The Freshers’ Feast
This is an event for new undergraduates and takes place in College Hall at 7.30 pm during the first week of Full Michaelmas Term. Freshers will meet their Directors of Studies beforehand at a drinks party starting at 6.30 pm. There is a sung grace before the meal. Gowns must be worn. Guests may not be invited to this event (but there are plenty of other events to which you can invite guests).
The Postgraduate Matriculation Feast
This is an event for new postgraduates and takes place in College Hall at 7.30 pm during the second week of Full Michaelmas Term. The MCR Committee and Graduate award holders are also invited. A pre-dinner drinks party is held from 6.30 pm. There is a sung grace before the meal. Gowns must be worn. Guests may not be invited to this event (but there are plenty of other events to which you can invite guests).
Formal Halls and Subject Formal Halls
Formal Halls and Subject Formal Halls are held throughout each term. Watch out for more information when you arrive. Gowns are worn. Guests may be invited to Formal Halls but cannot attend Subject Formal Halls. One bottle of wine may be taken into the Hall per two people. If you wish to sit with a group you must arrive by 7.00 pm to ensure seating, the doors close at 7.30 pm and guests cannot enter late or without their host. No drinking games are allowed.
Formal Hall Ticket Policy
Governing Body Dinner
Junior members who attend Governing Body are invited to the dinner following the meetings. Gowns are worn. Guests may not be invited.
Postgraduate suppers are informal and taken on a self-service basis in College Hall on some Tuesday evenings in Full Term. The dates are announced in advance. All members of the MCR may attend Tuesday suppers (postgraduates; affiliates of the MCR; affiliated and mature undergraduates). Members of the MCR who are paying a fee (College or affiliation fee) may take supper without payment. Postgraduate beyond their terms (and who no longer pay the College fee) and ERASMUS students (who may be affiliated to the MCR without paying a fee) will be billed for the meals they take in a termly bill. There is a charge for supper for these members. Gowns are not worn. MCR members may invite guests but must sign them in and will be billed for their guests’ meals.
Commem – Commemoration of Benefactors
Commem, which normally takes place during the Easter vacation, is the main formal occasion for Roll Members (former students of the College) to be invited back to the College. Special invitations are sent to those 10, 25 and 50 years from matriculation. Members of the JCR and MCR Committees are invited. At the end of the dinner there are speeches, introduced by the President of the JCR proposing a toast to the King
Gowns are worn. Guests may not be invited.
At Halfway Hall, second years, and appropriate affiliated students, mark the midpoint of their undergraduate career. Undergraduates on four-year courses are also invited; although technically they are not at the midway point, many of their friends will be. Gowns are worn. Guests may not be invited.
Pudding seminars are short, friendly talks given by members of the College about their research. They are held on most Fridays during Full Term; they start at 1.15pm and finish by 2pm. Coffee, tea and cake is served. No gowns are worn. All members of the College may attend.