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Giving to TORCH

TORCH facilitates and supports research through seed-funding for research activity and networks, as well as funding wider and public engagement, studentships, fellowships, and interdisciplinary research collaborations. A combination of grants and private donations continue to directly support research activity through TORCH. We are very grateful to the regular support from donors online via the central campaign:

We really appreciate all our supporters. If you would like to make a gift to TORCH, please contact:

Gordon Cox, Head of Development – Humanities, 01865 611624

Victoria McGuinness, TORCH Business Manager, 01865 61536

“TORCH enables research in Oxford to become far greater than the sum of its parts: by facilitating connections between researchers who would not have met otherwise, TORCH stimulates new, ground-breaking research. It also enables scholars to reach out beyond the academy and work with external partners around the UK. This means that when you support TORCH you are also supporting cultural organisations and charities, both locally and nationally. TORCH draws on what Oxford has long been celebrated for – its world class researchers – and multiplies their impact.

By providing small amounts of seed-funding to new research networks, TORCH has become an invaluable testing ground for innovative research projects. These projects are supported by TORCH’s infrastructure, which offers free rooms for events, website hosting, and advice and investment from the TORCH team. Selected on a highly competitive basis, funding for networks lasts for up to two years, after which many networks apply for further external funding, bringing in valuable research grants to the University.  Many go on to be more established research programmes at TORCH, using new approaches to tackle some of the challenging questions of our time.

An investment in TORCH goes a long way.  I have supported TORCH for over a year now, and it has been wonderful to see it back so many innovative projects and people in that time. TORCH is a very young institution in the University of Oxford’s 900 year history, but it has already made a great impact in the University, in the UK, and internationally, and with support I believe its impact will continue to grow.” - Michael Hoffman, TORCH Donor

 “The TORCH vision immediately inspired me and I felt compelled to contribute from the beginning. At a time when so much research is becoming so highly specialised and inaccessible to the layman, it is critical that we support initiatives that will break down the barriers and refashion the way in which the humanities are presented, taught, thought about and communicated to future generations.” - Julian Schild, alumnus, Pembroke, Modern History

Opportunities to support the research work through TORCH also include studentships and research fellowships, which are connected and embedded throughout the University.

TORCH-Pembroke Fellowship

A new Career Development Fellowship in women in the humanities has been established jointly by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) and Pembroke College, thanks to the generosity of a private donor.  The three year post will be taken up by Dr Imaobong Umoren, following a very competitive selection process.

On receiving news of her appointment Dr Umoren was delighted, explaining that the post ‘will provide me with time to develop two research projects on African, African American, and Caribbean women’s history in the twentieth century.  Being based at TORCH and Pembroke College will strengthen my interdisciplinary approach and allow me to interact and collaborate with a number of scholars in the fields of history, literary studies, psychology, anthropology and theology. It will also enable me to organise academic and public events. During the fellowship, I am also excited to take part in Pembroke College’s award-winning Access scheme.’

Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke, commented: ‘Pembroke is delighted to welcome Dr Umoren, a talented and impressive academic whose research and writings on black women’s history in the twentieth century are already adding much to her field.  We look forward to the contribution she will make to our activities and to academic debate here in College.’

Professor Stephen Tuck, previous Director of TORCH added: ‘Imaobong Umoren is an outstanding early career researcher whose work on global race women relates to a variety of TORCH programmes. We are looking forward to welcoming her to TORCH.’