Student Development Fund

Since 1893, St Hilda’s has relied on the exceptional generosity of alumnae to help to fund the gap between student fees and the true cost of offering an unparalleled education to students.

Your gift to the Student Development Fund will be used wherever it is needed most: to support social and student welfare activities, travel and research grants, and improvements of accommodation and sports facilities, among other things.

Access Fund

At St Hilda’s we strongly believe that no talented student should be deterred from applying or denied the opportunity to study here because of their financial circumstances. Openness and access are part of the College’s founding tradition. Our ongoing commitment to widening participation means we must find bursaries to support students once they are here.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Bursaries and scholarships provide financial support to help students reach Oxford and ensure that they can fulfil their academic potential and take advantage of everything that University life here has to offer. A bursary or hardship grant helps undergraduate students in their second and final years with living expenses while they concentrate on their final exams.

Funds are needed to create bursaries to widen access to students and to continue to support them throughout their degree. Academic travel bursaries and the Principal’s emergency fund are available, but these are coming under increasing pressure. The St Hilda’s Bursary Appeal began in 2009. This scheme saw monies raised being matched 50:50 by the collegiate university, raising close to £60,000 in new bursary funding and more than 60 students have benefited each year since 2009. To those students who were receiving Oxford Opportunity Bursaries, this meant an additional £400 per student in 2011 and bursaries supported an unprecedented 20 per cent of students. St Hilda’s committed to maintaining and extending bursary funding after 2013, when the university matching ended.

From 2012, the Oxford fee waiver and bursary scheme became the most generous in the UK for those with household incomes under £16K a year, and up to £25k per year. All students with household incomes of up to £42.6K receive bursaries for living costs.

In 2015, St Hilda’s College had 200 graduate students. In the 2015/16 academic year, 69 graduate students completed their studies, 11 obtained Distinctions in exams, and 24 students were awarded the DPhil. More and more of our postgraduate students find it difficult to secure loans and other funds to support their studies, and then repay large debts, especially since the large increase in fees in 2012.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Support for graduate scholarships at St Hilda’s enables the College to enter into funding partnerships with some of the major scholarship programmes – RCUK, Clarendon, Rhodes and Marshall – to cover tuition and living costs. This enables us to attract the best scholars to study at our College in the face of increasing competition.

Student Hardship Fund

Your gift to the Student Hardship Fund offers vital financial support to students when unplanned events arise.

Student Clubs and Societies

Students at St Hilda's work hard and play hard. Your gift can help enrich their experience at St Hilda's and encourage their musical and sporting excellence.

Studying in the Kathleen Major Library, St Hilda's CollegeStudent concert in the Jacqueline du Pre Music BuildingSt Hilda's students rowing in Torpids 2016Student drama performance of 'Not About Heroes', about the friendship between Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon