A Research Community

There are nearly 200 graduate students at St Hilda’s College. They have the opportunity to engage in and with the highest quality research here. 


St Hilda's graduate students are encouraged to develop and sustain disciplinary strengths, while also responding creatively to complex areas of enquiry. The students hold a termly Middle Common Room Research Forum, at which speakers give an overview of their respective research areas and outline their findings to date, before taking questions from the audience. These fora provide postgraduate students with invaluable experience of presenting lay-style talks to large audiences as well as encouraging cross-disciplinary thinking. The Fellows support postgraduates to engage with specific research cultures and wider networks, while the cross-disciplinary links in the College encourage development of creative collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.

Some of our graduate students' recent achievements are as follows:

Giovanna di Martino (DPhil Classical Languages and Literature) organised the event 'Translation into Theatre and the Social Sciences', 16-17 June 2017. The conference was supported by the University of Oxford, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation, the British Comparative Literature Association, the Oxford Theatre and Performance network, the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, and St Hilda’s College. Keynote speakers were Professor Carole-Anne Upton (Middlesex University London); Margherita Laera (University of Kent); Lorna Hardwick (The Open University); and Liliane Campos (Université Paris Sorbonne-Nouvelle).

James Russell (MEng, 2013) won the prize for best biomedical engineering project and second prize overall in the University of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science fourth-year project competition.

Kameron St. Clare, MCR President in 2015, was awarded the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Humane Studies Graduate Fellowship by the Institute for Humane Studies

Daniel Sawyer led one strand of the Digital Manuscript Toolkit project at the Bodleian Library, provisionally investigating how we can use digital tools to investigate and present medieval roll manuscripts.

Thomas Partridge won a pre-doctoral Award as well as a poster prize at the CHAVI-ID conference at Duke University, North Carolina, in September 2015. He was presenting a method he is using to identify novel T cell targets on HIV-1-infected cells, which could potentially be of use in vaccine strategies.

MCR Research Symposium presentation Hilary Term 2018MCR Research Symposium presentation Hilary Term 2018