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«IT IS WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT THAT WE EMBARK ON THIS CAMPAIGN – Exeter Excelling – which will guarantee tutorial excellence, transform the ...»

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T H E 7 0 0 T H A N N I V E R S A R Y C A M PA I G N

“The past is not dead, it

is living in us, and will

be alive in the future

which we are now

helping to make.”


1852, Theology

Letter from

The Rector



– Exeter Excelling – which will guarantee tutorial excellence, transform the collegiate campus at the centre of Oxford, and secure financial resources for students and Fellows of the College. In short, this Campaign, in celebration of Exeter’s 700th Anniversary, will realise the College’s aspirations and dreams to benefit generations to come.

The launch of Exeter Excelling follows a period of extensive consultation with Exonians around the globe, and comes with the great encouragement of several major gifts from early donors. We hope that you will join them in supporting Exeter over the next few years to provide the very best Oxford education and the ideal college environment for the 21st century.

Thanks to you and to all the Exeter family, we have a thrilling period of challenge ahead of us as we secure these goals for Exeter and approach our eighth century.

F L O R E AT E X O N !

Exeter College aims to foster and develop what it believes to be the most enriching and effective form of learning embodied in the ‘Collegiate Ideal’.

This ideal, articulated by Fellows and other Exonians who helped develop the College vision, commits the College to being a place of intellectual ferment at the heart of Oxford: a place where the research of Fellows and graduates informs undergraduate teaching in a collegiate setting and where all three groups work and learn together in shared scholarship across ‘subject families’. The Collegiate Ideal is exemplified by the close contact teaching of the tutorial system, the sense of community which comes from living and working around a College quadrangle, and the security of financial support for the best scholars in order to allow them to complete their studies.

Exeter Excelling will enable this ideal to become reality. This Campaign will protect the tutorial; make possible the College’s new multi-campus plan to transform Exeter’s study and residential space in the heart of Oxford;

and increase the College’s endowment in order to secure excellence for the long term.

The Campaign Goal is to raise £45m as we celebrate Exeter’s 700th Anniversary.

Looking Forward to the Future:

A Letter from the Campaign President SIR RONALD COHEN (1964, PPE) IT WAS AT EXETER THAT I LEARNED TO THINK. As the years have gone by, my appreciation of what the College did for me has grown – as has my affection, which was always great.

As you know, financial circumstances in the academic world are posing major problems for institutions such as Exeter, which seeks to uphold its deserved reputation for academic and collegiate excellence. The costs associated with modern accommodation, updated lecture facilities, attracting and retaining the best academics and providing financial assistance for students present a significant obstacle to the maintenance of the Exeter tradition. That is why I am truly glad that I have been in a position to help, and that so many Exeter alumni have been able to do the same. What has motivated me is a desire to give other young men and women the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from Exeter College life as much as I did.

The leadership the Rector has provided has placed the College in a strong position academically, and it is now also well able to manage the assets that are entrusted to it. I have no hesitation therefore in entreating you to support this crucial campaign. If, like me, you believe that Exeter was part of what made you, then I know that you will respond positively. The funds we raise will be carefully used and future students will benefit greatly, enabling them to make their own contribution to securing the College’s future in their turn, just as we are doing.

Thank you for your generosity to our College. RONNIE The Campaign at a Glance The three principal objectives of this Campaign epitomise Exeter’s mission to excel in every area and to be the

ideal college of the 21st century:

• Guaranteeing the tutorial in a multidisciplinary research environment

• Transforming the collegiate campus and providing study and residential space for all Exonians in the heart of Oxford

• Securing financial resources to attract and support the very best students and scholars Guaranteeing The Tutorial


The College believes that the personal and unique experience of the tutorial, given by leading academics who are actively engaged in research, in a residential, collegiate environment, is the finest form of teaching that can be offered to undergraduates.

Yet, even within Oxford, economic pressures threaten this intensive, and thus expensive, form of teaching. The creation of enriched ‘subject families’ within Exeter College and of a secure endowment will keep Exeter’s tutorial on a solid foundation – and in the vanguard of Oxford education. THE CAMPAIGN GOAL IS TO RAISE Recruiting and retaining leading academics is critical to our success.

£10m Endowing their positions is the best way to guarantee continuing intellectual independence and excellence across our Fellowship.


“The tutorial is the most rewarding and effective way of teaching young ASPECTS OF TUTORIAL minds and investing in their future.” MICHAEL HART | Fellow in Politics EDUCATION AT EXETER Striving towards a unique degree of collaboration among Fellows, graduate students and undergraduates within and across subjects; focusing on sustaining the tutorial through the endowment of Fellowships in key subjects; ensuring the provision of additional graduate teaching support to augment education in an environment that encourages learning; and developing interdisciplinary subject families.

Transforming the Collegiate Campus



The sense of community and identity fostered by living and working together around a College quadrangle remains unrivalled.

The success of this Campaign will enable Exeter to provide – at last – truly first class accommodation in the centre of Oxford for all our undergraduates and graduates for the duration of their studies.

The acquisition of an additional site and the rebuilding and refurbishment of existing sites present an unprecedented opportunity for the College to provide affordable housing, and thereby address a major cause of student hardship. THE CAMPAIGN GOAL This is the College’s chance of a century to enhance its physical presence in IS TO RAISE the centre of Oxford, and to ensure its future sustainability and growth.

£25m The wider collegiate experience for Exonians will be further enhanced TO TRANSFORM EXETER’S by the restoration and modernisation of the Library, together with the MULTI-CAMPUS SITE refurbishment of existing common rooms and sporting facilities. The effect will be to unite every aspect of academic and social life at Exeter.

Providing modern facilities and affordable accommodation for undergraduates and graduates; creating a ‘third quad’ for the College which expands Exeter’s role at the heart of Oxford; providing teaching rooms for Fellows and graduates; and enhancing the endowment which sustains Exeter’s historic site.

Securing Financial Resources


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Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon, Bishop of Exeter.

A year after its foundation, the College re-located to its current site on Turl Street where it has remained, evolved and grown over the last seven centuries.

From being a tiny college of just 12 West Country undergraduates and lecturers, studying a classical curriculum, Exeter is now home to some 370 undergraduates, 250 graduates and over 40 Fellows, men and women, who come from all over the world, and whose studies range across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. As a result of the generosity of those who have gone before, over the centuries Exeter’s physical site has expanded, its curriculum has broadened, and its accessibility has widened.

The Exeter Excelling Campaign will build on the example of those who have already been benefactors to Exeter and whose philanthropy has been directed towards the same three ideals on which this Campaign focuses.

Guaranteeing the Tutorial From Walter de Stapeldon in the 14th century to Sir Ronald Cohen in the 21st century, benefactors past and present have been committed to developing the academic scope of the College through the endowment of Fellowships. Most recently, the F ELLO WSH IP S IN E CON OM I C S AN D H IST ORY have been funded by Sir Ronald’s lead gifts, matched by a large number of Old Members whose collective support has ensured that the Fellowships are endowed in perpetuity.

Transforming the Collegiate Campus PE RYAM’S MAN SION S, now Staircase 4, were built in the 17th century by the brother of a former student of the College, Sir William Peryam. The current Chapel was built through the generosity of the Fellows and other subscribers in the 19th century. The physical capacity of the College has been enhanced more recently by the development of the MAR G ARY QUAD RAN G LE and T H OM A S WOOD B U I L D I N GS through the generosity of Ivan Donald Margary and St Osyth Wood, respectively, in the 1960s and through that of the Rhodes Scholars from Saskatchewan who created a LECT UR E ROOM below Staircase 9 in the 1980s. In the last three years, benefactions from Paul Pheby, Mark Houghton-Berry and Krishna Pathak have enabled us to develop high quality accommodation for graduates at the transformed EXET E R H OU SE campus.

Securing Financial Resources for Students In the late 19th century Amelia Jackson, wife of the Rector W. W. Jackson, created the College’s most valuable scholarship programme. In the last few years, additional scholarships have been created both by individuals and by groups of those who support the College. Thus a SCH OLARSH IP I N EN GL I S H has been funded by former students of Jonathan Wordsworth, Krishna Pathak has created a SCH OLARSH I P PRO GR A M M E FO R GR A D UAT E S T U D EN T S FR O M I N D I A and the current Rector’s friends and family have contributed to the M A RY FR A N C ES C A I R N C R O S S S C H O L A R S H I P in memory of her late mother. Tim Vanderver, John Jackson and Victoria Cech have created H A R D S H I P B U R S A R I ES in memory of loved ones. Philip Pullman and other Old Members have created similar bursaries; and each year, more than 1,000 alumni contribute to the Annual Fund which supports the portfolio of EXO N I A N B U R S A R I ES.

Exonians Excelling Exeter produces excellence in many areas… Among its current alumni are people with talents as varied as S I R R O GER B A N N I S T ER (1946, Physiological Sciences) who is famous not just for his great athletic achievements but also for a long and distinguished career as a neurosurgeon; ALAN BE N N E T T (1954, Modern History) whose contributions to the JCR Suggestion Book were just pale forerunners of successful and internationally recognised authorship; and S T EPH EN GR EEN (1956, PPE) who is not only an ordained priest in the Anglican Church but better known as Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings. It is also the College of SIR CH ARLE S LY E LL (1816, Jurisprudence), the law student who went on to become the ‘Father of Geology’; of ED G AR COD D (1941, Mathematics) who developed the first relational database; and of S Y D N EY BRE NNE R (1952, Physical Chemistry), who went on to win the Nobel Prize in ‘Physiology or Medicine’ in 2002.

Exeter College educated N AWABZAD A LI A QUAT A L I K H A N (1921, Jurisprudence) who went on to serve as Pakistan’s first Prime Minister; J OH N KU FU OR (1961, PPE) who has just finished his term as President of Ghana; and P ED RO PABLO KU CZY N SK I (1965, PPE) who has since served his country, Peru, first as Finance Minister and later as Prime Minister. Exeter is also the home of the late GEO FFR EY FI S H ER (1910, Literae Humaniores), who became Archbishop of Canterbury, and of T O M WR I GH T (1968, Literae Humaniores), the current Bishop of Durham.

Exeter is the place that fostered the artistic genius of WI L L I A M M O R R I S (1852, Theology) and S I R EDWAR D B UR NE-JO N ES (1852), and of SI R H U BE RT PA R RY (1867, Law and History), perhaps best remembered for his musical setting of Jerusalem. In this century, it educated and inspired JR R T O L K I EN (1911, Classics and English) and P HILIP P ULLM AN (1965, English) to write their famous series of novels; and it is where TA R I Q A L I (1963, PPE), MART IN AM IS (1968, English) and WI L L S EL F (1979, PPE) all started to develop their literary voices.

Thirty years after the first admission of women to Exeter, our alumnae are likewise making their mark across the world. I MOG E N ST U BBS (1979, English) is acclaimed for her stage and screen performances, and the reports of REETA CHAK RABART I (1984, English and French) are heard on the BBC around the globe.

Exeter has also frequently provided the educational foundation for excellence in the fields of economics and entrepreneurship and is the College of S I R R O N A L D C O H EN (1964, PPE), ‘the father of European venture capital’, who co-founded one of Europe’s first venture capital firms, Apax Partners. Within the legal profession, Exeter can proudly boast the education of such luminaries as S I R S Y D N EY K EN TR I DGE (1946, Jurisprudence), RICH ARD BU XT ON (1958, Jurisprudence), and MURRAY TOBIAS (1961, Law) as well as T HO MA S C ROMW E LL (1976, Law) of the Canadian Supreme Court and High Court Judges S I R JO HN LAWS (1963, Literae Humaniores), K E N N E T H H AY N E (1969, BCL), and A A R I F B A R M A (1978, Law).

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