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Connaught Hall is a fully catered hall of residence owned by the University of London and situated on Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK. It is an intercollegiate hall, and as such provides accommodation for full-time students at institutions such as King's College London, University College London, Queen Mary, Imperial College and the London School of Economics. A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ... Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administrative offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ... The Bloomsbury, a corner pub Bloomsbury is an area of central London, in the London Borough of Camden, named after a Norman landowner William de Blemund (Blemondisben) who acquired the land in 1201. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Kings College London in London is the largest and second longest member college in the federal University of London, with 21,300 registered students (2003-04). ... University College London, commonly known as UCL, is one of the colleges that make up the University of London. ... Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) (until recently Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and still called that in its charter and occasionally still abbreviated to QMW) is the fourth largest College of the University of London. ... Royal School of Mines Entrance Imperial College London is a college of the University of London which focuses on science and technology, and is located in South Kensington in London. ... It has been suggested that Hayek Society be merged into this article or section. ...

Connaught Hall, University of London
Connaught Hall, University of London

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History

Connaught Hall was established in 1919 by HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn — the third son of Queen Victoria — at 18 Torrington Square, London as a men-only private hall of residence; the Hall was intended as a memorial to the Duchess of Connaught who died in 1917. The Duke gave the Hall to the University of London in 1928. It was not until 1961 that Connaught Hall moved out of Torrington Square to its present location in Tavistock Square: a converted Georgian terrace with a Grade II listed façade. Connaught Hall accommodated only men until 2001, when it was changed to a mixed sex hall as part of a major review of the intercollegiate halls of residence. 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Prince Arthur as a lieutenant in The Prince Consorts Own Rifle Brigade. ... Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819–22 January 1901) was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. ... A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administrative offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Student population

A view through the main doors to the reception lobby
A view through the main doors to the reception lobby

For over 90 years, Connaught Hall accommodated only male students; female students were admitted for the first time in September 2001. Now one of eight University of London intercollegiate halls of residence, Connaught Hall accommodates 215 full-time students of the various colleges and institutes of the University; there is an even mix of men and women, and a diverse range of cultural and social backgrounds. The majority of residents are first-year undergraduates ("freshers"), and most will only ever spend one year in a hall of residence: only around 20 per cent are allowed to stay in Hall for a second year. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 788 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 788 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark. ... Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administrative offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... In some educational systems, an undergraduate is a post-secondary student pursuing a Bachelors degree. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ...


Accommodation and facilities

Connaught Hall's private courtyard garden, with the bar terrace at the top of the picture
Connaught Hall's private courtyard garden, with the bar terrace at the top of the picture

Most accommodation is in single study-bedrooms (205 single rooms), but there are five twin rooms for students who prefer to share; every room has a washbasin, but toilet and shower facilities are all shared (20-25 students sharing one bathroom, each with three showers & three toilet stalls). Every room has individual telephone, internet, and television connections. There is a library, computer room, fitness room, two television/common rooms, restaurant, coin-op laundrette, secure bike store, courtyard garden, and a bar operated by the elected Residents' Club Committee. There are numerous vending machines for soft drinks and snacks, and a small pantry/kitchen on each floor, equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day; photocopying and fax services are available from reception at reasonable prices. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1540 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1540 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


Residents are provided with a bedding pack (pillows, pillowcases, duvet, duvet cover, and sheets) at the start of the academic year. It is residents' own responsibility to launder their bed linen. Rooms are cleaned once a week, and rubbish bins emptied daily. Communal areas are cleaned every day.

The Restaurant at Connaught Hall
The Restaurant at Connaught Hall

Connaught Hall is a fully catered hall of residence. Breakfast is served every day Monday-Friday, with a late brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is served at 5.45pm daily. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 842 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 842 KB) Summary Photography by A. Clark. ...


Staff

The staff of the intercollegiate halls of residence are divided into two groups: wardenial staff and bursarial (or management) staff. The wardenial and bursarial staff always work closely together, but have different sets of responsibilities. The bursarial staff work full time during office hours; whereas the wardenial staff are part-time members of staff who are either studying or working elsewhere in the University of London.


Management (bursarial) staff

  • Bursar
  • Deputy Bursar
  • Assistant Bursar

The Bursar has overall management responsibility for the Hall’s buildings, furnishings, and finances; she and her staff are responsible for the provision of catering, maintenance, telephone, Internet, housekeeping, and reception services. They also look after the Hall’s commercial activities, including conferences, bed & breakfast, and group bookings.


The Deputy Bursar deals with financial and accommodation matters (including room allocation, invoices, and Hall fees) and the day-to-day administration of the telephone and Internet facilities; the Assistant Bursar deals mostly with maintenance, health & safety, housekeeping, and conferences.

The newspaper reading area in the main reception lobby
The newspaper reading area in the main reception lobby

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Wardenial staff

  • Warden
  • Vice-Warden (the Warden's deputy)
  • Four student Senior Members

The Warden, Vice-Warden, and Senior Members are part-time members of staff resident within the Hall, responsible for student welfare and pastoral care, discipline, re-admissions, Hall community and social life, and out-of-hours emergency cover.


The wardenial staff are all experienced academics, teachers, or postgraduate students within the University of London. They are available to offer support and guidance to students, and can help with problems both inside and outside the Hall, including academic difficulties, medical or emotional problems, social concerns, financial worries, and problems with the behaviour of other residents (e.g. noisy neighbours). Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administrative offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ...


The Warden (as Clerk to the Club) and Vice-Warden (as Senior Treasurer) supervise the elected Residents’ Club Committee, which runs the Hall bar, fitness room, and common rooms, and organises various social and sporting events throughout the year. The Vice-Warden is also Chairman of the Health & Safety and Catering Committee, which considers catering, security, housekeeping, health promotion, and general safety issues in Hall.


The wardenial staff are all trained as fire marshals; most also have “first aid appointed person” training. They all participate in an on-call Duty Officer rota covering nights and weekends to deal with any emergencies while the Bursar's Office is closed. First aid is a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a non-doctor or layman can be trained to perform. ...


Residents' Club Committee

The Residents’ Club Committee is made up of five elected Hall residents:

  • President,
  • Secretary,
  • Treasurer,
  • Sports Officer, and
  • Entertainment Officer.

The appointed Bar Manager, Warden (Clerk to the Club), and Vice-Warden (Senior Treasurer) also sit on the Committee.


The Residents' Club Committee is elected in October every year. Residents who want to stand for election need the support of two other residents to secure a nomination; after a short campaigning period, there a hustings is held in the Restaurant, where all the candidates are given five minutes to address the residents. Voting is by secret ballot immediately after the speeches. The Warden (as Returning Officer) and Vice-Warden (Deputy Returning Officer) organise the elections and supervise the count, and then continue to oversee the Committee’s activities and financial management during the year.

Connaught Hall bar
Connaught Hall bar

The Committee runs the Hall bar and organises various social and sporting functions during the year, funded by the subscriptions which all residents pay; this income is also used to provide newspapers and magazines for residents' use. The elected members of the Committee can also help represent residents' concerns and suggestions to members of staff. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 936 KB)Photography by A. Clark. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 936 KB)Photography by A. Clark. ...


It has become traditional for the Residents' Club Committee to organise certain events every year:

  • A welcome party in the bar at the beginning of the first term.
  • A Hallowe'en party on 31 October (or sometimes a Guy Fawkes' party on 5 November).
  • Decorating the Christmas tree, with mulled wine and mince pies for everyone who helps.
  • A Christmas party, usually on the same night as the eagerly anticipated special Christmas Dinner in the Restaurant (usually with wine, crackers, live music, and carol singing).
  • A Valentine's party.
  • A "boat party": hiring a boat on the Thames for the main party of the Connaught Hall year.
  • A summer "farewell" party.
  • A group photograph of all the residents

Each Committee also finds its own special events or regular activities to organise; recent examples include football competitions, salsa classes, yoga, and pool & table tennis tournaments.


University of London intercollegiate halls of residence

The University of London has eight intercollegiate halls of residence: Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administrative offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ...

  • Canterbury Hall, Cartwright Gardens, WC1 (paired with Hughes Parry Hall for administration purposes)
  • College Hall, Malet Street, WC1 (closed for refurbishment 2005-7)
  • Commonwealth Hall, Cartwright Gardens, WC1
  • Connaught Hall, Tavistock Square, WC1
  • Hughes Parry Hall, Cartwright Gardens, WC1 (paired with Canterbury Hall for administration purposes)
  • International Hall, Brunswick Square, WC1
  • Lillian Penson Hall, Talbot Square, W2
  • Nutford House, Brown Street, W1

Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ...

External links

  • Info page on University of London website
  • Connaught Hall residents' website
  • Virtual tour of Connaught Hall
  • University of London
Connaught Hall at night
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