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St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall is a friendly, informal college with a strong sense of community; an excellent place for academic and social life. We admit about 115 undergraduates every year, evenly divided between sciences and arts, who bring a wide range of intellectual, sporting and other interests. We take a keen interest in students’ careers: our Bridge to Business programme, funded by the generosity of a former student, is particularly popular.
We also have a strong commitment to graduate students and graduate study. Graduate students form an increasing proportion of the Hall and represent a diverse population of students from across the world studying a wide range of subjects.
With our roots in the early 13th century, we are the only medieval academic Hall to have survived. St Edmund Hall formally became a college on being granted a Royal Charter in 1957. Our architecture is a happy blend of ancient and modern. The library was the medieval church of St Peter-in-the-East, a large and beautiful building; much of the front quadrangle is 16th- and 17th-century; the remainder of our buildings are modern.
Our graduates include Terry Jones (of Monty Python), John Wells (co-founder of Private Eye), Anna Botting (Sky News journalist) and Dr Michael Nazir-Ali (former Bishop of Rochester).

Series associated with St Edmund Hall

Oxford Chinese Economy Programme
Shakespeare and the Brain
St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall Research Expo 2015: Teddy Talks
Teddy Talks
The Geddes Memorial Lectures
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Ian Hislop - Editor, Private Eye, in conversation with Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor, New Statesman In a change from the usual format the 2017 Geddes Lecture features Ian Hislop in conversation with Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman. Held on 3rd March 2017. Ian Hislop, Helen Lewis 13 Mar 2017
2 Extracts from Shakespeare, read by Roland Oliver (actor): Richard II Act V, Scene 5; Macbeth Act II, Scene 1; Henry IV Part 2, Act IV, Scene 3 Roland (an actor and alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) concludes the ‘Shakespeare and the Brain’ event by reading relevant extracts from three of Shakespeare’s plays. Roland Oliver 12 Dec 2016
3 The Hunter Heartbeat Method – Kelly Hunter (actor, director and educator) Kelly gives an outline of some of her work using sensory drama games, using Shakespeare’s works, to interact and play with children with autism. Kelly Hunter 12 Dec 2016
4 Shakespeare’s Memory – Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga (Director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, University of Leicester) Rodrigo’s talk references the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, particularly his short stories 'Shakespeare’s Memory' and 'Funes the Memorious', which deal with memory. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga 12 Dec 2016
5 Shakespeare as Observer and Psychologist – Professor Paul Matthews (Fellow by Special Election, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford; Edmond and Lily Safra Chair and Head of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London) Paul focuses on some of the questions that Shakespeare was asking about the mind, and how the same sorts of issues are approached now by neuroscientists. Paul Matthews 12 Dec 2016
6 Shakespeare, Mind and World – Dr Tom MacFaul (Lecturer in English, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) Tom discusses how Shakespeare’s age thought about thinking. In particular, he looks at the transformative power of thought and the idea in some of Shakespeare’s works that the mind is free to create its own world. Tom MacFaul 12 Dec 2016
7 Making a Mockery of Democracy Comedian Al Murray, St Edmund Hall, 1987, talks about standing against Nigel Farage as a political candidate for Thanet South in the guise of his 'Pub Landlord' comedy persona. Al Murray 28 Jun 2016
8 Creative Commons Breaking into the Boys' Club: Why British Politics Needs More Women With Westminister lobby journalism dominated by men, Anushka Asthana sheds light on what it takes for a woman to succeed in modern journalism. Anushka Asthana 08 Mar 2016
9 St Edmund Hall Research Expo 2015: Introduction A brief overview of the event Keith Gull 12 Jun 2015
10 Promoting nutrition through schools in a lower middle income country, Sri Lanka Investigating how schools may help improve diet, particularly in low- and middle-income countries Julianne Williams 11 Jun 2015
11 Past and Future Earthquake Hazard in Asia This lecture illustrates the ways in which the landscape in Central Asia has been influenced by active faults and earthquakes and will examine the hazard faced at the present-day. Richard Walker 11 Jun 2015
12 Rethinking the American Revolution and the US Founding Myth The importance of looking at the American colonial period not as the ‘Thirteen Colonies’ but as a British America consisting of twenty-six colonies and provinces. Trent Taylor 11 Jun 2015
13 The stimulated brain How non-invasive brain stimulation techniques might work, and how we have started to use them in stroke survivors. Charlotte Stagg 11 Jun 2015
14 Can we predict the structure of matter? From predicting the properties of nanotechnological devices to the structural stability of small proteins and dynamics of water. Mariana Rossi 11 Jun 2015
15 Current practice in preventing and handling missing data alongside clinical trials: are we doing well? Reviewing the methodology surrounding missing data in research and statistical analysis, clarifying why it can contribute to misleading results. Ines Rombach 11 Jun 2015
16 The Eternity Puzzle How mathematicians think about the puzzle that Christopher Monckton launched in 1999. Oliver Riordan 11 Jun 2015
17 What debt management strategies do OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries follow? How do debt managers decide about the maturity of new public debt? Ilona Mostipan 11 Jun 2015
18 Shakespeare's Animals Why animals are everywhere in Shakespeare's language. Tom MacFaul 11 Jun 2015
19 Looking at atoms to understand mega-structures' structural integritySome components of nuclear reactors, such as steam generators, can weigh over 300 tonnes (4m diameter and 20m tall) and are expected to be safely in service for over 20 years. However, it How we need to characterize materials at atomic level in order to understand their macroscopic behaviour. Sergio Lozano-Perez 11 Jun 2015
20 How to spot a liar in literature An introduction to the theory of unreliable narration and outlines two critical approaches: the cognitivist and the rhetorical. Alex Lloyd 11 Jun 2015
21 Who killed "Dead Meat" Thompson? Using a scenario from the Hollywood film "Hot Shots", how should a compensation payment have been divided up between all those involved in the circumstances of "Dead Meat" Thompson's death? Dominik Karos 11 Jun 2015
22 A digital database of the correspondence of Catherine the Great of Russia Demonstrating the pilot and explaining the significance of this digital database. Andrew Kahn 11 Jun 2015
23 Watching the Brain Change Our research uses brain imaging techniques such as MRI, to assess changes in brain activity or brain structure. We then try to use this information to design new interventions to improve healthy ageing or boost recovery from stroke. Heidi Johansen-Berg 11 Jun 2015
24 Seeing the Invisible in Health and Disease How our ability to now see the invisible is central to research in biology – from infectious disease to cancer and Alzheimers. Keith Gull 11 Jun 2015
25 Cancer: why it's bad to the bone Why is cancer metastasis to bone so devastating, what are the challenges, and what are we trying to do about it. Claire Edwards 11 Jun 2015
26 Climate Change and the fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt Is Climate Change responsible for the downfall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt Michael Dee 11 Jun 2015
27 Earth’s earliest super predators Anomalocaridids: their ecology & their diversity. Allison Daley 11 Jun 2015
28 The ethics of rail travel; or, what George Eliot can teach us about HS2 An analysis of George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' and how the writer's critique of railroads might inform an ethically sensitive approach to HS2 Philip Chadwick 11 Jun 2015
29 Trade Unions and North Africa's Arab Spring What role did trade unions play in the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings of 2010/2011? Dina Bishara 11 Jun 2015
30 What can dinosaurs tell us about evolution? Fossil records tell us a lot about evolution around the time of dinosaurs Roger Benson 11 Jun 2015
31 Lost in Translation? Experiencing the body on stage and screen How audiences respond to the body on stage and on screen. Alexandra Greenfield, Vanessa Lee 11 Jun 2015
32 Colouring-in for Adults How flow cytometry can help investigations into immune-mediated diseases. Hussein Al-Mossowi 11 Jun 2015
33 The Crisis of the Meritocracy: Education and Democracy in Modern Britain Professor Peter Mandler gives the 2014 Emden Lecture at St Edmund Hall. Peter Mandler 10 Dec 2014
34 China's Rise and Structural Transformation in Africa: Ideas and Opportunities - OXCEP Distinguished Speaker Lecture 2014 Professor Justin Yifu Lin (Peking University) discusses the relationships between the economies of China and Africa. Justin Yifu Lin 18 Nov 2014
35 Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides - Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture BBC Presenter Evan Davis gives the 2014 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture speaking on ‘Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides.’ Evan Davis 26 Mar 2014
36 Growth, Transition and Life Satisfaction: China, Eastern Europe and the World - OXCEP Distinguished Speaker Lecture 2013 Professor Richard A. Easterlin gives a the 2013 OXCEP distinguished speaker lecture. Richard A Easterlin 21 Nov 2013
37 What to expect from the World Economy Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, gives a talk for a St Edmund Hall Networking Breakfast. Introduced by David Waring, Senior Managing Director, Evercore. Lionel Barber, David Waring 07 Aug 2013
38 The "Death" and Reinvention of Scotland Professor Devine, of the University of Edinburgh, gave the Emden Lecture at St Edmund Hall on 11 June 2013. He is introduced by St Edmund Hall Principal, Professor Keith Gull. Tom Devine 08 Jul 2013
39 5: The Economic Causes and Cures of Social Instability in China Professor John Knight (Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) delivers a lecture about social instability in China. John Knight 05 Jul 2013
40 Creative Commons 4: Policies regarding Population Ageing in China Professor Zhao Yaohui (of the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University) speaks about policies for the ageing population in China. Zhao Yaohui 05 Jul 2013
41 Creative Commons 3: Poverty Reduction and Effects of Pro-Poor Policies in Rural China Professor Li Shi (Director of the China Institute for the Study of Income Distribution at Beijing Normal University) lectures on the subject of policies against poverty in China. Li Shi 05 Jul 2013
42 2: Innovation in China: a Policy Perspective Professor Xiaolan Fu (Director of the Technology and Management of Development Centre, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford) speaks on the subject of industrial upgrading and technology policies in China. Xiaolan Fu 05 Jul 2013
43 1: OXCEP CHINA POLICY FORUM - Opening remarks by Prof. John Knight Professor John Knight, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, opens the Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP) China Policy Forum on 7 June 2013 at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. John Knight 05 Jul 2013
44 Ka-Boom! (And Other Made-Up Words) Comic book writer and novelist Dan Abnett (an alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) talks about how comics are constructed and the rules for storytelling within them. Dan Abnett 01 Jul 2013
45 On Not Writing Stand-up comedian Stewart Lee (Honorary Fellow and alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) discusses the fantasy that stand-up comedy is spontaneous rather than written, and describes the evolution of stand-up over the last few decades. Stewart Lee 01 Jul 2013
46 Creative Commons Trust and Free Speech: some reflections. This Geddes lecture, marking the 30th anniversary of Philip Geddes' death in the Harrods bombing is by the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes CH, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Chairman of the BBC Trust. Chris Patten 28 Feb 2013
47 Creative Commons Taming the Casino Banks In this podcast the experts discuss whether the 'casino' banks that are considered too big to fail are simply too big, and explain the arguments for and against splitting them up. Jonathan Michie, Martin Slater, Linda Yueh 15 Mar 2010
48 Creative Commons Bank bonuses, breakups and regulation In the first podcast of 2010, the experts discuss bank bonuses, proposed break-ups and tighter regulation of the banking and financial sectors. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie, Martin Slater 28 Jan 2010
49 Creative Commons Challenging Macroeconomics In part 6, our experts examine new models for monetary and fiscal policy, global financial markets and a world economy characterised by global imbalances. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie, Martin Slater 11 Aug 2009
50 Creative Commons UK Budget and Global Recovery Plans In Part 5, our experts examine the British economy in light of the recent Budget, and assess whether a global recovery may be on the horizon. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie, Martin Slater 04 Jun 2009
51 Creative Commons G20: Solutions to Global Depression? In this fourth podcast Linda Yueh and Jonathan Michie discuss the G20 debates over co-ordinated fiscal expansion, global regulation, and the role of the IMF. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie 31 Mar 2009
52 Creative Commons Credit Crunch Live Economics students of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford pose questions to a panel of experts about the credit crunch and global recession. Linda Yueh, Martin Slater, Outi Aarnio, John Knight 25 Feb 2009
53 Creative Commons Bank Bail-outs and Obama's Green New Deal In this second podcast, Linda Yueh and Jonathan Michie discuss President Obama's Green New Deal, banking bail-outs, quantitative easing and whether we can spend our way out of the economic crisis. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie 28 Jan 2009
54 Creative Commons Global Recession: How Did it Happen? Linda Yueh talks to Jonathan Michie about the credit crunch and looming global recession, the effect it has had on both banks and businesses, and how a Green New Deal may provide a solution to the crisis. Linda Yueh, Jonathan Michie 22 Dec 2008