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Recognition and Acknowledgement

The University of Oxford has a long tradition of acknowledging the significant backing of its most generous philanthropic supporters. A benefaction will merit appropriate levels of recognition and acknowledgement that the University is able to offer, including naming opportunities. Further information can be provided on request.

These are some of the forms of recognition the University is proud to offer:

The Vice-Chancellor’s Circle

The Vice-Chancellor’s Circle was launched in 2009 to recognise those individual, foundation and corporate benefactors who have provided generous support to the collegiate University. In addition to receiving regular communications from the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers, members will be invited to special meetings of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle. These occasions will showcase the breadth of intellectual talent at Oxford and the significant contribution to society of alumni and friends. The Circle will engage members in the diverse, ever-vibrant life and work of the collegiate University.

Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors

For substantial benefactions, the Chancellor can invite the University’s most significant donors to become members of the prestigious Court of Benefactors. The Court meets annually in Oxford in the autumn. These occasions provide an important opportunity for benefactors to have personal contact with the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, Heads of Colleges and senior academics, to meet with other members of the Court and to develop an ever more personal relationship with the University and the Colleges.

The Clarendon Arch

Members of the Chancellor’s Court contributing £5 million may have their generosity to the University honoured by the engraving of their name in the Clarendon Archway, near the entrance of the Bodleian Library. Names so inscribed include the most generous benefactors in Oxford’s history: Sir Thomas Bodley, Queen Elizabeth I, John Radcliffe, IBM UK and many others.

The Sheldon Medal

The highest honour the University of Oxford can bestow upon an individual benefactor is the Sheldon Medal, reserved for a benefactor who has made a significant and strategic difference to the life of the University. The Medal may only be awarded to one person each year and is restricted to members of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors. The presentation of the Medal is made by the Chancellor in Oxford’s historic Sheldonian Theatre.