The University of Oxford is a co-ed research university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. With evidence of instruction dating back to 1096, it is the second-oldest institution still in operation and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has rapidly grown in size since Henry II barred English students from studying there in 1167.
After difficulties between students and Oxford town citizens, a number of professors moved north-east to Cambridge in 1209, where they established what would become the University of Cambridge. The two storied English universities that make up the term “Oxbridge” have a lot in common.
The university consists of a number of academic departments split into four divisions, 39 component colleges that operate in a semi-autonomous manner, five permanent private halls, and more. Within the university, each college operates independently, managing its own student body and carrying out its own internal operations. Each student is a member of a college.
It lacks a main campus and has buildings and amenities scattered across the city centre. The majority of the undergraduate curriculum at Oxford is made up of lectures, small-group tutorials in homes and colleges, seminars, laboratory work, and occasionally supplementary tutorials offered by the core university faculties and departments. Most postgraduate education is distributed centrally.
Oxford is responsible for running the largest university press in the world, the oldest university museum in the world, and the nation’s largest network of academic libraries. For the fiscal year that concluded on July 31, 2019, the university generated $2.45 billion in total revenue, of which £624.8 million came from grants and contracts for research.
30 British prime ministers and other world leaders of state and government are among the many notable Oxford alumni. 73 Nobel Prize winners, four Fields Medalists, six Turing Award winners, and 160 Olympic medal winners are among the graduates of Oxford University as of October 2022. One of the many scholarships available at Oxford is the Rhodes Award, one of the first international graduate award programmes.
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