Undergraduates taking part in a Classics tutorial

Teaching and Research

Teaching and research are at the very heart of St Hilda’s, with groundbreaking work taking place in numerous fields. You can see some highlights here and in the College’s Annual Review.

Oxford is famous for its near-unique tutorial system, which offers such a bespoke education to our students. This very low ratio of students to tutors is very costly, however, and so increasing the College’s endowment for key posts is a priority within the 125th Anniversary Campaign. Endowing posts ensures continuity of teaching for our students while contributing to the sustained research of our academics and the impact this has in the wider worlds. The immediate priorities for endowment are post in Medical Science, Mathematics and Philosophy so that new appointments can be made when senior Fellows retire.

St Hilda’s also seeks to increase funding for Junior and Associate Research Fellowships, which are pivotal roles in enriching the research environment in College. These early career posts support the next generation of academics as they focus on their varying fields of world-leading research.

St Hilda’s is very proud to be in the early stages of establishing a Centre for Clinical Therapeutics Research. Under the leadership of Professor Duncan Richards, Climax Chair of Clinical Therapeutics, the College is setting up an innovative, multidisciplinary research hub aimed at addressing some of the key questions facing Clinical Therapeutics today. The Centre will develop partnerships within Oxford and more widely with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics industries to translate novel therapies quickly from laboratory to clinic where they can start to have a real impact on lives.

Research hubs, academic posts and the tutorial system do not come cheaply, so every gift to the 125th Anniversary Teaching and Research Fund will be greatly appreciated. Donate now and help to secure the academic future of St Hilda’s for many generations to come. 

Alison Noble, OBE FRS FREng FIET, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering