Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Cambridge College Infobox
name = Emmanuel College
infobox_colour = #000066
link_colour = #FF6699
named_for = Jesus of Nazareth (Emmanuel)
established = 1584
location = St Andrew's Street
head_label = Master
head = The Lord Wilson of Dinton
undergraduates = 465
graduates = 185
Exeter College, Oxford
homepage = http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/
Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the
University of Cambridge, founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmayon the site of a Dominican friary. Mildmay, a Puritan, originally intended Emmanuel to be a college of training for Protestantpreachers to rival the successful Catholictheological schools that had trained Dominican friars for years.
Emmanuel still has quite a few theological students, but has broadened itself to include students of a wide variety of subjects, and opened its doors to female students in 1979.
"Emma", as it is known throughout the University, attracts large numbers of undergraduate applications owing to its reputation as a 'friendly college' (although several other colleges also claim this). Emmanuel topped the
Tompkins Table, which ranks colleges according to end-of-year examination results, in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and was second in 2001, 2002 and 2008. Emmanuel has been among the top five colleges in each of the last nine years (2000-2008). The 2008 figures (2007 in brackets) were 68.30% (66.62%) with 30.6% (29.5%) awarded as First Class degrees.
Emmanuel is one of the wealthier colleges at Cambridge with an estimated
financial endowmentof £162m (2005).
Emmanuel's chapel was designed by
Christopher Wren. There is a large fish pond in the grounds, home of a colony of ducks. Until the late 1990s, these were largely Mallards, but a former Master donated a variety of more exotic duckspecies, including the Carolina, the Mandarin, the Pintail, the Tufted, and the Wigeon.
There is a fine example of an Oriental plane tree in the Fellows' Garden, which is reputed to have lived far longer than is typical of the species. The Fellows' Garden also contains a swimming pool which is one of the oldest bathing pools in Europe.
In February 2006, Rev.
Jeremy Caddick, the Dean of Emmanuel College, announced that Emmanuel's chapelwould be open to the blessing of same-sex civil partnerships — becoming the first in the Church of Englandto do so. Emmanuel's chapel is not under the formal jurisdiction of the local Church of England bishop, and did not have to obey a House of Bishopsruling against such blessings.
Only members and alumni of the college may be blessed in this way. The decision was supported both by the College council and the students' union.
The following grace is recited before formal dinners at Emmanuel College:
Oculi omnium in te sperant, Domine,et tu das escam illorum in tempore opportuno.Aperis tu manum tuamet imples omne animal benedictione.Benedic, Domine, nos et dona tuaquae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi;per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
The Emmanuel College Students' Union (ECSU - [http://ecsu.org.uk/] ) provides a bar, a common room, and funding for sports and other societies. ECSU's Executive Committee is elected on a yearly basis at the end of
MichaelmasTerm. The individual officers fulfil varying roles, each designed to aid and improve student life within the college. ECSU also acts as a formal channel of communication between the students and the College authorities.
ocities in Emmanuel College
A large number of student societies and sports clubs exist at Emmanuel College. Examples include the Boat Club, Emmanuel College Music Society (ECMS), the Christian Union, the Mountaineering Club, the Emmanuel Real Ice Cream Society (ERICS), and the Politics and Economics Society.
Emmanuel graduates had a large involvement in the settling of North America. Of the first 100
universitygraduates in New England, one-third were graduates of Emmanuel College. Harvard University, the first college in The United States, was named after John Harvard (B.A., 1632), who was an Emmanuel graduate.
alumniof Emmanuel include:
Choudhary Rahmat Ali
Alan J. Charig
* Joseph Hall
Griff Rhys Jones
Richard W. Murphy
C. Northcote Parkinson
* [http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/ Emmanuel College website]
* [http://www.emmamcr.org.uk/ Emmanuel College Middle Combination Room (MCR)]
* [http://ecsu.org.uk/ Emmanuel College Students' Union]
* [http://www.emmaents.com/ Events Happening at Emmanuel College]
* [http://www.emmamusic.co.uk/ Emmanuel College Music Society]
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