Graduate Freshers' Guide

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Oxford and Wadham College!

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We are glad that you are joining the Wadham community and we are looking forward to welcoming you to college this Michaelmas Term! As you begin your graduate studies you are joining a college that, more than 400 years after its founding, enjoys a reputation for academic excellence within an informal and progressive community. Our MCR is diverse, international and multidisciplinary. We hope you will contribute to, and benefit from, the rich intellectual discourse and many social activities at Wadham. You are very welcome!

As with starting anything new, there are a number of formalities for you to complete. In the 'Key information' below you will find everything that you need know. The 'Next steps' section outlines what you need to do between now and when you complete your enrollment here in Wadham's Academic Office. Please ensure you also read through all the other key information sections completely, as each one contains important reference information for you.

Some details of arrangements for the coming academic year remain to be confirmed (such as the exact timing of induction events scheduled for freshers week). We anticipate updating you several times between now and the start of October – we would therefore advise you to check both your email and this website at least once a week for updates.

A warm welcome from the Warden

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I want to extend the warmest welcome to you as you prepare to join Wadham College. You have been admitted here because the College believes you have the capacity to benefit from the rich intellectual opportunities that will be yours as a graduate student at Oxford University.

Wadham is a fine place - fine in scholarly tradition but also modern and liberal in its outlook. We appreciate that many of our graduate students will spend the majority of their time based in their departments, but we do hope that you will take advantage of all that the College has to offer you, whether this is dining in our 17th century Hall, participating in MCR social events in the McCall MacBain Graduate Centre, attending talks arranged by our graduate Research Associates, or joining College societies and sports teams.

Although we shall do some things differently this coming academic year to keep our community safe, our aim is to ensure that you enjoy as normal a College experience as possible. I know that you will join with us in helping to make this happen.

You will make lasting friendships here, both with your fellow students and with our academics. One of the great benefits of an Oxford college, from a graduate student’s perspective, is the range of unexpected intellectual encounters that can occur when students from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and intellectual disciplines are brought together in one community.

You will discover that Wadham is a diverse and inclusive community. Each member of College is entitled to the respect that admission to this historic place confers, regardless of background, disability, race, sexual orientation, religious belief or none. We are famous throughout the University for the solidarity that our students show towards one another and for the pride that they take in being members of Wadham College and I am confident that you, too, will contribute to and benefit from this singular spirit.

As Warden and Head of the College, I hope to meet you soon - I am sure we shall come to know each other well, and I look forward to that.

In the meantime, welcome again.

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven Kt QC
Warden