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Teaching and Research

We are seeking donations to support Keble’s academic excellence.

Tutorial Teaching – to raise £1.4 million for the academic endowment. Keble is committed to maintaining the tutorial system of undergraduate teaching. The interaction between the students and academics creates a personal and rich learning environment, one which equips our students for future success. This intensity of teaching is inevitably expensive. Despite the rise in tuition fees, the tutorial system continues to require significant subsidy from the College. Recruiting and retaining leading academics is critical to our continued success. Thanks to the generosity of donors in recent years, we have been able to endow two tutorial fellowships in Law and Theology. We are now focused on securing further posts in perpetuity, and for this we need your continued support.

New Academic Posts – to raise £800,000 to fund four Career Development Fellows over four years. Keble is looking to appoint up to four new Career Development Fellows (CDFs) as part of its commitment to supporting early career researchers and advancing scholarship in exciting new fields. CDFs are typically postdoctoral researchers selected in competition for their potential in furthering research, who can also provide focused teaching support in key areas. Recent appointments of this kind have been in Biomedical Engineering, Networks, Archaeology and Anthropology and Quantum Computers. In seeking to appoint future CDFs, the College will consider both the research strengths of existing Fellows and the potential for innovative ventures. Keble already has two endowed CDFs, in Modern English Literature and in Renaissance History. We want to achieve some diversity in the new appointments, with at least one in Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Visiting Fellowship Scheme – to raise £50,000 to develop academic collaboration. Keble intends to build on its existing programme of Senior Research Visitors and Collaborating Research Scholars by founding a prestigious scheme for Visiting Fellows. The Fellows, who will be of international standing in their fields of research, will stay at facilities within the new H B Allen Centre for periods of up to 10 weeks. During this time, they will participate in the intellectual life of the College and the University through public lectures, seminars and workshops. They will be encouraged to engage with College Fellows, graduates and undergraduates, with a particular emphasis on including non-specialists. The accent will be on inter-disciplinarity, or the sharing of ideas across subject boundaries – a fundamental objective of the programmes of Keble’s Advanced Studies Centre.

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