The Raleigh Society

Established to celebrate the generosity and impact of Oriel’s major supporters, the Raleigh Society is the College’s leadership giving society for those who have contributed £20,000 or more over the years.

The Raleigh Society encourages constructive engagement between members and the College, and continues the legacy of philanthropic investment that has helped to shape Oriel’s success since 1326.

Impact of the Raleigh Society

Through their philanthropy and dedication to the College, Raleigh Society members help to ensure Oriel continues to thrive. Established in 2009, the support of the Raleigh Society has had an impressive impact on the College’s ability to advance its mission, strategic priorities, and commitment to excellence.

Supporting the next generation of Orielenses

Oriel remains committed to attracting the best and brightest students, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. Scholarship, financial support, extra-curricular, and other types of funding are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Each year the need grows. Gifts to student support funds change lives—opening the door to an Oriel education and helping students reach their full potential.

Sustaining world-class teaching and research

Teaching is at the heart of Oriel’s mission and the tutorial system produces outstanding graduates. This cornerstone of an Oxford education is expensive and under threat. Oriel depends on philanthropic support to protect this unique approach to learning and teaching.

The College’s Fellows are leading academics whose teaching and research creates a vibrant and collaborative intellectual community. Vital funding from Raleigh Society members enables Oriel to recruit and retain the very best Fellows.

Preserving the historic environment

Conserving Oriel’s ancient buildings and refurbishing facilities to serve the learning and social needs of today’s community are key priorities. Investments from Raleigh Society members safeguard the College’s historic site by supporting essential maintenance and projects revitalizing and re-imagining our current space—ensuring Oriel’s beloved architecture and gathering places are enjoyed for years to come.

Recognition and benefits of membership

  • Invitation to the annual Raleigh Society Garden Party at Oriel
  • Invitation to the biennial Raleigh Society Dinner at Oriel
  • Invitation to the biennial Raleigh Society Reception in London
  • Open invitation to be a guest at High Table each year
  • Use of the Raleigh guest room in College once a year
  • Special recognition in the Oriel Record
  • Raleigh Society bow tie or brooch

Join the Raleigh Society

For more information on becoming a member of the Raleigh Society, please contact Lorraine Hare via email or call 01865 276 560.