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“I am grateful for the education and opportunities Jesus gave me, and am delighted to help it continue to do that for today’s students.”

David Stephen (1980, Zoology)


Bursaries and Studentships

Supporting undergraduate bursaries and graduate studentships will always be a College priority.


We are committed to making sure our undergraduate offer holders are able to afford to take their place at Jesus, and that current Jesus students can have a normal College experience without worrying about financial pressures.


Graduate studentships help attract the best and brightest students to Jesus, and enables College to stay competitive as a leading institution for graduate study. As government funding, especially in the Humanities, continues to shrink, it is now more important than ever to ensure that pursuing graduate study is still an affordable option for those who are admitted.


Our aim is to ensure that ability to pay is not a barrier to our students receiving the highest-quality education at any stage of their degree.


Schools Access and Outreach at Jesus


Historically, Jesus College has been pioneering in its access and outreach efforts. Our programmes are designed to reach schools and communities where pupils might not otherwise be encouraged to aim for Oxford. The young people we work with in our access programmes mostly come from South London, Wales and less advantaged parts of Oxfordshire. Our access team visits with and inspires around 12,500 young people every year.


By supporting access at Jesus, you are helping us introduce school-age students to College and giving them a flavour of what being a student at Oxford University is like. Our mission is to raise the aspirations of the next generation, and show them what is possible. Our programmes not only show that Jesus College is a welcoming and friendly place, but also they equip talented young people with the skills and confidence to apply. We work directly with schools from underserved and disadvantaged communities, to help make Oxford a realistic option for students from all backgrounds.


Impact of Access and Outreach programmes

From College in-house experience days and residential summer schools, to essay competitions and in-school visits, we offer and support an extensive range of access and outreach programmes for prospective students from non-selective state schools and under-represented groups. In this video, we share the impact of our Access and Outreach programmes:


While our main focus is working with pupils in Year 9 and above, we’re keen to develop and build our engagement with younger pupils too. Click on the video below to see a typical primary school access visit to Jesus College: