Warden (college)

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Warden is the title given to or adopted by the heads of some university colleges and other institutions.[1] It dates back at least to the 13th century at Merton College, Oxford; the original Latin version is custos.[2]


University of Bristol:

University of Cambridge:

University of London:

University of Oxford:[3]

University of Durham

University of Manchester:

Winchester College

Radley College (unusually, the Warden here is the head master rather than the Chairman of the Council)


Residential colleges at Australian Universities adopt a variety of titles for their heads. Those colleges established by the Anglican Church use the title Warden more commonly, but it is also adopted by colleges established by other denominations and those with no religious affiliation.

Australian National University:

  • Burton & Garran Hall

University of Melbourne:

University of Newcastle:

  • Newcastle University College

University of Queensland:

  • St John's College

University of Sydney:

  • St Paul's College

University of Western Australia:

  • St George's College

In literature[edit]

Examples of holders of this office in fiction occur in the following works; the name of the fictional institution is also given:

Title of work Author Name of fictional institution
Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll Fairyland or Outland
The Warden Anthony Trollope Hiram's Hospital
Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Sayers Shrewsbury College, Oxford
The Late Scholar Jill Paton Walsh St Severin's College, Oxford
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm Judas College, Oxford

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Warden's Welcome, St Edward's School, Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ "The foundation documents of Merton college, Oxford, collected by J. Heywood, ed. By J.O. Halliwell". 1843.
  3. ^ Nuffield's administration, Nuffield College, Oxford, UK.