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St Anne's College
ST ANNES LOGO colour high res.jpg
Blazon: Gules, on a chevron between in chief two lions heads erased argent, and in base a sword of the second pummelled and hilt or and enfiled with a wreath of laurel, three ravens, all proper
University University of Oxford
Location Woodstock Road and Banbury Road
Coordinates 51°45′44″N 1°15′43″W / 51.762123°N 1.261974°W / 51.762123; -1.261974
Latin name Collegium Sanctae Annae
Motto Consulto et audacter
(Purposefully and boldly)
Established 1879
Named for Saint Anne
Previous names The Society of Oxford Home-Students (1879–1942)
The St Anne's Society (1942–1952)
Sister college Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Principal Helen King
Undergraduates 444
Postgraduates 250
Mascot Beaver
Boat club St Anne's College Boat Club
St Anne's College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
St Anne's College, Oxford
Location in Oxford city centre

St Anne's College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. It was founded in 1879 and gained full college status in 1959. Originally a women's college, it has admitted men since 1979. It has some 450 undergraduate and 200 graduate students and retains an original aim of allowing women of any financial background to study at Oxford. A recent count shows St Anne's accepting the highest proportion of female students (55 per cent) of any college. The college stands between Woodstock and Banbury roads, next to the University Parks. In April 2017, Helen King, a retired Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, took over as Principal from Tim Gardam. Former members include Amanda Pritchard, Danny Alexander, Ruth Deech, Helen Fielding, Martha Kearney, Simon Rattle, Tina Brown, Mr Hudson, and Victor Ubogu.

Sport and societies

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St Anne's boathouse (centre) on The Isis, shared with St Hugh's College and Wadham College

The college has teams for all major sports and competes in inter-collegiate "Cuppers" tournaments. Fixtures are either played in the neighbouring University Parks, or in the college playing fields on Woodstock Road.

St Anne's College Boat Club (SABC) organises the college's involvement in inter-college rowing events, and the college boathouse, situated on the River Isis in Christ Church Meadow is shared with St Hugh's and Wadham colleges. The college has a joint rugby team with St John's College, which won Cuppers in 2014. The women's football team, which is also joint with St John's, was victorious in Cuppers in 2020. Meanwhile, the St Anne's men's football team (known as the Mint Green Army) won the Hassan's Cup plate tournament in 2018.

Notable people

Former members

As a former women's college, St Anne's still refers to former students, female or male, as alumnae rather than alumni.

  • Sir Danny Alexander (born 1972), Liberal Democrat politician
  • Mary Applebey (1916–2012), mental health campaigner and co-founder of MIND
  • Karen Armstrong (born 1944), author.
  • Tina Brown (born 1953), creator of The Daily Beast, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker
  • Rosemary Cramp (born 1929), DBE, FBA, archaeologist
  • Helen Fielding (born 1958), novelist
  • Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (born 1988), actor
  • Fayza Haikal (born 1938), Egyptologist
  • "Mr Hudson" (born 1979), rapper and R&B artist
  • Martha Kearney (born 1957), journalist and broadcaster
  • Penelope Lively CBE, FRSL (born 1933), novelist and children's writer
  • Melanie Phillips (born 1951), journalist and author
  • Sir Simon Rattle (born 1955), OM, CBE, conductor
  • Mary Remnant (1935–2020), DSG, FSA, early music specialist and performer
  • John Robins (born 1982), comedian and radio presenter
  • Polly Toynbee (born 1946), journalist and writer
  • Victor Ubogu (born 1964), rugby union player
  • Jill Paton Walsh (1937–2020), CBE – novelist
  • Diana Wynne Jones (16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011), author of Howl's Moving Castle


  • William MacAskill (born 1987), philosopher and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement
  • Peter Ady (1914–2004), economics
  • Ruth Deech, Baroness Deech (born 1943), DBE, law
  • Peter Donnelly (born 1959), FRS, mathematics
  • Georg Gottlob (born 1956), FRS, computer science
  • A. C. Grayling (born 1949), CBE, FRSL, philosophy
  • Jenifer Hart (1914–2005), politics
  • Nancy Hubbard (born 1963), business studies
  • Tony Judt (1948–2010), FBA, historian
  • Iris Murdoch (1919–1999), DBE, literature
  • Gabriele Taylor (born 1927), philosophy

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