Permanent Private Hall
A Permanent Private Hall (PPH) at the University of Oxford is an educational institution within the university. There are six Permanent Private Halls at Oxford, five of which admit undergraduates. They were founded by different Christian denominations. The principal difference between a college and a PPH is that whereas the former are governed by the fellows of the college, the governance of a PPH resides, at least in part, with the corresponding Christian denomination.
Students at PPHs are members of the University of Oxford and have full access to the University's facilities and activities. Regent’s Park College is the largest PPH, and admits men and women of any age. St Benet’s Hall once only accepted male students, but now admits women as graduates and started to admit women as undergraduates in 2016. Blackfriars, St Stephen’s House and Wycliffe Hall accept only mature students. Campion Hall admits Jesuits and priests of other orders and congregations who are graduate students. It occasionally accepts non-ordained students and ministers of other churches.
In some cases, a Permanent Private Hall can be granted full collegiate status; recent examples include Mansfield College (became a full college in 1995) and Harris Manchester College (became a full college in 1996). However, one hall, Greyfriars (1224 — refounded 1910), closed at the end of the academic year 2007–08, as the Franciscan order which ran and funded it could no longer afford the expense. Greyfriars' students were transferred to Regent's Park College when it closed.
Permanent Private Halls of the University of Oxford
|Name||Founded||PPH status since||Affiliation||Student numbers (undergraduates/graduates/visiting)||Undergraduate degree subjects|
| Blackfriars Hall
|1221; refounded 1921||1994||Roman Catholic (Dominican)||4/39/9||PPE, Philosophy and Theology, Theology|
| Campion Hall
|1896||1918||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)||0/9/0||-|
| Regent's Park College
|1810||1957||Baptist Union of Great Britain||115/70/16||Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Classics, Classics and English, English, Geography, History, History and Politics, Law, Philosophy and Theology, PPE, Theology|
| St Benet's Hall
|1897||1918||Roman Catholic (Benedictine)||47/4/0||Classics, Classics and Oriental Studies, History, History and Politics, Oriental Studies, PPE, Philosophy and Theology, Theology|
| St Stephen's House
|1876||2003||Church of England (Anglo-Catholic)||24/46/0||Theology|
| Wycliffe Hall
|1877||1996||Church of England (evangelical)||77/27/55||Philosophy and Theology, Theology|
Former Permanent Private Halls
|Name||Founded||PPH status from||Affiliation||Current Status|
|Mansfield College||1886||1955||Nonconformist||Became a full college 1995|
|Harris Manchester||1889||1990||Nonconformist||Became a full college 1996|
|Greyfriars Hall||1224 — refounded 1910||1957||Roman Catholic (Franciscan)||Closed 2008|
- "Permanent Private Halls | University of Oxford". www.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
- Macleod, Donald. "Oxford religious hall closes down". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
- Regulations for the Establishment and Maintenance of Permanent Private Halls
- Review of the Permanent Private Halls associated with the University of Oxford