University of Oxford

Coordinates: 51°45′40″N 1°15′12″W / 51.7611°N 1.2534°W / 51.7611; -1.2534

University of Oxford
Oxford University Coat Of Arms.svg
Latin: Universitas Oxoniensis
Motto Dominus Illuminatio Mea (Latin)
Motto in English
"The Lord is my Light"
Established c. 1096; 922 years ago (1096)[1]
Endowment £5.069 billion (inc. colleges) (as of 31 July 2016)[4]
Budget £1.253 billion (2015-16)[3]
Chancellor Chris Patten
Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson[5][6]
Academic staff
1,791[7]
Students 23,195 (2016)[8]
Undergraduates 11,728 (2016)[8]
Postgraduates 10,941 (2016)[8]
Other students
500[9]
Location Oxford, England, UK
Campus College town
Colours      Oxford blue[10]
Athletics The Sporting Blue
Affiliations IARU
Russell Group
Europaeum
EUA
Golden Triangle
G5
LERU
SES
Website ox.ac.uk
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University of Oxford is located in the United Kingdom
University of Oxford
Location in the United Kingdom

The University of Oxford (formally The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford; informally Oxford University or simply Oxford)[11] is a prestigious and highly selective collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096,[1] making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation.[1][12] It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.[1] After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge.[13] The two "ancient universities" are frequently jointly referred to as "Oxbridge".

The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions.[14] All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities.[15] Being a city university, it does not have a main campus and instead its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. Most undergraduate teaching at Oxford is organised around weekly tutorials at the colleges and halls, supported by classes, lectures and laboratory work provided by university faculties and departments.

The university operates the world's oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world[16] and the largest academic library system in Britain.[17] Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 29 Nobel laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and many heads of state and government around the world.[18] 69 Nobel Prize winners have studied, worked, or held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford. Oxford is the home of the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world's oldest international scholarships.[19]

  1. ^ a b c d "Introduction and History". University of Oxford. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oxford University Colleges Financial Statements 2016" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b "Financial Statements 2015/16" (PDF). University of Oxford. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Colleges £4,159.1M,[2] University (consolidated) £909.8M[3]
  5. ^ "Declaration of approval of the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor". Oxford University Gazette. University of Oxford. 25 June 2015. p. 659. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Vice-Chancellor pledges 'innovative, creative' future for Oxford". News and Events. University of Oxford. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Headcount by staff group". Data for 2015 booklet (PDF). 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Student Numbers". University of Oxford. University of Oxford. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Supplement (1) to No. 5049 – Student Numbers 2013" (PDF). Oxford University Gazette. Oxford: University of Oxford. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "The brand colour – Oxford blue". Ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "The University as a charity". University of Oxford. 
  12. ^ Sager, Peter (2005). Oxford and Cambridge: An Uncommon History. p. 36. 
  13. ^ "Early records". University of Cambridge. 
  14. ^ "Oxford divisions". University of Oxford. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference CollegesandHalls was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ Balter, Michael (16 February 1994). "400 Years Later, Oxford Press Thrives". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  17. ^ Cite error: The named reference uls was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  18. ^ Cite error: The named reference Famous was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  19. ^ "Rhodes Scholarships". rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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