Recognising Your Gift

Oriel was built on philanthropy. The support we receive from Orielenses is vital to maintaining our traditions of academic success and a welcoming environment, and is a wonderful tribute to the bond between the College and its alumni.


Donor Charter

At the heart of Oriel’s ethos is a commitment to academic freedom and thoughtful debate. The College does not accept gifts where any condition would threaten to compromise these principals.

As part of our commitment to these principals, Oriel has adopted a Donor Charter to precisely layout the College’s relationship with our donors and how their gifts are used.

To view the full Donor Charter click here.

The 1326 Society

The 1326 Society was established in 2012 to recognise those who make a generous annual contribution to the College. The Society is named for the year of the foundation of the College by Adam de Brome; philanthropic support has been vital to the College throughout the centuries, and regular gifts allow us to plan for the future.

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The Raleigh Society

The Raleigh Society was established to recognise Oriel’s major supporters, and encourages a more direct and constructive engagement between such supporters and the College. The Society was named after one of Oriel’s most illustrious former students, Sir Walter Raleigh, who came up to Oriel c.1572.

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The Adam de Brome Society

The Adam de Brome Society was founded to recognise those who have decided to leave a legacy or a bequest to the College. The Society is named after Oriel’s first Provost and Founder, Adam de Brome, who was also the College’s first legator.

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The Provost’s Court

The Provost’s Court recognises those who have made the substantial contribution of £100,000 or more to the college over the years. These donors have shown an outstanding level of commitment to the College, and are invited to an annual meeting with the Provost to hear about and discuss the College’s future plans.

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Naming Opportunities

Oriel is happy to explore naming opportunities in various areas including Fellowships, bursaries, specific rooms and buildings. Please contact Sean Power, Director of Development, on 01865 276964 or email to discuss.

Ethical Donations Policy

In line with Charity Commission requirements, the College has in place an ethical donations policy for gifts that have a single or cumulative value in excess of £10,000. The full details of Oriel’s Ethical Donations Policy are outlined here.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Development Office at: