History of Wolsey Hall Oxford, founded 1894 by Joseph William Snipe

History of Wolsey Hall

A little history...


Wolsey Hall Oxford as founded in 1894 by Joseph William Knipe (left). At his teachers' college, he took such excellent lecture notes that the other students asked him to make copies for them. After graduating from college he decided that there might be some interesting teaching possibilities by combining first class lecture notes with an emerging nineteenth century new technology - "The Penny Post!". In its first year Wolsey Hall Oxford had just 6 students!


During the 1939-1945 war years Wolsey Hall Oxford was a key provider of courses to members of the British Armed Services. A typical month in the Army would alternate between serious action and long stretches with little going on. Many servicemen and women used these quiet times to educate themselves for life back in "civvies" after the war ended.

After the war, demand for courses, especially GCE 'O' and 'A' levels and the external degrees of London University continued to grow. That was the period too when Wolsey Hall went truly international and there was a great growth in numbers of students studying from outside the UK, from countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, Canada, Jamaica and Trinidad.

The 80's and 90's

Many years later Wolsey Hall Oxford launched the first distance learning MBA in 1985 with Warwick Business School. In the 1990's the College built on this experience and provided management development courses to a variety of blue chip organisations including British Airways, the Civil Aviation Authority, Her Majesty's Prison Service, Lloyds TSB, Shell Exploration.


Today Wolsey Hall Oxford has refocused on its roots. We offer a range of academic courses to both mature students and homeschoolers throughout the world, using the latest web-based learning systems to provide our students with a first class learning experience.

You may like to know that Wolsey Hall Oxford is a not-for-profit organisation, with any surplus reinvested in improving our courses and our service.