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October 4, 2016 @ 15:48

St Benet's Hall are delighted to welcome our new Freshers, comprising nine female and nine male undergraduates.   With the admission of our first female undergraduates, single-sex education at the University of Oxford has now ceased.

The Master of St Benet's Hall, Prof Werner G Jeanrond commented:

‘There have been Benedictine scholars in Oxford since the thirteenth century but for us to make a contemporary contribution to the Catholic intellectual presence in Oxford, we must move with the times. It is a happy coincidence that Louise Richardson became Oxford University’s first female vice chancellor last year, and in the year the UK gained a female Prime Minster, St. Benet’s Hall will end single-sex education in Oxford.’  

In another innovation, our first year students will be living in the new St Benet's Norham Gardens site, which has been acquired from the Society of the Sacred Heart.   St Benet's has accordingly become a two-site centre, with libraries, common rooms and meeting rooms in both.   All meals will continue to be held in the Refectory in the original building at St Giles, in accordance with the Benedictine tradition of the Common Table.