Wills Hall has some fine buildings and is set in beautiful grounds, but above all it is home to an academic community. As warden, I am responsible for leading this community. It is made up of 330 undergraduates, mostly in their first year, but with some second and final year students, a senior common room of eight graduate residents and my deputy, as well as a number of other graduates and academic colleagues who occupy flats in the main building. We are supported by an excellent team of administrative, residential and catering staff.
Wills is a place of contrasts. Remarkably peaceful in vacation, there is a tremendous vibrancy about life here in term time, with lots of events and a wide range of activities going on. My desire is to encourage a culture conducive to a positive balance between study, rest and recreation. The hall has a reputation for its friendliness; those who live here invariably look back on their time in hall with real gratitude and affection.
Wills is unusual among halls in having the Monica Wills Memorial Chapel on site. Built in 1930, its intention was – and still is – to be a place of Christian worship for all students and particularly for the residents of what are now six Stoke Bishop halls.
Wills also has a thriving hall association. Former members of hall who are still completing their studies at the University are kept in touch with Wills as affiliate members and can then join the Wills Hall Association as full members when they graduate. The WHA has members going right back to the foundation of the hall in 1929.
Its grounds and facilities make Wills Hall an ideal place for conferences, weddings and other corporate events. Whatever your reason for visiting us, you are most welcome.
Professor Julian Rivers