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Harris Manchester College
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Harris Manchester College Arlosh Quad
Harris-Manchester College Oxford Coat Of Arms.svg
Blazon: Gules two torches inflamed in saltire proper, on a chief argent, between two roses of the field barbed and seeded, an open book also proper.
University University of Oxford
Location Mansfield Road (map)
Coordinates 51°45′21″N 1°15′07″W / 51.755758°N 1.252044°W / 51.755758; -1.252044
Full name Manchester Academy and Harris College
Latin name Collegium de Harris et Manchester
Abbreviation HMC
Motto Veritas Libertas Pietas (Latin)
Motto in English Truth, Freedom, Piety
Established 1786; 236 years ago (1786)
Named after Philip Harris, Baron Harris of Peckham
Previous names Warrington Academy, Manchester Academy and Manchester College
Architect Thomas Worthington
Sister college Homerton College, Cambridge
Principal Professor Jane Shaw
Undergraduates 113 (2020)
Postgraduates 178 (2020)
Senior tutor Professor Lesley Smith
Harris Manchester College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
Harris Manchester College, Oxford
Location in Oxford city centre

Harris Manchester College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It was founded in Warrington in 1757 as a college for Unitarian students and moved to Oxford in 1893. It became a full college of the university in 1996, taking its current name to commemorate its predecessor the Manchester Academy and a benefaction by Lord Harris of Peckham.

The college's postgraduate and undergraduate places are exclusively for students aged 21 years or over. With around 100 undergraduates and 150 postgraduates, Harris Manchester is the smallest undergraduate college in either of the Oxbridge universities.

Notable people


Since 2018 the principal of the college has been the historian, Professor Jane Shaw.

People associated with Harris Manchester

  • William James, Philosopher, lectured here in 1909. Lectures published in The Pluralistic Universe.
  • Joseph Lupton, President of Manchester New College
  • James Martineau, President of Manchester New College (1869–1885)
  • Peter Finch Martineau, Vice-President of the college (1815–1834)
  • Francis William Newman, Classics Professor at Manchester New College
  • Thomas Percival, English physician, one of first students enrolled at Warrington Academy
  • Joseph Priestley, Credited with discovery of oxygen, tutor at the Warrington Academy
  • John James Tayler, Unitarian Minister, Classical Tutor at Manchester College, York
  • Charles Wellbeloved, Principal of Manchester College, York (1803–1840)

Fellows of the College

  • Roger Bannister, first man to run a sub-four-minute mile
  • Peter Cruddas, former Conservative party co-treasurer
  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Professor of Economics and Business
  • Louise Gullifer, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Cambridge
  • Andrew D. Hamilton, President of New York University
  • Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong
  • Alister McGrath, Professor in Science and Religion
  • Helen McShane, British infectious disease physician
  • Terezinha Nunes, psychologist and Professor of Educational Studies
  • Raymond Plant, Baron Plant of Highfield
  • Kate Pretty CBE, former Principal of Homerton College, Cambridge
  • Jane Shaw, Professor of the History of Religion
  • William L. Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration


  • Íngrid Betancourt, Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist
  • Sir Edward Henry Busk, Vice Chancellor of the University of London, Fellow of University College, London, and a Member of the Governing Body of Imperial College
  • Satveer Chaudhary, Minnesota state legislator.
  • Jocelyn Davies, Member of the Welsh Parliament
  • Zoe de Toledo, Silver Medalist, 2016 Summer Olympics, Rowing W8+
  • V. A. Demant, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, member of the Wolfenden Committee
  • Tope Folarin, Nigerian-American writer, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Deborah Frances-White, comedian
  • Sandra Gregory
  • Karen Harrison, first female train driver in Britain and first woman to preside over the ASLEF Annual Assembly of Delegates
  • Bryan Kelly, composer
  • Albert McElroy, chair of the Northern Ireland Labour Party
  • Maurizio Molinari, journalist, writer, and foreign correspondent, Editor-in-Chief of la Repubblica
  • Vivien Noakes, expert on Edward Lear and the literature of World War I, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, lecturer at Harvard University and the Yale Center for British Art
  • Gertrude von Petzold, First woman to be appointed for church ministry in England
  • Oliver Popplewell, judge of the High Court of England and Wales
  • Joe Roff, international rugby player
  • Lanto Sheridan, international polo player
  • Dwayne Whylly, Bahamian national football team goalkeeper
  • Lord Nicholas Windsor

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