University College, Oxford
(founded 1249)

Accessible under: http://univ.w3.to/ (New)
URL: http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/

750th Anniversary (1249-1999)
Visit by Her Majesty The Queen, 21 May 1999 (New)

University College, colloquially known as "Univ", is (arguably!) the oldest college at Oxford University, founded in 1249. Here is a description of the college, originally written in Latin, by Thomas Neale (1519-1590?), Professor of Hebrew at Oxford, for the visit of Queen Elizabeth I on 31st August 1566:
Now before your eyes a handsome college appear college appears which although it is a section, has acquired the name of the entire establishment. Just as in logic a section is often named after a group and a single division frequently stands for the entire body. Archdeacon William of Durham gave this college a name taken from a city which was synonymous with learning.

Founded in the reign of King Alfred in 873. Restored by William Archdeacon of Durham in about 1249 A.D.

The claim that King Alfred founded the College is now considered apocryphal, but makes a good tale anyway.

View of the college from the High Street.

The following on-line information is available: Selected on-line Fellows of the College:

Some recent previous Masters of Univ.:

Selected on-line alumni: See also a list of famous alumni.

Further resources


University College
High Street
Oxford OX1 4BH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44-1865-276602 (enquiries)
Fax: +44-1865-276790

If you have anything of historical interest concerning the College, please contact the Archivist, Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith on robin.darwall-smith@univ.ox.ac.uk.

This information is brought to you by Jonathan Bowen as part of the Oxford information service in the OUCL archive.

Additions, corrections and other suggestions are welcome, especially hyperlinks to personal pages of members or ex-members of the College.

Web page maintainer: jonathan.bowen@university-college.oxford.ac.uk
College enquiries: fax +44-1865-276790