In order to maintain the broad curriculum that Trinity currently offers, and to ensure that students continue to benefit from a tutorial system that is the glory of teaching at Oxford, the endowment of teaching posts remains one of the college’s highest priorities.

Most teaching posts are co-funded by Trinity and the University, and if the University is unable to pay its share of the cost of replacing a Fellow, as has already happened in two instances, the college runs the risk of forfeiting the post unless it meets the full costs for the first years of such an appointment. As Fellows retire or move to other institutions, it is clear that this position is unsustainable in the long term.

The University recognised the problem and in 2010, introduced an initiative called the Teaching Fund; this provides matched funding to complement colleges’ fundraising for the endowment of posts. Only posts for which the fundraising has begun since 2010 are eligible.