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Wycliffe ordinand raises funds for library books by female authors

03 July 2020

Wycliffe Hall

The fund will be named after the Revd Dr Jenni Williams, who was at Wycliffe Hall for 14 years, as an Old Testament scholar, and her husband, the Revd Jon Williams, who is the mixed-mode-course director and chaplain

The fund will be named after the Revd Dr Jenni Williams, who was at Wycliffe Hall for 14 years, as an Old Testament scholar, and her husband, the Revd...

AN ORDINAND frustrated by the lack of books written by women in the library of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, has launched a new fund to remedy the disparity.

Sarah Haslam, who has just completed two years of training at the college, said that she was prompted to take the initiative after realising how few women writers and theologians appeared on her reading lists.

Ms Haslam said that she quickly identified plenty of “brilliant thinkers and writers who also happen to be women”. Wycliffe Hall’s librarian, however, told her that there was no money to spare to buy the new books.

“I just felt that wasn’t good enough,” Ms Haslam recalled. After gauging support from her fellow students and the college’s staff, Ms Haslam set up a fund for donations from alumni and others.

She has been backed by the college’s Principal, the Revd Dr Michael Lloyd, and the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, who is an alumna of the college.

development.ox.ac.uk/wycliffe-hall

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