About a third of our student body are Doctoral students, whose days are largely spent in labs and libraries supervised by world-class experts. Nevertheless, the College can provide ingredients for academic development that Departments and Faculties cannot offer. In particular, we are large enough to be genuinely multidisciplinary, yet small enough to foster both interdisciplinary learning and friendship.

We hold various receptions, seminars, talks, academic evenings, dinners and other occasions, arranged by the College and by students. These allow you to meet other research students or senior academics, in your own or other disciplines, formally and informally. There are opportunities to learn writing and presentational skills, and to present your research to non-experts in the student-run ‘Hat Club’ (don’t ask about the name!). We also have a group of about 25 Post-Doctoral Research Associates and Research Fellows, all willing to help Doctoral students in their discipline.

And of course, research students will also want to relax with various societies, sports, and music – or simply socialise in the bar and common room.