The Student Handbook is a key resource for all St Antony's students, offering information, advice and guidance on student life in college, from what to do if you lose your University card to details on how to book the College punt in the summer. We expect that all students read the following pages and understand their rights as a student and what the college and university expects from students while they are studying here.
WELCOME from the Warden
It is a privilege to welcome all our new students to what we trust is the beginning of a long, productive and enjoyable time as part of our college community. You are arriving as new students at the same time as we start a new chapter of the college history as we renovate our key building: the Hilda Besse. Whether you’re starting at St Antony’s, or coming back, you will all become new students starting over in a fresh place, the ‘Hilda Box’, which will be our home for the next two years.
Our Fellows, Academic Visitors and students come from around 80 different countries and the College is the most international and, we would suggest, the most lively of all the colleges at Oxford which is itself, of course, a wonderfully stimulating place.
St Antony’s, which was founded by a French businessman, Antonin Besse, in 1950, has been from the very start a centre of interdisciplinary and regional studies where historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists and economists come together to study the major regions of the world as well as the most important global issues. Our first Warden, Sir William Deakin, was a distinguished solider, diplomat and scholar who established the reputation of the College as a place where good research and teaching take place and one which has strong links to the wider world. His successors, Sir Raymond Carr, a distinguished scholar of Latin America and Spain, Lord (Ralf) Dahrendorf, the noted German sociologist and public intellectual, Sir Marrack Goulding, a leading British and United Nations diplomat, and Professor Margaret Macmillan, a world-leading expert on history and international relations, each oversaw major new developments in the College adding new centres, programmes and buildings. Today, we have seven regional centres, dealing with Africa, Asia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia and Eurasia and our Fellows collectively represent a huge repository of knowledge and understanding.
We are very fortunate that every year new members such as you join us to bring your own insights and experience. So let me welcome you all and say again how much we hope you will find your time here a rewarding one. We know that having you here will be very rewarding for us.