The P D James Fund
Baroness James of Holland Park was an Honorary Fellow of the College, as well as a frequent guest of honour at the annual St Hilda’s Mystery and Crime Conference and the Barbara Pym Society events. The P.D. James Fund has been established in her memory to support the work of the English School and students at St. Hilda’s College.
The Fund helps secure a number of subject-specific initiatives within the English School, including their annual Speaker & Subject Dinner. This is named as the P.D. James Event and student attendance is subsidised through the P.D. James Memorial Fund.
More widely, the English School currently uses the Fund to help promote a love of literature and the arts throughout the College community by underwriting St Hilda’s Gold Membership at the Oxford Playhouse. This provides a number of free and subsidised tickets for college students and non-academic staff. Feedback from college users has been extremely positive.