Building the Future
I have joined St Hilda’s at a pivotal time – that small breathing space between the completion of the spectacular and prize-winning new buildings at the entrance to the College and the start of the second building campaign, which will see additional, much-needed accommodation created at the rear of our site. In positioning the College for the future, we will focus on making our new buildings more environmentally sustainable in tandem with the University’s Net Zero strategy. We are currently waiting for approval from Oxford’s Planning Committee, after which we can turn ambition into reality, once again. We will release the finer details of the new campaign as soon as we are able to, so the pages here contain an overview of our fundraising priorities in the coming months and years.
I was most impressed, when I first visited St Hilda’s, to see how the whole community had pulled together throughout the challenges of the pandemic to ensure that all of our students could continue to access the world-class education our alumnae once experienced. Our Senior Members were a big part of that effort, donating to our emergency Covid-19 Fund to cover the costs of the extra measures needed to keep everyone safe, and supporting our students through additional book and equipment grants, as well as our vital bursaries programme. I hope most sincerely that our community will work together once more to secure the funds needed for our next building, which will provide 32 new student bedrooms, as well as other crucial facilities.
I look forward to meeting as many Senior Members as possible during my first year as Principal.
Professor Dame Sarah Springman DBE FREng
St Hilda's Anniversary Building and Pavilion were officially opened on 25 September 2021 by four former Principals of the College. The opening ceremony is available to watch here.