Oxford’s colleges

Oxford’s colleges

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Oxford’s one university, right? So, what’s all this about colleges? Well, as well as over 70 academic departments Oxford University is actually made up of dozens of collections of buildings known as ‘colleges’ They’ve been around for a long, long while and some colleges are old – very old University College, for example, was established in 1249 100 years after the University was founded However, some colleges are new but, er, ‘New’ College isn’t new It was established in 1379 It…it’s old Colleges stretch right across the city and all are pretty near the centre As an Oxford graduate student, you’ll belong both to a department which will oversee your course, and house your lectures and to one of our world-famous colleges With 38 in total, as well as 6 Permanent Private Halls, and some dedicated to graduates only, they are intimate communities with a rich and vibrant history where you can meet academics and fellow students from around the world from a wide range of subjects Most colleges have between 300 and 500 students at a time So, quite a lot, but not overwhelming Sounds great, right? And now you’re thinking, “does it matter which college I go to?” [Accelerating heartbeat] “And do I have to choose a college?!” [Fast heartbeat] [Heartbeat stops] Well, colleges have a lot more in common than they have differences [Calm pastoral music] Applying for a college is part of the same process as applying for your course You can either let us find you a college or you can let us know your preferred one You’ll still get a great Oxford experience at any And once you’re here, you’ll no doubt think your college is the best… She does All colleges have great facilities, and food, and accommodation, and chairs, and everything And graduate students benefit from the Graduate Common Room and Middle Common Room (or “MCR”) in their college Both a physical space and an organisation, it provides social events, advice and a link to the graduate community There’s probably plenty of cake as well Still want to know more? Let’s take a closer look Located in North Oxford along the River Cherwell is Wolfson College Wolfson’s just for graduates with students from 75 nationalities enrolled in masters’ and doctoral programmes Like this lad, wobbling about in a misjudged hat St Hilda’s was just for women until 2008 The college is named after the Anglo-Saxon Saint Hilda of Whitby who allegedly once turned lots of snakes into stone, which shouldn’t be sniffed at Here’s their cat The University’s newest college came from the merger of Green College and Templeton College They called it “Green Templeton” Check out this massive gym! Balliol College is one of the University’s oldest colleges Captain Hook fictitiously went there although it’s unclear if the experience made him a pirate Kellogg College is Oxford’s 36th college and was founded with financial assistance from the W K Kellogg Foundation Yes, the cereal people It’s also a graduate college Look at her reading, stood in a corridor And this one is Wadham College Known for its progressive values and this chap, presumably She founded it So basically, colleges make a big university that little bit more homely It’s easier to get to know people, you’ve convenient access to staff, your own library, places to relax, sports teams to play for, social events to attend, and a little bit of healthy rivalry to foster After all, your college is the best…