The 1249 Society

The 1249 Society was established to recognise and thank Old Members who make significant contributions to University College Oxford’s Annual Fund year after year. Annual gifts at leadership level provide an invaluable source of support to the College and strengthen vital initiatives and projects that directly impact our students. Find out more about how to become a member in this video and information below or select from one of the following categories for further details on the 1249 Society: 

Become a Member Today
Recognition & Benefits
Membership Levels
1249 Society Member Profiles
1249 Society Events

 

 

Become a Member Today

Become a special steward of the College with a leadership gift and share in the responsibility of ensuring current students continue to receive the quality of experience that defines an Oxford education. Whether you direct your donation to undergraduate internships, bespoke travel scholarships, on-site accommodation or new lectureships, your generosity will have an impact throughout the Univ community.

 

Regular Donations - Please visit our Giving page to set up a direct debit or email development@univ.ox.ac.uk to request a gift form.

Single Donations - You can make a single donation through our website or send in a cheque. Please make all cheques payable to University College and address to The Development Office, University College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH.

Gift Aid - All donations made by UK taxpayers also qualify for Gift Aid, increasing the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you. We will count the Gift Aid we claim on your donation towards your 1249 Society Membership.

Gift of Shares - Giving via shares is one of the most tax effective ways to support Univ. For more information, please visit Supporting Univ.

Overseas Giving - For information about how to give tax-effectively via our networks of overseas friends, including AFUCO, visit Giving Overseas.

For more information or for advice about your donation, please contact the Development Office on development@univ.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 276674.

Thank You

 

Recognition & Benefits

 

The 1249 Leadership Giving Society was established in 2013 in order to recognise and thank Old Members who make significant contributions to the College’s Annual Fund year after year. Annual gifts at leadership level provide an invaluable source of support to the College and strengthen vital initiatives and projects that directly impact our students.
 
As a member of the 1249 Society, you will receive: 
• Special recognition in the annual Roll of Donors.* 
• Invitations to two exclusive 1249 Society events per year. 
• A commemorative 1249 Society pin, which will be issued annually as you renew your membership. 
• Advance notice on events and, in certain cases, priority booking. 
• An annual 1249 Society e-newsletter, providing inside information on what’s happening in College today and how your gifts are being directed. 
 
*Univ will continue to respect the wishes of Old Members who would prefer to remain anonymous.
 

"I was touched to hear that the College is acknowledging our support in this new way. I see my giving as a long term investment. Enabling young people to leave university feeling confident, valued and enriched must surely be one of the best ways of making a difference in the world.” - Abigail Graham (1984, Classics)

 
Find out more about Recognitions & Benifits of the 1249 Society in the brochure preview below or download a copy here (PDF opens in new window.)
 
 

 

 

Membership Levels

 

There are various annual membership levels according to age with amounts based on the College’s founding year, 1249. If your annual giving reaches or exceeds £1,249 (including Gift Aid) within the fiscal year (1st August – 31st July), you will be welcomed as a 1249 Society member for the year in which your gift is made. For those aged under 30, the annual membership level is £124.90, and recent leavers need to give only £12.49 to become members.
 
 
For more information or for advice about your donation, please contact the Development Office on development@univ.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 276674.
 
 

1249 Society Member Profiles

 
Membership Level: £1,249/$2,000 per annum and above (over 30)

Win Minot (1973, PPE)
'I give to Univ in part to enhance the educational experiences of its students, but also to try to ensure that there continues to be a diversity of backgrounds and views among its students. I consider where my gifts will make the most difference, and I definitely get the feeling that Univ needs, and appreciates, the support it gets from Old Members. For donors who have given below the 1249 Society level, I hope they increase their gifts. As governmental grants and aid face ever-increasing pressures and decreases, we cannot take for granted that our experiences at Univ will continue to be available to students in the future unless we support the College financially.'

 

 

Abigail Graham (1984, Classics)
'Univ gave me an extraordinary preparation for life and my web of friendships across the Univ generations is a rich blessing. It was a huge privilege to spend those years in a small community of interesting people and to be taught in individual tutorials by leading scholars. Giving to Univ is a way of making sure future generations will be able to benefit as I did. I increased my monthly contributions to make the College my main charity. I was touched to hear that the College is acknowledging our support in this new way. I see my giving as a long-term investment. Enabling young people to leave university feeling confident, valued and enriched must surely be one of the best ways of making a difference in the world.'

 

Membership Level: £124.90 per annum and above (under 30)

Minesh Shah (2004, Physics)
'In my time on the JCR Committee, I was fortunate enough to see how Old Members' contributions to the College were put to use - be it the financial support the College gives students, the wide array of activities of the Common Rooms or support for the College to plan for the future. Seeing the positive impact it made on the student body was more than enough to convince me that I wanted to, and why I continue to, contribute.'

 

 

 

 

Membership Level: £12.49 per annum and above (Recent Leaver)

Elle Costigan (2009, History)
'I give to Univ because I want others to share in the fantastic opportunities that Univ gave to me. Giving to the College is my way of saying thank you. I give to students support and bursaries because I want to help guarantee that money is not an obstacle for any Univ student. Bursaries ensure that the most exceptionally talented students are able to come to study at Univ regardless of their financial circumstances and background.'

 

 

 

 

1249 Society Events

 

1249 Society Drinks Reception at Summer Eights

Members of the 1249 Society joined us for a private drinks reception at Univ Boat House, followed by a barbecue, at this year's Summer Eights on Saturday 28th May 2016. 

To view photographs from the event please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1249 Society London Drinks Reception

All members of the 1249 Society were invited to attend a private drinks reception hosted by the Master of Univ, Sir Ivor Crewe, prior to the London Dinner on 4th February 2016. Guests were joined by Harry Pasek (2014, US History MSt) and Catherine Shafto (2013, English) who gave a brief insight into their studies at Univ, highlighting some of the areas where 1249 Society support is making a difference.

To view photographs from the event please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

1249 Society Launch Event

The official launch of the 1249 Society took place on Saturday 30th May, the final day of Summer VIIIs. A private drinks reception was held at Univ's Boat House between 12.30pm and 2.00pm.

This event was a wonderful opportunity for the Master to thank 1249 Members for their unwavering support of the College in this past year. 

Event Report by Laura Oakley (2011, PPE)

Univ Old Members gathered at the Boat House on Saturday 30th May for the launch of the 1249 Society. Attending the private drinks reception were many of the Society's Foundng Members, who have chosen to make qualifying contributions to Univ's Annual Fund. For recent graduates, this might be as little as £12.49 a year!

It was a very enjoyable afternoon down at the river, on the final day of Summer Eights. The sun was shining, and the Club Room provided excellent views of the rowing action. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends, as well as hear about the exciting things that other Old Members have been up to. We also enjoyed speeches by the Master and Young Univ founding committee member Minesh Shah (2004, Physics), who prompted us to reflect on our own happy time at Univ, and re-emphasised the importance of the support of Old Members to the continued success of the College.

To view photographs from the event please click here.