In 1326, Clare was the first Oxford or Cambridge foundation to bring together a Master, Fellows, and Scholars in a single community. 

Today we are a diverse College community brought together by a common interest in learning, teaching, and research with around 100 Fellows, 300 postgraduate students, and 500 undergraduate students. 

The Master

Loretta Minghella, OBE
I fell in love with Clare the first time I crossed the bridge in 1980, a girl with big dreams and small hopes. Three years at Clare gave me a great group of friends, the education and the confidence to tackle many different challenges over what has been a really varied career. It is an enormous privilege to be returning as Clare’s first woman Master to lead this special community of students, alumni, staff and Fellows. Together, we will ensure Clare continues to provide an exceptional environment for teaching, learning and research and offers, to every one of its members, the warmest of welcomes.
Loretta Minghella OBE (2021 - present)