Welcome to Magdalene
The College is a warm and thriving community in which we strive to make everyone welcome. We are committed to excellence not only in academic life but in all aspects of what we do and we take great pride in the many achievements of the Members of our community.
Years of Study
Sea Monsters and Fake News
Join Professor James Raven as he introduces new research in the history of books and shares his current historical work in progress. It is a story of an intellectual Scandinavian bishop, determined to explore, explain and write about the natural world, but, persuaded by the truth of sightings and myths about sea monsters and mermaids, became embroiled in debates about fakery that consumed readers and influenced writers around the world.
Mary Astell: The First English Feminist
Join Dr Jane Hughes, President and Pepys Librarian; Professor James Raven FBA, Senior Research Fellow in History; Catherine Sutherland, Deputy Librarian; and Dr Teresa Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford; as they discuss Magdalene Library's recent discovery of 47 books and pamphlets owned and annotated by the philosopher Mary Astell (1666–1731).
Starter for Ten: Meet the University Challenge Team
Fingers on buzzers! Join Professor Chris Lintott (1999) and the 2021 Magdalene University Challenge Team for a fun and informal roundtable discussion where they talk about their experiences of competing in the iconic quiz show, University Challenge.
Now that's what I call Lockdown! Music in the Pandemic
Join BBC television and radio presenter Katie Derham (1988 and Honorary Fellow), Richard Morrison (1973), Chief Music Critic and columnist at The Times, Charles Kaye (1969), Co-founder and director of the World Orchestra for Peace, and College Director of Music Graham Walker, for a roundtable talk discussing music and the pandemic. How has live music had to adapt, have they used music as a coping mechanism during lockdown, and what are their thoughts on the future of music post-pandemic.
Kick-starting your Application
Over 50,000 courses? UCAS? Student Finance? Where do you start? There’s so much information out there on applying to university, it can be overwhelming. In this session, we will introduce attendees to applying to university and the big decisions they’ll be making.