Jesus College is pleased to announce that it has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of its Northgate House property.

The College’s Strategic Plan, 2017 - 2021 set ambitious targets for expanding and enhancing the core academic priorities and purpose of the College, specifically:

  • The need for additional space and facilities within College to meet our requirements for teaching and research;
  • The response of the College to the University’s ambition to grow postgraduate student numbers and related accommodation;
  • Our vision to create a public gateway for the College to facilitate outreach and access, making the College more accessible both physically and virtually; and
  • Establishing a Digital Hub that will bring together all at the College to facilitate knowledge exchange and impact.

As well as meeting these academic objectives, the College is mindful of the need to maintain and enhance the quality of its retail outlets in Cornmarket and Market Street, which form an important part of its commercial interests and contribute much to the centre of the city. 

Key to the project was the most generous donation by Dr Henry Cheng, a non-alumnus who shares a passion for Oxford’s values and our vision for the College. In the wake of this, our architects MICA, formerly Rick Mather Associates, have been working closely with Fellows, staff and students to deliver a design that will meet these ambitious plans; we are delighted with the outcome and are appreciative of the extensive support for this design which we have received from a wide variety of statutory and advisory consultees. 

This is a very exciting time for the College. All concerned look forward to reporting further on the progress of our application and this transformational project in due course.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal