About the Middle Common Room
The MCR aims to facilitate a sense of community and camaraderie among Kellogg students, by organising student events and activities, and generally supporting students’ needs, interests, and pursuits throughout their time at Oxford. In addition, we aim to promote general student well-being, serve as a support network as needed and as a vehicle through which to convey student concerns, feedback, and suggestions to the College. We hope to help make your experience at Kellogg even more exciting, fulfilling, and memorable.
Kellogg College is located on Banbury Road, use OX2 6PN for sat navs or the map below for some directions:
Oxford has a variety of weird and wonderful occasions for which there is a dress code. If you haven’t managed to attend one of Christopher Hampson’s beautiful demonstrations during Freshers week, here’s a quick recap:
Informal lunch/dinner – no dress code
Guest Night Dinner
(at Kellogg and elsewhere) – Formal wear: gown are compulsory for Kellogg students, but not necessary for guests.
Men: Lounge suits, ties required
Women: Cocktail dresses or equivalent
For certain guest night dinners, we’re asked to break out our black tie gear, see below…
Men: Dinner Suit/Tuxedo (Dinner Suit, white shirt, black bowtie, black shoes and socks)
Women: formal cocktail dresses or equivalent.
No need for gowns with Black Tie unless stated on the invitation.
chances are you will be attending a Ball (at Kellogg and/or at other Colleges) at some point during your time in Oxford. They are most commonly Black Tie (as above for men, though for women, full-length dresses/gowns are equally as appropriate as cocktail dresses).
SUBFUSC – this is Oxford’s traditional academic dress, required for Matriculation, Graduation, Exams, Encaenia, and certain other events. It will be made clear when it is required (and when it comes to exams, do ask about carnations too…)
In the recent past, Oxford has officially stated that you can wear whichever of the following you prefer, regardless of gender (as with all the dress code above!)
College’s guidelines are as follows:
“Academic dress is still regularly worn at Oxford. You will be required to wear academic dress on a number of occasions during your time as a student. Full academic dress consists of subfusc, a cap, and a gown. It is worn on the most formal of occasions.
Subfusc is either
- a dark suit (jacket and trousers), dark socks and black shoes, a plain white shirt with white collar and cuffs, a white bow tie, black bow tie, or long black tie.
- a dark skirt or trousers, black stockings/tights, black shoes, a plain white blouse/shirt with collar and sleeves, a black ribbon tie. A dark jacket or coat may also be worn. Light coloured stockings/tights and bare legs are not permitted.
We recommend wearing only plain black or dark grey fabrics in subfusc
With subfusc, students wear a gown and cap. The custom and practice of this College is that all students will wear
- a knee-length, plain black gown with long black streamers from the shoulders and a plain collar. This is known as the Advanced Student Gown.
- a plain black mortarboard with tassel or a plain black, soft ladies cap. A plain black headdress may be substituted for religious reasons
The principal times when you will be required to wear full academic dress will be Matriculation, Examinations, and Graduation. On less formal occasions, you will not be required to wear full academic dress. Instead it will be appropriate to wear a gown over clothes appropriate for the occasion. It is usual for the dress code to be indicated in invitations or other literature.”
Whilst this might all seem daunting at first, don’t panic! College staff or your friendly MCR are always happy to help if you have any questions.