Churchill College strives to be:
- friendly, welcoming and open
- progressive and outward looking
- a place that fosters academic excellence and innovation
From these principles, we work to set priorities for the kind of place we want our College to be.
We have taken a progressive approach to sustainability on our site. We benefit from the expertise of our Fellows as well as the in-house expertise of our Estates team, to embed innovative thinking across our site in support of biodiversity, carbon neutrality and energy generation. We encourage students to get involved and contribute as well.
Accessibility at Churchill College spans both our site, our Admissions approach, and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work. Admissions and EDI are key priorities in their own rights, but we strive to maintain and improve accessibility in all areas of the College site and life.
We want all visitors to the College to feel welcome. Whether it is taking into account sensory, mobility, mental health, or physical health needs, we aim to accommodate your requirements wherever possible. You can find out more about our site’s accessibility and our future plans below.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
We believe that diversity enriches our community and seek to make sure that everyone feels able to take an active part in College life. Our College EDI Committee includes representatives across the College community: students, Fellows and staff alike.
Our students have representatives on the JCR (college’s student union for undergraduates) and MCR (college’s student union for postgraduates) to make sure that the College is supporting, engaging and reflecting all constituents within the student body.
Our recruitment team work to make sure that vacancies are promoted widely and reach a diverse range of candidates. All staff are provided with EDI training to support them in their roles.
We actively encourage applications from students from a great diversity of backgrounds, and we know that not all applicants have the same educational opportunities. To address this, we carefully and holistically review every application we receive through a data-driven process.
We select students based the potential that they would thrive academically as well as personally at Churchill College. We want to remove barriers and misconceptions around College life, and make sure that everyone who could succeed here has the opportunity to apply. This is supported by an active Outreach and Widening Participation programme.
Our Outreach efforts work with schools across the UK, to raise awareness of the College, to find potentially excellent students across all backgrounds, and use expertise and insight from within the College to inspire others.
Activity ranges from visits to schools in our link areas, to residentials designed to provide hands-on experience and education (e.g. for subjects students may not encounter at GCSE and A-Level such as Engineering), to hosting public events to share ideas.
Supporting academic excellence
Churchill College attracts Fellows and academics from around the world. We have 32 Nobel Prize winners, and our students attain high percentages of top level marks. Research papers and books published by our students and academics are often in the news.
Our students are well-supported by our pastoral care team, as well as academically supported with Personal Tutors based at the College.