The Graduate Community of
St Edmund Hall

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

Ex Aula Research Journal

A ladder of ideas

English is a strange language in insisting on the addition of the verb ‘do’ to form the question, when our cousins in Europe seem to do quite well without. When studying in Padua, I learned that there was an example of this ‘do-support’ (with the verb fà, meaning ‘do’) in an Italian dialect spoken in […]

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Dispelling the myths of secular mindfulness

If you enter the keywords ‘mindfulness’ or ‘meditation’ in PubMed, a large database for biomedical research, you will retrieve over 20,000 references. This may come as no surprise for some, who have noticed that the term mindfulness is everywhere in the media. However, the investigation of secular mindfulness, which involves increasing moment-to-moment awareness of one’s […]

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A travel guide and a (cognitive) map

A travel guide and a (cognitive) map: a neuroscientific fable from a world of open borders Have you ever gone into a different room, only to forget what you were doing? Have you ever been bewildered while travelling somewhere very different, or perhaps while studying or attempting something new? Perhaps you have seen familiar concepts […]

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Critical Pedagogies and Political Identity Formation in Turkey

As an Educationalist, I have had to endure questions from non-specialists that allow me to prove that I am not training to become a teacher, but I am trying to provide new insights that challenge the way teachers do the teaching. Hence, my interest pedagogy, but more specifically in critical pedagogy. The focus of my […]

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What is Art? Art Gallery Rituals and The Importance of Art in Social Life.

Art is a complex concept to define. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, art is: ‘The expression or application of creative human skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power’. The definition provided here, from a ‘western’ cultural […]

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MCR News

6th October 2020

Oxford University Korean Postgraduate & Postdoctoral society

Hi friends Anyone from South Korea? There’ll be an welcome event for South Korean students, held by Oxford University Korean Postgraduate & Postdoctoral society. Would be happy to meet other Koreans there? Here’s the link for RSVP:https://forms.gle/CCghJe9iMAzzKPn29 […]

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17th November 2019

News: College Survey Finds Strong Support for Sustainability.

New research conducted in the summer of 2019 and released today reveals broad support for slashing the environmental footprint at St Edmund Hall (SEH). The results of a survey conducted by undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching fellow members (JCR, MCR, and SCR, respectively, also known as “aularians”), not only uncover an 86% approval of this […]

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18th October 2017

2017/18 Teddy Hall MCR Writing Competition open

The MCR is excited to announce the call for articles for this year’s writing competition. The MCR journal, Ex Aula: Research from the Hall, was founded last year by the MCR and published 14 articles over Hilary and Trinity Term. The inaugural winning article, by Beth Raine, was chosen by the judging panel made up […]

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