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|This Oxford college is the oldest in the university. It was founded in 1249 by the then Archdeacon of Durham. Former members include C S Lewis, Robert Boyle and Stephen Hawking.Which college is it?|
University. For many centuries University College, or Univ as it is commonly called, claimed to have had it's beginnings in the ninth century and to have been founded by Alfred The Great. The evidence was,however, forged in the 14th century by some Fellows in support of a property deal. Percy Shelley was sent down, ie expelled, for distributing a pamphlet on atheism. He had spent less than a year on campus.
|This college is one of Oxford's wealthiest. It was built on the former site of St Bernard's Monastery in the part of Oxford known as St Giles. Which college are we now at?|
St John's. It is said that you can travel from Oxford to Cambridge and not depart from land owned by St John's. The college was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White and named in honour of St John the Baptist. The college is the owner of two Oxford pubs, the Lamb and Flag which is in between two college buildings, and the Eagle and Child across the road. Both of these pubs were host to the group that included Tolkien and C S Lewis.
|Originally built as one of the precursors to the Oxford colleges this establishment can trace it's history back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest continuous places of education anywhere. It did not attain college status however until 1957. Which college has such a long history?|
St Edmund Hall. Called Aularian Houses places such as St Edmund Hall provided accommodation and education before the colleges came into existence. Known affectionately as 'Teddy Hall', St Edmund's is the only one remaining. It was named after St Edmund of Abingdon (1175 - 1240) who was Oxford's first known Master of Arts and the first Oxford educated Archbishop of Canterbury. The exact date of it's foundation as a Hall is unknown, but some histories put it as early as 1226 whilst others date it to 1278.
|One of the listed Oxford colleges was the last one in the university to give up its status as a female only college. But which one?|
St Hilda's. St Hilda's was founded in 1893 by the same woman that started Cheltenham Ladies College. From the outset St Hilda's was a female only college and it wasn't until 2006 that, following a vote by the governing body, the college decided to allow males at all levels, the first ones being admitted from September 2008.
|On May Day morning the choir of Oxford's Magdalen College sing on the bridge that forms the eastern approach to the city.|
False. The choir sing from the top of Magdalen Great Tower. They start at 6.00am and sing two hymns, the Hymnus Eucharisticus and 'Now is the Month of Maying'. This tradition goes back some 500 years. Magdalen (pronounced Maudlin), was founded as a college in 1458, construction on the bell tower was begun in 1492 and it is one of the tallest buildings in Oxford.
|This Oxford college is generally regarded as the most aristocratic of the 39 constituent colleges. It houses the cathedral church of Oxford and was founded in 1546 by Henry VIII. Which college are we talking about?|
Christ Church. Although the college dates from Henry VIII, the church can trace its history much further back. It was founded as the priory of St Frideswide in 1122 and a nunnery set up by Frideswide, Oxford's patron Saint, existed on the site from 1002.
The college had a false start in 1525 as Cardinal College, set up by Wolsey. In 1532 Henry refounded it as King Henry VIII's College and then renamed it Christ Church after he fell out with Rome. Its full, official title is The Dean, Chapter and Students of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth. As of 2008 it is the only college in the world to house a cathedral.
|This college is one of Oxford's oldest, being founded in 1379. It was founded to provide the education of priests following the Black Death which swept through Europe in the 14th century. Originally named after the Virgin Mary, it is now called what?|
New College. New College was the second of Oxford's colleges to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary, what is now called Oriel was the first. Because of this it became known as the New College of St Mary, and this was eventually shortened to just New College. One of New College's features went on to influence the design of many further colleges, ie the Quad, around which were arranged the major parts of the college.
|This Oxford college was only granted full college status in 1996 despite being in existence since 1786. It is one of the smallest of Oxford's colleges and limits its intake to mature students. It has changed locations several times. Which much travelled college is it?|
Harris Manchester. Harris Manchester began life as the Manchester Academy in 1786, in the city of the same name. In 1803 it moved to York where it remained until 1840. It moved back to Manchester until relocating to London in 1853. In 1889 it made its final move to Oxford. Known as Manchester Academy and Harris College it was granted Permanent Private Hall status in 1990 before becoming Harris Manchester College in 1996. A PPH is an institution within the university that can send students for degrees, but is not classed as one of the colleges.
|This college was Oxford's first Protestant college and was founded by Elizabeth I in 1571. It was originally endowed for the education of Protestant clergy. It was, in 1974, one of the first men only colleges to admit women. Can you name the college?|
Jesus. The college's full title is Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation. Although endowed to educate clergymen it did not teach just theology. The following is an extract from a document signed by Elizabeth I and dated June 27 1571:
"...to the Glory of God Almighty and Omnipotent, and for the spread and maintenance of the Christian religion in its sincere form, for the eradication of errors and heresies, for the increase and perpetuation of true loyalty, for the extension of good literature of every sort, for the knowledge of languages, for the education of youth in loyalty, morality, and methodical learning, for the relief of poverty and distress, and lastly for the benefit and well-being of the Church of Christ in our realms, [...] we have decreed that a College of learning in the sciences, philosophy, humane pursuits, knowledge of the Hebrew, Greek and Latin languages, to the ultimate profession of Sacred Theology, to last for all time to come, be created, founded, built, and established...."
|As well as 39 constituent colleges Oxford University has a small number of institutions that can send students for degrees although they do not carry the title of college. What are these institutions known as?|
Permanent Private Halls. A PPH is a small establishment that is usually, but not always, funded by a religious order. Two of the oldest are Blackfriars and Greyfriars, both originally founded in the first quarter of the 13th century. Blackfriars is a Dominican institution and Greyfriars is Franciscan. With the dissolution both orders were suppressed and didn't reopen as educational establishments until the 20th century.
At the end of the 2007/8 academic year Greyfriars is set to give up its status as a PPH and all existing and future students will study at Regent's Park College, which despite the name is another PPH.
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