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University of Oxford

As the oldest in the English-speaking world, the University is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167.


Over the centuries, the University strengthened its traditional role as an international forum for intellectual debate and learning, and added a major research capacity in the natural and applied sciences to become a place for scientific discovery.


The University is associated with 16 winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, 11 in Chemistry, and 6 in Physics. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. Actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike also studied at Oxford, as did writers Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene and Vikram Seth.

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An Academic Centre of Excellence

Having been the first UK university to ever occupy the top position in the global university rankings, the University of Oxford has, for the fifth year in succession, been ranked number one in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).


For 10 consecutive years, the University has ranked first in the world for the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health disciplines and is, for the second year, number one in the world for Social Sciences. It also announced the creation of its 200th spinout company.

It is also amongst the top five universities globally for the following subjects:


Computer Science


Engineering and Technology


Business and Economics; Education; Life Sciences; Arts and Humanities.

Commercial Offerings

The University of Oxford is renowned for research excellence, having the largest volume of world-leading research in the country (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and being home to some of the most talented people from across the globe.


Research on topics related to the challenges of globalisation is carried out in a number of departments, including the Oxford Internet Institute, dedicated to the social science of the Internet, and the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford’s interdisciplinary institute for research on the complex processes of global environmental change and the promotion of change for the better through partnership and education.


Helping the lives of millions, the University solves real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of its research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

Discover the impact of the University of Oxford on the business community, in this interview with Kevin Wood, Head of Lambert Smith Hampton’s Oxford Office

University College

Medical Sciences Division

An internationally recognised centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching, it is ranked amongst the best five biomedical institutions in the world. One of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe, it comprises of over 5,500 academics, researchers, NHS clinicians and GPs, and 3,000 postgraduate and undergraduate students.


The Division has steadily grown with the opening of the Big Data Institute, Target Discovery Centre and BioEscalator, generating an annual research income of around £12.5 million.


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Oxford’s oldest college, founded in 1249, has alumni that includes Professor Stephen Hawking, writer CS Lewis and former US President Bill Clinton.


University College took another step forward in October 2018 by launching a blockchain research centre. Led by Professor Bill Roscoe, former head of Oxford University Computer Science Department and fellow of the college, the centre will begin by focusing on computing and cryptography. The aim is to improve the efficiency of blockchain mining and look into how to approach its other challenges.


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