Keble College, Oxford

Keble College (/ˈkbəl/) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its main buildings are on Parks Road, opposite the University Museum and the University Parks. The college is bordered to the north by Keble Road, to the south by Museum Road, and to the west by Blackhall Road.

Keble College
Arms: Argent, a chevron engrailed gules, on a chief azure, three mullets pierced or
LocationParks Road
Coordinates51.758899°N 1.257715°W / 51.758899; -1.257715
Latin nameCollegium Keblense
MottoPlain living and high thinking[1]
Named forJohn Keble
ArchitectWilliam Butterfield
Sister collegeSelwyn College, Cambridge
WardenSir Jonathan Phillips
OfficerWarden-Elect (Warden from October 2022) Dr Sr Michael Jacobs[2]
Endowment£47.0 million (2018)[4]
Location in Oxford city centre

Keble was established in 1870, having been built as a monument to John Keble, who had been a leading member of the Oxford Movement which sought to stress the Catholic nature of the Church of England. Consequently, the college's original teaching focus was primarily theological, although the college now offers a broad range of subjects, reflecting the diversity of degrees offered across the wider university. In the period after the Second World War the trends were towards scientific courses (proximity to the university science area east of the University Museum influenced this). As originally constituted, it was for men only and the fellows were mostly bachelors resident in the college. Like many of Oxford's men's colleges, Keble admitted its first mixed-sex cohort in 1979.[5]

It remains distinctive for its once-controversial[6] neo-gothic red-brick buildings designed by William Butterfield. The buildings are also notable for breaking from Oxbridge tradition by arranging rooms along corridors rather than around staircases, in order that the scouts could supervise the comings and goings of visitors (Girton College, Cambridge, similarly breaks this tradition).

Keble is one of the larger colleges of the University of Oxford, with 433 undergraduates and 245 graduate students in 2011/12.[7] Keble's sister college at the University of Cambridge is Selwyn College.

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