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St Hilda's College, Oxford

at Cowley Place , OX4 1DY

St Hilda's College, Oxford
Cowley Place
Oxford OX4 1DY
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: +44 (0) 1865 276884


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. 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.As of 2012, the college had endowment funds of £37 million and total assets of £45 million.HistoryFounded 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 former alumnae and current students.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.

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