Run by the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, a Roman Catholic religious order, Blackfriars Hall is heir to one of Oxford’s oldest academic traditions. The first Dominicans arrived in Oxford in 1221, shortly after the foundation of the Order, at the direct instructions of St Dominic. Suppressed at the Reformation, the Hall was refounded in 1921, and became a Permanent Private Hall in 1994.
Located in the city centre, Blackfriars is home to a community of Dominican friars, as well as the Aquinas Institute and the Las Casas Institute for Faith in Public Life, which researches faith and public life, especially poverty, migration, and human rights; students enjoy privileged access to special lectures by distinguished visitors and to conferences offered by the institutes.
True to the Dominican tradition of impartial scholarship, the hall welcomes applications from men and women, clerical and lay, Christian or otherwise, aged 21 or above who wish to undertake studies in philosophy, theology, or other complementary areas of the social sciences. The hall’s undergraduate intake is among the smallest in the University, which enables students to have a closer and more supportive engagement with Friars, tutors and the rest of the community than is normal in larger colleges.
If you are considering applying to Blackfriars, we encourage you to contact the Regent, Fr Simon Gaine, in order to find out more.