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Wadham College, Oxford


Opposite the Bod (Bodleian Library), 300 metres from Carfax, are the golden-grey Jacobean stones of Wadham. Founded by a woman (Dorothy Wadham) and one of the first to admit women, Wadham’s a progressive, tolerant and diverse college. The picturesque main buildings centre around a grassy quad and, along with the newer library, SU and halls, are set amongst neat lawns and gardens. The SU plays an important part of Wadham life – it’s the only Oxford college that has one instead of a JCR. Wadham is liberal, politically active (but not party political) and its ents are revered and feared throughout the University.

Sex ratio (M:F): 55:45 Founded: 1610
Full-time u’grads: 450 Part-time: n/a
Postgrads: 160 Mature: n/a
State:private school: 64:36 International: n/a
Academic ranking: 16 Disabled: n/a

Comfy bar; Moser theatre with eight shows a term; classical concerts in Holywell Music Room (cap. 150); fortnightly bops, cabaret in JCR, including ‘Queer Bop’ and ‘Wadstock’ music festival. Library (40,000 books), 24hrs; 25 computers. Chapel. JCR with pool, table football, video games and Sky; women’s room, U shop. Six acres of playing fields 1.5 miles away; tennis and squash courts; weights room; strong in rowing and cricket. All 1st years and finalists live in on site, a handful of second years live 1.5 miles away near the sports fields – most live out; good self-catering facilities; food available in Refectory (self-service) and Hall (table service); rare formal dinners. LGBT, Minorities’ and Women’s groups and Officers; nurse; free tampons, rape alarms and condoms; lots of spiral staircases – disabled ramps available. Adapted rooms for wheelchair users and deaf students. Warden’s exhibition fund; hardship fund; travel grants; bursaries.

Melvyn Bragg (broadcaster); Alan Coren (columnist); Cecil Day-Lewis (poet); Michael Foot (Labour leader 1980-83); C B Fry (cricketer); Rosamund Pike (actress and Bond girl); Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury); John Wilkins (scientist); John Wilmott (saucy poet and Earl of Rochester); Sir Christopher Wren (architect).

Text in italics is Push's opinion - take it or leave it Last updated on: Friday, January 9, 2009

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