Hughes Parry Hall, London
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Hughes Parry Hall is one of eight intercollegiate halls of the University of London.
The Hall is part of the Garden Halls grouping administered by the bursarial team that is also responsible for Canterbury Hall and Commonwealth Hall. Pastoral and disciplinary matters are administered by a team headed up by the Warden.
With just over 300 residents, the hall is primarily intended for first year undergraduate students. Although the hall is open to students from all colleges, students from UCL, Kings and the LSE dominate the student body. The hall was opened in 1969 and its design and facilities bear witness to the exigencies of that time: the fourteen-story tower block has shared bathroom facilities and there is little by way of communal kitchen arrangements (although the hall provides both breakfast and evening meals). There are squash courts, TV and games rooms, and an active student society, run by a committee drawn from the students. The hall also benefits from its location overlooking Cartwright Gardens in WC1 where tennis courts are available to residents. Every Christmas, the students were accustomed to wrap decorative paper around the life-size statue of John Cartwright in the Gardens that are named after him, although this tradition has been discontinued.
Although Hughes Parry Hall is affectionately known by students as "Huge Party Hall", it is in fact named after the distinguished lawyer and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Sir David Hughes Parry (1893-1973).
The hall was originally for male students only; it went mixed in 1971. The first warden, Dr Jeffery David Lewins, was appointed in December 1968. The first students were admitted in 1969 and the Hall was officially opened by the Chancellor of the university, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in February 1970. Dr Lewins spent ten years in the hall with his family.
From 1995 to 2009, the Warden of Hughes Parry Hall was Professor Martyn Rady. In 2009, Professor Rady was succeeded as Warden by his hitherto deputy, Dr Paul Stock. Fiona Elder retains responsibility as Bursar for Hughes Parry, for the other two halls in Cartwright Gardens and also for Connaught Hall and College Hall.