Keble College is the venue for the Academy Level of the OSS Retail.
Keble was named after John Keble, who gained a double first in classics and mathematics at the age of 18 years. He was elected a Fellow of Oriel College and subsequently ordained into the Church of England. Latterly, he became a popular poet and the Professor of Poetry at the University. He died in 1866. The Archbishop of Canterbury laid the foundation stone of Keble College in 1868, the first new college to be built since Wadham was founded in 1610. William Butterfield was the architect and his distinctive and striking use of bricks to create polychromatic patterning was welcomed by High Churchmen of the day.
The College is recognised today as one of the finest buildings of its date in England. Today Keble College is one of Oxford's largest colleges and welcomes 600 men and women of all religions. It is recognised for its academic prowess and also has a fine record of achievement in sports, particularly rowing. Situated in the heart of the city, Keble College is an incomparable venue for OSS. Beautiful, majestic and unforgettable, the College and the new O'Reilly Lecture Theatre are the centre of the week's activities. Delegates are accommodated in the College, taking their meals in the college's magnificent dining hall and using its lecture theatre and tutorial rooms. In their limited free time after dinner, delegates can wander around the college, avail themselves of the bar facilities and, of course, explore the City.
To spend a week at Keble is to experience, albeit briefly, the privilege and pleasure of student life at one of the world's oldest and most famous universities.
Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PG
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