Campaign News
Campaign News

New Graduate Scholarship Scheme announced

Increased Number of First Time Donors

Graduate Challenge Award Endowed - Thanks to Shawn Landres '96

LCBC Sponsorship Secured - Thanks to Darren Marshall '84

History of Chinese Art Fellowship Created - Thanks to Simon '66 & June Li

Conservation and Digitization of College Registers - Thanks to the J S Cohen Foundation

Campaign News

New Graduate Scholarship Scheme 

Lincoln College is delighted to announce funding for a new Graduate Scholarship Scheme, which will run from 2018 to 2023. The new Kingsgate Graduate Scholarships, funded through the generosity of a Lincoln College alumnus, are available to up to ten students per year wishing to read for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, with matched funding enabling each award to cover both fees and living expenses. 

‘In our Strategic Plan for 2017–22, raising funds for graduate students is one of the College’s priorities. We are delighted that with Kingsgate’s latest and very generous donation, we are to now able to offer these awards to graduates as well as to undergraduates’, said the Rector, Professor H.R. Woudhuysen. ‘The College is, as always, most grateful to our donors for their support of our students.’ 

The first Kingsgate Graduate Scholarships were awarded this year. One of the recipients, Nupur Patel, who is completing a DPhil in Modern Languages and is the current MCR President, said ‘coming from a low-income household I was previously worried that my background would hinder me. However, these scholarships have given me the opportunity to move beyond such personal constraints. They have encouraged me to achieve goals that I would have initially deemed impossible, and have motivated me to continue aspiring for bigger and better things. I will be forever grateful for this.’

Lincoln College is committed to supporting students undertaking graduate research. Since its launch in 2014, the Road to 2027 Campaign has successfully raised more than £4m in cash and pledges to support graduate research, and there are a record number of graduate scholarships available. This year a total of 83 awards were made to graduate students at Lincoln. Other new scholarships funded by alumni include four Elman Poole Scholarships, as well as the Peter J. Barack-David Goldey-Marshall Scholarship in Politics. 

Lincoln College has a long-standing connection to the graduate community and was the first college in Oxford to have an MCR. The 60th anniversary of the Lincoln MCR was celebrated in March 2019.

For information on the Kingsgate Scholarships, along with a list of other graduate scholarships available at Lincoln College, please visit our website or contact the Senior Tutor.

Increased # of First time donors
One aim of our new Campaign, the Road to 2027, is to increase participation and engagement with alumni, and we believe that new initiatives such as '#GivingTuesday' and giving through crowdfunding are achieving just that. 412 alumni have made first time gifts since the inception of the Campaign in March 2017. We were thrilled to raise £50,000 in one week thanks to a challenge gift from Jason Chang '06 in response to #GivingTuesday in 2017. We once again participated in Giving Tuesday in 2018 and received donations from over 80 alumni.  
In 2016 we became the first institution in the UK to adopt GiveCampus, a digital fundraising platform for schools and universities. The first campaign we ran on the platform was for the David Goldey Scholarship in Politics. Over £55,000 was raised by 46 donors on GiveCampus, thanks in part to generous matched giving from a couple of PPE alumni. Matched giving is a very effective method of fundraising, with research showing that the promise of a gift being doubled can encourage donors to give up to 2.5 times more to charity than they usually would.
We are grateful to all those who have made a donation to Lincoln, whether through GiveCampus, Giving Tuesday, or one of our more traditional fundraising appeals. Your support has been invaluable, with gifts of all sizes having a huge impact on life at Lincoln.
Landres Graduate Challenge Award
Over the past few years, tuition fees for graduate students (determined by the University of Oxford) and living expenses in Oxford have risen considerably, with the effect that students who do not have fully funded packages or independent wealth are either deterred from applying here, or are unable to take up the place they have been offered on the basis of their academic achievements. 
Ever since the establishment of Oxford's first-ever Middle Common Room for graduate students, Lincoln has led the way in supporting graduate education. Today, the #Roadto2027 Campaign includes pathways for graduate support with opportunities at every level of giving. Here is a story of how £50 and £100 gifts, a matching challenge, and a new endowment are adding up to make a meaningful difference for Lincoln's graduate students.
As a former Keith Murray Scholar and graduate student in social anthropology, Dr Shawn Landres (MCR 1996) was aware of the challenges faced by students and created a matched giving scheme to support graduate students at Lincoln. He has been matching alumni contributions annually for the past four years. Thanks to his support, and the support of alumni who responded to his challenge with gifts ranging from £10-£1,000, we have been able to award 26 students with grants of up to £500 each. These grants have eased financial hardships and helped students participate in important career advancement opportunities.
Inspired and encouraged by the reaction, Shawn now invites alumni to join him in ongoing support for Lincoln's graduate students. He recently committed to endow a permanent graduate challenge to fund the matching challenge. We hope alumni will be encouraged to give towards the Fund as each gift will be matched from the new endowment. Please contact jane.mitchell@lincoln.ox.ac.uk if you would like further information.

ReVolution Sponsors the LCBC

 

rEvolution, co-founded by Darren Marshall ' 84,  is one of the leading independent sports marketing companies in the USA. They recently decided to expand to the UK with the acquisition of a London based company. Having rowed for the LCBC in the 1980's, Darren is well aware of the visibility a sponsorship of a college rowing team can generate among business influencers as well as its potential to act as a pipeline for them to recruit high level talent to their company. rEvolution believes their financial support will allow Lincoln to compete at the highest levels of college rowing once again. 

 

History of Chinese Art Post Created

Lincoln College and the University of Oxford are pleased to announce the creation of a new academic post in the History of Chinese Art, thanks to the generosity and support of June and Simon Li (1966). 
The June and Simon Li Associate Professor of the History of Chinese Art will be part of Oxford’s History of Art Department, as well as holding a tutorial fellowship here at Lincoln. It means that, for the first time, we will be able to offer the History of Art as an undergraduate subject from 2019. In addition to the post, the Lis have funded two new graduate scholarships in Chinese art history. 
A full report on the new position, and the generosity of the Lis, can be found here. 

 

 

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