A Message from the Principal, Professor Jane Shaw

This Michaelmas Term, we have been operating in ‘hybrid’ mode, with aspects of teaching and community life both online and offline, indoors and outdoors – and our three new marquees in the quads have enabled additional gatherings. Students, staff and fellows have been enormously resilient in their commitment to making this hybrid mode work, and have shown a generosity of spirit that has been really cheering.

Many students are planning to head home for the Christmas holidays, and we are pleased to be able to offer them lateral flow tests in preparation for those travels. We wish them safe journeys as they leave Oxford to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends.  

We will miss welcoming prospective students into college for admissions interviews, as all admissions interviews will be online this year. If you are a prospective student and have questions for us, please click on the relevant section of this website and don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any questions that you have.  

For those of you who are part of our ‘dispersed community,' please know that we who are physically in college miss your company and conversation and are always glad to see your faces on screen at our online events such as the Fireside Chats and our chapel services and concerts, and always pleased to receive your news for our newsletter.  

We look to 2021 with confidence and hope, with the promise of vaccines being rolled out. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and may you have a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  

All good wishes,  

Jane Shaw,