This is document 'Welcome from the Principal', within the 'Studying at St Anne's' section of the website.
St Anne’s is an academic community not an institution. You have chosen to read the one subject you care most about, and St Anne’s has chosen you because we believe you have it in yourself to do very well.
If you are already studying here, you will recognize that this is a place that will stretch you and challenge you but will support you all the way.
Each eight-week undergraduate term is packed; vacations are a time to consolidate the work done in term and to prepare for the next.
Our tutors take a personal responsibility for the undergraduates they have admitted. They will give you academic direction but will also recognize that you are an individual. St Anne’s rewards self-motivated, well-organized students, but it also has a culture of mutual solidarity. Students in each year in each subject work closely together and raise one another’s game.
The graduate experience is different, as formal supervision is through the Faculty, but the College offers a social hinterland, and informal academic support and advice in the equally intense experience of reading for a Masters or Research degree.
The Senior Tutor is there to offer an overview on all academic matters and will offer independent advice. The Assistant Deans have a specific welfare role, and the College nurse, College doctor and College counsellor are also available to help you if necessary.
Universities are about exploring the universality of knowledge. A few students will go on to become distinguished academics themselves, but all Oxford graduates take with them the skills and talents to add something creative and informed to the complexities of modern life.