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Keble Today

An overview of the composition and activities of the College, focussing on developments over past five years

Who we are

Keble at present has 420 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. There are 50 Fellows who are members of its Governing Body, and they cover a huge variety of disciplines from Aegean Prehistory to Internet Governance. There are another seven Research and Career Development Fellows, and an essential supporting team of research-active College Lecturers. We pride ourselves on our traditions, but we also like to think of ourselves as a force for constructive change in the University. Keble is an open and ambitious College with bold plans for the future. In October 2018 the newH B Allen Centre made possible by the generosity of the H B Allen Charitable Trust., opened at a nearby site between the Woodstock and Banbury Roads.

Where we are going

Keble is not one of the better endowed Colleges of the University, but we have adopted an imaginative response to fund raising and income generation through conferences. We also receive very significant support from our alumni. This has helped us both in promoting our teaching and research profile, while at the same time improving the amenities and facilities available to our students, for example bursaries and travel awards.

Teaching and research

Our recent innovations include:

  • Establishment of a number of interdisciplinary research clusters under the aegis of the Advanced Studies Centre.
  • Expansion of the visiting researcher programme for internationally-renowned scholars.
  • Greater investment in teaching by new tutorial fellowships in Computer Science, Geography, Italian and Theology.
  • Development of the archives as a resource for scholars, including collections of letters, poetry and medieval manuscripts.


We are immensely proud of the academic achievements of our students, but we are also committed to their wider development. The provision of new facilities has encouraged an efflorescence of College drama and music. We have one of the best drama venues in the city, the O'Reilly Theatre, and have also installed a new Tickell pipe organ in the chapel.

Fellows by Special Election

Fellows by Special Election are elected by the Governing Body in recognition of their services to the College.

Emeritus Fellows

Emeritus Fellows are individuals elected by the Governing Body from any former Official and Professorial Fellows.

Honorary Fellows

The Governing Body can elect distinguished persons to Honorary Fellowships of the College.  Honorary Fellows can be Old Members, Fellows, and Wardens, as well as persons with no previous academic connection to the college who the Governing Body chooses to honour. You can find a full list of our current Honorary Fellows here.

1870 Fellows

Named to commemorate the founding year of the College, this new Fellowship may be conferred in recognition of significant cumulative philanthropy.

Amenities and facilities

The H B Allen Centre, with its 230 graduate rooms, facilities to house visiting academics and extensive space for research and related activities started in July 2016.

Other key developments include:

  • A programme of rolling refurbishment to modernise the Victorian buildings and provide high quality, ensuite student rooms.
  • Provision of new public spaces in the Sloane Robinson Building designed by Rick Mather, including a state of the art theatre, music room, and a function room which operates as a café in term time.
  • Relocation of the Middle Common Room for graduates with much more social space and enhanced facilities.
  • Cleaning of the Dining Hall ceiling to reveal its Victorian splendour.
  • The re-landscaping of the College grounds and the re-laying of the lawns in Liddon Quad.
  • The opening of what we like to think of as ‘the best little gym in Oxford’.


Former students of Keble form an important and active part of the College community. The Alumni & Development Office enables Alumni to keep in touch with each other and engage with the College through a programme of events and networking opportunities. Alumni also provide vital financial support for Keble students and enable College to achieve its current and future aims through the Talbot Fund and the Campaign. Please visit the Alumni pages to find out more.


Keble has established itself as one of the leading conference venues in Oxford. High quality accommodation, a great variety of meeting and social spaces are essential to this success. Conference revenue underpins the continuing academic activity of the College.

History of Keble

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