The Gateway Campaign

The Gateway Campaign

Our new buildings are a gateway for St Antony’s in both a literal and a figurative sense. They provide a worthy entrance to the College and will significantly extend our physical resources. More importantly still they will transform our finances by giving us a sure stream of income so that we can better support our current students and our academic work as well as undertaking new initiatives. Every donation to the Gateway Campaign brings us closer to those goals.

Margaret MacMillan, Warden

The opening of the completed Gateway Buildings took place on 26 March 2013. The project was officially opened by His Excellency Ghassan I Shaker, after whom one of the buildings is named in appreciation of his support. Ghassan Shaker, who was educated at St John’s College in Cambridge, is now the Founder and Chairman of several companies in Asia and Europe, and he also serves as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador supporting projects that assist the victims of war, and serve to aid with education and microfinance.

The two buildings comprise 54 en suite student rooms, several of them accessible for those with special needs as well as office space for 30 staff. They also contain a new porters’ lodge and lobby, and conference facilities on the upper floor. The Gateway Buildings give a sense of coherence to the entire College, pulling together buildings from different periods and in architectural styles. The Gateway Buildings enclose the central quadrangle, an important symbol which brings St Antony’s in tune with the classic Oxford college style. Renewable energy is provided by ground source heat along with solar panels placed at roof level. A new energy centre reduces overall carbon emissions and running costs. Further images of the buildings can be found online here

Why your support is important

St Antony’s would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to the Gateway Campaign. Antonians and friends have raised more than £6,250,000 so far. Due to this generosity, the College was able to make the project financially secure and complete the buildings. 

Further support remains vital to fully fund the Gateway Buildings and any donation that you can make will be a contribution to the College’s future financial and academic health. This is particularly important during a period where Higher Education in the UK faces the prospect of the Government permanently withdrawing its funding for social science and humanities subjects.

Financial security and independence would enable the College to compete with the best centres of interdisciplinary area studies globally. It will preserve our extraordinarily diverse student population and enable us to continue to recruit the best scholars worldwide, irrespective of means.


You can make a gift through the website of the University of Oxford.

Donors from the UK, United States, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong can give tax efficient. Tax payers in the United States can make a gift through Americans for Oxford, inc. (AfO): a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which seeks gifts to benefit the University of Oxford and its colleges.

Thank you for your generosity.