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Somerville is justifiably proud of its elegant and spacious library which boasts a collection of around 120,000 items (around 100,000 on open access), one of the largest undergraduate College libraries in the University. It was built in 1903 (Architect Basil Champneys) and occupies the entire north side of the Main Quad. Benefactors to the library over the years have included John Stuart Mill's family, John Ruskin, Egyptologist Amelia Edwards, Vera Brittain and many tutors and grateful students. The John Stuart Mill collection contains around 2,000 volumes of his own and his father’s books.

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27th June 2017

Principal’s blog: Address to Leavers 2017

A transcript of Principal Alice Prochaska’s address to Somerville’s graduating students at the 2017 Leavers’ Dinner.

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26th June 2017

Somerville alumna recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Gwyn Morgan (Jurisprudence, 1972), Founder and Director of Prisoner’s Penfriends, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Rehabilitation of Prisoners.

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23rd June 2017

Shirley Williams awarded honorary degree at Encaenia

Shirley Williams, Rt Hon Baroness Williams of Crosby CH PC (PPE, 1948), was among seven individuals who were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the arts, science and public life at Oxford University’s annual Encaenia ceremony on 21st June 2017.

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28th October 2017, Somerville College

Literary Lunch with Fiona Stafford

Somerville Fellow & Tutor in English Literature, Professor Fiona Stafford will discuss her recent publication ‘The Long, Long Life of Trees’. This will be our first college event open to all alumni hosted by our new Principal, Baroness Jan Royall.

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September
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Saturday 16th September 2017

Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend Lunch

Alumni and their guests are warmly invited to lunch in Somerville.

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September
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13th-14th September 2017

1967 50th Anniversary Reunion

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