The Atkin Society is the College Society for all Magdalen lawyers, and is named after Lord Atkin, a Magdalen lawyer best known for his judgement in Donoghue v. Stevenson, the case of the snail in the ginger beer bottle. The society promotes stronger interactions between students and fellows of Law in Magdalen, and has a number of exciting events in the calendar, highlights including the Atkin Society Dinner Moot, and the Christmas Dinner. More information can be found online here.

The Florio Society meets to appreciate the poems of its members, with meetings usually inviting anonymous contributions on a subject or theme. They are read aloud at meetings, with critical discussion following. Find out more about the Florio Society here or

Definitely one of the most popular College societies, the Magdalen Film Society holds weekly screenings in the Magdalen Auditorium, which has a large cinema screen, 200 seats, and even cinema curtains! Films range from old classics to foreign films and popular new movies. We do roughly 15 events (and 30 films) a term, and entry is £2.50 for Magdalenites (£3 otherwise) a night, and free on Wednesdays! Like our Facebook page “Magdalen Film Society” to get regular updates about our term card and individual events. Find out more here or on facebook here

The Magdalen Music Society comprises a number of student-led ensembles and aims to be inclusive of a wide variety of musical genres. Along with the termly concerts, each week there are two informal recitals taking place in the college auditorium and chapel that anyone can play in or attend. 

Among the ensembles run by the society are: Magdalen Big Band and Magdalen Singers, neither of which are auditioning and are both welcoming of students from across the university, not just Magdalen.

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The Magdalen Players are the College’s drama society, which claims a long and illustrious history of famous names, including Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Dudley Moore. The Players help with productions across the University, and also holds fortnightly rehearsed readings as well as putting on a number of plays each year, including the highly anticipated annual Magdalen College Garden Show, held in the President’s Garden. Find out more on the Magdalen Players website or through their Facebook group 

The Sherrington Society is the University-wide medical society based at Magdalen, and named after Sir Charles Sherrington, a Nobel-prize winning Magdalen Fellow. The society regularly hosts speakers in the medical field to encourage debate on topical issues. Students of medicine, human sciences, biomedical sciences, and experimental psychology receive termly updates of the society’s talks and social events. A highlight of the social calendar is the end of year dinner in Trinity Term. For more information, please see the Sherrington Society web page or on facebook 

A group for those that love gardening and spending time outside in the soil! Magdalen has a set of raised gardening beds exclusively for student use, and we will be tending to them term time, planting a selection of vegetables, salads, fruit, and flowers. Everyone is welcome to get involved! As the weather is getting better we will also be hosting picnics to enjoy our own produce and have a chat in the sun. More information can be found at

(the college has garden beds reserved for student use).