Queen’s College is a close-knit, friendly college located just north of the High Street in central Oxford. It admits around 55 graduate students a year across a diverse range of specialisms and offers a range of graduate scholarships – both via the University’s central schemes and directly through the college. It has dedicated accommodation for graduate students and has recently invested heavily in new library, auditorium and graduate study facilities on the main college site and in its student accommodation.
There are normally over 150 graduates in residence, constituting about one third of the college’s student numbers. The college's graduate intake is international and covers a wide range of subjects. The Tutor for Graduates looks after the academic welfare of graduates and all students have an additional college advisor, usually with expertise in a field related to their research.
To promote interaction between graduate students and fellows, seminars held jointly between the Middle Common Room (MCR) and Senior Common Room (SCR) take place twice a term. In recognition of the substantial support provided to students by University supervisors, the college hosts an annual supervisors’ dinner.
Accommodation and meals
Most graduate accommodation is in St Aldate’s House, located ten minutes' walk from the college in central Oxford. Shared kitchen facilities are available on site and all rooms have en suite bathroom facilities.
All first year graduates are accommodated, with remaining rooms allocated to existing students on a first come, first served basis. In the recent past this has meant that the college can typically provide accommodation for all students who want it for two years of their graduate studies.
Most graduate accommodation is off-site, although a small number of rooms are set aside in college, which is completely accessible for students with physical disabilities. No accommodation for couples/families is available at this time.
Meals are provided at the main college site during term-time – food at the college is very reasonably priced and among the best ranked in Oxford. Breakfast and lunch are self-service, while there are two sittings for dinner including second (formal) hall for those who wish.
Meal costs are not included in the overall accommodation charge, meaning that students wishing to cook for themselves (eg in the kitchens in the graduate accommodation at St Aldate’s House) are not disadvantaged financially.
Library and IT services
The current lending library at the Queen's College consists of around 50,000 volumes. The College also has a very large and diverse collection of rare books, comprising around 100,000.
Network and telephone connections are available in all student bedrooms, and there is access to computing, telephone and fax facilities in the college.
Sport, music and college facilities
Graduates have access to all college sports facilities including football, rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, a gym and a boathouse.
The college's choir has established a reputation as Oxford’s finest mixed-voice chapel choir; the twenty-eight strong ensemble is made up of choral-award holders and volunteers from Queen’s and other colleges
The Eglesfield Musical Society, named after the founder of the college, is one of the oldest such societies in Oxford and organises a substantial series of concerts each year, ranging from chamber music to orchestral works; these concerts provide abundant performing and conducting opportunities for the college’s many musicians, as well as featuring visiting artists
Facilities for individual and group rehearsal are available in the two Music Practice Rooms, one equipped with grand piano and the other with upright piano and harpsichord; in addition to the organ, the chapel contains a concert grand piano and a fine harpsichord, and is renowned amongst Oxford's chapels for its acoustic qualities as a venue.
Facilities for students with disabilities
The college can cater for most requirements; candidates who are considering making an application are advised to contact the Tutor for Graduates in advance to discuss their requirements.
The focus of graduate life within College is the Queen's College Middle Common Room (MCR), conveniently located in the Front Quad and boasting a comfortable and relaxed environment, complete with TV, DVD, Wii, WiFi, daily newspapers and magazines.
The graduate community is diverse, friendly, sociable and a range of activities are organised over the course of the year by the elected committee.
Students can participate in the weekly guest dinners, music nights, tasting events, debates and discussions of research with the SCR as well as partake of the regular cake and tea provided by the Student Welfare representatives.