Unrestricted gifts will be directed to the area of greatest need.
Supporting students is vital in helping Merton attract, foster and retain the very best and brightest students. With rising tuition fees and living costs, students can find themselves in financial difficulty. We have funds which cover three key areas of student support at Merton:
Our general Student Support Fund covers student hardship, as well as a variety of travel grants and academic grants, to help maximise the student experience of every Mertonian throughout their time here at the College.
Supporting undergraduates has become more imperative than ever before with the threefold increase of tuition fees to £9,000 for home students. This fund helps to cover the cost of the new Merton-Oxford bursaries for students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a Merton education, as well enabling Merton to extend its Access and Outreach work, to attract the very best and brightest students. All gifts to this fund are also eligible to be matched by the University of Oxford’s Moritz-Heyman Fund.
Merton’s large Graduate body, of over 300 students, makes supporting research a key priority of the College. Graduate research and education is vital in sustaining our academic excellence on a global scale, and a gift to Graduate Scholarships will ensure that the very best are able to study at Merton.
The Tutorial System is key to the College’s continuing academic excellence. However, it is expensive to maintain. We are seeking donations to help us build our endowment and enable us to continue to attract and retain the best tutors and academics. Donations can be directed to one of the specific Fellowships listed below, or made to the general Tutorial Support Fund.
Enables Merton to help provide the cost of extra tutorials, lecturers and resources in key subjects which are stretched the most by the current shortfall in Government Funding. These gifts enable Merton to sustain its excellent teaching across a wide range of subjects.
Merton is currently seeking to endow in perpetuity a Fellowship in Chemistry, named after Courtenay Phillips, Merton’s longest serving Chemistry Fellow. This Fellowship is vital in a subject which has traditionally been one of Merton’s strongest; in the last academic year all Undergraduate finalists received a first class degree in schools. With less than £50,000 to raise to complete the endowment of this post, all support is crucial in reaching this target
Merton College is seeking to raise £850,000 to endow a Tutorial Fellow in Law. Oxford University has one of the largest Law Faculties in the world, and boasts numerous Supreme and High Court Judges, US Justices and members of the German Bundesgerichtshof. A gift to Law will help us to maintain our superb undergraduate and graduate Law teaching for the next generation of Lawyers.
Merton is working on endowing, in perpetuity, two Tutorial Fellowships in the Humanities, in both English and Philosophy, in conjunction with the University’s Teaching Fund. Merton needs to raise £1.2 million each for English and Philosophy, to secure £800,000 of University funding for each position, in order to maintain its excellence in the Humanities. Government funding has shrunk most significantly in the funding of the Humanities over the past few years, so these subjects are particularly crucial. Merton’s academic legacy in both subjects ranges from JRR Tolkein and Mark Haddon in English, to the Oxford Astronomers and Theodore Adorno in Philosophy.
A gift to enhance the College environment will help preserve our architectural legacy and help maintain and build more energy-efficient living and learning facilities, enabling Merton to respond to the growing needs of our academic community.
The decision has been taken, following the granting of permission from Christ Church College, to extend the College boathouse in order to provide much needed space in the boathouse. This will be used to not only provide adequate storage space for the College’s racing shells, but also additional workshop space for the College boatman. A total of £200,000 is required to complete this project, which is needed before construction can commence.
Built for Merton’s 700th Anniversary in 1964, the Rose Lane V accommodation block is undergoing much needed modernisation, and requires further funding to help complete this essential modernisation of the College site. Improvements are being made not only to the buildings aesthetic design through external rerendering and room redecoration, but also to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and to improve the College’s number of conference standard rooms. Donors, or groups of donors, are invited to name a room from £25,000.
Merton needs to restore and digitise some of its historic collections, in what is the oldest University library in continual use in the world. £25,000 is required for two main tasks: to conserve, protect and share some of our most valuable manuscripts and books; and to catalogue electronically invaluable College archival materials.