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New Hall, Cambridge

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Template:Oxbridge College Infobox New Hall is a women's college in the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1954.

New Hall gained an unwelcome notoriety in 1997 when four of its members achieved the worst ever score on the general knowledge television quiz University Challenge.

Background

With the conversion of the last men-only colleges into mixed colleges in the 1970s and 80s, many people questioned whether New Hall would remain a women-only college (in fact there were rumours of a possible merger with St Johns College in the 1980s). There appears to be more of a market for women-only colleges, however, particularly as the University as a whole still has a higher proportion of men than women, and a women-only college can provide some kind of escape from this male-dominated environment.

Many students choose to live at New Hall because they have a preference for an all-female environment, particularly if they are studying in departments which are strongly male-dominated (like physics and computer science). Some others are quite vocal about the fact that they did not want to be in a women-only college, but were put there by the Cambridge "pool" system because there were not enough places at their chosen college.

Alumnae

  • Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam
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The Kaetsu Centre provides prestigious new conference facilities and accommodation for New Hall.


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