Churchill

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Founded 1996 by Clare College. Sister College – St Cross College Oxford. Men and Women – Postgraduate only 145. Clare Hall was the result of a clear vision, coupled with remarkable drive and no little foresight, by the masters and fellows of Clare College. At first a proposal for accepting more postgraduates was considered before a more radical idea was adopted. What the fellows really required was a place of advanced study, at the highest academic level, for groups of scholars and their families. Their vision was a collection of the best postgraduates, working along side research fellows, permanent fellows and visiting scholars. Eventually retired members would be invited back to contribute to a very informal, very focused, integrated and democratic community. The goal was to create a small, dynamic postgraduate research paradise. The initial planning took place in 1964 when it was decided to resurrect the ancient 14th century name for Clare College, which was Clare Hall. The coat of arms adopts the same red and gold chevrons and sable gouttes of the parent college. However the hall was to have its own charter and be independent of its founder. Clare College purchased land from St John’s and provided an initial capital along with two endowments from American charitable trusts, the Old Dominion Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Clare Hall sits on two nearby sites The college sits on two main sites at either end of Herschel Road that have now all but merged into one. The position is west of, and a short bike ride away from the city centre. One half joins Grange Road, alongside the modern red brick of Robinson College while the other half, West Court, is set overlooking vast green spaces on the very edge of Cambridge. The Sidgwic... ... middle of paper ... ...ies, but also political and industrial leaders in Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA. Eminent scholars, taking time out from their own universities, are invited to apply to Clare Hall for up to one year. Three quarters of students are from overseas. Although one of the smallest Cambridge colleges, with 145 graduates, it boasts the highest percentage of fellows which number 125. All members and their families are encouraged to mix freely within the various shared facilities – they eat together without high table segregation. Distinguished senior members, visiting scholars and postgraduates exchanging ideas in an academic melting pot. It is clear the initial vision has been largely realised. Elizabeth Ahlering described Clare Hall as ‘...a cosy sanctuary of cosmopolitan dynamism in the middle of a cow field in rural Cambridgeshire’. Only the seriously gifted need apply.

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