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A collegiate university
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Students at Oxford benefit from belonging both to the University, a large, internationally-renowned institution, and to a college or hall, a small, interdisciplinary academic community.

Most undergraduate students live and socialise in their college and form a strong affiliation to it. The colleges are responsible for delivering tutorials, while university departments will provide lectures and practical classes.

Many colleges will have their own student societies – for example in addition to the Oxford University Law Society most colleges also have their own college Law Society.

More on colleges and how Oxford University is organised here.

Short, intense terms
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Oxford has three 8-week terms in each academic year: Michaelmas (October to December), Hilary (January to March) and Trinity (April to June). During term time undergraduates have lectures, laboratory classes, and work such as essays or problem sets to prepare for weekly tutorials in which students discuss and explore their subject in small groups with an expert in the field. The academic workload is heavy during term, and time-pressure can be intense.

A diverse student population
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There are around 24,000 students at Oxford, a fairly even split between undergraduates and postgraduates.

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.

The overall proportion of students disclosing a disability increased from 7% to 11% between 2012 and 2016. In Michaelmas term 2017, over 3500 matriculated students were registered with the University’s Disability Advisory Service.

Find detailed student numbers and other university facts and figures here.

Not a campus university
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Visitors to Oxford sometimes ask where the university is…. it’s everywhere! Colleges and departments are spread throughout the city. There is no central campus or central social hub. Some departments cluster together in particular areas of the city – for example the science area, or the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (some humanities, maths and the Blavatnik School of Government), or medical sciences at the John Radcliffe Hospital site. The lack of a central campus can make it difficult for employers to select venues suitable for recruitment events. We are happy to advise on venues.

This information was last updated on 06 July 2018.
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Recent blogs about Understanding Oxford

Introducing: Sustainability questions for employers

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 14/02/2020.

Helping you to make informed decisions about the organisations advertising vacancies and events in CareerConnect

The University of Oxford Careers Service’s mission is to enable students to make well informed decisions about their career. As part of this, we are actively exploring ways to help you learn about recruiting organisations’ approaches to sustainability.

Drawing on the Oxford Martin Principles for Climate-Conscious Investment, we have introduced a set of questions for recruiters, that allows you to find out more about their sustainability credentials. You will easily be able to access an organisation’s stance on the climate crisis, its plan on how it will achieve Net-Zero by 2050 and remain profitable, and other relevant credentials in the area of sustainability. In future, you will be able to search on those employers who have answered sustainability questions in specific ways.

All of the information above will be made available in the individual organisation profiles in CareerConnect.

Open lecture at Oxford Brookes: ‘Breaking news – why journalism needs remaking’

Posted on behalf of Oxford Brookes . Blogged by Julia Sadler on 14/02/2020.

Breaking news: why journalism needs remaking

WHEN: Wednesday 13 May, 18:00-19:00 (open to all, not just Brookes students)
WHERE: John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes

In the revolution around the digital transformation of journalism, have we lost the connection between news and democracy? Join the former Guardian Editor-in-Chief, and Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Alan Rusbridger at Oxford Brookes for his insights into how journalism is changing and needs to change.

This lecture is open to all – you don’t need to be a Brookes student or alumni – but you will need to register here first:

Further Information about the speaker

  • Alan was Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian from 1995 to 2015. He is currently Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, and Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. During his time at the Guardian, both he and the paper won numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism.
  • He was born in Zambia, was educated at the University of Cambridge and lives in Oxford and London. He is the co-author of the BBC drama, Fields of Gold. He is a keen amateur musician and the author of Play it Again. His memoir of journalism and its future, Breaking News, was published in 2018.

Charityworks Graduate Scheme – Apply by 26 February

Posted on behalf of Charityworks . Blogged by Annie Dutton on 13/02/2020.

CharityWorks is a 12-month paid graduate scheme with partner organisations such as AgeUK and NSPCC to award-winning local housing associations like Poplar HARCA in the East End of London, to national organisations like the National Housing Federation.

Joining the Charityworks programme is one way to begin a career that creates real social impact, as well as providing an unparalleled development experience through  ILM-endorsed leadership programme.

Trainees are placed in a large variety of roles, from right at the frontline to contributing to strategic functions such as governance and policy. Apply by 26 February through the CharityWorks website.

Just a few days left to apply for international summer internships

Blogged by Paloma Campos Da Silva on 12/02/2020.

If you haven’t yet applied for an international summer internship, there are still a few days left to submit up to three applications through the Summer Internship Programme. To make it easier for you to navigate the options available, we have compiled a list of internships by sector and location.

You can apply through CareerConnect with a one-page CV and a 600-word personal statement for each internship. If you need help with your application, you can book a one-to-one support session through CareerConnect with a member of the Internship Office team.

For further support when applying, have a look on our website for advice on writing your CV and personal statement, and see our comprehensive application support guide.

Don’t miss out! The deadline is on Monday, 17 February.

Want to learn more about what the World Bank?

Blogged by Damilola Odimayo on 12/02/2020.

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership working to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

To find out more, come and hear about career opportunities with the World Bank:

WHEN: Wednesday 19 February 13:00-14:00
WHERE: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

 Places are limited and sign up is required via CareerConnect.

 

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