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Founded 1379 as the The New College of St Mary by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester. Sister College – King’s College Cambridge. Men and Women – Undergraduates 441 Postgraduates 286. New College is a wonderful example that illustrates ‘new’ does not necessarily mean built in the last decade when viewed from an Oxford perspective. This impressive college is one of the oldest in the city, sitting centrally alongside the original city walls and is home to 286 graduates and 441 undergraduates. It has one of the main choral foundations in Oxford with a world famous choir and an awesome musical reputation. ‘New’ was the first Oxford College to accept undergraduates and the first to implement a tutorial system using senior members. William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founded the college in 1379 in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the second Oxford College after Oriel to do so – religious righteousness rather than originality clearly being the order of the day. Wykeham’s establishment became known as the New College of St Mary, which in turn was inevitably shortened to New College. ‘Manners Makyth Man’ Bishop William provided the college with a radical motto that was written in English as opposed to the usual Latin. ‘Manners Makyth Man’ delivered a strong social statement for the time, clearly implying it was not birth, property or wealth that defined a man but the way he treated others. In 1974 this interpretation was widened to include women. The Bishop also established Winchester College as a feeder school and both institutions have a similar architectural style. This is the result of master stone mason William Wynford being commissioned to work on both projects. The dedicated and educated priests of England were not as im... ... middle of paper ... ...c pay The Oxbridge universities are notorious for paying world class teaching staff a ‘horribly low salary’. When pay negotiations between the university and tutors failed to produce much progress ‘New’ took matters into it’s own hands. Afraid that some of its staff may be tempted by the fabulous packages offered by American universities they reallocated resources. Selling land in Buckinghamshire, originally gifted by the Bishop of Westminster in 1386, raised £55 million. The annual income this money now generates is used to tackle a variety of issues including pay (and a troublesome roof). The selling of a 820 year old asset caused much criticism – however as most ‘New’ students regard their tutors as the college’s most valuable assents, they broadly supported the move although, it was wondered if not a little money could be used to improve the food served in Hall?

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