The Queen's College Development Report 2019-20



Financial Year 2019/20


Photo: John Cairns


Financial Year 201920: 1 August to 31 July


in new funds was raised

by 659 donors,

including 33 friends

of Queen’s


25% of donors supported

Queen’s with a single gift

67 donors have given for three

consecutive years or more

58 donors gave for the first time

this year

42 donors are under 35

1984 followed jointly by 1977 and

1997 were the matriculation years with

the highest number of donors

578 donors increased their donations

with Gift Aid

Our donors live in 23 countries and span

7 decades


• We have welcomed 47 new Queen’s Society


• 15 people converted their standing order to a

Direct Debit

20 Queen’s Society members increased their

Direct Debit

The average monthly donation was £25

• 1984 is the matriculation year with the

highest number of Queen’s Society Members,

followed by 2002

* To join the Queen’s Society please complete the accompanying

donation form.


Giving Group New Total number Threshold

Eglesfield Benefactors 3 26 £100,000 lifetime giving*

Philippa Benefactors 6 94 £10,000 lifetime giving*

Taberdars’ Society Members 13 205

Those who plan to leave a gift to Queen’s

in their will

The Queen’s Society 37 523

* If you would like to know your lifetime giving, please contact

Those who give to College via an active

Direct Debit



Consecutive Gifts to Queen’s




Donors who have given for ten

consecutive years



Donors who have given for five

consecutive years

Donors who have given for three

consecutive years




0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80



2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20



Dr Claire Craig

It is a pleasure to present this edition of the College’s

Development Report, covering the financial year


To say this year was unlike anything any of us had

expected would be both an understatement and

a statement of the obvious. Yet despite the many

challenges faced by the College in the last six

months of the year, 2019-20 was also a year in which

we were continually reminded of the important role

philanthropy – your philanthropy – plays in the history

and life of Queen’s. Without it, there is no question

but that the overall outlook for the College’s financial

health, and the range of choices it will face in the

coming years, would be markedly different.

We therefore count ourselves fortunate to study,

work and live in a College that has benefitted from

centuries of Old Members and friends having chosen

to support our students, tutors and historic buildings.

This year, 659 Old Members

and Friends made gifts of

their own to Queen’s

I only need look out of the windows of my study in

the Provost’s Lodgings to see the statues of Queen

Philippa and Robert de Eglesfield and be reminded

of how a single gift can keep on giving. There is

something immensely precious to be found in the

continuity of a College and its enduring community

founded by an act of generosity and foresight, to

be held in trust and passed from one generation to

the next.

This year, 659 Old Members and Friends made

gifts of their own to Queen’s. Two academic posts

were endowed, the Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation

Research Fellowship in Behavioural Neuroscience

and the Brittenden Fellowship in Black British History;

Queen’s students were given financial support when

they needed it most; and the College’s ability to reach

out to those for whom studying at Oxford seems an

impossible dream was greatly enhanced.

I recognise that each of these individual signs of

support takes on additional meaning in the current

financial environment. They remind those of us in the

College today of the importance Queen’s holds for

its Old Members and of the cross-generational and

international bonds of our community. Collectively,

we recognise that these gifts are what will enable

us to continue stewarding the College for those that

will come here to study, work and live in the years

to come.

Over the following pages you will be able to see

just some of the impact these donations have had

on the Queen’s community. There are undoubtedly

many more stories to be written and lives that will be

changed for the better in the years to come, and I

look forward to sharing them with you.

Thank you again to all of you who gave to the College

in 2019-20 and thank you in anticipation to those

who choose to give in the future. Queen’s is not, and

will not be, immune from the difficulties created by

the pandemic but, with your support, it will continue

to flourish in all it does.

Photo: David Fisher



Prof. Seth Whidden

The College’s ability to withstand external pressures

and press on with its academic and research

programmes, despite unfavourable headwinds,

is thanks in no small part to its Old Members and

friends. Let me illustrate what I mean by this.

When the coronavirus forced the University to

announce a recruitment freeze on 21 April 2020, the

College was able to work with the History faculty

to secure the early replacement of the post held

by retiring History Fellow John Davis. Thanks to a

legacy gift from Old Member Fred H. Brittenden

(M. history, 1946), the Brittenden Fellowship in

Black British History can be funded entirely

by Queen’s for the first five years, after which

it will be jointly funded by Queen’s and the

Faculty of History. Put simply, without this legacy

gift the College’s tutorial fellowship in History would

have joined the queue with so many other frozen

University teaching posts.

Similarly advancing the College’s teaching

and academic profile, was an endowment gift

Queen’s received from the Carlsberg and Pettit


Dr Justin B. Jacobs

It is a pleasure to be able to share with you here just

some of the impact our donors have had on the

Queen’s community over the past year.

In 2019-20 the College received new financial support

totalling just under £5.5 million and from over 650

Old Members and friends across seven decades

and from 23 countries. This is not only something for

which we are incredibly grateful, but as the Provost

has remarked, also a testament to the enduring and

cross-generational appeal the College continues to

hold for those who have been fortunate enough to live

and study here.

This year, the Queen’s Society, Taberdars’ Society

and our Philippa and Eglesfield Benefactors came

Foundations, for the

purpose of establishing

the Erel Shalit Carlsberg

Foundation Research

Fellowship in Behavioural Neuroscience.

Supporting cutting-edge research in a rapidly

changing field, this Fellowship has a natural home

at Queen’s and will put the College at the forefront

of a discipline that cuts across five departments

in Oxford.

These important posts only came about thanks

to the generosity and foresight of Old Members

and friends of Queen’s. Each post will make an

invaluable contribution to the intellectual life of the

College: one post asks us to consider the past so

that we might envision and create a better future;

the other applies core scientific principles to further

our understanding of ourselves. Together, they

contribute to the relentless pursuit of knowledge

of the human condition, and they are reminders of

the disciplinary breadth that we proudly celebrate

at Queen’s.

together to help the

College, its students and

its researchers. Together,

our donors have enabled us to

create world-leading research and tutorial Fellowships

in two key subjects, helped our students take

advantage of study and professional opportunities

that might not otherwise have been possible, and

raised the College’s profile for aspiring applicants in

the northwest.

Thank you again to those who chose to support

the Queen’s community last year, and on behalf

of the Old Members’ Office we hope to see

everyone back in College again soon.

Photo: David Olds Photo: David Olds




Dr Charlotte Ryland

Photo: John Cairns

The Queen’s Translation Exchange (QTE) was

established in 2018 and brings together people of all

ages to discuss and share literature from across the

globe. This kind of personal and creative interaction,

fosters a love of languages and encourages

participants to engage with international culture, learn

new languages and – in the case of our youngest

members – go on to study languages at university.

In 2019-20 the QTE was a recipient of support from

both Old Members and friends of Queen’s – support

which has enabled us to grow as a programme

and deliver on our mission of bringing the love of

languages and translation to a new generation of

potential scholars.

The pandemic posed a clear challenge to our inperson

events, but we were convinced that school

closures should not prevent pupils from engaging

creatively with other languages and cultures. QTE

have now developed a series of rich, creative virtual

encounters and have expanded activities to reach

15 countries.

QTE have now developed

a series of rich, creative

virtual encounters and have

expanded activities to reach

15 countries.

During Michaelmas and Hilary, 15 students from

across the University were trained by Old Member

Gitanjali Patel (Modern Languages – Portuguese and

Spanish, 2008) and literary translator Rahul Berry to

design workshops for primary and secondary pupils.

Six managed to transfer their workshops into virtual

sessions and the chair of our student committee

produced a series of mini video talks on studying

languages at Oxford.

The virtual QTE Book Club allowed participants and

guest translators to join online meetings from across

the globe. The potential to recreate the warmth and

vitality of an in-person discussion led to an additional

book club: one for Sixth Form students studying a

language at A-level. In July, 50 sixth-formers joined

us online to discuss The Island by Ana María Matute,

translated into English by Dr Laura Lonsdale (Fellow

in Spanish). We’re pleased that the international book

club for sixth-formers will now be a regular fixture in

the Queen’s Access & Outreach programme.

The international book club

for sixth-formers will now

be a regular fixture in the

Queen’s Access & Outreach


295 sixth-formers entered our brand new schools

translation competition named in honour of Anthea

Bell OBE which provided young linguists with a

creative outlet during school closures. The entries

that we received were testament to the excitement

and creativity that translation can bring to languagelearners.

With support from Prof. Seth Whidden (Fellow in

French), we published the first English translations

of an extraordinary blog that began to appear in

Le Monde during the pandemic. Fiamma Luzzati’s

comics-style blog depicts the pandemic from

multiple perspectives, portraying the experiences

and reactions of ordinary people as their lives are

suddenly changed. It is deeply moving and thoughtprovoking,

with plenty of humour, and presents a

real translation challenge. In June a total of 122

participants from across the world began to translate

sections of the blog.




Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer

Katharine Wiggell

Photo: David Olds

This academic year’s Access and Outreach activities

started with our usual visits to schools and colleges

in our link regions, and concluded with a new online

programme of events for students as the country

entered lockdown. Thanks to the support of our

donors, we were fortunate enough to have the

financial freedom to explore new initiatives during

this challenging time, including our four Virtual Little

Open Days (June 2020) where Year 12 pupils from

our North-West link schools were invited to find out

more about the application process and life at Oxford

from the comfort of their own homes.

Our fantastic Student

Ambassadors continued to

give up their time to support

outreach initiatives whilst

studying at home during

Trinity term.

Our fantastic Student Ambassadors continued to

give up their time to support outreach initiatives whilst

studying at home during Trinity term: answering

questions during the July Open Days, creating ‘Meet

the Students’ videos for the College YouTube channel,

and interacting with Oxford hopefuls on our ‘Ask

Queen’s’ page. We supported prospective applicants

in new and exciting ways, and thanks to the monthly

support from the Queen’s Society, we will incorporate

some of these activities into our programme next year.

We are also pleased to be able to announce that,

thanks to the generosity of one of our Old Members,

we will soon be increasing our ability to grow Queen’s

presence and institutional links in the North West of

England with the creation of an additional Access and

Outreach Officer post. When appointed, they will work

with all of the Oxford colleges operating in this region

(through the University’s newly created North West

Consortium) and will increase direct links between

the region and Oxford through a combination of new

and existing local partnerships.

We will soon be increasing

our ability to grow Queen’s

presence and institutional

links in the North West of

England with the creation

of an additional Access and

Outreach Officer post.

Having two Access and Outreach Officers will not

only allow us to double our current Access provision,

supporting students within our link areas of Blackburn

with Darwen, Blackpool, Cumbria, Lancashire,

Lewisham, and Sutton; but it will also put Queen’s at

the forefront of working to support more Universitywide

Access and Outreach initiatives. This will allow

us to continue to make strides towards diversifying the

College’s undergraduate community, while reaching

the University’s goal of increasing participation from

students of under-represented groups.

Photo: John Cairns



We are delighted to acknowledge the generosity of the College’s major benefactors who donated in

the financial year 201920. All care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this list. However, if you

spot an error please accept our apologies and notify the Old Members’ Office so that we can amend our

records for future publications.


Anonymous × 4

Dr Bill Frankland (1930)

Mr Michael Boyd (1958)

Mr Rick Haythornthwaite (1975)

Mr Paul Newton (1975)

Mr Chris Eskdale (1987)

Mrs Julia Eskdale (1987)

The Pettit Foundation

The Carlsberg Foundation


Anonymous × 2

Dr John Long (1942)

Mr Mike Woodhouse (1948)

Prof Roger Pain (1949)

Mr John Palmer (1949)

Dr Brian Savory (1951)

Lord Lennie Hoffmann (1954)

Revd Canon Hugh Wybrew (1955)

Mr Barry Saunders (1956)

Mr Walter Gilges (1956)

Mr Barrie Craythorn (1956)

Mr Tim Evans (1956)

Mr David Wilkinson (1957)

Mr Martin Bowley (1957)

Mr Charles Frieze (1957)

Dr John Hopton (1957)

Mr John Parsloe (1959)

Mr Gordon Dilworth (1960)

Dr Ray Bowden (1960)

Mr Ron Glaister (1961)

Prof Stephen Scott (1961)

Mr Dave Brownlee (1962)

Mr Andrew Parsons (1962)

Mr Philip Hetherington (1962)

Prof Peter Bell (1963)

Mr Clive Landa (1963)

Dr Ken Morallee (1963)

Mr Raymond Kelly (1963)

Em Prof Rod Levick (1964)

Mr John Clement (1965)

Dr Juan Mason (1967)

Mr Alan Mitchell (1968)

Dr Howard Rosenberg (1968)

Mr Paul Clark (1968)

Mr David Seymour (1969)

Mr Richard Geldard (1972)

Mr Robin Wilkinson (1973)

Mr Tom Ward (1973)

Mr Philip Middleton (1974)

Mr Richard Sommers (1975)

Mr Stuart White (1975)

Mr Fred Arnold (1976)

Mr Gerry Hackett (1977)

Mr Tom Pütter (1977)

Mr John Smith (1980)

Mrs Diana Webster (1980)

Mr John Ford (1980)

Mr Jonathan Webster (1981)

Mr Joseph Archie (1982)

Mr Mark Williamson (1982)

Mrs Sia Marshall (1990)

Mr Cameron Marshall (1991)

Mr John Hull (1994)

Mrs Anna Hull (1995)

Mr Chris Woolf (1995)

Mr John Startin (1997)


Mr Fred Brittenden (1946)

Prof John Merrills (1960)

Mr Anthony Petty (1948)

Mr Timothy Shaw (1950)

& Mrs Anne Shaw

Prof Philip Smith (1964)

A full list of named donors will be published in the 2020 College Record and a copy will be available on the

Queen’s website.


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