Harris Manchester College
University of Oxford
About the College - History

John Dalton

Harris Manchester College was originally founded as the Warrington Academy in 1757.

The College was re-founded in Manchester in 1786 to train people for the learned professions and civil and commercial life. John Dalton, famous for his atomic theory, was appointed a Professor of the College in 1793.

In 1840 the College received a Royal Letter in Council signed by Queen Victoria, making it a Collegiate Society of the University of London, with the same status as University College and King's College.

In 1889, following an act of Parliament which abolished religious tests at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities, the College moved to Oxford with the intention of joining the University of Oxford, but it was not until 1990 that the College became a Hall of the University of Oxford. Six years later the College was granted a Royal Charter, making it the thirty-ninth College of the University of Oxford, and following a generous benefaction from Lord Harris and his family it became known as Harris Manchester College. Harris Manchester College is now the thirty-seventh College of the University of Oxford following the merger of Templeton College and Green College.

Charles William Harris

Harris Manchester accepts students only over the age of 21 to study for Oxford first degrees and higher degrees. The College is small and friendly with approximately 100 undergraduates, 50 postgraduates (including 14 medical students) and 60 students reading for the Oxford Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.