Oxford University Polish Society is one of the biggest national societies at the University of Oxford and the oldest Polish student society in the United Kingdom. Established in 1955/1956, the Society served as an important platform for Polish political activism during the Cold War, uniting Polish academics and providing them with a platform to develop intellecually and socially without political constraints.
Nowadays, boasting more than 200 members, the Society keeps on integrating the ever-growing Polish community at Oxford and through its various events promotes Polish culture and history. Recent events organized by the Society include the 60th Anniversary OxPolSoc Commemoration Ball, Independence Day Formal Dinners, Polish Music Concerts, and many others.
Oxford University Polish Society has been operating under the official patronage of Prof. Leszek Kołakowski, Prof. Zbigniew Pełczyński (current Patron of the Society) and minister Radosław Sikorski. The activities of the society have also been supported, among others, by Prof. Timothy Garton Ash, Prof. Norman Davies and Prof. Jan Zielonka. The Society’s Senior Member is Prof. Paulina Kewes, Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor and Professor of English Literature at Jesus College.
The main sponsor of the Oxford University Polish Society is Bain & Company.