Keble College

Within the famous seat of learning that is Oxford University, Keble College is steeped in history and also offers outstanding modern conference facilities. The on-site college accommodation means you will be at the heart of all the action and just minutes from many of Oxford’s famous attractions. Imagine enjoying top quality meals in the magnificent vaulted Dining Hall, strolling through the immaculate ‘quads’, and finding plenty of places to continue conversations that have been sparked during conference sessions.

 

Historical Notes

Keble College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.

Keble was established in 1870, having been built as a monument to John Keble. John Keble had been a leading member of the Oxford Movement, which sought to stress the Catholic nature of the Church of England. Consequently, the College traditionally placed a considerable emphasis on theological teaching, although this has long since ceased to be the case. In the period after the second World War the trends were towards scientific courses (the major area devoted to science east of the University Museum influenced this) and eventually co-education for men and women from 1979 onwards. As originally constituted it was for men only and the fellows were mostly bachelors resident in the college.

Keble is mentioned in John Betjeman’s poem “Myfanwy at Oxford”, as well as in the writings of John Ruskin and in Monty Python’s “Travel Agent” sketch. Horace Rumpole, the barrister in John Mortimer’s books, was a law graduate of Keble College after World War II.

It remains distinctive for its once-controversial neo-gothic red-brick buildings designed by William Butterfield. The buildings are also notable for breaking from Oxbridge tradition by arranging rooms along corridors rather than around staircases. (Girton College, Cambridge similarly breaks this tradition).

Keble is one of the larger colleges, with 435 undergraduates and 245 graduate students.

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