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“TORCH has enabled me to explore the increasingly dynamic interchange between scholarship, research and practice in the ever-expanding field of performance.”

Oxford is the world’s leading university for the Humanities. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) was launched in May 2013 to pioneer new kinds of research in the Humanities and beyond.

Dr Jonathan Williams in rehearsal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the modern première of a Rameau opera.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) is a major new initiative that seeks to stimulate research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and to engage the public. With support from our community of alumni, TORCH has the potential to spark ideas that change the world. You are an important part of our community of Oxford Thinkers.

Please help TORCH to foster collaborative research across disciplines, which will develop ideas that change our world.

Design: Kate Parsons Print: leachprint, Abingdon.

Gifts from alumni are a vital source of funding for academic research.

“The Humanities have an enormous amount to contribute beyond academia – there is genuine public interest in the work we do here. It is important to collaborate outside our own fields: TORCH has enabled me to explore areas that I could not have understood fully without other people, and their bodies of knowledge. Together, we can produce more nuanced, relevant, and diverse research.” Dr Abigail Williams, Knowledge Exchange Champion for the Humanities, Lecturer in English and Tutor at St. Peter’s. Dr Williams shares her research with schools and national museums in developing ground-breaking literacy and history teaching projects for children and adults.

To share research more widely through public lectures and outreach programmes, we would need 25 alumni to give:


per month

or a single donation of


You can fully fund a public engagement programme with a donation of £1,500

“The torch vision immediately inspired me to contribute from its beginning.”

Dr Matthew Reynolds, Lecturer in English and Tutor at St Anne’s, TORCH Comparative Criticism Programme

Julian Schild (Pembroke 1977) TORCH donor

To support a network of academics to develop new research programmes requires 21 people to give:

“There is a chemistry about torch: it brings together people with different fields of expertise and ways of thinking. The reaction between them creates new knowledge and new ideas.”


per month

or a single donation of


Fully fund a research network with a donation of £2,500

TORCH brings together communities of academics,

providing physical space for workshops and seminars, and seed-funding to develop the strongest new ideas into research programmes.

Its public engagement programmes, including secondary school outreach and international public conferences, enable academics to share the benefits of their research far beyond Oxford academia.

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TORCH wishes to further

“ TORCH promotes the democratic vision of the University by welcoming the exchange of ideas between academics, non-academics and the public on a local, national and global scale.” Imaobong Umoren, DPhil candidate in History at St Cross College and TORCH Race and Resistance Network

support multidisciplinary research, and wider engagement with the public. This can only happen with generous support from alumni.


“The research we undertake at Oxford is far reaching. With your help, we can develop collaborative projects that benefit the wider world.” Dr Stephen Tuck, TORCH Director

Please join us in supporting TORCH. University of Oxford Development Office, University Offices, Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD T: +44 (0)1865 611529 E:

Annual Appeal - TORCH brochure  
Annual Appeal - TORCH brochure