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Many employers undertake mailings throughout the year to promote their organisation to Oxford University students. These most often publicise Oxford presentations but may also be used to draw attention to other events, specific job opportunities or competitions. For many employers a mailing is a useful means of introducing themselves to the students and for raising student awareness of their company and the opportunities they provide. You will be able to target your mailing at those students who are most interest in hearing from employers in your industry sector.

The Careers Service undertakes about 120 mailings per year on average (split between the paper mailshot and e-mailshot services). Our aim is to facilitate contact between employers and students and to provide the best possible assistance in furthering your Oxford University marketing plan.

The Careers Service offers two different mailing opportunities; a paper mailshot service and e-mailshots. While we welcome recruitment agencies acting on behalf of named clients, we cannot advertise the services of the recruitment agencies themselves. We are also unable to distribute surveys.


The e-mailshot service is carried out through our system, CareerConnect. One of the many functions that make up this system is the ability for students to register to receive employer mailings. Please note that the student registration is voluntary and marketing preferences are of course updatable, therefore the numbers will fluctuate marginally throughout the year.

To ensure that your message reaches the right students you are able to target all students interested in receiving information about your industry sector or any combination of students by graduation year within that group.

Year Groups


  1. Graduating 2019 – Finalists of 3 and 4 year undergraduate courses
  2. Graduating 2020 – Penultimate year students of 3 or 4 year undergraduate courses
  3. Graduating 2021 – First year students of 3 year courses, and second year students of 4 year undergraduate courses
  4. Graduating 2022 – First year students of 4 year courses

Postgraduate Taught (PGT)

These are a combination of one year taught masters students and two-year taught and research master’s students (called MPhil at Oxford)

Postgraduate Research (PGR)

These are primarily PhD students (called DPhil at Oxford) but also our MSc by Research students (these are students on a programme of supervised independent research resulting in a masters qualification).


See our price list for employer e-mailshots

See our price list for employer e-mailshots here. Please note that the actual student numbers may be different from those shown in the price list grid if you select multiple sectors of interest, as selections could end up containing duplicates. The Employer Relations team will email you with the final figure of students your e-shot will reach.

There are reduced rates for Associate members of our Recruiters’ Group with members receiving a 20% discount on their total bill. Partner members of our Recruiters’ Group can send targeted E-mailshots for free


To ensure your message stands out to students we limit the number of e-mailshots sent per industry sector to a maximum of three per day. This is generally only relevant for our busiest weeks (the first four weeks of our Autumn term).

Whilst we appreciate it is not always possible, please provide us with a window, rather than a fixed date for your mailing so we are able to maximise its impact.

We require three working days’ notice to send out an e-mailshot. Requests should be submitted by 12 noon, three working days in advance.  However, we will always try to accommodate short notice mailings within the above constraints if at all possible.

We only accept requests for mailings via the online form.

Click here to submit a request for an e-mailshot

Once your request has been submitted (using the online form) we are unable to accept corrections or edits so please ensure you are happy with the content before submitting.

You will receive a confirmation email once your email has been sent detailing the time of sending.

You will receive a separate communication from our finance team after the email has been sent containing your invoice for payment.

The Careers Service retains the right to refuse sending emails that we deem inappropriate, for example messages contacting discriminatory or inflammatory content.

If you need additional help or have any other questions please email mailings@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Paper mailshots

Direct paper mailings are personally addressed and sent to students at their college address. In terms of selection you can choose to target students on the basis of:

  • Year Group – finalists / penultimates
  • Course – undergraduate / postgraduate
  • Subject – from ancient history to zoology
  • Nationality


There is a £50 administration fee plus £1.25 per person charge for sending a paper mailshot. There are reduced rates for members of our Recruiters’ Group, with Associate members receiving a 20% discount on their total bill and Partners receiving at 50% discount. Organisations that are not members of our Recruiters’ Group can send a maximum of two paper mailshots per term; Associates, five; and Partners a maximum of ten.


The ‘paper mailshot request form’ will guide you through the process of selecting the most appropriate students. It includes the details of the degree courses studied at Oxford University at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. It also includes the average number of students who take this course each year.

These numbers can fluctuate each year, and so once you have decided who you wish to send your mailing to please contact us via email on mailings@careers.ox.ac.uk – and we will be able to give you an exact number of students in that particular subject / year group etc.

Once the details of your paper mailing are confirmed, please send any materials to: Mailshots, Oxford University Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA. At peak times, please allow 5 working days from the receipt of your materials for us to process them and send them out, although we will always do our best to turn any urgent requests around in less time. Unfortunately due to distribution restrictions we can only send out mailings that are a maximum of A5 sized. This, however, gives plenty of possibility for flyers, postcards and letters etc depending on the information you want to convey.

This information was last updated on 17 September 2019.
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Week 7: 

  • Friday 27 November –  Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.

Week 8:

  • Friday 3 December – Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.
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