University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry



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Merton


Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD

www.merton.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 276310

UCAS campus code: F

Founded


1264

Student numbers


undergraduates 299

graduates 290


Admissions information


+44 (0) 1865 276299

admissions@merton.ox.ac.uk

schools@merton.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Open days


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

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

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

Merton is one of the oldest and most beautiful colleges in Oxford, with medieval and 17th-century buildings forming a compact group, and its fine garden protected by the city wall. Merton has a strong sense of community with a lively and stimulating atmosphere. We select applicants solely on academic ability and potential. We have a strong ethos of widening participation and are keen to attract talented applicants, whatever their background.

We are fortunate to have a large team of dedicated and supportive tutors ready to help students achieve their potential. Much tutorial teaching is done in the college, ensuring maximum continuity for students.

The college welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We encourage applications for combined courses and have a separate quota to ensure a fair chance of success.


Location


Merton overlooks meadows stretching down to the River Thames, yet it is in a quiet cobbled street just off the High Street, close to the University libraries, lecture rooms and departments. The Holywell Street annexe is within a few minutes of the Science Area.

Accommodation and meals


Undergraduates can live in college-owned accommodation for the duration of their course, whether for three or four years. Those in their first year either live in houses on Merton Street or on the main college precinct, while second years live in college-owned houses in Holywell Street, just seven minutes from Merton Street, and final years generally live on the main site. Many rooms have a private shower or bath, and two rooms are designated as accessible for students with disabilities. All accommodation has Ethernet and Wi-Fi access.

Student meals are taken in hall via a swipe-card payment system. Merton’s hall food is among the tastiest and best value in the University, and there are student kitchens on the main site and in each of the properties on Holywell Street. We are happy to discuss any particular access or dietary requirements with potential students.


Facilities


Students have a choice of workspace in the college - the well-stocked lending library which contains 80,000 volumes, and a separate reference library. The medieval Old Library houses a significant collection of early books and is the oldest library in Britain in daily use. The college provides computing facilities 24 hours a day.

Merton offers a range of facilities, including a TV room, bar and laundry. The college gym is on the main site, while a boathouse and sports ground (with playing fields, pavilion, tennis and squash courts) are within easy reach. There is a lively Junior Common Room (JCR) which organises a number of social events each term. Regular services are held in the magnificent chapel - this is also used for concerts and plays. A music practice room and the state-of-the-art TS Eliot Lecture Theatre can also be booked by students.

In addition, Merton is able to provide generous financial support in the form of various grants to assist in purchasing books, travel in connection with study, etc.

Student societies


There are plenty of opportunities for students to pursue their interests, including drama, debating and art as well as a wide range of sports. The chapel choir has a strong reputation, and a number of choral scholarships are available, while other choirs and bands cater for wider musical interests. For more information on student life at Merton, see the JCR website: www.mertonjcr.org.

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New College


New College, Oxford OX1 3BN

www.new.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 279555

UCAS campus code: G

Founded


1379

Student numbers


undergraduates 441

graduates 300


Admissions information


+44 (0) 1865 279512

admissions@new.ox.ac.uk

Admissions and Access Officer: William Lee


Oxford Open days


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

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

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

Founded in 1379, New College is one of the largest, most famous and architecturally striking colleges, with beautiful large gardens, excellent facilities and a variety of modern and old buildings. The college has a distinguished musical tradition: our choir is world-famous and our musical life (from 14th-century choral music to 21st-century jazz) is extraordinary. The atmosphere in college is relaxed, friendly and open, and we are proud of our actively engaged and diverse student body.

New College admits students for the majority of the subjects that are offered by the University of Oxford. We are committed to admitting students with the most academic potential, regardless of their social, ethnic, regional or educational background. Through our access initiative, we strive to encourage applications from students from the widest range of schools and social backgrounds.

Location


The New College site is both quiet and central, close to many faculties, departments and libraries, as well as shops, cinemas, cafés and clubs.

Accommodation and meals


We are able to provide accommodation in or close to college for all undergraduate students in their first, second and fourth years. A number of third-year undergraduates can also be accommodated. Our rooms are single study bedrooms, with internet access; most are ensuite, some with shared bathrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in hall during term. Some self-catering kitchens and kitchenettes are also available for student use. The college aims to accommodate students with disabilities, and such applicants are encouraged to contact the college to discuss their needs.

Facilities


The college library has plenty of work space, and is open until midnight during term time. There are up-to-date books for all courses with more than 100,000 volumes available, 70% of which are on open shelves. There are excellent IT facilities with internet connections in all college accommodation. The JCR computer room has workstations with printers and scanners, and there is wireless access across the college. We have several music practice rooms with pianos and a ‘band room’ with a drum kit, keyboard, amplifiers, microphones, decks and a PA system.

New College has its own sports ground and pavilion close to the main college site with pitches for rugby, football and hockey, two squash courts, and an all-weather court for netball and basketball. In the summer, there is a cricket pitch and grass and hard courts for tennis. There is also a boathouse on the banks of the River Thames, along with a number of college punts.


Student societies


New College fosters individuality in its students, but they are also encouraged to get together so that societies flourish. Several drama groups put on productions each year, while music is a college passion too. There are chamber and choral groups of many sizes, as well as a college orchestra. Furthermore, we cater for jazz and non-classical musicians. We keep up high levels in sport and field many teams and boats. Our female athletes have been especially successful in recent years.

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