The Talbot Fund

The Talbot Fund generously sponsors Keble College Freshers' Week 2017.

The Talbot Fund, named after Keble's first Warden and set up in December 2002, is a crucial part of the support system for Keble students. It funds students' current needs by providing bursaries and strengthening teaching, as well as supporting College-based sports teams and societies. Furthermore it enables the restoration and improvement of the Butterfield buildings, including Hall, Chapel, the Library and College accommodation. It is one of the top performing annual funds within Oxford, having raised over £6 million over the last decade from alumni. Over half of Keble's Old Members have now contributed to the Talbot Fund.

Areas of support

The Talbot Fund supports a number of areas of College life. In terms of Academic Projects, it provides both undergraduate bursaries and graduate scholarships to ensure that financial means are not a barrier to a Keble education, and that places in College are given according to applicants' ability rather than their financial background. Those funds which are not specifically designated by donors to a specific area of spending within Keble are directed to support these academic projects, as they are of utmost importance.

The College Community benefits from the Talbot Fund by receiving support for all manner of societies and activities. Drama and Music thrives at Keble, thanks to the O'Reilly theatre in the Sloane Robinson building which holds regular productions. Keble has a strong sporting tradition, teams and individual players are supported by the Talbot Fund.

Capital Projects within college are also supported by the Talbot Fund, which contributes towards preserving the iconic buildings for current and future generations. These projects involve the refurbishment of student rooms, cleaning and restoring the Hall, as well as commissioning a new pipe organ, a crucial element to the Keble Choir which is widely considered to be one of the best 'non-professional' choirs in Oxford.

Telethon

Current Keble students can get involved in fundraising for the Talbot Fund by participating in the Keble Telethon, which occurs a couple of times each year. The Telethon team raises funds to support their fellow students and College by contacting alumni, whilst they themselves benefit from great careers advice from the alumni they contact as well as earning around £250 per week for evening and weekend work. Participants are accommodated in College and receive meals for free throughout the time they are working.

Those who are interested in more information about the initiative and application process should speak to Phil Clarke in the Alumni and Development Office at philip.clarke@keble.ox.ac.uk.