Supporting St Hilda's

Today, more than ever before, St Hilda’s needs your help to be able to plan for the future with confidence. The support of Senior Members and friends is vital to the College and plays a central part in securing the College’s future.

The days of student grants that benefitted generations of Oxford students are long gone and government funding continues to diminish across the University as a whole. Sustaining the excellence of a St Hilda’s education costs on average £16,000 per undergraduate student per year. This is roughly double the amount we currently receive in fees and government funding. Despite increases in student fees, the gap remains as government support for teaching in key areas is reduced. Like most colleges in Oxford, we must rely on endowment to cover this shortfall so that we can continue to offer the best possible educational experience to students.

A bequest can help to preserve the tutorial system and close graduate supervision that are the hallmarks of an Oxford education. All gifts make a difference! You can set up a direct debit or make a single gift online. Find out about how to leave a legacy to St Hilda's here. Here's how we use your gifts to support our bursaries and funds:

Student Development Fund

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 2014/15 academic year, 62 graduate students completed their studies, 15 obtained Distinctions in exams, and 22 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.

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda’s is proud to have a thriving music community attracting students who study music as well as others who contribute to the vibrant music events in College. Why not sponsor one of our concerts at the JdP this season? Sponsorship ranges from £500 for solo recitals to £5000 for larger ensembles. This kind of support enables us to invite world-class musicians to St Hilda's, offer students affordable tickets, and often combine an artist/ensemble's visit with a workshop for music students. In return, we reserve an allocation of up to 30 tickets for the concert and arrange a pre-concert dinner for you and your guests, as well as a post-concert reception with the visiting performer(s). For more information about sponsorship of concerts and hospitality packages please contact the JdP Manager.

Library Fund

Student funding is very tight and faculty libraries are cutting back on core texts. There is increasing pressure on the St Hilda’s library to extend the range of texts and study facilities to support a growing range of undergraduate and taught graduate courses. We therefore seek your support to build our library of core texts and maintain the comfortable environment where many of you spent time studying.

We are keen to show our gratitude for support of the Library by offering sponsorship opportunities:

  • £50 or more will be acknowledged with a bookplate in your name
  • £100 or more will be acknowledged with a commemorative plaque on a Library seat
  • £500 or more will be acknowledged with a commemorative plaque on a Library desk
  • £5,000 or more will be acknowledged with the naming of one of the much sought after window study bays

Living History

The Living History project, set up by alumna Elizabeth Dorsett, seeks to document the social history of St Hilda's by means of brief interviews with alumnae and other members of the College community. You can read about it in more detail here.

Studying in St Hilda's College LibrarySt Hilda's at Summer Eights 2016Carson Becke piano recital, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's CollegeJacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda's College