Kellogg College, Oxford

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Kellogg College
Kellogg College by John Cairns 15.5.14-129.jpg
Kellogg College exterior
Kellogg College Oxford Coat Of Arms.svg
Blazon: Per pale indented argent and azure on the argent a chevron enhanced gules in base a book azure leaved argent on the azure an ear of wheat palewise or the whole within a bordure gules.
LocationBanbury Road and Bradmore Road
Coordinates51°45′50″N 1°15′36″W / 51.764°N 1.260°W / 51.764; -1.260Coordinates: 51°45′50″N 1°15′36″W / 51.764°N 1.260°W / 51.764; -1.260
Named forWill Keith Kellogg
Sister collegeNone
PresidentJonathan Michie
Postgraduates1139[2] (total students, Dec 2017)
Boat clubChrist Church Boat Club
Kellogg College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
Kellogg College, Oxford
Location in Oxford city centre
60 Banbury Road, Kellogg College's main entrance
62 Banbury Road building

Kellogg College is a graduate-only constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Founded in 1990 as Rewley House, Kellogg is the university's 36th college and the largest by number of students. It hosts research centres including the Institute of Population Ageing and the Centre for Creative Writing, and is closely identified with Lifelong learning at Oxford.

As with most of the university's graduate colleges, Kellogg College has an egalitarian spirit which is reflected by a lack of formal separation between fellows and students. The college has no high table and, uniquely among Oxford's colleges, its grace is in Welsh. It is also unique in having its own tartan.[3]

The president of the college is Jonathan Michie who is Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange and also holds the position of director of the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Michie succeeded the founder of the college, Geoffrey Thomas, as president.


Kellogg College was the first home for part-time students at the University of Oxford and many of the students who join the college continue to work in their professions while they study. The college continues to promote ideals of access, openness, and inclusivity. As of Michaelmas Term 2017 the student body numbers 1139 students, of whom 268 are attending full-time and 871 part-time.[2] The college has accepted both women and men as students since its foundation.[4]

The college came into being on 1 March 1990 (as Rewley House) and was renamed in honour of Will Keith Kellogg on 1 October 1994, in recognition of the generous support given by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to the university over the preceding decades.[5] The college has close connections with the university's departments for continuing education, medicine, education, computer science, and law, and other departments active in areas of professional and part-time study. The Director of the Department for Continuing Education is ex officio President of Kellogg College.[6]

The college can trace its origins back to the start of the university extension movement in the 1870s. In 1878, Arthur Johnson was the first to deliver an "Oxford Extension Lecture".[7] The movement grew out of a drive to liberalise Oxford which gained momentum in the 1850s. As a consequence, the university slowly began to open itself to religious nonconformists, poorer men, and women. It is this movement that forms the historical background of Kellogg. The Oxford Extension movement is sometimes credited[who?] with taking "Oxford to the masses". Lectures were given in town halls, public libraries and village school rooms across the country. The aim of the extension movement was twofold: social and political. It aimed at educating the larger community to achieve a better informed democracy.

Kellogg College celebrated its "coming of age" in 2011[8] and celebrated its 25th anniversary in March 2015.[9]


In May 2004, the college acquired a site for a new permanent home, located between Banbury Road and Bradmore Road, in the Norham Manor area of North Oxford, a 10-minute walk from Wellington Square. The existing Victorian buildings have been renovated to provide a dining hall, residential accommodation, offices, study facilities, and research space. The College offices moved to the Banbury Road site in April 2006. In 2017, the Hub, Oxford University’s first Passivhaus certified building, was opened. It contains Kellogg College’s Common Room and café.[10]


Together with St Cross, Kellogg is one of only two Oxford colleges without a royal charter. It is officially a society of the university rather than an independent college.[11] The main difference from an independent college is that the Director of the Department for Continuing Education is ex officio President; in other colleges, the head of house is elected and appointed by the governing body directly. For accounting purposes, both societies are considered departments of the university.[12]


The Oxford rugby squad that beat Cambridge 28-10 in the 2011 Varsity match included no fewer than seven Kellogg students. This was by far the greatest contribution to the squad from any Oxford college, with the next best-represented colleges (University, Keble and St Edmund Hall) having two players each.[13] John Carter became the first Oxford skipper to captain his team to back-to-back titles for 130 years at the 131st Varsity Match at Twickenham on Thursday 6 December 2012. Once again Kellogg dominated the Oxford squad, with eight Kelloggians present. Kellogg maintains a strong presence: former Heineken Cup winner Dom Waldouck was elected as the University’s Rugby Captain for 2018[14] while Johanna Dombrowski was a recent President of Oxford University Rugby Football Club women's team.[15]

Kellogg students also row in the University Boat Races against Cambridge. In 2013, Kellogg students rowed in the victorious men's, women's, women's lightweight and reserve boats. Later in 2016, alumnus Paul Bennett won a gold medal for Great Britain in the Rio Olympics as did current student Grace Clough in the Paralympics.[16]

College grace[edit]

Kellogg's College grace has the distinction of being the only grace in the Welsh language at any Oxbridge college. It was chosen to commemorate the foundation of the College on St David’s Day in 1990.[17] The Welsh text, written by W.D. Williams, reads:

    O Dad, yn deulu dedwydd – y deuwn
    A diolch o newydd,
    Cans o'th law y daw bob dydd
    Ein lluniaeth a'n llawenydd.

Which can be translated to English as:

    O Father, as a happy family – we come
    With thanks anew,
    For from thy hand we receive each day
    Our sustenance and our joy.

Notable fellows[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Kellogg College".
  2. ^ a b "Student Numbers 2017" (PDF). Oxford University Gazette. 148 (5203 Supplement (1)). p. 452.
  3. ^ "The Kellogg College Tartan". Kellogg College. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ Communication from Dr Paul Barnwell, college librarian
  5. ^ "Education Snap, crackle and cash". BBC News. 12 October 1998. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  6. ^ University of Oxford. Regulations for Kellogg College. Council Regulations 10 of 2002, sec. 2, subsec. 1.
  7. ^ Podcasts from the University of Oxford: Lectures and seminars, by guest lecturers, at Kellogg College.
  8. ^ University of Oxford "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Our Silver Anniversary: 25 Years of Kellogg College". Kellogg College. 20 March 2015.
  10. ^ "The Hub". Retrieved 10 October 2018.}
  11. ^ "Regulations for Kellogg College". University of Oxford. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Financial Statements of the Oxford Colleges (2016-17)". University of Oxford. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  13. ^ Rupert Mercer. "Varsity Squads Announced". The Tab Cambridge.
  14. ^ "Kellogg student elected University of Oxford Rugby captain". Kellogg College. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  15. ^ "This Girl Can: Playing rugby for Oxford". Kellogg College. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Kellogg student Grace Clough at the Rowing World Championships". Kellogg College. 23 September 2017.
  17. ^ "College Grace". Kellogg College.

External links[edit]

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