Magdalen College, Oxford

Contact: Emma Simpson

Magdalen College
High Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Tel: 01865 276 000

Email: emma.simpson@magd.ox.ac.uk

About Magdalen College, Oxford

Magdalen College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1458, it now has nearly 600 students and 179 employees. It is a registered charity with an annual income of £16 million.

Magdalen College’s list of famous alumni includes King Edward VIII, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Oscar Wilde and physicist Erwin Schrödinger. More recently, CS Lewis, Lawrence of Arabia, Martha Lane Fox and George Osborne went there. Nine Nobel Prize winners have been fellows or students at Magdalen. Women were finally admitted in 1979. Magdalen currently heads the Norrington Table, an annual academic ranking of Oxford University colleges based on undergraduate degree results.

Magdalen’s charitable purpose is not just educational. Its mission is also to ‘provide for public worship through the provision, support and maintenance’ of a chapel and a choir. The Magdalen College Chapel is among the most active in the University, with about fourteen services a week during Full Term. All are welcome to attend.

Magdalen’s choir of men and boys is one of three foundation choirs of Oxford University. The College Choir sings six of the seven sung services each week during Full Term. Away from the Chapel, they have toured Japan, USA, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and France, and have appeared at the BBC Proms.

The Fellows and students at Magdalen carry out world class research across multiple disciplines. In addition, Magdalen directly supports an active research programme, primarily through the Calleva Research Centre and postdoctoral researchers known as ‘Junior Research Fellows’.

Oxford University takes a regional approach to outreach, assigning each College with specific local authorities to work with. Magdalen’s link areas are Barnsley, Brent, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Rotherham, Sheffield and Westminster.

Magdalen actively fundraises, asking alumni and friends for donations and running several fundraising campaigns at any one time. In 2012/2013, the College raised nearly £5.7 million.

Magdalen College also presents itself as a location for conferences of between 50 and 150 people. Facilities include a 160 capacity tiered Auditorium build in 1995 and a medieval panelled dining hall seating 150.

Magdalen’s President, in post since 2005, is theoretical chemist Professor Sir David Clary. Formerly chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Clary was knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours of June 2016 for services to international science.

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