In June 2016, we launched a campaign in order to celebrate Tim’s contribution to the College as he stepped down as Principal. After conversations with Tim, St Anne’s decided to honour him by creating an endowed Student Welfare Fund in his name. During Tim’s time as Principal, he noticed the ever increasing pressure on students and the growing anxiety in their everyday lives. Our students’ experience of Oxford has been markedly changed by the demands upon them, from the moment they arrive, not only to get to grips with their course but also to build a CV, to compete for internships and negotiate the increasingly precarious transition from student life to the world of work.
Because of Tim’s commitment, the College has significantly increased support for students, many of whom in the course of their degree find themselves in need of counselling and guidance. St Anne’s appointed a Dean of Welfare in 2015, a very experienced retired college doctor, who is available for students to share their worries, and who has a very close relationship with the University Counselling Service. but the costs of welfare provision have markedly increased; in accordance with Tim’s wishes, we therefore created an endowed fund to ensure the College could afford to meet this intensifying demand. Thanks to your support we have raised over £100k for the Tim Gardam Student Welfare Fund from 178 donors to secure the future of welfare provision which will continue to benefit students for many years to come.