university and beyond, and to practise and perform music enables them to maintain a balance between the demands of a heavy workload and the chance to relax and make friends with those in other years, disciplines and colleges. It is for this reason that we welcome gifts for sport, drama, music, clubs and societies.
The benefits of teaching a wide range of subjects and maintaining the rigorous tutorial system that sets Oxford and Cambridge apart are demonstrated by the success of the students, but such success is only possible if we continue to attract and retain exceptional teachers and researchers who can provide intellectual leadership within the college.
Historically, Fellowships have been co-funded by the college and the University. However more recently, Trinity has had to meet for the first five years the full costs of certain posts, or risk them being frozen. Given the uncertainty of University funding in the future, it is our aim to endow as many of the remaining Tutorial Fellowships as possible at a cost of at least £2.5 million per post.
Fellowships in French, Law, Philosophy and Spanish have already been endowed as a result of donations from Old Members and Friends, in conjunction with a matched funding scheme set up by the University. Currently Trinity is raising funds in order to safeguard fellowships in Classics and History.
A Fellowship carries the dual obligation of teaching and research. Oxford relies on the national research councils for large-scale grants and the level of this funding is determined by the output of academics across the collegiate university, including those at Trinity. In 2014, the date of the last research exercise, Oxford was ranked first in the country in the Research Excellence Framework, the national mechanism for assessment. This is a striking achievement and one in which Trinity Fellows played their part.
The college provides Fellows with a research allowance of £1,300 p.a. However, it can be costly to undertake research, collaborate with academics in other institutions and present papers at conferences. The college welcomes donations which make it possible to increase research allowances, whether for individuals, specific subjects or more generally.
While the buildings and grounds make Trinity the attractive environment to which so many students are drawn, their Grade I status means they are costly to maintain. In addition to the upkeep of the buildings and grounds, there is a continual need to improve study bedrooms, update IT facilities, replace books in the Library, subscribe to essential online journals and ensure that the college is as energy efficient as possible. It is a significant financial burden and donations from Old Members and Friends are instrumental in allowing us to make such improvements on a regular basis.
We could not be more grateful to everyone who chooses to support Trinity by making a gift. Whatever the amount, every donation has an immeasurable impact on the college and the lives of Trinity students.