Recognising Your Gift

Philanthropy is the foundation upon which Oriel was built. The continued support from Orielenses is tremendously important in ensuring our continued academic achievement. Every gift, no matter the size, contributes to the continued success of the College; something for which we are all grateful.


The Donor Charter

At the heart of Oriel’s ethos is our pledge to uphold academic freedom and thoughtful debate. The College does not accept gifts where the receipt of such gifts would threaten to compromise these principles.

To ensure transparency and accountability, 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 Donor Charter in its entirety please click here.

The 1326 Society

The 1326 Society was established in 2012 to recognise and reward supporters who make a generous regular 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 continues to be an important resource upon which Oriel relies. Regular gifts from our supporters are hugely valued by the College as they allow us to plan our future philanthropic endeavours.

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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: