Merton is an exceptionally beautiful place, but it is also a place where students and scholars live and work. As such, it requires constant upkeep, renovation and improvement, both to protect and maintain its ancient buildings and to provide new facilities in keeping with the changing demands of its 21st century community. In particular, the College now has to look at ways to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its IT Infrastructure and provision. It is estimated that £3 million will be needed in the next five years to preserve and update the Merton environment.
T. S. Eliot Theatre
The College has invested £5 million in its superb new multi-purpose theatre which was officially opened by Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University, on 12 March 2011. The first major new building project on the main College site for a number of years, it marks the first phase of the College’s celebrations as it moves towards its 750th Anniversary in 2014.
As well as providing essential term-time facilities for students, it is already providing a significant additional income stream, via its conference business and is on target to attain £0.5 million in revenue/income this summer. All the naming opportunities have now been fulfilled and we thank all of your who have contributed so generously to this project as Benefactors, Patrons and by naming seats. Together we have raised and pledged £3.6 million towards the overall building costs of £5 million.
With your help we can preserve our unique architectural legacy, maintain and build new living and learning facilities and contribute to the exceptional environment at Merton.
There is more information on the successful T. S. Eliot Theatre project on the University website.
If you would like to support these ambitions, you can make a donation online or by contacting the development office on +44 (0) 1865 276316.
If you would like to discuss anything further, please contact either:
Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 276307
Merton has a continuous programme of refurbishment, both to protect and maintain its ancient buildings and to provide new facilities in keeping with the changing demands of society.
Approximately 10% of students at Merton now have some kind of disability or welfare/hardship situation during their time at Merton. The College has a strong Welfare Team, but it requires financial support to keep it running.
The College currently lacks an appropriate lecture theatre for term-time student use and for its conferences, which of course would then generate more funds for the College. This would also be used as a Music Room. The fundraising target for this project is £3 million.
The College's current sports facilities are in bad need of renovation and upgrading. We plan to build a new sports complex, which will cost in the region of £2.5 million.