About the Association

St Anselm Hall Association

Welcome to the official online presence of the St Anselm Hall Association. These pages are intended to serve as a means of communicating information about the Association to Old Anselmians as well as current St Anselmians. To this end, there is a description of Association activities, and a list of diary dates for specific events. The reunions held each year are detailed, along with an Association membership form for anybody who might have lost touch, which can be printed out, filled in and used to join the Association.

We hope this may also act as a point of reconnection for Old Anselmians who have lost touch with the Hall and the Association, so full contact details are provided. I trust that you find these pages useful, and look forward to seeing you at an Association event in the near future.

David Godley,
Chairman of the St Anselm Hall Association

What the Association Does

The Association exists for three main reasons: as a network to keep Old Anselmians in touch with one another; to maintain links with the hall and the current student body; and to promote and further understanding of the valuable contribution a hall of residence can make to the university experience. Against a landscape of public sector cuts, tuition fees, self-catered accommodation and a limited view of halls as touchpoints for students in the 21st century, this has never been more vital.

As well as organizing the three main reunions, the Association tries to support the activities of the current student body. Past projects have included getting computer equipment, helping fund the Library’s purchase of the Everyman Millennium Collection of books, subsidies for sports tours, and the purchase of new staging equipment for theatrical and social events. From its own perspective, the Association has also commissioned portraits of former wardens, the first of Ronald Preston and Geoffrey North hang in the Closed Junior Common Room in Hall, with portraits of Wardens Smalley and Mawby currently underway.

The Association also publishes and sends to all members a bi-annual Newsletter, containing information on the Hall, news of Old Anselmians and upcoming events; the Winter Newsletter also comes with a copy of the latest Hall magazine, Floreat. The Newsletter editor is always happy to receive news from Old Anselmians, for inclusion in the following Newsletter. We are always looking for photographs of Association events, mostly for this site, but also for the Newsletter. If you have any that you think might be suitable then please contact us, along with any snippets of news and views.

Furthermore, the Association tries (whenever possible) to put Old Anselmians back in touch with their contemporaries when they lose contact. Many old friends have been reunited in this way, giving the opportunity to reconnect with old friends as well as making new ones, often across the generations.

Current students have also found the Association a useful source of contacts for internships, mentoring, advice and even job offers. As a body of members with a shared experience and common understanding, it is almost unique and gives an extra dimension to one of the few institutions of its kind still accessible in the UK today outside of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.

The Association is the organization which keeps Slemsmen together long after they have left the Hall and University of Manchester. The popularity of Slems can be seen by the number of students who choose to join the Old Boys’ Association when they leave the Hall.


Membership is open to anyone who has been resident in St Anselm Hall, Old Anselmians generally acknowledge a debt that they feel they owe to the Hall for the years that they spent here, and enjoy staying involved as part of the wider community which contributes to the experience of current Slemsmen. Every year the Association hosts a recruitment evening for all of those who are in Hall. In return for a completed membership application form, a drinks ticket is handed over. This continues as a social and networking evening in the bar with a competitive target for the students to reach a minimum number of completed applications to trigger a prize draw. Membership costs £15 a year from the spring after graduation, for which members receive the two Association newsletters, the annual Floreat (the Hall magazine) and advance notice of forthcoming events each year.

The Association also tries to reunite former members who lose touch with each other. Slems is more than a place to stay, not merely a roof over one’s head that leaves no trace of a memory in later years, but a vital part of the overall University experience which the Association helps to keep alive, for its members as for current students.

The Preston Scholarship

Ronald Preston, DDAround 2004 the Association committed itself to an annual student scholarship scheme in memory of the late Warden Ronald Preston, who was a passionate advocate of access to education and social justice.

Consequently, the Association awards a bursary each year of at least £500 to a continuing or graduating student of the hall without restriction on its use or application.

The scholarship contributes an extra dimension to life in Hall, demonstrating commitment to students and the contribution they can make, along with appreciating history, continuity and an investment in future talent.


St Anselm Hall was founded by the Church of England in 1907 and licensed by the University of Manchester as an official hall of residence. The University bought it in 1956 and subsequently extended it to the current capacity of 130 students. St Anselm Hall was the last of the single-sex halls  owned by the University in Manchester being a male hall of residence until going mixed for the 2017-18 academic year.

The St Anselm Hall Association’s origins date from the 1930s when Warden Duncan Armytage held regular dinners for alumni of St Anselm Hall in the University of Manchester. The arrangement was formalized in the early 1950s under Warden Ronald Preston, setting it on a firmer footing with a constitution, committee and AGM. It has grown to a membership of over 800 and holds three reunions every year for its members and their guests.

We enjoy hearing from Old Anselmians, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the reunions in the near future.

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The Clerk to the St. Anselm Hall Association,
St. Anselm Hall,
Kent Road East, Victoria Park,
Manchester, M14 5BX.

Email: clerk@slems.org.uk

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