A report on Somerville College, Oxford

Somerville College Hall
The mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville, 1780–1872, after whom the college is named
Somerville College Library with hyacinths
House seen from the Quad
House seen from the east
Park Building
Somerville College Library
View of Hall and Maitland (right) from the quad
Hall
Darbishire Quad
Somerville College Chapel with Vaughan on the right
Wolfson building
ROQ East from outside the college
Somerville College in snow
Rowing blade design of Somerville College Boat Club
Somerville College Chapel
Somerville's Position in the Norrington Table since 2006
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, the current principal

Founded in 1879 as Somerville Hall, one of its first two women's colleges.

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Somerville College Hall

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Coat of arms

University of Oxford

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Collegiate research university in Oxford, England.

Collegiate research university in Oxford, England.

Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Balliol College, one of the university's oldest constituent colleges
Aerial view of Merton College's Mob Quad, the oldest quadrangle of the university, constructed in the years from 1288 to 1378
In 1605 Oxford was still a walled city, but several colleges had been built outside the city walls (north is at the bottom on this map).
An engraving of Christ Church, Oxford, 1742
Atrium of the Chemistry Research Laboratory, where the university has invested heavily in new facilities in recent years
The Sheldonian Theatre, built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1664 and 1668, hosts the university's Congregation, as well as concerts and degree ceremonies.
Summer in the Botanic Garden
Wellington Square, the name of which has become synonymous with the university's central administration
Tom Quad, Christ Church
Main Quad, Worcester College
Dining hall at Christ Church. The hall is an important feature of the typical Oxford college, providing a place to both dine and socialise.
Percentage of state-school students at Oxford and Cambridge
Rhodes House – home to the awarding body for the Rhodes Scholarships, often considered to be the world's most prestigious scholarship
The Clarendon Building is home to many senior Bodleian Library staff and previously housed the university's own central administration.
Duke Humfrey's Library in the Bodleian Library
The interior of the Pitt Rivers Museum
An undergraduate student at the University of Oxford in subfusc for matriculation
Rowing at Summer Eights, an annual intercollegiate bumps race
The Oxford Union's debating chamber
Tom Quad, Christ Church

The two parties eventually split, and Talbot's group founded Lady Margaret Hall in 1878, while T. H. Green founded the non-denominational Somerville College in 1879.

Brittain shortly after the First World War

Vera Brittain

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English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, socialist and pacifist.

English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, socialist and pacifist.

Brittain shortly after the First World War
Plaque at 58 Doughty Street, London
Tombstone of Edward Brittain, Granezza British Cemetery, Asiago Plateau
A promenade bears the name of Vera Brittain in Hamburg-Hammerbrook
Vera Brittain Promenade, Hamburg

After two years as a 'provincial debutante', Brittain overcame her father's objections and went up to Somerville College, Oxford to read English Literature.

Somerville College Library

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Pfeiffer Room
Loggia
Law Room
Christina Barratt Classics Room
Lower library
Library from the south east of quad
Library from in front of Park

Somerville College Library is the college library of Somerville College, one of the 38 colleges of the University of Oxford.

Lady Margaret Beaufort, after whom the college is named

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

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One of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located on the banks of the River Cherwell at Norham Gardens in north Oxford and adjacent to the University Parks.

One of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located on the banks of the River Cherwell at Norham Gardens in north Oxford and adjacent to the University Parks.

Lady Margaret Beaufort, after whom the college is named
The Hall, LMH
Leatare Quadrangle
The Wolfson Quadrangle outside Talbot Hall
Lady Margaret Hall Library
Lannon Quadrangle
Talbot Hall and the Toynbee buildings, as seen from the Gardens
The Clore Graduate Centre
Talbot Hall
LMH 1st VIII racing in Eights Week – rowing is one of the sporting activities of students at Oxford
Chalk Arms recording rowing successes at LMH
Lady Margaret Hall Boat Club Rowing Blazer
Members of LMH JCR in punts on an open day
Simpkins Lee Theatre at LMH
Blazon: Or, on a chevron between in chief two talbots passant and in base a bell azure a portcullis of the field.
Ex solo ad solem
Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Nigella Lawson, journalist and food writer
Michael Gove, politician
Ann Widdecombe, politician
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and female education activist
Gertrude Bell, traveller

The college was founded in 1878, closely collaborating with Somerville College.

Aerial view of many of the colleges of the University of Oxford

Colleges of the University of Oxford

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The University of Oxford has thirty-nine colleges, and six permanent private halls (PPHs) of religious foundation.

The University of Oxford has thirty-nine colleges, and six permanent private halls (PPHs) of religious foundation.

Aerial view of many of the colleges of the University of Oxford
Brasenose College in the 1670s

Women entered the university in 1879, with the opening of Lady Margaret Hall and Somerville College, becoming members of the University (and thus eligible to receive degrees) in 1920.

Dorothy L. Sayers

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English crime writer and poet.

English crime writer and poet.

Somerville College, Oxford, where Sayers studied and gained the inspiration for her novel Gaudy Night
Blue plaque for Dorothy L. Sayers on 23 & 24 Great James Street, WC1
Bronze statue of Dorothy L. Sayers by John Doubleday. The statue is across the road from her home at 24 Newland Street, Witham, Essex.

In 1912, Sayers received the Gilchrist Scholarship for Modern Languages to Somerville College, Oxford where she studied modern languages and medieval literature and was taught by Mildred Pope.

Iris Murdoch

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Irish and British novelist and philosopher.

Irish and British novelist and philosopher.

In 1938 she went up to Somerville College, Oxford, with the intention of studying English, but switched to "Greats", a course of study combining classics, ancient history, and philosophy.

Association for the Education of Women

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Formed in 1878 to promote the education of women at the University of Oxford.

Formed in 1878 to promote the education of women at the University of Oxford.

The first women's halls at the university, the Anglican Lady Margaret Hall and the denomination free Somerville Hall, opened in 1879.

Milham Ford Building by the River Cherwell

St Hilda's College, Oxford

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One of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.

One of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.

Milham Ford Building by the River Cherwell
The Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building
Susanna Clarke, author
Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield
Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat politician
Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor of The Economist
Zeinab Badawi, BBC journalist
Garden Building
Hall building and Porters' Lodge (now demolished)
College library
South Building as seen from the croquet lawn
The exterior of the JdP
Anniversary building and Pavilion

St Hilda's was the last single-sex college in the university as Somerville College had admitted men in 1994.

Lettice Fisher

List of Somerville College, Oxford, people

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Lettice Fisher
Margaret Hills
Gurmehar Kaur
Margaret Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda
Catherine Hilda Duleep Singh
Marjorie Boulton
Vera Brittain
A. S. Byatt
Elizabeth Young, Lady Kennet
Nicole Krauss
Susan Cooper
Margaret Kennedy
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera
Alyson Bailes
Emma Sky
Averil Cameron
Margery Fry
Kathleen Kenyon
Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve
Moon Moon Sen
Helen Muir
Anne Treisman
Emma Rothschild
Kate Williams
Miriam T. Griffin
Joyce Reynolds
Maria Wyke
Cornelia Sorabji
Susie Dent
Emma Kirkby
Marion Wilberforce
Sunethra Bandaranaike
Patricia Churchland
Sam Gyimah
Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby
Margaret Ballinger
Esther Rantzen
Fasi Zaka
Lady Ottoline Morrell
Kay Davies
Marian Dawkins
Kathleen Ollerenshaw
Caroline Series
Julia Yeomans
Reem Bassiouney
Katherine Routledge
Alison Wolf, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich
Smit Singh
Anthea Bell
G. E. M. Anscombe
Tony Bell
Alan Hollinghurst
Chris Lintott
Bertha Phillpotts
Rajesh Thakker
Kevin Warwick
Dorothy Maud Wrinch
Janet Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Margaret Thatcher, first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979–1990)
Indira Gandhi, first and only woman Prime Minister of India (1966–1977, 1980–1984) and "Woman of the Millennium"<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/543743.stm |title=BBC Indira Gandhi 'greatest woman' |work=BBC News |access-date=19 June 2020}}</ref>
Dorothy Hodgkin, the first and only British woman scientist to have been awarded a Nobel Prize

The following is a list of notable people associated with Somerville College, Oxford, including alumni and fellows of the college.