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Supporting College


Despite the challenges we have all faced in recent times, our mission at St Hugh’s remains steadfast—providing world-class teaching for our talented students and advancing cutting-edge research that shapes the world around us. Now, more than ever, your generosity helps to ensure we can continue to excel.

                               Principal, Lady Elish Angiolini LT DBE PC KC FRSE

Will you help St Hugh’s to thrive by making a gift to your College?

The Discretionary Fund has been a vital source of much-needed funding over the last year and a half. When other sources of commercial revenue faltered, donations from our alumni and friends helped to bridge some of the gap in our stretched finances.

Gifts to the Discretionary Fund fuel every aspect of our mission—providing bursaries and prizes for students, funding in-demand wellness and mental health activities, refurbishing our buildings, covering research and conference costs for our academics, supporting access and outreach programming, and maintaining our wonderful gardens.

Your support will make a difference as we look towards a brighter future.



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Photo of St Hugh's student, Chenying Liu, DPhil Engineering, 2019Your support helps students like Chenying

“The travel grant indeed helps a lot, not only financially, but also opening opportunities for me to further my work.”

—Chenying Liu (DPhil Engineering, 2019)

While attending a conference, Chenying shared her work with leading researchers in her field. These discussions led to new ideas and applicability of her DPhil research resulting in Chenying’s first first-author, peer-reviewed paper.

Download a copy of our 2022/23 Discretionary Appeal


How can you support your College?

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Make a Gift Online

Making a gift online is a quick and secure way for you to support St Hugh’s College. You can make a single donation, by debit or credit card, or help the College plan for the future by making a regular gift.

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Make a Gift by Post

If you would prefer to donate by post, simply complete a donation form below and return it to the Development Office.

UK Donation Form                    International Donation Form                    Swiss Friends Donation Form

Our address is: Development Office, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford OX2 6LE


Make a Gift by Bank Transfer

If you would like to make a donation by bank transfer our details are the following:

  • Bank Account Name: St Hugh’s College
  • Bank: Barclays Bank Plc, Oxford City Branch, 54 Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3HS
  • Account No.: 10799300
  • Sort Code: 20-65-26
  • Swift: BARCGB22
  • IBAN: GB12 BARC 2065 2610 7993 00

If you have made a donation by bank transfer, please include your name as the reference and it would be wonderful if you could let us know at so we can ensure safe receipt.

Tax Effective Giving

UK Gift Aid

Gift Aid increases the value of your gift to the College by 25%. For every £1 you donate to the College, St Hugh’s can reclaim 25p at no extra cost to you. For your gift to qualify for Gift Aid, you must have paid income tax or capital gains tax that is equal to, or more than, the amount of tax that is claimed by each charity you have donated to within the tax year. Simply complete the Gift Aid declaration when making your gift or fill out and return a Gift Aid form here. Should your tax status change, or you wish to update your Gift Aid declaration, please contact the Development Office. Higher-rate taxpayers can claim relief on the difference between basic and higher rate in their annual return. For more information on Gift Aid and claiming such gifts on your tax return, please visit the HRMC website.

Give As You Earn

Give As Your Earn (GAYE), or payroll giving, is a convenient and tax-effective way for employees, non-executive directors and those receiving a company pension to give a regular gift to St Hugh’s directly from your income. The donation is made from your gross salary, before tax has been taken off, so that you receive tax relief immediately on the value of your gift. Please contact your HR department directly to find out more.


You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s College through Americans for Oxford, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please be sure to select St Hugh’s College from the drop down menu.


You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s via the University of Oxford Development Trust Fund. All funds shall be paid in full to the College. Once your gift has been processed, the University shall transfer all funds, without deduction, to the College. On receipt of your donation, you will receive a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.

The Oxford University Development Trust receives its charitable donation status under Section 3503 of the Canadian Income Tax Act Regulations.


You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s College through Swiss Friends of Oxford University, an independent association under Swiss law domiciled in Zug, Switzerland. Donate online, or by downloading the Swiss Friends Donation Form. Please make sure to note that you would like your gift to go to St Hugh’s College.


Residents of Germany can make tax-effective donations via the German Friends of Oxford University without incurring any fees. This registered charity is run by Dr Jan Willisch and is authorised to issue donation receipts to German donors, entitling them to offset charitable gifts from their taxable income in Germany. Contact Dr Jan Willisch at Bayernallee 48. D-14052 Berlin,, +49 302 579 75000.

Hong Kong

You can make tax-effective gifts to St Hugh’s via the University of Oxford China Office Limited. This is a registered charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. On receipt of your donation, the University will ensure that you are sent a receipt for Hong Kong tax purposes. All funds shall be transferred in full to the College. Donate by downloading the Hong Kong Donation Form. Further information can be found on tax efficient-giving from Hong Kong here.

Our Funds

Discretionary Fund: Gifts to the discretionary fund will be directed towards the College’s current area of greatest need. This fund may, among other things, be used to purchase new library books, to cover expenses for research trips, or to renovate student accommodation.

Catherine Ennis Organ Scholarships Fund: Gifts to this fund will be used to endow the Organ scholarships at St. Hugh’s. This fund in named in honour of the late Catherine Ennis (Music, 1973), St Hugh’s alumna and one of the UK’s leading organists.

Dr Linda Amos Physics Prize Fund: Gifts to this fund will be used to endow the physics prize at St Hugh’s, recognising students with a very strong performance on their examinations. This fund is named in honour of the late Dr Linda Amos (Physics, 1963).

Undergraduate Student Support Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to provide grants to undergraduates facing financial difficulty and to reward excellence by offering scholarships, awards and prizes to our most talented undergraduates.

Graduate Student Support Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to provide grants to graduate students facing financial difficulty and to reward excellence by offering scholarships, awards and prizes to our most talented graduate students.

Outreach & Access: Gifts to this fund support our Access and Outreach activities and initiatives.

Lady Ademola Fund: This fund is named in honour of St Hugh’s alumna Kofoworola Ademola Moore, a lifelong advocate for women’s education and social reform, who was the first black African woman to achieve a degree from Oxford in 1935. The Lady Ademola Fund is central to the College’s efforts to encourage greater participation and representation from Africa, and will support graduate students and visiting scholars, as well as an annual lecture series.

Refurbishment of Buildings: St Hugh’s site provides a tranquil and beautiful space that is a wonderful setting for student and student life. Gifts to this fund will help to secure our historic buildings for future generations by maintaining and improving facilities.

College Gardens: The College’s peaceful gardens make St Hugh’s a stimulating place to live and work. Gifts to this fund will be used to help rejuvenate and maintain our beautiful grounds.

College Library: Gifts to this fund will help the Library broaden its collection, and expand its study space, in order to respond to ever-increasing demands from students and academics, to ensure that each and every one of our students has access to the best scholarship.

Luke-Lunn Mathematical Teaching Endowment Fund: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Mathematics in perpetuity.

Jennifer Green Chemistry and Research Teaching Endowment Fund: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Chemistry in perpetuity.

Ann Smart Law Fellowship Endowment: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Law in perpetuity.

Regular Giving

The regular giving programme, also known as a recurring gift, makes a crucial difference to what we are able to achieve each year. We strongly encourage regular giving as it enables individuals to make a greater impact while helping College allocate resources effectively and efficiently. Regular giving can be set up to be monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Whether you choose to support an area of College life that has particular meaning for you or whether you would like your gift to be used at the discretion of the College for the area of greatest need, we are very grateful for your generosity.

Regular giving can be set up online or through any of our donation forms above.

Legacy Giving

St Hugh’s would be unrecognisable were it not for the many generous bequests left by alumni and friends of the College. These legacies have contributed to the fabric of the College as we know it, to new buildings, to endowing fellowships or to supporting students in financial difficulty. We are very grateful to all those who remembered St Hugh’s in their will.

Making a legacy to St Hugh’s is a lasting and effective way to support the College. Including a legacy in your will is straightforward and it can be done either at the time you make your will or, if you have already made a will, by adding a Codicil.

1886 Society

Those who notify us of their pledge are recognised as members of the 1886 Society. The 1886 Society is a group of over 230 generous and committed supporters who have pledged a gift in their will to the College. Members receive invitations to attend special events, communications on leaving a legacy, and recognition at the Donors’ Tea (May) and the Donors’ Dinner (February).

For those of you who may be considering leaving a legacy, the Development Team will be delighted to send you a special legacy guide.

Below are some downloadable documents that you might find helpful when preparing your legacy to St Hugh’s. If you wish to discuss legacy giving further, please contact the team.

Donor Charter

St Hugh’s College is deeply committed to its donors and remains dedicated to treating friends and supporters with the highest level of care and respect. The donor’s charter has been produced to assure donors and potential donors of the integrity and accountability of St Hugh’s Development Programme.

At the heart of St Hugh’s lies the commitment to academic freedom. The College values and safeguards its autonomy and academic freedom, and does not accept gifts when a condition of such acceptance would compromise these fundamental principles.

Our donors have the following rights:

  • To be informed of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our commitment to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be kept informed of the impact of their philanthropy and the College’s evolving needs and priorities.
  • To have access to the College’s most recent published financial accounts.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers or employees of the College.
  • To be assured that donors’ rights to privacy will be respected and that there will be full compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment, recognition, and publicity for their donation in consultation with the donor, and to respect anonymity if requested.
  • To receive progress reports on supported activity.
  • To be kept informed of the recruitment process and appointment when they have supported an academic post. Please note that donors do not have the right to nominate to nor participate as a member of a search or selection committee.
  • In the case of financial support for students, the College will undertake to inform and involve the donor as appropriate on selection.

All donations:

  • Will be applied to the purpose for which they were originally intended. The academic priorities of the College will change from time to time and, should this happen, alternative uses for restricted donations will be discussed with the donor or the donor’s representative.
  • When undesignated will be used for such purposes as the College judges will best advance its academic priorities.
  • Will be acknowledged promptly.
Donors' Report

The St Hugh’s Development Office produces a Donors’ Report (1 August 2019 – 31 July 2021). We are so thankful for the support from all of our donors. This report gives us a chance to celebrate our donors and the impact their generous gifts can and do have across our community. You can download the 2019-2021 Donors’ Report here.