14 Facts About Nuffield College


Nuffield College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.

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Since 2017, Nuffield has committed to underwriting funding for all new students accepted to the college.

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Nuffield College was founded in 1937 after a donation to the University of Oxford by Lord Nuffield, the industrialist and founder of Morris Motors.

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Nuffield College donated land for the college on New Road, to the west of the city centre near the mound of Oxford Castle, on the site of the largely disused basin of the Oxford Canal.

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From its inception, Nuffield College initiated a number of trends at both Oxford and Cambridge.

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Nuffield College admitted its first students in 1945, and received its Royal Charter from the hands of the Duke of Edinburgh on 6 June 1958.

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Nuffield College is located on the site of the basin of the Oxford Canal to the west of Oxford.

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Architectural aesthetic of the final design, particularly the tower and its fleche, has attracted some criticism; unlike the other "dreaming spires" of Oxford, Nuffield College's tower is a masonry-clad steel-framed book-stack.

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Around a third of Nuffield College's fellows hold appointments at the University of Oxford as lecturers, readers or professors.

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Nuffield College was the birthplace of the "Oxford School" of Industrial Relations; it pioneered the development of cost-benefit analysis for developing countries; and it has made a major contribution to the methodology of econometrics.

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Rowing at Nuffield is in association with the Linacre College Boat Club.

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Many prominent people have studied at Nuffield College, including Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of England, Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, Geoff Gallop, former Premier of Western Australia and Nicholas Stern, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and President of the British Academy.

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In 2008, a third of all economists who were fellows of the British Academy had connections to Nuffield College, as did a quarter of all political science, sociology and social statistics fellows.

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Visitor of Nuffield College is ex officio the Master of the Rolls, currently Sir Terence Etherton.

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