Jesus College receives million-pound gift to endow new graduate studentships

5 April 2022

Jesus College Oxford is delighted to announce the creation of a new endowed graduate scholarship to support home graduate students in any subject.

The new Oxford-Richey Family Studentship, which commences in Michaelmas 2024, is being created thanks to a million-pound gift from Jesus alumnus Christopher Richey (1984, MPhil Management Studies) and his family. Part of the Richey family gift is matched by the University under the terms of its GEMS scheme, with the intention that this will enable the College to endow the studentship.

The provision of fully-funded support for graduate students is a key priority for Jesus College, and part of the Academic Office’s mission to create more opportunities for postgraduate study.


The new Oxford-Richey Family Studentship will support home graduate students in any subject.


Jesus College Principal, Professor Sir Nigel Shabolt FRS FREng, says, “We are enormously grateful to Christopher and his family for this generous gift. The Oxford-Richey Family Studentship will support future generations of postgraduate students at Jesus to pursue their academic studies, and further advance the College’s mission to be accessible to all.”

Dr Alexandra Lumbers, Academic Director, says, “We are thrilled with this new donation, and the College cannot wait to welcome the first recipient of the studentship, which will be offered for all subjects for which we take postgraduates. Combined with the opening of our new Cheng Yu Tung Building, this is a very exciting time to be a postgraduate at Jesus.”

The Cheng Yu Tung Building, on the College’s historic city-centre site, comprises 68 new graduate student rooms, a fourth quad, exceptional teaching facilities and a new Digital Hub for research, teaching and events. It will also be home to the Tower Room, a stunning conference and exhibition space with views across the city.

The College’s new fourth quad, part of the Cheng Building which is due to open later this year.


Christopher Richey said, “It is an honour, on behalf of my family, to assist Jesus College in its 450th Anniversary Campaign, and its landmark Cheng Yu Tung Building. The two-fold nature of our gift pays tribute to a devoted and courageous College alumnus, Captain Angus Buchanan VC (1913, Classics), and advances the College’s goals in graduate studies by endowing a DPhil scholarship in any subject. Being able to benefit the facilities, and those who use them, at a renowned educational institution is a privilege made all the more enjoyable thanks to my own graduate student years at Jesus”.