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Graduate students at the Holywell Buildings

Graduate Study: Academic life

  • Merton has a Dean of Graduates with overall responsibility for the academic progress and wellbeing of its graduates.
  • All graduates are also assigned a College Adviser, a Fellow of the College in the same or a closely-related subject who will meet them from time to time, often over lunch or dinner.
  • Each term there are two SCR-MCR talks, held after dinner, given by a mix of current graduates, Fellows and visitors.
  • Graduates are also encouraged to join a College-based research group:
  • The College has various funds to support graduate research.
  • The majority of subjects have a College Society to which members of all three common rooms belong. These hold an annual dinner and sometimes other events.
  • The College has an annual exchange arrangement with the École Normale Supérieure, whereby Merton graduates may be provided with accommodation free of charge to pursue their studies for one or more terms in Paris. Graduates are notified by email of this opportunity in Hilary term each year.
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