The opportunity for students to engage directly with world-class academics is at the heart of an Oxford education; the tutorial system can claim to be the pre-eminent form of undergraduate teaching in the world.
It is, however, also one of the most expensive to deliver. Supporting the tutorial system is one of St Anne’s strategic priorities. The ambitions of the College depend on dramatically increasing our endowment for teaching Fellowships.
As part of the University of Oxford, St Anne’s College benefits from centralised funding for the majority of its posts. It costs around £16,000 per year to educate an undergraduate student in Oxford and the College and the University together receive less than half of this amount from government and fees. The shortfall is met by the University’s and College’s own resources from endowment and conference income, accommodation and philanthropy. With budget stretched and decreasing government funding, there is an urgent need to secure as much funding as we possibly can to maintain the tutorial system and ensure that it continues to thrive.
We have had already great success in raising funds to endow Fellowships in Classics, Earth Sciences and Philosophy which means that we can be sure of the future of these subjects at St Anne's.