St Anne's College, Oxford

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St Anne's College

The Ruth Deech Building and Bevington Road Houses
College name St Anne's College
Latin name Collegium Sanctae Annae
Motto Consulto et audacter
(Purposefully and boldly)[1]
Named after Saint Anne
Previously named The Society of Oxford Home-Students (1879–1942)
The St Anne's Society (1942–1952)
Established 1879
Sister college Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Principal Tim Gardam
Undergraduates 444[2]
Graduates 250[2]
Location Woodstock Road and Banbury Road

St Anne's College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
St Anne's College, Oxford

Location of St Anne's College within central OxfordCoordinates: 51°45′44″N 1°15′43″W / 51.762123°N 1.261974°W / 51.762123; -1.261974
St Anne's Boat Club
St-Anne's College Oxford Coat Of Arms.svg
Blazon Gules, on a chevron between in chief two lions heads erased argent, and in base a sword of the second pummelled and kilt or and enfiled with a wreath of laurel, three ravens, all proper.

St Anne's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Formerly a women's college, it has been coeducational since 1979.[3] Founded in 1879 as The Society of Oxford Home-Students, it received its college status in 1952, and today it is one of the larger colleges in Oxford, with around 450 undergraduate and 200 graduate students in a roughly equal mix of men and women.

The college was established and expanded by the gradual acquisition of Victorian houses between the Woodstock and Banbury roads, with its location now in North Oxford and adjacent to the neighbourhood of Jericho. The 2013 Annual Review states that the College expects to see the financial endowment exceed £30 million by 31 July 2013. The current principal of the college is Tim Gardam.


What is now St Anne's College began life as part of the Association for the Education of Women, the first institution in Oxford to allow for the education of women (see: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), then later the Society of Oxford Home-Students.[4] In 1942, it became the St Anne's Society, and received a university charter to be founded as a women-only college in 1952. While it remains a common myth that it is built on land donated by St John's College, the site was acquired slowly by the purchase of existing houses and residences for the use of students.[5]

The Ship[edit]

The annual magazine for alumnae and alumni of the college is known as The Ship.[6] When it was still known as the Society for Home Students, the college had its first common room in Ship Street, located in central Oxford.[4]

Location and buildings[edit]

The Ruth Deech Building, which houses the Porter's Lodge.


Its grounds are bounded by Woodstock Road and Banbury Road to the west and east respectively, and Bevington Road to the north. They extend as far south as 48 Woodstock Road on the west, and 27 Banbury Road on the east side. The College formerly owned a number of houses throughout Oxford used for undergraduate accommodation, some formerly boarding houses of the Society of Oxford Home-Students; these have been largely sold off to fund the building of the Ruth Deech Building, completed in 2005. These grounds house all of the college's administrative and academic buildings, as well as undergraduate accommodation.

Undergraduate Accommodation[edit]

Undergraduates at St Anne's are housed in 14 Victorian houses owned by the college and six purpose-built accommodation blocks. The Victorian houses include 1 – 10 Bevington Road, 58/60 Woodstock Road, and 39/41 Banbury Road. These houses also contain the college bar, teaching rooms, college gym, and a laundrette.

Hartland House[edit]

The Hartland House

The Hartland House, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was the first purpose-built college building, finished in 1937 with an additional wing built in 1973. It now houses the Library, the junior and senior common rooms, and some administrative offices. The Dining Hall, built in 1959, has a capacity of 300 (one of the largest out of ally he colleges), and is also used for college collections and, on occasion, college 'bops' (costume parties). The Eleanor Plumer House (known until 2008 as simply 35 Banbury Road) houses the Middle Common Room, and attached facilities including a study area/computer room and kitchen, in addition to accommodation for graduate students. Four additional Victorian houses (27 and 37 Banbury, 48 and 50 Woodstock) hold teaching rooms, seminar rooms, practice rooms, and college offices.

Rayne and Wolfson Buildings[edit]

Wolfson Building 2

The Rayne and Wolfson Buildings were built in 1964 are Grade II Listed Buildings; they are virtually identical in design, and house administrative offices on the ground floor as well as student rooms. The Founders' Gatehouse was built in 1966; it was the college lodge until 2005, and still holds pigeon holes for faculty and students.

Claire Palley Building[edit]

The Claire Palley Building, completed in 1992 and named after former Principal Claire Palley, was the first accommodation block to have en-suite rooms. It also houses the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre.

Trenaman House[edit]

Trenaman House, built in 1995, holds student rooms as well as communal college facilities on the ground floor and, since 2008, the St Anne's Coffee Shop (STACS). It was named after Nancy Trenaman, the sixth Principal of the college (1966–1984).

Ruth Deech Building[edit]

The Ruth Deech Building, completed in 2005,[7] is the most recent college building. It houses extensive conference facilities (the Tsuzuki lecture theatre, seminar rooms, and dining facilities) on the lower ground floor, in addition to the new College Lodge on the upper ground floor, and 113 en-suite student rooms.

Robert Saunders House[edit]

The Robert Saunders House (1996) provides 80 rooms for post-graduate students in Summertown, an area in the north of Oxford. It was named after a former bursar of the college, who did much to strengthen its finances.

Notable alumni[edit]

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and ex-editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, alumna.
Sir Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, alumnus.
Susan Sontag, writer, critic and essayist, alumna.

Notable academics[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "Welcome to St Anne's". St Anne's College. 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Statement of Values". About St Anne's College. St Anne's College. 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "St Anne's History". About St Anne's College. St Anne's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
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  6. ^ "The Ship". Alumnae & Friends. St Anne's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "St Anne's College Opens New Building" (PDF). Conference Oxford Newsletter. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  8. ^ Sholto Byrnes (4 August 2006). "Simon Rattle: Marching to a revolutionary beat". The Independent. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dr Nick Middleton". Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 

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