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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How to Join

Those who have contributed £20,000 or more to the College over the years are invited to be a member of the Society.

To find out if you qualify for membership of the Raleigh Society please email our Head of Development, Henry Carter, or phone him on 01865 276 560.


Benefits of joining the Raleigh Society include:

  • An invitation to the annual Raleigh Society garden party
  • An invitation to the annual Raleigh Society black-tie dinner
  • An open invitation to be a guest at High Table each year
  • Use of the Raleigh guest room once a year
  • Special recognition in the Oriel Record
  • A Raleigh Society bow-tie or brooch