Honouring the College's history in its name
Wednesday 26th May 2010
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The College's Governing Body and alumnae have worked together to establish a new formal name for the College which will be incorporated into its Charter and Statutes. The College's formal name will be ‘The President and Fellows of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge', while it will be commonly known as ‘Murray Edwards College'. This was the preferred option for 70% of the 681 alumnae who took part in a consultation on three alternative names. This honours the College's heritage, and follows a long tradition of Cambridge Colleges having a long formal name and a short name for day-to-day use.
The College will now apply to the University of Cambridge and the Privy Council to change its Charter and Statutes, with the final approval expected in about Spring 2011.
Dr Jennifer Barnes, the College's President, said: "We are immensely grateful to all the alumnae who gave of their time to send us their thoughtful views. Our formal name will appear on our letterhead, website, College seal and cornerstone on Buckingham Road. We continue to honour and remember our heritage as New Hall, and I thank all those alumnae who have given us ideas on how this might be achieved. I look forward to continuing these conversations with our alumnae in the future."