Balliol attained its leading position in Oxford through an unprecedented emphasis on admission by merit and on the relationship between a fellow and student. These innovations are forever associated with Benjamin Jowett and formed the basis for what became known as the Oxford Tutorial System. They are considered a landmark in the academic traditions not only of Balliol and the University, but in the modern history of higher education.
Jowett’s reforms were made possible because of philanthropic giving, a cause to which he devoted significant effort first as a Fellow and later as Master. Gifts from many of his former students and friends enabled the transformation of Balliol which occurred during his time, both in provision of financial support for the College’s community of scholars and in the facilities available to them.
In recognition of Old Members and friends whose loyal support enables the College to advance these traditions, Balliol will soon launch the Jowett Society. Annual membership will comprise those who currently make regular gifts towards a College priority, and those who have made gifts in each of the last three consecutive years – the typical length of a student’s time here. Within the Society, The 1263 Circle will offer special recognition to those who give £1263 per year or more.
You are invited to become a Jowett Society Founding Member, by making a regular gift before the end of 2017 – the bicentenary of Jowett’s birth:
I would like to join the Jowett Society with a monthly gift
I would like to join the Jowett Society with an annual gift
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