When you ask our students to describe Teddy Hall in one word, ‘friendly’ is the most common response. Across the whole College community the students, staff, and tutors have worked hard to create a genuinely supportive and relaxed atmosphere throughout the College. Teddy Hall is the sort of place where you can be who you want to be, and be supported, encouraged, and respected for that. We have approximately 400 undergraduate students and some 300 postgraduates from over 60 countries, meaning that we have enough students to support a wide variety of clubs, teams, and societies. Our size also means that everyone is able to find their own niche, whilst still being part of a close knit community where you quickly get to know everyone.
We want you to get the most out of your time studying with us, and therefore have extensive welfare networks to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. We have a dedicated nurse and college counsellor who work alongside a group of trained student peer supporters to provide a range of resources to meet whatever needs you may have.
Student Common Rooms: the JCR and MCR
All our students are members of the Junior Common Room (undergraduates, including undergraduate Visiting Students) or Middle Common Room (postgraduates). Both the JCR and MCR at Teddy Hall have very active committees who serve as advice points for specific issues and questions and organise events for students ranging from Equality and Diversity Week to the annual Teddy Hall’s Got Talent Show.
I have never had a dull day at Teddy Hall. There aren’t many occasions where I have laughed as much as I have during the JCR election hustings and that’s simply because, at Teddy Hall, no one takes themselves that seriously.
Alex, undergraduate studying Law
Equality and Diversity
We are proud to be an international community that both welcomes and celebrates diversity. St Edmund Hall aims to be a place where each and every student feels confident and is respected, as this enhances the social and academic experience of everyone here. We recognise that there is always more to be done to improve diversity across the whole University, and we are continuing to work hard to ensure that everyone feels that this college is their home and can thrive socially and academically.
We organise regular events, such as our Equality and Diversity Week and International Formal. Moreover, we are going beyond this to ensure that a firm commitment to equality and diversity is embodied in everything we do, and all of our staff receive Equality and Diversity training from the highly regarded Peninsula Group every year. The College, staff, and students work in partnership to make these events and initiatives successful, and many students are actively involved as JCR and MCR officers or as Student Ambassadors on our Access and Outreach Programme.
St Edmund Hall is committed to providing equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. The College is striving to make continual improvements to the experience of students with disabilities, including recent projects to improve physical access to its buildings. Our tutors and librarians have extensive experience of supporting students with learning difficulties through targeted reading lists and library search support amongst other mechanisms. Students are encouraged to contact the University’s Disability Advisory Service for specialist information and support. They have expertise in developing specific support plans and can also connect students with the particular software, equipment, and exam arrangements they need to support them here.
Offer-holders are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible regarding any disabilities that may affect their academic study or life at College, so that any necessary provision can be put in place. Our Disability Lead is Charlotte Sweeney, our Domestic Bursar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Hall has thousands of alumni across the globe who have achieved in a wonderful range of fields, from journalism, to engineering, to music. We maintain close connections with our alumni for the benefit of past, present, and future students. When arriving at Oxford it is easy to feel daunted, or overwhelmed, but knowing something of those who have gone before you can be an inspiring comfort. Our connections to our alumni community enable us to run numerous careers panels, talks, and the Bridge to Business programme with expert input each year and students are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of alumni experience in the community.
In 2015, we celebrated the landmark of the 3000th female student to join the College with a special exhibition to showcase the achievements of some of Teddy Hall’s women over the years.