Parks College | University of Oxford
Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road, Oxford
Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road, Oxford
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Parks College

A new graduate society on the Radcliffe Science Library site.

Parks College is a new graduate society at Oxford University, which will focus on interdisciplinary research in the 21st century. Located in the heart of the University Science Area on the historic Radcliffe Science Library site, Parks College, Oxford’s 39th college, will draw together researchers from different disciplines to explore some of the big questions of our time.

The new graduate society, which is known as Parks College in reference to its location on Parks Road, will be a vibrant research and social community, actively promoting interdisciplinary exchanges through a programme of seminars, workshops and reading groups.

There will be an initial focus on three research clusters, whose themes have been chosen for their wide reach across the four divisions of the University, their strongly interdisciplinary nature, Oxford's existing and potential strengths in these areas, and their innovation and entrepreneurship potential. The initial clusters will focus on the topics of (a) Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, (b) Environmental Change, and (c) Cellular Life - each of them broadly defined. These clusters have natural synergies, enabling cross-cutting insights and research collaborations to emerge.

Once there is a full complement of graduate students, it is anticipated that Parks College will have 6 to 8 interdisciplinary clusters. Champions for each of these clusters will be appointed as Official Fellows.

With a planned initial intake in October 2020 of 50 graduate students, Parks College aims to provide a rich intellectual and social experience, which fosters cross-disciplinary interaction. The target is to reach an annual intake of 200 graduate students by October 2022, including those studying for research degrees and on taught courses.

The plans for Parks College are being integrated with the existing plans for the refurbishment of the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) building. This will see the development of modern science library facilities, which will be open to all Bodleian readers; and a collections centre for the University museums to facilitate collections-based teaching, research and public engagement.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko was invited by the Vice-Chancellor to oversee the development of the Parks College, and his appointment as the founding President has been approved by the University Council. Professor Tarassenko, who is currently Head of the Department of Engineering Science, is a world-leading expert in the application of signal processing and machine learning to healthcare.

Recruitment for Fellowships and employed posts begins in June 2019. See our Jobs & Vacancies page for current opportunities.

Find out more about the Radcliffe Science Library Redevelopment project.

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