Why are the Institute’s terms named as they are?
The Institute follows the old English custom of naming its terms as follows:
- Michaelmas Term (Generally September/October to the Nativity of Christ): This term takes its name from the Feast of the Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Hosts. In the Orthodox Calendar this feast is kept as a synaxis on 8th / 21st November, and the term encompasses and is named for this celebration (in the west this feast is kept on 29th September, which often marked the start date of the term in older universities).
- Hilary Term (Generally from January to May): This term takes its name from St Hilary of Poitiers, one of the great Fathers of the early Church, whose feast day is kept on 13th / 26th January. This feast day not only marked the middle term of the academic year, but also became the point on the calendar that divided the legal year in the UK and other regions. In most universities today Hilary Term runs January to March, but at the Institute it is an extended term that normally ends in April or May.
- Trinity Term (Our ‘summer term’, generally from June to August): The final term of the annual academic cycle is so named in honour of the Sunday of the Holy Trinity (Pentecost), which falls fifty days after Pascha. While the movable nature of the Orthodox Paschal calendar means that oftentimes Trinity Sunday does not fall during our summer months, we retain the traditional term title all the same.
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