Graduate reading week

28th February 2019

News, Student news

A group of Wadham’s graduate students enjoy a week of study, board games, hikes and fireside conversation deep in the Herefordshire countryside.

  • MCR members walking in Herefordshire

  • The 18th century National Trust Oast House.

  • A friendly local sheep

MCR member Ann Ang (DPhil English, 2018) reports on the Middle Common Room reading week.

“From 8 to 14 February, eight graduate students from Wadham College spent Reading Week at the Oast House, an 18th-century National Trust brick-built house, complete with a fireplace in the sitting room. 

“Nestled deep in the Herefordshire countryside, we spent most of our time quietly working, blissfully free from the usual routine of seminars and talks in Oxford. A typical day (at least for this graduate student) began with a carafe of good coffee beside freshly cut flowers on the dinner table, birdsong, and a glimpse of the resident pheasant, before a productive morning shift. Like good countryfolk, there was always time for an afternoon walk (constitutional, so to speak) to meet friendly sheep, or to catch the sunset as a break from long hours of work. 

“Some of us managed a 25km jaunt through fields and woods, as well as an excursion to the Lower Brockhampton manor house. More than just being academically productive, we spent long evenings by the fire, or at dinner, just talking and enjoying the true sense of community that comes from being ultra-competitive at board games.” 

All MCR members were invited to apply for place on the MCR reading week and were selected on a first-come first-serve basis. The MCR committee plan to organise these reading weeks at least once a year.