Future Fund: College life
Housed in the former college chapel, our library is at the centre of academic life at Hertford. Despite being within a stone’s throw of the multi-million-volume Bodleian across the road, our collection is invaluable to all of our students. The modern Hertford library has three constituent parts: the books and resources used by college members; the quiet and welcoming study space for students; and the support of the Librarian, Alice Roques. Alice helps college members to navigate our collections and keeps the library resources up to date.
Each year we add over 1,000 books to the modern library collections. 30% of these are in response to student requests for particular publications relevant to their course. Requests can be urgent – a key book for a dissertation or essay – and our swiftest turnaround time is two hours from request to the book being on the student’s desk. Recent requests have ranged from Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times to Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought to Bioinorganic Electrochemistry. We are also taking advantage of digital developments by extending our acquisition of eBooks alongside print books, in collaboration with the University.
Hertford students make use of our historic rare books collection. This year English undergraduates have referred to our 18th century volume of satirical poetry by Alexander Pope, and students on the Political Thought course have examined our 17th century works by Hobbes, Locke, Astell and Grotius.
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The Library by numbers
- 31,000 book loans in a year
- 1,000 new purchases in a year
- 9,000 loans of new books
- 70 desk spaces for in-library study
What could my gift do?
- £3,000 would allow us to update the books available to students in a specific subject
- £1,000 a year would allow us to extend the range of journals available to students, and continue to update and invest in the most useful material for them
- £200 – £1,000 could fund the restoration of a historic volume
- £40 would buy a case to protect historic books and allow us to display them without damage
Music and Chapel
Hertford nurtures musical interests and performances of all kinds. It is home to one of the largest student-run music societies. The college supports the basic activity of the Hertford College Music Society, but the Society relies on donations for its more ambitious projects and to improve the quality if its performance and programming. Charges for termly concerts are kept low to encourage attendance, but the costs of putting on a performance – from purchasing the music to hiring instruments – can quickly mount up.
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Hertford College Music Society
Hertford College Music Society (HCMS) is the largest and most active college music society in Oxford, with a reputation for being dynamic, inclusive and friendly. The society was formed in 1972, at which time it consisted of the Choir and the Orchestra. Since then, the society has grown substantially with the formation of the Wind Band in 2011 and the Jazz Band in 2012. With four ensembles, HCMS holds weekly lunchtime recitals in Chapel, termly concerts all over Oxford, as well as the popular ‘Jazz & Cocktail’ nights. The Choir tours twice a year, most recently in Ireland and Italy.
The college chapel and choir form a central part of Hertford’s musical community. Hertford’s choir has a long tradition of not auditioning, instead welcoming all who wish to sing – and with lessons and coaching this inclusive approach is not incompatible with the highest choral standards. Our singers gain confidence and improve their singing ability, performing at the highest standard. Together with the acoustics of chapel, amid the carved wood, stone and marble, and the beautiful organ, a musical experience in Hertford’s chapel is without parallel.
Your support would enable HCMS to grow and put on more performances as well as purchase vital equipment, such as rehearsal space and instruments.
- A new piano for the music practice room would cost £3,000 – £10,000
- £1,500 would fund a new concert series, with recitals from prestigious musicians
- £1,200 would sponsor a Chapel light (donors will have their name engraved on a plaque underneath their light)
- £1,000 would finance 10 choral training workshops
- £600 for musical scores would allow the music society to perform new music and concerts more regularly
- £500 would fund an organ scholarship
- £250 would fund a choral award for singing lessons. Thanks to a donation we currently offer 8 a year, but hope to increase this to 16
- £100 would purchase 6 professional music stands
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Sport is a central element of life at Hertford. Whether it is rowing or rugby, cricket or football, there is something for everyone at every level. The college supports all sports club and, in line with its inclusive ethos, strives to ensure that membership fees stay low for students. Clubs, however, rely on donations to buy new equipment and enter races.
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Cricket enjoyed a resurgence at Hertford after the team defeated the Hungarian National Team on the 2014 tour of Budapest. Since then the squad has grown and thrived in the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Cricket League (OICCL). The team is made up of members of both the JCR and MCR, such that our spread of players now ranges from freshers to PhD students.
Our cricket ground lacks sight-screens, nets and covers – the latter particularly problematic given its position on the swamp that is Marston! In the next few years we hope to improve this situation and consequently we are searching for sponsorship in whatever form it may take.
Hertford Men’s Football Team (HCAFC) is on the verge of returning to the higher leagues. The squad have been very close to promotion for three seasons running and there are plans to merge training sessions with the MCR to pool our sporting skills. The team currently receive around £400 a year from the JCR and kit sponsorship deals that are shared with the rugby team to cover necessary costs, such as league and referee fees. The team is also looking into going on tour next year, which will require sponsorship.
Additional finances will provide the football team with even more of a platform to grow. To complement the expansion the football team is undergoing, we are also looking to build stronger foundations with the Old Boys and have many more inclusive events for all.
- £50 will allow us to buy 5 high quality footballs
- £50 will buy a large amount of other equipment such as cones, bibs and ball carrier bags
- £184 will hire the nearby all-weather 5-a-side pitch at University Club for an hour a week across a whole term and allow the team to regularly train together
- £500-600 will buy the whole team brand new match day kit
Hertford College Boat Club (HCBC) is the college’s largest sporting society and provides opportunities for first time novices right through to Olympic athletes. The club prides itself on achieving excellence and also encourages participation from all corners of the college, across graduates, undergraduates, visiting students and boat club alumni. Since the inception of women’s rowing at Oxford less than 40 years ago (the first Oxford bumps race open to women was held in 1978) Hertford has produced a steady stream of talented male and female rowers, and now holds the highest number of women’s crews on the Isis.
But rowing is not a cheap sport. Each year HCBC spends £4,500 on race entry fees, including the Christchurch Regatta, Torpids, Eights, as well as external regattas. These competitions are the best way to accelerate the development of Hertford’s rowers, but at the moment the top crews are prioritised to keep the budget within bounds. With an increase in donations HCBC would like to be able to enter as many crews as possible.
Zoe Lee (2004) is currently a member of the British Rowing team and won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, having never rowed before Hertford. Steph Cullen (1999) came first in the 2011 World Rowing Championships and Paul Mattick (1999) won two gold medals in the 2012 World Cup season.
The boat club offers bursaries to students who are concerned that rowing in the holiday prevents them from working to earn income that would support them during term-time. Thanks to a donation, HCBC is able to spend £1,000 on bursaries for these students for the next two years.
- £3,100 would fund a new set of oars; £310 would fund a single blade
- The rowing machines in the boathouse will need to be replaced over the next 5 years. £850 would fund one new rowing machine
- £100 would fund one week of coaching
The club’s annual income comes from donations, membership fees and a contribution from the college towards the maintenance of the boathouse and boatman. However, with race fees, coaching and transport costs rising, there is an average shortfall of nearly £6,000 every year. If another 50 donors support the boat club, each giving £10 a month or more, HCBC will be able to break even each year and plan for an even brighter future.
How much does a new boat cost?
- £20,000 to £30,000 would fund the purchase of a new rowing eight
- £13,000 to £15,000 would fund a new rowing four
- £8,000-11,000 would fund a new rowing pair or double
It is possible to part-fund the purchase of new boat by selling one of our existing shells – this can contribute up to 60% of the new purchase cost. In these cases, we can offer donors who make up the remainder of the purchase price the opportunity to name that boat as they choose.
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Hertford College Rugby Club (HCRFC) is a friendly and inclusive college rugby club. It welcomes players of all abilities, from complete beginner to blues standard. HCRFC has had a resurgence recently, with the introduction of an annual tour (recent destinations have been Mongolia, Malta and Belgium), and a run to the Cuppers semi-final last season. There is also significant Old Boy involvement with the rugby club, with an annual Old Boys’ game, and several Old Boys joining us on the tours.
HCRFC receives £300 a year from the JCR to cover subscription costs to university competitions, which give us a 15 a side game each week in both Michaelmas and Hilary term. However, in order to improve, training equipment is essential. Sponsorship is available for all kit that we buy, and we are also keen to involve Old Boys in the club.
• £100 would pay for a set of balls for a season
• £200 would pay for 4 training tackle bags
• £400 would pay for 4 training tackle pillars
• £800 would buy a new set of match shirts