The Graduate Community of
St Edmund Hall

The Middle Common Room of St Edmund Hall is a vibrant community of:
343 graduate and fourth year students
62 nationalities

Research Spotlight

1st June 2017

The Molecules of Life That Trigger Death

Layal Liverpool, DPhil in Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine Nucleic acids –  DNA and RNA – are the molecules of life. Without them we wouldn’t exist but, ironically, they are the very molecules used by viruses to hijack our cells. Viral nucleic acids act like a virus-blueprint, containing all the instructions necessary to make more […]

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24th May 2017

The Death of the Brainstem: Should Each Person be Permitted to Define Death for Themselves?

  Jake White,  Law Established understandings of when death occurs have been critically undermined by technological advancement and medical innovation. Conceptions of what ‘it’ is that is constitutive of human life has been destabilised as medical intervention makes possible the continuation of major organs that would otherwise succumb to failure. Where a patient is in […]

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18th May 2017

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Developing Antibiotics

Hannah Behrens, DPhil Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine (m.2015) Although first discovered in 1928, it was only during the Second World War that Penicillin was developed into a drug that could cure people of bacterial diseases. This started the “antibiotic era” and is considered to be one of the most important medical discoveries of the […]

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12th May 2017

‘Good entertainment & civill mirth’: English Provincial Fairs in the Eighteenth Century

  Jessica Davidson, DPhil in History On 24 May 1702, 18 year old John Cannon set off with his friend John Berryman for Binegar fair, 12 miles from their home in West Lydford, Somerset, ‘being joyous of seeing this great fair’. There they were to set up a stall to sell hats made by Berryman’s […]

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3rd May 2017

The Paradox of Reality

Linde Wester, a fourth year DPhil in Computer Science Reality cannot exist. At least not any reasonable reality. A reasonable reality must satisfy some basic assumptions such as causality: the idea that the past can influence events in the future, but not the other way around. We’ve known this since 2005, when research groups from The […]

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MCR News

2nd August 2016

Freshers Welcome Pack 2016

The beautiful front quad of St Edmund Hall

Hello, and welcome to St. Edmund Hall! – or Teddy Hall, as it’s more commonly known. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about life as a member of the Teddy Hall graduate community and what to expect on your arrival to College. St. Edmund Hall is the oldest […]

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28th February 2015

Teddy Hall Expo 2015

This year was the inaugural Teddy Hall Expo. A chance for all three bodies (the JCR, MCR and SCR) to work together ans show off their work and studies. It was a day of displays and talk exemplifying the range and depth of academic endeavours of Teddy Hall. See here for the more info. The Teddy  Talks […]

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The MCR at Teddy Hall: 50 Years and Beyond

Although St Edmund Hall has been a site of learning in Oxford since 1236, the Middle Common Room has only recently celebrated it's 50th birthday.

The MCR is located in the oldest portion of the main quad, and houses the mascot of the college, a large teddy bear named Sebastian.

St Edmund Hall MCR 50th Anniversary Logo
Matriculation in the Quad