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.
|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.
Founded in 1893, St Hilda's College was originally an Oxford Hall for women. It was founded by Dorothea Beale (who was also a headmistress at Cheltenham Ladies' College) 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 2015, the interim Norrington Table showed that 98.2 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||1935||1893–1910|||
|Christine Mary Elizabeth Burrows||1959||1910–1919|||
|Winifred Moberly||1 April 1875||6 April 1928||1919–1928|||
|Julia de Lacy Mann||1928–1955|||
|Mary Bennett||9 January 1913||1 November 2005||1965–1980|
|Sheila Forbes||31 December 1946||2007–2014|
|Gordon Duff||27 December 1947||2014–present|
- Gaynor Arnold, novelist
- Elizabeth Aston, author
- Zeinab Badawi, BBC journalist
- Sarah Baxter, journalist
- Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor of The Economist
- Susan Blackmore, parapsychologist, writer and broadcaster
- Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, royalty
- D. K. Broster, historical novelist
- Mikita Brottman, author, psychoanalyst
- Susanna Clarke, author
- Wendy Cope, poet
- Serena Cowdy, journalist
- Miriam Defensor Santiago, Philippine senator, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
- Barbara Everett, academic
- Helen Gardner, critic
- Adele Geras, writer
- Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield, academic
- Susan Gritton, soprano
- Catherine Heath, novelist
- Meg Hillier, politician
- Victoria Hislop, writer
- Bettany Hughes, historian
- Jenny Joseph, poet
- Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer, British Liberal Democrat politician
- Hermione Lee, critic and biographer
- 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
- 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
- Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall
- Maudy Ayunda, singer, actress
- Heather Bell
- Mary Bennett
- William Boyd, author
- Gordon Duff
- Helen Gardner
- Elspeth Kennedy
- Barbara Levick
- Beryl Smalley
- Helen Waddell
- Kathy Wilkes
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