St Hilda's College, Oxford
|St Hilda's College|
Blazon: Azure, on a fess or three estoiles gules in chief two unicorns' heads couped, in base a coiled serpent argent.
|Latin name||Collegium Sanctae Hildae|
|Motto||non frustra vixi (I lived not in vain)|
|Named for||Hilda of Whitby|
|Principal||Sir Gordon Duff|
|Major events||St Hilda's College Ball|
St Hilda's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. The college is named after the Anglo-Saxon Saint, Hilda of Whitby and was founded in 1893 as a hall for women; remaining an all-women's college until 2008. St Hilda's was the last single-sex college in the university as Somerville College had admitted men in 1994. The college now has almost equal numbers of men and women at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The current Principal is Sir Gordon Duff, who took up the post in 2014.
St Hilda's was founded by Dorothea Beale (who was also a headmistress at Cheltenham Ladies' College) in 1893, as St Hilda's Hall. It was founded as a women's college, a status it retained until 2008. Whilst other Oxford colleges gradually became co-educational, no serious debate at St Hilda's occurred until 1997, according to a former vice-principal, and then the debate solely applied to the issue of staff appointments. After a vote on 7 June 2006 by the Governing Body, men and women can be admitted as fellows and students. This vote was pushed through with a narrow margin and followed previous unsuccessful votes which were protested by students because of the "high-handed" manner in which they were held. The change was met with some dismay from alumnae.
In October 2007 a supplemental charter was granted and in 2008 male students were admitted to St Hilda's for the first time. The College now has almost equal numbers of men and women at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In August 2018, the interim Norrington Table showed that 98 per cent of St Hilda's finalist undergraduates obtained at least a 2.i in their degree.
St Hilda's was the first women's college in Oxford and Cambridge to create a women's VIII in 1911. It was St Hilda's student H.G. Wanklyn who formed OUWBC and coxed in the inaugural Women's Boat Race of 1927, with five Hilda's rowers. In 1969, the St Hilda's Eight made Oxford history when they became the first ever female crew to row in the Summer Eights. They placed 12th.
Buildings and grounds
The college is located at the eastern end of the High Street, Oxford, over Magdalen Bridge, in Cowley Place, making it the only University of Oxford college lying east of the River Cherwell. Its grounds include six major buildings, which contain student accommodation, teaching areas, dining hall, the library and administration blocks: Hall, South, Milham Ford, Wolfson, Garden, and the Christina Barratt Building (opened in 2001). The college also owns a number of properties on Iffley Road, and in the Cowley area. It is the most conveniently situated Oxford college for the Iffley Road Sports Complex, a focus for Oxford University Sport.
The Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building
The Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building (JdP) is a concert venue named after the famous cellist who was an honorary fellow of the college. The JdP was the first purpose-built concert hall to be built in Oxford since the Holywell Music Room in 1742. Built in 1995 by van Heyningen and Haward Architects, it houses the Steinway-equipped Edward Boyle Auditorium and a number of music practice rooms. In 2000 the architects designed a new, enlarged foyer space; a lean-to glass structure along the front elevation to the existing music building. In addition to frequent recitals presented by the St Hilda's Music Society, the JdP also hosts concerts by a number of world-renowned performers. Musicians who have performed in the JdP in recent years include Steven Isserlis, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. The building has also been used for amateur dramatic performances, since 2008 St Hilda's College Drama Society have been producing several plays a year in the Edward Boyle Auditorium.
The college grounds stretch along the banks of the River Cherwell, with many college rooms overlooking the river and playing fields beyond. The college has its own fleet of punts, which students of the college may hire for free in summer months. Unfortunately, this location has at times led to problems with flooding in Milham Ford building.
People associated with the college
|Esther Elizabeth Burrows||18 October 1847||20 February 1935||1893–1910|||
|Christine Mary Elizabeth Burrows||4 January 1872||10 September 1959||1910–1919|||
|Winifred Moberly||1 April 1875||6 April 1928||1919–1928|||
|Julia de Lacy Mann||22 August 1891||23 May 1985||1928–1955|||
|Kathleen Major||10 April 1906||19 December 2000||1955–1965|||
|Mary Bennett||9 January 1913||1 November 2005||1965–1980|
|Mary Moore||8 April 1930||6 October 2017||1980–1990|||
|Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith||17 August 1934||1990–2001|||
|Judith English||1 March 1940||2001–2007|||
|Sheila Forbes||31 December 1946||2007–2014|
|Gordon Duff||27 December 1947||2014–present|
- Gaynor Arnold, novelist
- Elizabeth Aston, author
- Zeinab Badawi, BBC journalist
- Kate Barker, economist
- Sarah Baxter, journalist
- Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor of The Economist
- Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, royalty
- Susan Blackmore, parapsychologist, writer and broadcaster
- D. K. Broster, historical novelist
- Mikita Brottman, author, psychoanalyst
- Marilyn Butler, Lady Butler, academic
- Fiona Caldicott, psychiatrist, academic, chair of the Caldicott Report Committee
- Susanna Clarke, author
- Wendy Cope, poet
- Serena Cowdy, journalist
- Lettice Curtis, aviator
- Miriam Defensor Santiago, Philippine senator, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
- Violet Mary Doudney, militant suffragette
- Barbara Everett, academic
- Susan Garden, Baroness Garden of Frognal, politician
- Helen Gardner, critic
- Margaret Gelling, toponymist
- Adele Geras, writer
- Karina Gould, Canadian minister
- Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield, academic
- Susan Gritton, soprano
- Catherine Heath, novelist
- Rosalind Hill, historian
- Meg Hillier, politician
- Victoria Hislop, writer
- Bettany Hughes, historian
- Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall
- Helen Jackson, politician
- Jenny Joseph, poet
- Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer, British Liberal Democrat politician
- Angela Lambert, author and journalist
- Hermione Lee, critic and biographer
- Nicola LeFanu, composer
- Elizabeth Levett, historian
- Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Special Correspondent for the BBC (formerly at ITN)
- Margaret MacMillan, historian and Warden of St Antony's College
- Anita Mason, novelist
- Val McDermid, novelist
- Rosalind Miles, writer
- Kate Millett, feminist author
- Anne Mills FRS, health economist
- Brenda Moon, librarian
- Laura Mulvey, feminist film theorist
- Elizabeth Neville, police officer
- Katherine Parkinson, actress
- Barbara Pym, novelist
- Pooky Quesnel, actor and screenwriter
- Betty Radice, translator and editor
- Celine Rattray, film producer
- Gillian Rose, philosopher
- Jacqueline Rose, academic and writer
- Sheila Rowbotham
- Gillian Shephard, Baroness Shephard of Northwold, politician
- Helen Simpson, short story writer
- Ann Thwaite, biographer
- Tsuda Umeko, educator
- Cecil Woodham-Smith, historian
- Mary Bennett
- William Boyd, author
- Gordon Duff
- Helen Gardner
- Elspeth Kennedy
- Barbara Levick
- Beryl Smalley
- Helen Waddell
- Kathy Wilkes
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- Hilda Brown "Sex and the Hildabeast", Times Higher Education [Supplement], 7 March 2003
- Peter Foster (4 December 2003). "St Hilda's college votes to remain women-only". Telegraph.co.uk.
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- "2017/18 Interim Norrington Table". ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
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- Anthea Milnes "No men please, we're studying" The Guardian, 5 September 2002
- Margaret Addison; Jean O'Grady (30 November 1999). Diary of a European Tour, 1900. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-7735-6800-6.
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- "Congratulations to our alumna Celine Rattray on the fifth anniversary of Maven Pictures". St Hilda's College, Oxford. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
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