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Brasenose College
A view from Deer Park, Brasenose College.

Brasenose College

Situated in the heart of Oxford next to the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera, Brasenose is a friendly and diverse community with a strong tradition of academic excellence. 

Brasenose's graduates take a wide range of higher degrees and collectively form a diverse and international group. The intellectual and social contribution that graduates make to Brasenose's community is highly valued.

The Tutor for Graduates, Professor Elspeth Garman, has oversight of the academic progress and welfare of students. Each graduate is also allocated a College Advisor, who is usually a fellow of the college working in a related academic field.

A wide variety of activities are arranged for graduates, including special dinners, guest speakers, and regular presentations of research by fellows and students. 

Accommodation and meals

The college offers graduate accommodation in its St Cross Annexe, neighbouring the English, Law, Politics and Economics faculties, and also in Hollybush Row, located close to the Saïd Business School. There is limited accommodation available for couples.

Accommodation is usually available to first-year graduates and for other years is allocated via a ballot conducted by the HCR.

Accommodation in the St Cross building is laid out in clusters of five bed-sitting rooms with two shared showers and a well-equipped kitchen. Accommodation in the Hollybush Row building comprises single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shared kitchens.

Meals can be taken at the college by all students during full term (three terms of eight weeks per year). There are formal dinners with table service three nights per week, and informal self-service meals available at other times, including breakfast during the week and brunch on weekends. There is also a college snack bar, Gertie's, which offers sandwiches and snacks outside the hall's dining hours.

Library and IT services

Brasenose has three excellent libraries with 24/7 access: the Main Library, Hulme Library and Stallybrass Memorial Library. There are also several "stack" areas where antiquarian books and less frequently used items are kept; these books are all available upon request.

The Main Library is a light and airy space overlooking Radcliffe Square divided into sixteen study bays with power connections for students' laptops and WiFi available. The Hulme Library comprises the modern history, politics and geography collections and the Stallybrass Memorial Library is a specialised law library.

Each library has computers with internet access and colour printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. There are also computers in the Hulme Common Room (HCR) and dedicated college computing rooms in Staircase XV and Frewin Hall, both with colour printing facilities.

There is wireless internet access in all public areas of the college and network connections are available in all study bedrooms.

Sport, music and college facilities

Brasenose has its own sports ground near the college with soccer, rugby and cricket pitches - including a cricket pavilion - and a well-equipped boathouse on the river.

The college has a strong sporting tradition and its rugby and rowing teams are particularly renowned. On the more recreational side of sport, the Junior Common Room (JCR) rents out four punts in the summer and a croquet set for use in the New Quad.

Brasenose has a Director of College Music who organises a weekly concert series each term and is also in charge of the college's friendly chapel choir, which is open to all. Practice rooms are available, and small grants for music-related purchases such as scores and coaching are always considered.

Termly Platnaeur' Concerts are given by professional musicians and there is a summer Arts Festival featuring music, art and drama.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Brasenose welcomes applications from graduate students with special access or learning needs. Facilities available include specially adapted rooms in the graduate buildings. 

Special needs are co-ordinated between the Oxford colleges by the University's Disability Advisory Service, which can also advise on the range of facilities available across the University.

Common Room

The Hulme Common Room (HCR) is run by an elected committee of graduate students. 

Throughout the year, the HCR Committee organises a wide-ranging social, sporting, and cultural programme. Highlights include:

  • "Blurbs", a joint venture with the Senior Common Room featuring academic presentations, followed by dinner
  • yoga/pilates and kickboxing classes
  • wine tastings
  • exchange dinners with other colleges
  • trips to the ballet, orchestras and cinema
  • cultural excursions, such as the Parliament tour in London

The HCR has kitchen facilities and is regularly stocked with hot chocolate, coffee, tea and toast. It also offers a TV and subscriptions to major UK newspapers as well as several international publications and magazines.