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June 19, 2011

UK Photo Batch #2

The University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university in Oxford, England. It is the second oldest surviving university in the world. There is no clear date of foundation but teaching existed at Oxford as early as 1096 and developed from 1167 when King Henry II banned English students from studying at the University of Paris.

There are thirty-eight colleges of the University of Oxford, each controlling its membership and with its own internal structure and activities.

The academic year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas Term lasts from October to December; Hilary Term from January to March; and Trinity Term from April to June. (x) (x)

Lewis Carroll lived and worked in Oxford and it here he wrote the momentous book Alice in Wonderland. The main character is based on an Alice Carroll knew who was the daughter of a colleague at Christ Church College. (x)

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire at the New College Cloisters - Harry has fallen out with everyone and comes face to face with Malfoy sitting in the tree. Malfoy is then turned into a ferret in front of our eyes to the annoyance of Professor McGonagall. (x)

Academic dress
The University of Oxford has a long tradition of academic dress, and a visitor to Oxford during term will see academic dress worn on a regular basis. (x)

At the University of Oxford , carnations are traditionally worn to all examinations; white for the first exam, pink for exams in between and a red for the last exam. Originally this was a white carnation that was kept in a red inkpot between exams, so by the last exam it was fully red. (x)


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