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New College Reads To You
Roopa Farooki Reads To You
The novelist, NHS doctor, and New College alumna—Roopa Farooki—reads for #NewCollegeReadsToYou about New College itself from her wonderful debut novel, Bitter Sweets (Macmillan, 2007). Here she narrates how Omar Khan—one of the characters in her novel—starts at New College, Oxford as an undergraduate student, living in Holywell Quad.
It barely feels like fiction, Roopa explains. Very much what Omar felt, as he went in for his first day in College, is what Roopa herself felt. To this day, she remembers the huge joy she experienced starting at New College. That feeling, and friends she made then, she has kept with her and carried with her ever since.
Multi-million pound plan for a new quad
The new buildings will include nearly 100 student rooms on its Savile Road site, with a new entrance created on Mansfield Road.
The Return of the Choristers - Readings and Music for Lent
The Chapel service on Sunday 14th March was the first to feature our wonderful choristers since December and we were delighted to welcome them back.
The service, Readings and Music for Lent, featured readings from seventeenth-century poet and cleric John Donne. These were read by Professor Peter McCullough, Fellow of Lincoln College and expert on Donne, and introduced by Erica Longfellow, Dean of Divinity. The choir sang motets by Morales, Tallis, Sheppard and Gibbons.
New College Notes
Forty Years of Women at New College: How Did They Get Here?
The original proposal to admit women to the men’s colleges of Oxford University came from New College, and College formed a Committee on Women which met for the first time on 18 March 1964. The conclusion of that committee still resonates today—‘We believe that only in a community in which the ratio between the sexes is not too far from 1:1 can benefits of a mixed society be fully achieved’.
The Seven Cardinal Virtues, stained glass in the Antechapel of New College
Designed by Sir Joshua Reynolds and painted by Thomas Jervais (1779–85)