St Cross College, Oxford

at 61 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 2 United Kingdom

St Cross College, Oxford
61 St Giles
Oxford OX1 2
United Kingdom
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St Cross College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. It is an all-graduate college with traditional-style buildings on a central site in St Giles', just south of Pusey Street. It aims to match the structure, life and support of undergraduate colleges, with the relaxed atmosphere of an all-graduate college. Founded in 1965, the college is the fourth youngest of Oxford's 38 colleges.On 18 November 2010, it was announced that Sir Mark Jones, previously Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum had been elected as the next Master of the college; he took up the post in September 2011.HistorySt Cross College was formally set up by the University in 1965; it was to admit its first graduate students in the following year. The establishment of the college, together with that of Iffley, arose out of pressure on the University during the early 1960s to solve the related problems of the increasing number of faculty and graduate students who lacked a college affiliation.The early location of St Cross was on a site in, immediately south of St Cross Church. The college was named for its proximity to these places. In 1976 negotiations began between the college and the members of Pusey House over the possibility of moving the college to the St Giles site. The negotiations were successful, and in 1981 the college moved from St Cross Road into a site owned by Pusey House for a leased period of 999-years. The old site on St Cross Road continued to be used, initially by the Centre for Islamic Studies, and then subsequently in the early 1990s the site was developed by the college in collaboration with Brasenose College. The site now houses two residential buildings, which were opened in 1996.

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