St Hugh’s was founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the poet William Wordsworth. Elizabeth was a champion of the cause of women’s education, and St Hugh’s was originally established to enable poorer women to study at Oxford. In 1986 the College started admitting male undergraduates and now welcomes students from a wide variety of schools, backgrounds and countries. Although women are no longer barred from experiencing an Oxford education, there are students for whom barriers still exist. St Hugh’s is dedicated to developing innovative ways to broaden access for these students, which gives the College its reputation for being friendly and inclusive.