At the heart of an Oxford History education lies the weekly tutorial. The tutorial system is the key to Oxford's academic mission, but is it also expensive. At present, Oxford heavily subsidises the cost of teaching each undergraduate, due to a funding gap of £8,500 between the real cost of educating a student and what is received from fees and government sources. The need to ensure that Oxford remains accessible to students of the highest ability from all socio-economic backgrounds, through extensive outreach activities and the provision of bursaries, means that this did not change significantly with the introduction of higher undergraduate fees from 2012.
We are committed to retaining the tutorial system, but this will only be possible with the philanthropic support of those who share our steadfast belief that nurturing the most agile and able young minds of successive generations is a critical investment in the future. To safeguard the tutorial, the University has established the Teaching Fund, an initiative to fully endow tutorial posts in History, as well as in other subject areas, for the long term, through donations and matched funding from Oxford University Press. Endowment has been secured to support a History Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester College through the Teaching Fund Scheme, and the Faculty is currently working with the following colleges in fundraising to support further posts through the scheme:
- Hertford College
- St Catherine's College
- St Peter's College
Other colleges are undertaking fundraising to support history posts outside the Teaching Fund scheme. For example:
- Trinity College
How you can help
- Sponsor a tutorial: A gift of £280 (or £25 a month) plus gift aid will sponsor a history tutorial.
- Preserve the tutorial system for the future: A gift of £7500 plus gift aid would endow a history tutorial in the long term.