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Founded 1885 by Miss Elizabeth Phillips Hughes as the Cambridge Training College. Changed to Elizabeth Phillips Hughes Hall Company in 1949.
College status 2006.
Women and Men over the age of 21.
Mature Undergraduates 70 Postgraduates 430.

Hughes Hall positively glows with pride at the very mention of their first principal, the charismatic Miss Elizabeth Phillips Hughes, who relished the opportunity to educate her students in a progressive and enlightened environment that included freedom of worship. Despite heading an all female college, Elizabeth was a passionate supporter of co-education. Speaking to the Royal Commission in 1894 she said ‘We shall never get first-rate training until ...view middle of the document...

The glorious Parker’s Piece is the traditional social hub for all of central Cambridge in the warmer months and sits between the hall and the main town. The city council organises many free events on this parkland in the summer.

Steady growth
The Cambridge Training College enjoyed steady growth and in 1949, became affiliated with the university a year after it agreed to award degrees to women. This achievement was celebrated by adopting the name Elizabeth Phillips Hughes Hall Company, in honour of their first inspirational leader. This mouthful was of course shortened to Hughes Hall. Full university status was granted in 2006.
Although originally specialising in education, interests started to expand with the arrival of the men and now include medicine, business and law. The college has an excellent reputation for sport and has more than its fair share of ‘Blues,’ which are awarded to students representing the university (not just the college) at one of the major sports such as rugby or rowing. Hughes recently won the Pegasus Cup for being the most successful boat club in the university.

Elegant red brick Victorian building
The original building is an elegant red brick Victorian retro Jacobean type mansion, complete with Dutch inspired curvy roof gables, and Tudor type chimneys. W.M. Fawcett, a local Cambridge architect, designed this transitional mix of early 17th century domestic...

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