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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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7th April 2017

Three Somervillians among subjects chosen for Oxford’s Diversifying Portraiture initiative

Professorial Fellow and holder of the Chair in Linguistics, Professor Aditi Lahiri; Emeritus Fellow and Somerville’s Theoretical Physics Tutor from 1975 to 2008, Professor Dame Carole Jordan; and Honorary Fellow and Somerville alumna Dame Esther Rantzen are among subjects chosen for more than 20 new portraits commissioned to reflect Oxford University’s diversity.

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23rd March 2017

Somerville hosts Parents’ Lunch, Year Reps Meeting and Winter Meeting with Shirley Williams

It was an especially busy Saturday at Somerville on the 11th of March, with three important events in our calendar all taking place – the Parents’ Lunch, the Year Reps’ Networking Lunch and the Somerville Winter Meeting, with special guest speaker Baroness Williams of Crosby.

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17th March 2017

Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve wins Holberg Prize 2017

Somerville Honorary Fellow, renowned British Philosopher and crossbench member of the House of Lords, Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve has been awarded this year’s Holberg Prize.

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September
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13th-14th September 2017

1967 50th Anniversary Reunion

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June
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24-25 June, 2017

Principal’s Farewell Gaudy

The Gaudy to be held on 24-25 June 2017 is for Matric Years 2007-now.

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June 24th 2017

Somerville Maths Reunion

A reunion for those who studied mathematics and its joint schools.

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