WH crest colour newSCIO’s primary partner in Oxford is Wycliffe Hall.

History of Wycliffe Hall

Wycliffe Hall was established in Oxford in 1877 to train ministers for the Church of England. It is named after John Wyclif (1324–1364), an Oxford scholar called the ‘morning star of the reformation’ for his early criticisms of abuses in the church, his use of the vernacular, and his emphasis on the authority of the Bible.

Wycliffe Hall has always enjoyed a close relationship with the University of Oxford and in 1996 it became a Permanent Private Hall of the University. Wycliffe students may read for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford. It is through SCIO’s relationship to Wycliffe Hall that students from the SSO programme benefit from the resources available to Student Members of the University of Oxford.

Wycliffe Hall official building image mediumAlthough Wycliffe is an integral part of the University it retains its independence, being governed by an independent Council, and this combination of integration and independence gives Wycliffe Hall its distinctive status. They are a community committed to the historical Christian faith, while also being a constituent part of one of the world’s leading universities. This unique combination gives them a unique calling, to be advocates of the Christian faith within contemporary University-level debates and to equip the Christian leaders of the future by engaging students in rigorous theological study at the highest possible academic level.

As members of Wycliffe Hall, SSO students are encouraged to participate in the life of the Hall and, through the Hall, in the life of the University of Oxford. OSP students are affiliate members of Wycliffe with access to and use of its facilities during the summer term, and, through this connection, with access to certain University of Oxford facilities, such as the Bodleian Library. OSP students are not student members of the University of Oxford.