One of the newest colleges in Oxford, Nuffield College, founded in 1937, is a graduate college specialising in the social sciences, particularly economics, politics and sociology. From its inception, Nuffield College initiated a number of trends at both Oxford and Cambridge, namely: it was the first college to have both women and men housed together; it was the first college to consist solely of graduate students; it was the first in modern times to have a defined subject focus, ie, the social sciences. Founded by Lord Nuffield, of Morris Motors fame, its architecture is designed to conform to the traditional college layout, and its modernist spire is a landmark for those approaching Oxford from the west. Situated next to the grassy knoll of the Oxford Castle mound, when I first saw a picture of the Nuffield spire I assumed the college was way out in the countryside somewhere. This landmark spire, however, like the Headington Shark, has been, and quite possibly still is, unloved. It has has been described as 'ungainly' and the college as a whole as 'Oxford's biggest monument to barren reaction.' Ouch! Of course, this negative reaction makes it the perfect partner poster for the Headington Shark - two ugly sisters, together at last.