Permanent Private Hall

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A Permanent Private Hall (PPH) at the University of Oxford is an educational institution within the university. There are six Permanent Private Halls at Oxford, five of which admit undergraduates.[1] They were founded by different Christian denominations. The principal difference between a college and a PPH is that whereas the former are governed by the fellows of the college, the governance of a PPH resides, at least in part, with the corresponding Christian denomination.

Students at PPHs are members of the University of Oxford and have full access to the University's facilities and activities. Regent’s Park College is the largest PPH, and admits men and women of any age. St Benet’s Hall once only accepted male students, but now admits women as graduates and plans to admit women as undergraduates by 2017. Blackfriars, St Stephen’s House and Wycliffe Hall accept only mature students. Campion Hall admits Jesuits and priests of other orders and congregations who are graduate students. It occasionally accepts non-ordained students and ministers of other churches. [2]

In some cases, a Permanent Private Hall can be granted full collegiate status; recent examples include Mansfield College (became a full college in 1995) and Harris Manchester College (became a full college in 1996). However, one hall, Greyfriars (1224 — refounded 1910), closed at the end of the academic year 2007–08, as the Franciscan order which ran and funded it could no longer afford the expense. Greyfriars' students were transferred to Regent's Park College when it closed.[3]

Permanent Private Halls of the University of Oxford

Name Founded PPH status since Affiliation Student numbers (undergraduates/graduates/visiting) Undergraduate degree subjects
Blackfriars Hall
1221 — refounded 1921 1994 Roman Catholic (Dominican) 4/39/9 PPE, Philosophy and Theology, Theology
Campion Hall
1896 1918 Roman Catholic (Jesuit) 0/9/0 -
Regent's Park College
1810 1957 Baptist Union of Great Britain 115/70/16 Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Classics, Classics and English, English, Geography, History, History and Politics, Law, Philosophy and Theology, PPE, Theology
St Benet's Hall
1897 1918 Roman Catholic (Benedictine) 47/4/0 Classics, Classics and Oriental Studies, History, History and Politics, Oriental Studies, PPE, Philosophy and Theology, Theology
St Stephen's House
1876 2003 Church of England (Anglo-Catholic) 24/46/0 Theology
Wycliffe Hall
1877 1996 Church of England (evangelical) 77/27/55 Philosophy and Theology, Theology

Former Permanent Private Halls

Name Founded PPH status from Affiliation Current Status
Mansfield College 1886 1955 Nonconformist Became a full college 1995
Harris Manchester 1889 1990 Nonconformist Became a full college 1996
Greyfriars Hall 1224 — refounded 1910 1957 Roman Catholic (Franciscan) Closed 2008


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  3. Macleod, Donald. "Oxford religious hall closes down". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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