Hilda Besse project

At the end of Hilary Term the Governing Body resolved to embark on a major project to renew and enhance the Hilda Besse Building. The work will restore the building to its original glory and create new spaces and features intended by the architects but never quite realised.

We’ll move out of the building during September into temporary accommodation in the quad. All the spaces in the Hilda Besse Building (our kitchen, dining hall, common rooms, bar, buttery, teaching spaces and facilities) will be lovingly recreated in robust units so that College life can continue as usual through the works.

The project will take 21 months to complete and when we move back into the building there will then be a final stage of landscaping. This will create lawns and gardens to complement each of the buildings and offer us new ways to enjoy the outside as well as the inside of the College.

The final plans are still subject to planning permission, and raising funds to complete the project is a major campaign. We’re creating a section of the website to show the plans, our temporary home, and news of progress and we’ll announce its launch shortly.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019
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Palgrave-St Antony's Series 40th Anniversary Celebration

7 June 2018 - 3:00pm

St Antony's Series
Celebrating a tradition of research in contemporary international affairs

Final Session, VPF Seminar Series: BRITAIN IN 2030: "YOU'LL BE BACK?"

17 May 2018 - 5:00pm

Final Session:

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar Series 2018


   Convenors:  Baroness Simone Finn and Lord Jon Mendelsohn

   St Antony's Convenors:  Prof. Timothy Power and Prof. Robert Service

This seminar series is open to the public.

Russia and the Middle East: Putin's Balancing Act

28 February 2018 - 5:00pm

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has established good relations with most of the major actors in the Middle East--including many that are at odds with one another.

Nationalism, Populism, and the New Europe

6 February 2018 - 5:00pm

Antonian Events

We are delighted to invite Antonians to events in Hong Kong

We will be hosting an event on 21 March at 18:00 in Hong Kong for those who attended St Antony's College on a Swire Scholarship.  To learn more, and to sign-up for the event, please click here.

On 22 March we will be hosting a dinner for Antonians in Hong Kong, at 7:00pm.  For more information, and to book your place, please click here.

We are planning events in the Netherlands and London, among others, over the next year, so do keep in touch if you would like to attend.

On 22-24 March, the Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend in Japan will take place.  Please click here for further details.

The North American Office of the University will be organising events in Toronto, Boston, and Washington DC in April 2019.  Please click here for all the information.

The next Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend in Oxford will take place on 20-22 September 2019. 

If you would like to make sure that you are invited to relevant events, please complete our Update your Details and Communication Preferences forms.



Boat Club Dinner, Oxford (May 2017)                Alumni Dinner, Seoul (March, 2018)

SABC AlumniSt Antony's College Dinner in Seoul




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We are pleased to invite all Antonians to the forthcoming events, listed below.

Elliott Lecture - From Cold War to Hot Peace: an American ambassador in Putin's Russia

4 June 2018 - 5:00pm

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr.

Oxford Alumni Weekend: 15-16 September 2017

To coincide with the 11th annual Oxford Alumni Weekend, 'Meeting Minds', St Antony's will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Middle East Centre at the College. The event will be held across the alumni weekend (15-16 September).

Highlights include;

-Keynote Lecture: ‘The Age of Accelerations and Its Impact on the Middle East’ given by Tom Friedman (MPhil Middle Eastern Studies 1976),

-Panel Discussion: ‘A Celebration of Albert Hourani’s Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age fifty years on’ chaired by Jens Hanssen (DPhil Modern History 1993),

- Dinners in St Antony’s College Dining Hall

The full timetable of events is shown below. 

The booking page for the event is now live. Please book and pay for your tickets via the University of Oxford's Online Store

Please contact mec60@sant.ox.ac.uk for more information, as well as for details for booking accomodation at St Antony's College. 

Below is a downloadable pdf containing the latest updates to the programme.

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MEC 60th

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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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International Politics Summer School 2016

What are the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world? This residential summer school enables participants to conduct in depth analysis of the politics of key countries and regions outside of Western Europe and North America, and to engage with broader issues affecting all parts of the globe.

This programme is organised by two of Oxford University’s foremost institutions – St Antony’s College, Oxford’s only college to focus exclusively on international affairs, and the Department for Continuing Education.

Class of 2015

(Class of 2015)

The programme consists of:

  • A daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics
  • Studies in small seminar groups with a specialist tutor
  • Lively one-hour daily discussion groups led by current Oxford University doctoral students

The summer school is for:

  • Graduates with a subject-appropriate academic background
  • Teachers of politics, international relations or political science
  • Professionals in the field of international politics
  • Senior undergraduates who have completed two years of a full-time university degree course in a relevant academic discipline

For more information, please consult the flyer below, or contact: ipintpol@conted.ox.ac.uk

Book your place now here.

The deadline for application is 15 April 2016.



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Thursday, 21 January 2016
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New building by Zaha Hadid unveiled at St Antony's College

In the picture, from right to left: Dr Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre; Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser; Dame Zaha Hadid; Mr Nemir Kirdar; Mrs Nada Kirdar.

On Tuesday 26 May, the St Antony's College building created by Zaha Hadid was unveiled and named the Investcorp Building. The £11 million building was commissioned by St Antony’s College to provide much-needed space for its Middle East Centre. The Investcorp Building spans two Victorian buildings on Woodstock Road in the grounds of the college.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar was the keynote speaker for the unveiling of the new building. Sheikha Moza is chair of the Qatar Foundation, an education development and scientific research organisation, as well as the UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education since 2003.

The Investcorp Building is named after the alternative investment firm that donated £11 million for the project. Mr Nemir Kirdar, Investcorp’s Executive Chairman and CEO, commented: ‘From the outset, Investcorp’s mission has been broader than effecting mere financial transactions. We have also made it our goal to promote higher education and cross-cultural understanding.  Oxford’s Middle East Centre was established to become a bridge between the West and the Middle East, and Investcorp could not be more proud to do our part to further this worthy cause.’

The new building doubles the space available for the Middle East Centre’s expanding library and archive, providing almost 1,200 square metres of additional floor space and a new 118-seat lecture theatre.  The Middle East Centre holds Oxford University’s primary collection on the modern Middle East, a world-class collection of private papers and historic photographs used by scholars and researchers with an interest in the region. The Investcorp Building’s lecture theatre will allow the Middle East Centre’s to expand its popular programme of seminars, lectures and debates - much of which is open to both the University and the general public.

Founded in 1957, the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College serves as the University of Oxford’s facility for research and teaching on the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey from the 19th century to the present day.  The Centre has been housed at 68 Woodstock Road (the former rectory of the Church of St Philip and St James, built in 1887) since 1978.

The library and archive of the Investcorp Building provide optimum conditions to conserve and manage the Middle East Centre’s collections that were previously stored in the basement of 66 Woodstock Road.

Relocating the library and archive to the Investcorp Building will make space available in the college’s existing buildings for further academic offices, studies and seminar rooms to accommodate the growth in student numbers in recent years.The Invescorp Building’s design connects and incorporates the existing protected buildings and trees. Its stainless steel cladding reflects natural light to give the building an ephemeral quality that mirrors its context.

Dame Zaha Hadid said: ‘The work of the Middle East Centre contributes to the global discourse and greater understanding of the region. The new Investcorp Building connects disparate buildings within the college, defining a series of generous spaces for the centre’s renowned archive, library and seminar programmes; allowing the Middle East Centre to expand its commitment as a forum of research, understanding and open debate.’

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, said: ‘We are honoured that Her Highness Sheikha Moza who has done so much to promote education globally should be here today. That Zaha Hadid, the visionary architect who is herself from Iraq, should have created this building dedicated to the study of the Arab World and the Middle East is especially pleasing.’

Director of the Middle East Centre, Dr Eugene Rogan, said: ‘As one of Britain’s most acclaimed architects, with roots firmly in the Middle East, Zaha Hadid was the ideal choice for this project. Her history parallels our vision of Oxford’s Middle East Centre as a British centre of excellence with deep roots in the region. With this new building, the Middle East Centre enters a new era as one of the world’s finest research facilities on this area of crucial public interest.’

For more information, contact the University of Oxford News Office on +44 (0)1865 280534 or email news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Images: ©Luke Hayes, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
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