University of Oxford

The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University, or simply Oxford), located in the City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.It is also regarded as one of the world’s leading academic institutions. The name is sometimes abbreviated as Oxon. in post-nominals (from the Latin Oxoniensis), although Oxf is sometimes used in official publications. The University has 38 independent colleges, and 6 permanent private halls.

The university traces its roots back to at least 1167, although the exact date of foundation remains unclear, and there is evidence of teaching there as far back as the 10th century. After a dispute between students and townsfolk broke out in 1209, some of the academics at Oxford fled north-east to the town of Cambridge, where the University of Cambridge was founded. The two universities (collectively known as ‘Oxbridge’) have since had a long history of competition with each other.

The University of Oxford is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, the Coimbra Group (a network of leading European universities), the League of European Research Universities, International Alliance of Research Universities and is also a core member of the Europaeum. Academically, Oxford is consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 universities. For more than a century, it has served as the home of the Rhodes Scholarship, which brings highly accomplished students from a number of countries to study at Oxford as postgraduates.

University of Oxford

Latin: Universitas Oxoniensis
Motto: Dominus Illuminatio Mea (Latin)
Motto in English: The Lord is my Light
Established: Unknown, teaching existed since 1096
Type: Public
Endowment: ?3.6 billion (inc. colleges)
Chancellor: The Rt. Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes
Vice-Chancellor: John Hood
Students: 19,486
Undergraduates: 11,300
Postgraduates: 7,380
Location: Oxford, England, UK
Colours: Oxford Blue
Affiliations: IARU
Russell Group
Coimbra Group
‘Golden Triangle’

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