University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry



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Balliol


Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ

www.balliol.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 277777

UCAS campus code: O

Founded


1263

Student numbers


undergraduates 382

graduates 317


Admissions information


Admissions Administrator: Victoria Allen

admissions@balliol.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 277748

The David Freeman Outreach and Student Support Officer: Kate Kettle

outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 277752


Oxford Open days


2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014

www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/schools-and-outreach/open-days

see ox.ac.uk/ugcolls for information on tutors and staff at this college

Does this college offer your course? See pp 126- 127 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Balliol is one of the oldest and most diverse colleges. In the 19th century, it pioneered the selection of students solely on academic ability. This remains the cornerstone of our admissions policy: we are committed to attracting women and men of exceptional talent regardless of social, cultural or educational background. To honour this commitment, in 2012 Balliol appointed The David Freeman Outreach and Student Support Officer to develop our student recruitment, access and widening participation activities. You can discover more about our work here: www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/schools-and-outreach. Our dynamic student community is drawn from a broad spectrum of schools within the UK, and also from the EU and overseas. Balliol is fortunate to be able to offer some of the most generous financial aid at Oxford to its students, alongside the support provided by the University.

Many prominent figures in public life, particularly in the 20th century, graduated from Balliol. The college has retained its reputation for high academic standards, combined with a friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate.

Location


Daily life focuses on Balliol’s site on Broad Street in the city centre, close to University libraries and many departments. Its modern annexe is five minutes away on Jowett Walk.

Accommodation and meals


All students are guaranteed college rooms for the first and final years of their course, with second year students often choosing to ‘live out’ in Oxford or take up rooms in the Jowett Walk building. All rooms are single study-bedrooms with free internet access.

Student meals are served in hall and there is an optional scheme for pre-payment which is economical and increasingly popular. There is also a student-run Pantry (café) in the Junior Common Room (JCR) serving food and drink at subsidised rates. There are self-catering kitchenettes on the main site and in the new buildings.

Accommodation and facilities for disabled students are available on the main site. Please contact us to discuss your needs before applying.

Facilities


Balliol has one of the biggest college libraries, a law library and its own archives. There is a well-equipped computing room.

Balliol is proud to have one of the largest and most active student bodies in the University. The centre of undergraduate life is the JCR, which organises a number of social events during term time, as well as offering an entirely student-run bar and running the Pantry. The college also has a gym, a music room and a purpose-built studio theatre, as well as a range of sports facilities, including a boathouse. The chapel is a centre of worship for all denominations, and all of the major religious faiths are active in the college.

Balliol offers a wide range of access and hardship grants to assist students with their financial needs during their studies, and there are also special funds for research and travel. Find more information here: www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/current-members/financial-aid.

Student societies


Balliol prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and diverse community. There are many student societies, some based on particular subjects; others, such as the sports, drama and music societies, bring together all sections of the college community. For more information, see www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/about-balliol/sports-and-societies.

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Blackfriars Permanent Private Hall


mature (over 21) students only

Blackfriars, 64 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LY



www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 278441

UCAS campus code: P [If you choose this campus code when making your application we will contact you by email to confirm which hall you would like to apply to.]

Founded


Originally founded 1221, refounded 1921

Student numbers


undergraduates 7

graduates 28


Admissions information


+44 (0) 1865 278441

admissions@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Fr Simon Gaine


Oxford Open days


2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays

see ox.ac.uk/ugcolls for information on tutors and staff at this college

Does this college offer your course? See pp 126- 127 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Run by the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, a Roman Catholic religious order, Blackfriars Hall is heir to one of Oxford’s oldest academic traditions. The first Dominicans arrived in Oxford in 1221, shortly after the foundation of the Order, at the direct instructions of St Dominic. Suppressed at the Reformation, the Hall was refounded in 1921, and became a Permanent Private Hall in 1994.

Located in the city centre, Blackfriars is home to a community of Dominican friars, as well as the Aquinas Institute and the Las Casas Institute for Faith in Public Life, which researches faith and public life, especially poverty, migration, and human rights; students enjoy privileged access to special lectures by distinguished visitors and to conferences offered by the institutes.

True to the Dominican tradition of impartial scholarship, the hall welcomes applications from men and women, clerical and lay, Christian or otherwise, aged 21 or above who wish to undertake studies in philosophy, theology or other complementary areas of the social sciences.

The hall’s undergraduate intake is among the smallest in the University, which enables students to have a closer and more supportive engagement with Friars, tutors and the rest of the community than is normal in larger colleges.

If you are considering applying to Blackfriars, we encourage you to contact the Regent, Fr Simon Gaine, in order to find out more.


Location


Blackfriars is in St Giles’, between the Ashmolean Museum and Pusey House, a few minutes’ walk from the Theology Faculty, Bodleian and Sackler Classics libraries, and the Oriental Institute.

Accommodation and meals


Blackfriars has rooms for two thirds of its students. Friars are accommodated in the Priory; other students live mainly in properties with self-catering facilities in St John’s Street, immediately behind the hall. Arrangements are made for students to eat meals at another nearby college.

Courses offered


Blackfriars normally accepts undergraduate students for Theology and Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Theology and Oriental Studies and PPE only. Each year, the hall offers the Blackwell Scholarship to one student, based on academic merit. There is also a scholar-ship available to female students studying Philosophy and Theology, and other bursaries which vary from year to year.

Facilities


The hall contains an outstanding library in theology and philosophy of more than 35,000 volumes, open daily from 8.30am to 10pm. A computerised self-issue system enables students to borrow some books, while others are retained as an extensive reference collection. There is a Wi-Fi network, computer suite and additional computers in the library. The Junior Common Room (JCR) offers a comfortable place to relax and meet other students.

Student societies


Blackfriars offers free membership to the University gym. There is an active Wine Society, and the Women’s Group hosts speaker events with international academics and other notable women. The JCR organises frequent social events. Highlights in Blackfriars’ social calendar include Thanksgiving Dinner, a reading week in the country, the Advent party, JCR/MCR Dinner and summer garden party. Blackfriars students regularly combine with students of other colleges and members of the religious community for musical and sporting events.

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