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I chose Jesus College because there is a growing and vibrant presence of Development Studies postgraduate students, and my Supervisor, Dr. Shailaja Fennell, also warmly encouraged me to apply.

I have found that the MCR has a great sense of community, which is developed right from Fresher’s Fortnight, with a range of fun social activities that allow people to mingle effortlessly. Jesus postgraduates definitely live up to the reputation of being interesting, down to earth and welcoming! The postgraduate formals on Wednesdays liven up the week by providing an informal space for postgraduates to get together and unwind over the best value and most delicious three course meal in town.

The accommodation for postgraduates around the College is in the best location in town – conveniently central to all the amenities, but away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic. The College also offers varied options for work and study space. The Quincentenary Library has an impressive and growing collection of books, friendly librarians, comfortable chairs, and is a convenient place to focus and get some work done. For variety, I also enjoy getting work done in the new airy and light Roost Café while enjoying a coffee.

Jesus College also generously supports postgraduates to enjoy new learning experiences. For example, I was delighted to receive a summer travel grant at the end of the first year of my PhD.

Lastly, the elegant, peaceful and beautiful Jesus College Chapel is just the right space to escape for a few minutes of serenity in a busy day.

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