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Professor Laura Marcus
Professor Laura Marcus
Simon Callow performing Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Professor Shivaji Sondhi
Wykeham Professor of Physics

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.

New Quad

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.

This is a genuinely exciting plan, creating a stunning piece of architecture, and will for the first time enable us to house all undergraduates who wish to live in College accommodation.

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)


New College, Oxford
The Seven Cardinal Virtues, stained glass in the Antechapel of New College, Oxford