Somerville College, Oxford

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Somerville College, University of Oxford
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Full name Somerville College
Motto Donec rursus impleat orbem
Named after Mary Somerville
Previous Names Somerville Hall
Established 1879
Sister College Girton College
Principal Dame Fiona Caldicott
JCR President Nicholas Bell
MCR President Allen Middlebro
Location Woodstock Road, Oxford
Undergraduates 396
Graduates 88
Homepage (http://www.some.ox.ac.uk) Boat Club (http://student.some.ox.ac.uk/scbc)

Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and was one of the first women's colleges to be founded there.

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In June 1878 the Association for the Higher Education of Women was formed, aiming for the eventual creation of a college for women in Oxford. Some of the more prominent members of the association were Dr. Bradley, master of University College, T. H. Green, a prominent liberal philosopher, and Edward Talbot. The latter insisted on a specifically Anglican institution, which was unacceptable to most of the other members. The two parties eventually split, and one went on to found Lady Margaret Hall. Thus, in 1879, a second committee was formed "in which no distinction will be made between students on the ground of their belonging to different religious denominations". The members of this second committee included Dr. John Percival, Dr. G. W. Kitchin, A. H. D. Ackland, T. H. Green, Mary Ward, William Sidgwick, Henry Nettleship and A. G. Vernon Harcourt. This new effort resulted in the founding of Somerville Hall, named for the then recently deceased Mary Somerville, one of the greatest English mathematicians of the 19th century. The hall was renamed Somerville College in 1894.

Somerville remained a women's college until 1994. Today around 40-50% of students are men.

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Somerville has educated some of the most influential minds of the 20th century.

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