Teaching Online Contents
- 1 how to about oxford university in uk
- 2 Organisation
- 3 Facts and figures
- 4 Oxford people
- 5 Increasing access
- 6 International Oxford
- 7 Building Our Future
how to about oxford university in uk
Oxford has a distinctive collegiate structure. Students and academics benefit from belonging both to the University, a large, internationally-renowned institution, and to a college or hall, a small, interdisciplinary academic community.
The colleges and halls
There are 38 Oxford colleges, which are financially independent and self-governing, but relate to the central University in a kind of federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which are similar to colleges except that they tend to be smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations. The colleges and halls are close academic communities, which bring together students and researchers from different disciplines, cultures and countries. This helps to foster the outstanding research achievement that has made Oxford a leader in so many fields.
The colleges and the University work together to organise teaching and research, and many staff at Oxford will hold both a college and a University post.
If you are interested in undergraduate study at Oxford, please consult our information on colleges for prospective undergraduates.
The central University
The central University is made up of many different sections, including academic and administrative departments, libraries and museums.
There are roughly 100 major academic departments, which are overseen by the four academic divisions: Medical Sciences; Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences.
Each department organises teaching and research in a different subject area, from Anthropology to Zoology. There are also many smaller, specialist research centres and sub-departments.
The Department for Continuing Education offers part-time, flexible courses and programmes for adult learners. It offers more than 1,000 courses each year, including weekly classes, online courses, day, weekend and summer schools, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, and continuing professional development courses.
The role of the colleges and halls and the University in student life
Almost every student at Oxford is a member of a college. Most colleges admit both graduate and undergraduate students.
- The undergraduate admissions process is co-ordinated by the University, but colleges are ultimately responsible for selecting and admitting their undergraduate students.
- The University admits graduate students, but once they have been offered a place by the University, graduate students are also selected by a college.
Facilities and resources
- Colleges provide accommodation, catering, social spaces, pastoral care and other facilities for their students.
- The University provides centralised student services, including careers and counselling, as well as resources such as libraries, laboratories and museums.
- Colleges organise tutorial teaching for undergraduates. Tutorials are central to studying at Oxford, giving students an opportunity to discuss and explore their subject in small groups with an expert in the field.
- The University supervises graduate students and examines graduate theses.
- The University determines the content of degree courses, and organises lectures, seminars and lab work for both undergraduate and graduate students.
- The University sets and marks examinations, and awards degrees to students.
Did you know?
- Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017 and 2018.
- There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates.
- Oxford is very competitive: nearly 20,000 people applied for around 3,200 undergraduate places for entry in 2017. That means that Oxford receives, on average, more than 6 applications for each available place.
- The majority of Oxford’s UK undergraduates come from state schools. The latest figures show that, of places offered to UK applicants, over 58% of undergraduate places went to students from the state sector.
- Oxford offers more than 350 different graduate degree programmes.
- International students make up almost 43% of our total student body – over 10,000 students. Students come to Oxford from more than 150 countries and territories.
- According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the official UK-wide assessment of all university research, Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country.
- The University, including the colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting around more than 30,000 jobs in the county and injecting more than £2.3bn annually into the regional economy.
With more than 22,000 students, 13,000 staff and 230,000 alumni around the world, people are what make Oxford an internationally renowned university.
Oxford wants the best students, from every kind of background.
The University is committed to ensuring that our undergraduate admissions processes identify students with outstanding academic potential and the ability to benefit from an Oxford course whatever their background, as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan.
The University of Oxford undertakes a wide range of activities to inform, attract, and support the most able candidates from all socio-economic, cultural and geographical backgrounds. We know that our main challenges lie in encouraging students from under-represented groups to apply to Oxford and in helping them to make competitive applications. As a result our outreach activity has become increasingly targeted at those groups that are under-represented in higher education in general and the University of Oxford in particular.
- students living in neighbourhoods where there is low-participation higher education (POLAR);
- those living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage (ACORN);
- schools with little history of successful Oxford applications;
- under-represented ethnic minority groups (African, Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi);
- first-generation HE participants;
- women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects
- white working class boys and girls
- rural and coastal locations with a history of low progression to higher education
Oxford’s international profile rivals that of any university in the world, highlighted by the breadth and depth of its research collaborations and a truly global student body and academic staff.
The University of Oxford’s estate accommodates the day-to-day teaching, learning, research and administrative activities of the central University. It includes some of the oldest and finest buildings in the city as well as showcasing much newer, state-of-the-art architecture.
The land and buildings owned by the 38 colleges and six permanent private halls are not part of the University estate, because colleges are self-governing and financially-independent institutions.