Graduate social studies

5th February 2020


A group of Wadham's graduate students travelled to the Isle of Wight in January for study, socialising, and even swimming in the Solent.

  • A blustery walk by the Solent

    A blustery walk by the Solent

  • Rosetta Cottage

    Rosetta Cottage

  • Route planning

    Hike planning

  • Tea time

    Tea time

MCR member Ann Ang (DPhil English, 2018) reports on the Middle Common Room Hilary Term Reading Week.

“From 11 to 17 January, ten MCR members from Wadham College spent Reading Week at Rosetta Cottage, a converted Victorian manor owned by the National Trust. 

“Facing the Solent, and located in West Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the location was a quick ferry ride from Southampton. 

“We spent most of our time working on individual projects in the dining room, attracting amused glances from holiday makers strolling past. 

“A typical day might begin (for some) with a quick dip in the freezing waters, and many of us enjoyed walking along the seafront in between long hours on the laptop or reading by the fireplace. 

“Despite being very academically focused, MCR members managed a visit to Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s family retreat in East Cowes, and a walk to the Newtown Estuary for some seasonal birdwatching. 

“It was a joy waking, or falling asleep, to the sound of waves or as the case may be, howling winds hurling shingle and water onto the esplanade right in front of our door.”