Jon Stallworthy Grove

Welcome to Wolfson

Wolfson is home to graduate students, researchers and Fellows from all over the world researching a wide range of subjects. For this guide we have trawled the city of Oxford for places that highlight its uniqueness.

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Before you arrive

Loads of really useful information about what to expect and what to plan for before your arrival at Oxford is available via the University's new arrivals website. It includes videos from current students, check lists, accommodation advice and links for further information. It's worth checking what you can do to prepare to make your arrival as smooth as possible.

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Welcome from our President

Welcome to Wolfson College, Oxford's most international and interdisciplinary graduate College with students from 75 nationalities, studying for Doctorates and Master's degrees in a wide range of subjects. Its Fellows are some of the world's leading intellectual authorities in an extraordinary diversity of fields, from ancient history to anthropology, world literature, oriental studies and medical sciences. Founded in 1966, Wolfson has one of the most attractive sites in the city. Tucked away in leafy North Oxford, yet within easy reach of the centre, the College has an elegant array of modern buildings with a brand new auditorium and café, full of contemporary art, overlooking beautiful gardens, the Cherwell River, the College's own harbour for punts, and the meadows beyond.


Wolfson is modern in every sense of the word. You won't find panelling, spires, chapels, high tables, hierarchies or ancient formalities here. You will find an egalitarian, democratic management structure in which graduate students and Wolfson's many Research Fellows are involved in the College's decisions, and students and Fellows eat and meet together in the Hall and Common Room. You will find a hospitable, tolerant and family-oriented environment with a day-nursery for Wolfson children and a welcome for students' partners. You'll find a vigorous and lively range of activities and clubs, in sports, art and music and other activities. The words I most often hear applied to Wolfson are 'friendly', 'unstuffy', and 'grown-up'.


I hope you will enjoy your time here. You will find everyone willing to answer your questions and help you settle in. You are very welcome to Wolfson College in the College’s 50th Anniversary Year.


Professor Dame Hermione Lee FBA, FRSL, CBE
President of Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Find us

How to find us

The College is situated at the end of Linton Road, off Banbury Road, about one mile north of the city centre.

Accommodation

Accommodation

All of Wolfson's graduate accommodation is on-site or in a property immediately adjacent to the College grounds, which means all facilities are a step away from your door. This includes accommodation for couples and families.

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The Lodge - Your first port of call

The Lodge’s receptionists are the first point of contact with Wolfson and the College remains open seven days a week from 8am to 11pm. They can help you with information on such matters as opening times and availability of College facilities, handing over keys to the music rooms, squash courts and many other places (and can even let you back into your room if you get locked out!).

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Table manners

Lunch and dinner is served in the Dining Hall on weekdays, and brunch on Saturdays. It is a great place to catch up with other students and researchers, and unlike most Oxford Colleges, there is no High Table so everyone dines together. Graduate students receive a 50% reduction in the price of hot cooked items.

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Clubs & Societies

Wolfson College boasts a wide range of clubs and societies - from arts to yoga and most things in between. These are open to all College members and many of them are free to join or membership and costs are subsidised by the College. 

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In the Neighbourhood: North Oxford

North Oxford is a leafy, relaxed part of Oxford, with excellent cafes, access to the Cherwell River and the University Parks. J. R. R. Tolkien and T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) both lived here and a large part of North Oxford was originally developed by St John's College (who are historically large landowners in Oxford).

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IT at Wolfson

The College provides both Windows and Mac workstations for use by members in the Library, as well as printing facilities. The IT staff run a weekly IT surgery or you can seek advice through the online support system.

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The Freshers' Fair

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) organises a Freshers’ Fair in 0th Week to introduce new students to the wealth of Oxford clubs and societies. This is held at the Examination Schools on the High Street. The Academic Office will distribute tickets to the fair once they becomes available.

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What's on at Wolfson

During term time there are lectures, social, sporting and all sorts of other events going on at Wolfson. Keep track via our Events Calendar.

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Wolfson's 50th Anniversary

In 2016 we celebrated the College’s 50th Anniversary with lectures, celebrations, obligatory fireworks and the opening of the new Academic Wing. The Anniversary Website is full of interesting stories, photographs and a timeline of our history - dive into Wolfson's first 50 years!

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LGBTQ+ Oxford

Student, staff and local community groups work hard to promote and higlight LGBTQ+ issues in Oxford. The city's gay nightlife is relatively small but popular with the student and local community. For more information check out the resources from the LGBTQ+ Society, LGBTQ Campaign, Oxford Pride and Equality and Diversity Unit.

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Cycling in Oxford

Oxford is a cycling city - most students have a bike to get around and most places are within a 15 minute cycle of Wolfson, including the centre of town. There are many resources for cyclists: have a look at some of the links here and pop into the bike workshop at Wolfson if you need assistance. It is a good idea to register your bike, and you can buy a high quality D-lock at a reduced price from the Oxford University Security Services.

Minibus

Minibus

The College provides a free minibus service to and from the College to the city centre, which runs every 20 minutes in the early morning, lunchtime and late afternoons on Mondays to Fridays.

College Garden

Our Gardens

Beautiful informal gardens surround the main buildings, including a harbour and riverbank as well as the beautiful ‘Bishop’s Garden’ and wildflower meadow.

The Buttery

Yoga

Yoga and acroyoga sessions are held during term time. More information can be found on the clubs and societies webpages and on the wolfson event calendar.

The Buttery is used by various clubs and societies including yoga and life drawing, occasionally for informal dinners and can be booked for events or parties.

Lyndsey Jenkins

Student profile: Lyndsey Jenkins

Lyndsey is completing a DPhil in History at the Faculty of History.

Lyndsey's book Lady Constance Lytton; Aristocrat, Sufragette, Martyr was written while she was working as a government speech writer and looking after a one-year-old daughter. It was a Sunday Times Biography of the Year, shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015, and widely reviewed. Wolfson, with its outstanding international reputation for life-writing, was the obvious place to continue her studies in biography and women's history. 

Lyndsey’s funding was crucial to her ability to come to Oxford and do her DPhil. "Both my previous books were written while I was working, as well as studying for my MA and raising my daughter. The combined AHRC/Wolfson funding enabled me to give up work and concentrate on studying full-time. That’s a huge privilege. After ten years as a civil servant, I value being part of the academic community even more.” Her subject is a group biography of seven sisters and their involvement in the women's movement at the turn of the century. "It was unusual for working-class women to become suffragettes, so I’m focusing on the contribution that they made to the suffrage campaign, their links to other progressive movements and the ways in which they benefited.”

In November 2015, Lyndsey organised an international conference entitled Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century with funding from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson and The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities. She is looking forward to 2018, the centenary of women over 30 getting the vote in the UK. Plans are being developed to mark this event in Oxford throughout the year, involving the women’s colleges and the Bodleian.

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The College Gym

The Sports/Weights Room is open from 6.30 am–11 pm. It contains weights machines and free weights, two cross trainers, running machines, bike and an ergometer (‘erg’). You need to complete a gym induction prior to using the gym, after which you can use your University card ('Bod card') for access.

Before being allowed to use the Sports Room members of College and Common Room must attend a one hour induction held by a qualified instructor.

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Student Freshers' Guide

The Wolfson Freshers Committee have put together a guide to Wolfson to make you get to know the College from a student perspective. They’ve planned a wide range of activities and events for your first week in college to help you settle in and meet your fellow students.

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Eccentric Oxford

Living in Oxford allows you to experience, visit and partake in the quirky side of the city! There is a famous tortoise race, 'Alice Day' in celebration of Alice in Wonderland, and lively Morris dancers fill the city on May Day. It is not uncommon to encounter the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise or even Prince William - if you are brave enough you might ask for a selfie!

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Oxford University Newcomers Association

The Newcomers’ Club welcomes partners and families of graduate students, newly-appointed academics and visiting academics. The Club has a termly programme of events and outings.

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Games Room

The Games Room is adjacent to the Cellar Bar, and equipment is available to play table tennis, pool, darts and table football. College dances, affectionately known as ‘bops’, are run several times a term in the Cellar Bar and adjacent Games Room. You can request the key to the Games Room from the Lodge.

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Battels

Each student at Wolfson has an account with the College known as ‘battels’. Wolfson runs a cash-free system, where all personal costs incurred at Wolfson are added to this running total. Each month, battels bills for College accommodation, food and other items will be emailed, and must be paid by the due date specified on the battels statement. Members will be able to pay their battels online using their Oxford single-sign-on account log in details. 

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Library

The Library is open to members of the college 24/7, every day of the year and includes a fantastic new extension and break out area. Our Librarians Fiona and Chris are available to help you navigate your reading lists and research requirements.

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Visiting Other Oxford Colleges

One of the best parts of studying in Oxford is getting to visit the over 30 different colleges. Using your University (Bod) Card you can visit most colleges for free, and it is common for students to invite friends from other colleges to guest night dinners, bops and to common room events. The Entz Committee at Wolfson organises termly exchange dinners which you can sign up for. 

Getting Involved

Getting involved

All of the various constituencies in the College are represented at all levels of decision-making in the College. In particular, this means that graduate students have a voice on the committees that decide how the College is run and developed.

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The College motto - Humani nil alienum

Humani nil alienum - Our Latin motto expresses the College’s ideal of intellectual curiosity in humanity, which embraces the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. It is part of a well-known line by the Roman playwright Terence: homo sum; humani nil alienum a me puto. ‘I am a human being; in my opinion nothing to do with human beings is foreign to me.’

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Best views

Oxford's dreaming spires are stunning, and best viewed from these special spots (or on instagram)!

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Common Rooms

Students, Fellows and staff are members of a single common room which results in a friendly, informal atmosphere – a distinctive feature of Wolfson. Unlike most Oxford and Cambridge colleges, Wolfson has a single common room organisation where all fellows, graduate students, members of Common Room and staff are welcome, along with their guests.

In the Upper Common Room (UCR), tea, coffee and drinks are served after lunch and dinner, as well as mid-morning coffee/tea. Magazines and newspapers are available to read in the Lower Common Room (LCR). There is also an East Common Room (ECR) (just before the marble steps leading to the Hall) which has a television with DVD player and Sky satellite TV service and board games.

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Nightlife in Oxford

Looking for some music, a fun cocktail bar, or just a quiet beer in a cosy pub? There are loads of places to go out in Oxford, from sticky floored pubs with student discounts through to elegant wine bars.

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The Student Advice Service

The Student Advice Service is a free, independent and confidential available to all Oxford University students. Independent from the colleges and the University, staff are available to give information and support to students facing difficult situations.

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Student profile: John Prince

John is studying a DPhil in Healthcare Innovation at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovation.

John went to Bristol University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Being much more attracted to biomedical engineering than mechanical engineering, he joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation at Oxford. "Oxford actively encourages students from other disciplines by offering a first year of taught models before you go on to your thesis", says John. He is working on signal processing and machine learning to transition medical technologies to East Africa, South Africa and Vietnam. A typical example would be a device that can be clipped on to a child's finger, through which triage can be performed or the seriousness of specific symptoms determined.

He is very industry oriented and particularly interested in the start-up culture. He has spent time in San Francisco with a company that has developed a stethoscope that can be used anywhere and uses mobile technology to communicate results. "Biomedicine offers so many more opportunities than mechanical engineering to make a difference in the world," he says. John is attracted to the College's interest in entrepreneurship and would welcome the opportunity to take part in WIN or other competitions.

John was offered funding from the Research Council UK (RCUK) and from Wolfson, where he had already applied. After three years as an undergraduate, he was attracted to being with a more mature group of people and therefore took up the Wolfson offer. He also sees it as benefiting his field of research: "Taking up the Wolfson scholarship means someone else in my field was able to take the Research Council grant," he says. John is involved in Barco, is captain of football and plays music with a couple of bands.

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5 Best Brunch Places

Brunch is a must on the weekends, perhaps after a run or well earned sleep in - there are several great spots listed here, and plenty of others will serve a big English breakfast for you as well.

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Cellar Bar & Bar Sub-Committee ('Barco')

The Cellar Bar is run by College members, who volunteer on a rota basis – it’s loads of fun, no experience is required so new members are always welcome on the ‘Bar rota’!  It's more than a bar; it's a community and the drink prices are rock-bottom low! Visitors and Wolfsonians alike love the Lichtenstein inspired murals.

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Welcoming scheme

When you arrive, all ‘New Faces’ are paired with current students, or ‘Old Hands’, already at Wolfson. Your 'Old Hand' provides a friendly face around college who can help you to settle in and provide information about Wolfson, the University and living in Oxford.

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Wolfson College Boat Club (rowing)

Wolfson College Boat Club is one of Oxford’s leading college boat clubs, open to members of Wolfson and St. Cross colleges. For most of Wolfson College Boat Club, racing is why we do what we do. Our long-serving top men’s coach, Paul Kelly, may have put it best: “I don’t know who decided to take nine people from each college, put them in a boat, and see who can go backwards down the river fastest. But we might as well be the best at it.”

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Academic dress - What you need to know

The full academic dress at Oxford is known as sub fusc and is worn at Matriculation and Graduation ceremonies, exams and vivas. Gowns and caps can be hired or purchased from Castell & Son Ltd, Ede and Ravenscroft, Shepherd and Woodward and Walters of Oxford.

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Allotments

There are allotments on the south side of the College’s gardens which are available for use by College members for a small rent. 

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Libraries in Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera (pictured) is one of the most distinctive and photographed buildings in Oxford. Yes, it is a library and yes, as a student you can work in it! It is not 'the' library but rather part of a connection of library buildings referred to collectively as the Bodleian Library. Some of the others are listed here and there are plenty of lovely spots to study in throughout the year.

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Punting and leisure sports

The College owns six punts for the use of College members during the warmer months. There are sports lockers in the boathouse, which contain equipment for croquet, hockey, football, cricket and volleyball.

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Free Museums in Oxford

There are many fantastic museums to visit in Oxford, such as the Ashmolean Museum, which houses an internationally-acclaimed collection of archaeological artefacts and works of art. The Natural History Museum has a fantastic glass ceiling (check out the cafe too!) and the Pitt Rivers and Story Museums offer hours of exploration for children and adults alike. Better still, they are FREE!

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Wolfson Café

The Wolfson Café serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks. It is a great place to catch up with friends or catch up on some work.

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College Nursery

Wolfson College Day Nursery is contained within the College’s buildings and there are two enclosed outside play areas. The Day Nursery prides itself on the supportive and happy environment it provides for children of all abilities who come from a wide range of different cultures and backgrounds.

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Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

Our award winning lecture theatre houses conferences, lectures and music concerts.

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Croquet lawn

There is a croquet lawn behind the Dining Hall in the College’s gardens. A croquet set is kept in a locker in the boathouse. Each year there is an inter-college competition (‘cuppers’), which is supposedly the largest croquet competition in the world!

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Our History

Wolfson College was founded in 1966 and received a building grant of £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation and an endowment grant of £4.5 million from the Ford Foundation. Take our tour into the first 50 years of Wolfson College.

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Booking a room

The College’s meeting rooms are available for academic and social gatherings; workshops, seminars, conferences and other events; private parties, luncheons, dinners and wedding receptions.

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Leading Edge Pain Research

Nick Rawlins is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs and is a Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson. His research spans areas including the neural basis of memory, brain degeneration, pain and anxiety, and he has published widely in these fields.

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Annual Lectures

Our annual lectures have featured the likes of Amartya Sen and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and in other lectures, our very own researchers and students.

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London

London is only a skip, hop and a jump away from Oxford.

Bus

To get to London, there are two regular coach services run by The Oxford Bus Company (the X90 coach) and Stagecoach (Oxford Tube). The journey takes between 90 and 120 minutes depending on the traffic and discounted tickets are available, especially if booked in advance and in bulk. Both leave from Gloucester Green Bus Station, Queen’s Lane on the High Street, St Clement’s and numerous other stops.

Train

The alternative route to London is to use the train, either Oxford Station (which goes to Paddington Station) or Oxford Parkway north of Oxford (which goes to Marylebone). The fast trains to London take one hour and are reasonably priced when purchased in advance from the station or online. Those aged 16–25 or registered as a full-time student are eligible for the 16–25 Railcard, which can be purchased from the station or online and entitles the holder receive 1/3 off most standard class rail tickets. Mature students are eligible for railcards too.

Travel to airports or Cambridge

London Heathrow International Airport and Gatwick Airport are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from many of the same bus stops as the X90 and the Oxford Tube. There are also coach services to Cambridge, and some coaches stop at Luton and Stansted Airports. 

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Oxford for kids

There is plenty for children to do in Oxford and the surrounding area. With our many museums, parks and attractions little people of all ages can be entertained and explore, all year round.

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The Alumni Network

The Development Office looks after relationships with college alumni and raises funds for the College’s future, and particularly to provide additional support for students and Research Clusters at Wolfson.

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Creative Arts Fellow

In addition to the College's unique collection of modern art, Wolfson supports Creative Arts Fellowships in the visual arts, music, or creative writing.

Playwright and screenwriter Nicholas Pierpan is the College’s Creative Arts Fellow. His plays have been performed internationally and he now writes for television, film and radio as well.

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Welfare at Wolfson

We have Student Welfare Officers (Derek and Yuge) who are available to provide practical and informed advice, and hold regular welfare events (often with cake!). The Welfare Officers are here to help you get the best out of your time at Wolfson College. Not only are they are here to help with serious problems, they can help you enjoy your time at Wolfson in many different ways.

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College Advisers

Each graduate student is allocated a senior member of the College as a College Adviser who is available as a source of help and advice, and is someone you can speak with about your work other than your academic supervisor(s).

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Our Founding President: Isaiah Berlin

Wolfson College would not be as it is today had its first President not been Isaiah Berlin. Berlin was a widely respected philosopher and writer and played a significant role in establishing the College’s open and egalitarian character.

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Wine Society

The Wolfson Wine Society runs about 10 themed tastings on various wine regions throughout the year where everyone gets a chance to taste fine wines as well as learn more about them and the art of wine tasting.

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The Covered Market

Centred in the middle of the City, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street, the Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aromas.

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Balls

The Wolfson Winter Ball is a highly anticipated event in the annual College calendar and is completely organised and run by a voluntary student Ball Committee. In 2016 we had a special summer ball for our 50th Anniversary with fountains, fireworks, rides and food and drinks to die for!

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Sports field

The College has a sports field behind M Block and Catherine Marriott Building which is marked up for various sports including a football pitch and a running track in the summer months.

 

 

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Squash courts & Squash Club

Our squash courts are open 24 hours a day and are located near the Robyn Gandy accommodation and sports field. The Squash Club is very active and welcomes new members.

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What is a 'Blue'?

Blue is the highest sporting achievement at Oxford and Cambridge, and is awarded only to members who have competed in the annual Varsity Match in certain sports.

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Blenheim Palace

Home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the most impressive palaces in England and is a cycle ride away from Oxford.

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Media room

Our new sound-proofed media space accommodates a group of about ten people, with a large wall-mounted LCD display screen for group study or presentations.

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Finding your way around Oxford

Oxford is a busy place with lots to see. Find your bearings with this searchable online map.

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Morning fixes in North Oxford

There are some very fine places to get your caffeine fix in North Oxford, including our very own cafe.

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Research Connections Across Oxford

Our Research Clusters are well connected with other networks across Oxford, such as the Digital Research Cluster and the Oxford e-Research Centre.

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University Accommodation

In addition to College accommodation, the University offers housing. As College accommodation for graduate students and Junior Research Fellows is not guaranteed, members are strongly advised to put their names on the University accommodation list as soon as possible. OxGradHousing is also a popular source of rooms to rent in sharehouses.

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Cheap eats in Oxford

Eating out in Oxford can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be if you know the right places to go!

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What's on in Oxford

There are always loads of events happening across Oxford, especially during term time. Here are some useful lists and calendars to help you keep track of University and general lectures, concerts, plays and other events.

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Research Clusters

Wolfson encourages your participation in our interdisciplinary Research Clusters, which bring together students and Fellows working in related fields for innovative forms of academic collaboration and thought.

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Music facilities

The College has two small practice rooms, each containing an upright piano and there is a grand piano in the Dining Hall. The College Music Society owns a selection of piano music, choral works and CDs which you may borrow free of charge from the library.

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Guest Rooms

The College has four twin-bed guest bedrooms, each with its own toilet/shower, plus a twin-bed guest suite with toilet/shower, sitting room and kitchen equipped for self-catering. These may be booked for either one or two people, by members of the College or Common Room, for up to one week (guest rooms).

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Historic Pubs in Oxford

Oxford has hundreds of pubs and they are incredibly popular places to meet, eat and enjoy a night out. British pub culture is strong in Oxford but you don't have to be a big drinker to enjoy it. There are pubs by rivers, pubs in town, tiny pubs, huge pubs, and pubs which have served US Presidents, famous authors and many a thirsty Oxford student.

The Handle Bar Café and Kitchen

The Handle Bar Café and Kitchen

The Handle Bar Café and Kitchen (previously Zappi’s Café) occupies the space above Bike Zone. Serving delicious all day brunch and light lunches everyday and supper Thursday to Saturday, their focus is on tasty food and great coffee.

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Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods are an area of ancient semi-natural woodland to the west of Oxford, UK, owned by the University of Oxford and used for environmental research.

Antony Gormley artwork at Wolfson

Modern Art at Wolfson

Wolfson College has a reputation for supporting and showcasing modern art, like this striking work by renowned sculptor Antony Gormley.

College members, who live in College property, can borrow an original work of art from the Arts Society, to hang in their office or room.

 

Cuneiform tablet from the Ashmolean Museum

Saving Syrian Antiquities

Many historical artefacts of the Ancient Near East are being destroyed amid the many conflicts in the region. Research Fellow Jacob Dahl and colleagues at Wolfson College are at the heart of efforts to preserve the ancient texts of Assyria.

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Barbecue

There is a barbecue, picnic area and children’s playground beside the north car park. Barbecues can be booked and are a nice way to spend a summer evening.