Oxford University - Linacre College. Image courtesy of Rob Day.

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Linacre College

Oxford University’s Linacre College is one of the most diverse for both sexes. Its students represent 133 different countries and cover a variety of disciplines. It was the first graduate college in the United Kingdom for both sexes and all subjects. The college is named after Thomas Linacre, founder of the Royal College of Physicians and a distinguished renaissance humanist.

What's the History of Linacre College?

Linacre College was founded on 1 August 1962, in what was formerly St Catherine’s Society, now St Catherine’s College. The Founding Principal was John Bamborough, who described it as “a deliberate experiment by the University to see whether the needs of graduate students could be met by a new type of society.

There were 115 members of Linacre College, of whom only 30 were British. In November 1964 Linacre became a self-governing society and on 1 August 1986 an independent college of Oxford University by Royal Charter. In 1977, Linacre moved to its present site at Cherwell Edge. 

Where is Linacre College?

Linacre College is located on St Cross Road (OX1 3JA), Oxford. Tel 01865 271650.

Linacre College Coat of Arms
Arms: Sable an open Book proper edged Or bound Gules the dexter page charged with the Greek Letter Alpha the sinister page charged with the Greek Letter Omega both Sable the whole between three Escallops Argent.

Can you Visit Linacre College?

Yes, Linacre College is open to the public by appointment only.

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