Drone image of the Phase I construction site - October 2019

Building the Future: the 125th Anniversary Campaign

A year into the building works, and some nine months since the foundations were laid, the site is really coming together. The boundary building now clearly marks the edge of St Hilda’s, and people walking along Cowley Place can now see the colonnade entrance starting to take shape. The tower now stands proudly above the rest of the College and already makes St Hilda’s visible from many vantage points around Oxford. When completed, the tower, terrace garden, and top floor seminar room will offer unparalleled views across the River Cherwell to the dreaming spires.

You can see some of our latest images of the construction site here, as well as time-lapse footage here. Alumnae are always welcome to come back to St Hilda’s, and the Development & Alumnae team will be happy to show you the latest developments in person.

None of these exciting improvements to the College would have been possible without the support of so many generous alumnae and friends. While over £15 million has been raised to date, further funding is still needed to enable us to provide the accommodation, facilities and support that our students and wider College community deserve. All gifts make a difference, so donate now to be a part of the College’s most ambitious project in its history.

There are many ways in which you can be a part of the 125th Anniversary Campaign. Our key areas for which we are seeking funds are:


While we continue to hold our own academically, St Hilda’s is far behind most other colleges in terms of the accommodation we can offer to our students. With rent prices increasing significantly every single year, it is ever more crucial that we are able to offer our students College accommodation for the entire duration of their course. Teaching and social spaces are a crucial part of College life too, and the new facilities will help us to attract the most talented graduate students and researchers from around the world. Learn more here.

Bursaries and Scholarships

St Hilda’s already outperforms many other colleges in attracting students from schools and areas that rarely send young people to university. However, it is equally important that students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds are supported once they start their degree courses, and so a wide and generous range of bursaries and scholarships is crucial. Learn more here.

Teaching and Research

St Hilda’s prides itself on the high quality of teaching and research carried out by our academics. Our Fellows range from academics who have built up world-leading expertise in their fields over several decades to Junior Research Fellows exploring groundbreaking topics in new ways. This combination of established wisdom and fresh ideas is passed on to our students, and it is vital that we continue to attract the best academics by offering worthwhile posts and appropriate facilities. Learn more here.

Access and Outreach

Despite our success in reaching applicants from non-traditional Oxbridge backgrounds, there is always more we can do to encourage the very best students to apply, regardless of socioeconomic background. We are trialling new ways of reaching more students, including an alumnae ambassador scheme, as well as continuing to work directly with schools in our target area. Learn more here.

Professor Sir Gordon Duff, Principal