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Worcester College
The cloisters under the Library in the Main Quad of Worcester College.
(Credit: Oxford University Images / Greg Smolonski)

Worcester College

Worcester is one of the most beautiful of the colleges, with 26 acres of award-winning gardens and wooded grounds including a lake and on-site sports fields.

Worcester CollegeWorcester College has 26 acres of award-winning gardens.

(Credit: Oxford University Images / Emily Alexander)

It is a happy blend of ancient and modern, with buildings from medieval cottages to self-catering accommodation completed in the last decade. Undergraduates enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities including music, drama and sport, making Worcester a diverse, vibrant academic community.


The college entrance is close to the city centre and coach station, and a 10-minute walk from the railway station.

Accommodation and meals

The college aims to offer accommodation to all undergraduates for three years of their degree. All rooms are on site or no more than 300 metres from the perimeter. Some are in historic buildings, but many have been recently built or refurbished, and over two-thirds are ensuite with access to good kitchen facilities. All rooms have internet connections and most rooms have a small refrigerator. There are also a number of shared student houses.

Worcester has a well-deserved reputation for excellent food at low prices, and many students choose to eat in the college’s dining hall. Self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner are available each day. A served formal hall option is also available on several evenings each week.

Read more on the college website.


The main undergraduate library has approximately 65,000 volumes and is well funded for purchasing new books. There is a separate college law library and a magnificent Old Library, which houses collections of European importance. Individual work spaces are provided in all three libraries, two of which are open 24 hours a day. A computer room is set aside for undergraduate use and is also open 24 hours a day.

Within the college grounds are sports fields, tennis courts and a multi-gym. The college also maintains a boathouse on the River Thames.

Worcester is committed to enabling students with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in student life; applicants are advised to contact the Tutor for Admissions with details of any special needs.

Student societies

Worcester students enjoy the many opportunities for extra-curricular activities that are offered by the college. There are teams of various standards in a wide range of sports, enabling students of all abilities to take part. Worcester has strong musical traditions, and the music society organises many activities throughout the year. Music practice facilities are available on site. Students may audition for instrumental awards, and organ and choral scholarships are also offered. An active dramatic society puts on regular productions, often staged in the college gardens. Having these facilities on site makes a harmonious blend of scholarship and recreation all the more achievable.

Academic staff


Dr Mark Howarth*

Biological Sciences

Dr Peter Darrah*
Dr Liliana Costa 


Dr Grant Ritchie*
Dr Ann Chippindale
Dr Rachel Quarrell
Dr Martin Galpin 

Classics (Latin and Greek)

Dr Scott Scullion*
Dr Peta Fowler

Computer Science

Professor Hongseok Yang*
Professor Michael Goldsmith

Earth Sciences

Professor Don Fraser* 
Professor Michael Searle


Dr Simon Cowan*


Professor Tony Blakeborough*
Dr Antonis Papachristodoulou*
Mr Robert Pearce


Professor David Bradshaw*
Dr Laura Ashe*
Dr Emily Coit
Dr Susan Valladeres


Dr Kate Tunstall*
Ms Alice Violet


Professor Heather Viles*
Dr Lorraine Wild
Dr Martin Coomber 


Dr Ben Morgan*
Dr Christina Hell 

History, Ancient

Dr Josephine Crawley Quinn*

History, Modern

Professor Bob Harris*
Dr Conrad Leyser*


Dr Emanuela Tandello


Mr Donal Nolan*
Dr James Edwards*
Dr Josephine van Zeben
Mr William Swadling


Dr Nir Vulkan*


Dr Richard Earl*
Professor Endre Süli*
Dr David Steinsaltz*
Dr Robin Knight
Mr Matthew Ashford 


Dr John Parrington*
Dr Kim Dora*
Professor Andrew Price*
Dr Joel David
Dr Jon Randall
Dr Andrew Farmery
Dr Brian Angus
Mr Richard Guy
DrXin Hui Chan 
Dr Joe Taylor


Professor Robert Saxton*


Dr Michail Peramatzis*
Dr Steven Methven
Dr Andrea Christofidou 


Dr Felix Parra Diaz*
Dr Huw Davies
Dr Francesco Hautmann 


Dr Zofia Stemplowska*
Dr Matthew Williams
Mr Jack Feddon 


Dr Paul Azzopardi*
Dr Paul Griffiths 


Professor Philip Bullock


Dr Maria del Pilar Blanco


Professor Susan Gillingham*
Dr Afifi Al-Akiti*
The Revd Dr Peter Groves
The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold 

Student welfare

Senior Tutor

Professor Tony Blakeborough*


Dr Ben Morgan*

College Nurse

Mrs Anne Harpin


The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold

Each student is allocated a tutor in their subject who oversees their progress. In addition there is a panel of tutors whom students may consult on any welfare or academic matter.

*Fellow of the college