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St Edmund's College
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St Edmund's College Chapel
Arms of St Edmund's College
Blazon: Arms of Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk (quarterly of four: Howard, Brotherton, Warenne, FitzAlan) with a canton of St Edmund of Abingdon (Or, a cross fleury gules between four Cornish choughs proper) all within a bordure argent
University University of Cambridge
Location Mount Pleasant, Cambridge (map)
Full name The Master, Fellows and Scholars of St Edmund’s College in the University of Cambridge
Latin name Collegium Sancti Edmundi
Abbreviation ED
Motto Per Revelationem et Rationem (Latin)
  • Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk
  • Baron Anatole von Hügel
Established 1896
Named after Edmund of Abingdon
Previous names St Edmund's House
Age restriction 21 and older
Sister college Green Templeton College, Oxford
Master Catherine Arnold
Undergraduates 104
Postgraduates 449
Visitor Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
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St Edmund's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. Founded in 1896, it is the second-oldest of the four Cambridge colleges oriented to mature students, which accept only students reading for postgraduate degrees or for undergraduate degrees if aged 21 years or older.

Named after St Edmund of Abingdon (1175–1240), who was the first known Oxford Master of Arts and Archbishop of Canterbury from 1234 to 1240, the college has traditionally Roman Catholic roots. Its founders were Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, and Baron Anatole von Hügel, the first Catholic to take a Cambridge degree since the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The Visitor is the Archbishop of Westminster (at present Cardinal Vincent Nichols).

The college is located on Mount Pleasant, northwest of the centre of Cambridge, near Lucy Cavendish College, Murray Edwards College and Fitzwilliam College. Its campus consists of a garden setting on the edge of what was Roman Cambridge, with housing for over 350 students.

Members of St Edmund's include cosmologist and Big Bang theorist Georges Lemaître, Lord St John of Fawsley, Eamon Martin, Armagh, Bishop John Petit of Menevia, and Olympic medalists Simon Schürch (Gold), Thorsten Streppelhoff (Silver), Marc Weber (Silver), Stuart Welch (Silver) and Simon Amor (Silver). St Edmund's was also the residential college of the university's first Catholic students in 200 years – most of whom were studying for the priesthood – after the lifting of the papal prohibition on attendance at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in 1895 at the urging of a delegation to Pope Leo XIII led by Baron von Hügel.

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