Hilary term is the second academic term of the University of Oxford and the University of Dublin. It runs from January to March and is so named because the feast day of St Hilary of Poitiers, 14 January, falls during this term. All terms are dated from this day in the following way:
- Michaelmas term — 13 Sundays before to 5 Sundays before the feast day of St Hilary
- Hilary term — 1 Sunday to 9 Sundays after the feast day of St Hilary
- Trinity term — 15 Sundays to 21 Sundays after the feast day of St Hilary
The term originated in the legal system during medieval times. The courts of England and Wales and the Courts of Ireland divide the legal year into four terms: Hilary, Easter, Trinity and Michaelmas.
At the University of Oxford, following the resolution made by Council on 8 May 2002, Hilary Term begins on and includes 7 January and ends on and includes 25 March or the Saturday before Palm Sunday, whichever is the earlier. In Hilary Term, as in Michaelmas Term and in Trinity Term, there is a period of eight weeks known as Full Term, beginning on a Sunday, within which lectures and other instruction prescribed by statute or regulation are given. The dates on which each Full Term will begin and end in the next academic year but one are published by the Registrar in the University Gazette during Hilary Term.
- Epiphany term (the equivalent of Hilary term at Durham University)
- Lent term (the equivalent of Hilary term at Cambridge, Lancaster and LSE)
- Candlemas term (the equivalent of Hilary term at St. Andrews)
- Summer term
- Easter term
- ^ Dates of Full Terms, University of Oxford, UK.
- ^ a b c d Oxford University: Regulations on the number and lengths of terms Archived 2008-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, University of Oxford, UK.
- ^ "Term Dates - Important Dates - Text Version - College Calendar, 2011-2012 : Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland". Archived from the original on 10 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Almanach for the year 1839". The Royal Calendar, and Court and City Register for England, Scotland, Ireland and the Colonies. Vol. 1. Suttaby. 1839. p. 8. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
- The Illustrated London Almanack for 1877. Illustrated London News. 1875. p. 4. Retrieved 19 August 2021.