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Hall Societies and Activities

Hall students and the JCR (Joint Common Room) participate in and run a number of activities both in the Hall and the wider university, and local community.

These include:

Companions of Malta 

This student charity for the marginalised within the community which works together with various local Catholic and Anglican churches. Blackfriars' students help organisatise of some of the core work including a soup-run for the homeless in Oxford, which takes place twice weekly from here.

Church Schola

Enjoy singing? The Schola Magna sings at Mass and Vespers on Sunday evenings twice a month and for major feasts. Our repertoire of polyphonic motets and Gregorian chant brings together Hall students, Dominican friars, and experienced musicians from the Blackfriars congregation. For more information, contact the House Cantor, Fr Matthew Jarvis, or the Organist and Choral Director, Mr Hamish Dustagheer.

Running Team 

The Hall plans to field teams in cuppers, Teddy Hall relays and the Town and Gown 10k. this coming academic year.

Football Club 

With the Prior, and Vice-regent, Fr David Goodill back in goal, the team hopes to regain past glories in 2016-17.


Although Blackfriars Hall doesn't have its own boat club of its own, our students take to the river, rowing with St Benet's Hall or Regent's Park.

Women's Group 

The group runs social and speaker events throughout the year, including the popular Trinity Term cream tea.

JCR Committee and Events 

Given our small size our JCR (Junior Common Room - undergraduate students) and MCR (Middle Common Room - graduate students) form one Joint Common Room (JCR). The JCR Committee organises a range of activities.

MCR-SCR Events 

Graduate students and Hall Fellows (the Senior Common Room, SCR) combine for academic and social events each term.

Hall students are also involved in events run by the Hall's Las Casas and Aquinas Institutes, and the Anscombe Bioethics Centre

University Clubs and Societies 

The annual Freshers Fair is a good time to find out what's available.

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