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Tutorial (c) John Cairns

The 750th Anniversary Campaign: The Tutorial System

The Tutorial System has always been central to Merton and to the University of Oxford’s excellence.

Endowed Existing Fellowships

The following eight Tutorial Fellowships have been re-endowed during this Campaign:

  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • English (with 60:40 match funding from the University Teaching Fund)
  • Mark Reynolds Fellowship in History
  • Jessica Rawson Fellowship in Modern Asian History
  • Music
  • Philosophy (with 60:40 match funding from the University Teaching Fund)

The Mark Reynolds Fellowship in History 

In view of the extreme uncertainty in University funding for humanities posts, £1.5 million was raised to endow one of the College’s three key History posts. The fundraising was helped considerably by a generous lead gift of £500,000 from one of the 1976 London-based Mertonians in memory of his contemporary, Mark Reynolds. Mark was a muscular dystrophy sufferer, who read History at Merton and went on to a glittering career in advertising, but sadly died at the age of 48 in 2005.

Classics Fellowship

One of the College’s Classics Fellowships was funded by a generous friend of the College in memory of his mother.

Economics Fellowship

An Economics Fellowship was financed through the generous contributions of a number of Mertonians, securing a position which is vital for teaching across a number of Undergraduate joint honours degrees, as well as PPE and Economics and Management.

Endowed New Fellowships

The Dr Peter J. Braam Junior Research Fellowship in Humanitarian Issues and the Peter J Braam Scholarship

Dr Braam gave £1.5 million to endow both a Junior Research Fellow and a Graduate Scholarship at Merton. By means of the research undertaken, the Scholarship is to assist the inhabitants of the world's poorest countries.

The Peter Moores Junior Research Fellowship in Classical Archaeology

The aim of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for the holder to devote a substantial proportion of his or her time to producing high-quality independent research in an area of Chinese Archaeology. This appointment marks an exciting era for the School of Archaeology, fulfilling its aims to increase teaching and research in Asian archaeology, particularly China. Furthermore, it adds to Merton's existing strength in Archaeology and in the study of China.

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