- College Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth II
- College becomes an Approved Foundation of the University
- First students admitted, all postgraduates, numbering 25
- Building commences: the Sheppard Flats
- Rattee & Kett appointed contractors to build remainder of the College
- First College studentship awarded: Lu Jeu Sham, later physics professor
On 3 August 1960 the College received a Royal Charter and in October admitted its first students: two dozen postgraduates of a dozen nationalities. The first buildings (the Sheppard Flats) commenced in 1960, but it would be four years until the Dining Hall was inaugurated, marking the College’s official opening.