Harris Manchester College, Oxford

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Harris Manchester College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Formerly known as Manchester College, it is listed in the University Statutes (V.1) as Manchester Academy and Harris College, and at university ceremonies it is called Collegium de Harris et Manchester. Located in Mansfield Road in central Oxford, Harris Manchester is one of very few mixed-sex higher education colleges in the UK whose undergraduate places are exclusively for students aged 21 or over. It is the smallest of the constituent full colleges of the University of Oxford, and as of 2012 had an estimated financial endowment of £6 million.HistoryEarly dayThe college started as the Warrington Academy in 1757 where its teachers included Joseph Priestley, before being refounded as the Manchester Academy in Manchester in 1786. Originally run by English Presbyterians, it was one of several dissenting academies that provided religious nonconformists with higher education, as at the time the only universities in England - Oxford and Cambridge - were restricted to Anglicans. It taught radical theology as well as modern subjects, such as science, modern languages, language, and history; as well as the classics. Its most famous professor was John Dalton, developer of atomic theory.
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  • When studying abroad for the first time, I knew my family ancestors came from here. This was the best decision to come and study here!  more »
  • Founded in 1786 by Presbyterians to teach students higher education. This college accepts only students that are 21 years old or older. Part of the university of Oxford.  more »
  • Super (small) college of oxford. Very careful. The staff is very nice (although somewhat rigid at times). Highly recommended
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  • I was lucky enough to Interview here many years ago but didn't get the place. The grounds are absolutely stunning and it's a smaller college so you don't get too many tourists around it. It also wasn't to far a walk to the town centre.
  • One of the less well known of the Oxford Colleges and due to its location, rather off the tourist trail, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth visiting! It has an interesting mix of old, traditional style Oxford Architecture with the newer style. Located on Mansfield Road, just off Holywell Street means it is in the quieter part of the city which makes for a very pleasant walk.
  • The Siew-Sngiem Clock Tower is really splendid.
  • I attended this school in 2003 and went back to visit many times. It’s one of the best and provides great education as well as memories!
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