Parks College | University of Oxford
Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road, Oxford
Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road, Oxford
Credit: Bodleian Libraries

Parks College

A new graduate college at the University of Oxford, with a focus on 21st century interdisciplinary research. Please see our Vacancies page for current opportunities to work with us.

Parks College was officially established on 7th May 2019 as a graduate society at the University of Oxford, similar to Kellogg College and St Cross College. The college is currently preparing to open for postgraduate applications in September 2020, for admission in the 2021-22 academic year.  Find out more about our timeline to graduate student entry.

Known as Parks College in reference to its location on Parks Road, in the heart of the University Science Area, the college will share its building with the historic Radcliffe Science Library and a new Museums Collections Teaching and Research Centre. The building is currently undergoing an extensive programme of refurbishment, which will create exceptional new spaces and facilities for teaching, study, research, public engagement and social interactions. Find out more about this unique partnership with Oxford University's libraries and museums.

Parks College will be a vibrant research and social community that draws together researchers from different disciplines to explore some of the big questions of our time. Much of 21st-century research is interdisciplinary, and some of the most exciting research takes place at the boundary between two or more disciplines. This new college will provide the space, facilities and resources to actively promote interaction and exchange both among Oxford researchers and with the wider public, including industry, government and other organisations. A programme of intellectual activities, practical support and engagement opportunities will be at the heart of college life, aiming to stimulate collaboration and facilitate impact from our research endeavours.

Our focus is on addressing the big challenges of the 21st century, and initially, we have identified three research clusters around which we will organise academic activities. These are broadly defined as:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – addressing problems of global significance from billions of data streams, people and sensors; which will involve not only computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and statisticians, working on fundamental principles or applications of AI, but also neuroscientists and biologists interested in characterising human intelligence, philosophers working in philosophy of mind and social scientists exploring ethical issues.
  • Environmental Change – addressing the drivers, impacts of, and responses to, environmental change. This theme covers research ranging from the institutional, social and behavioural drivers of biodiversity loss and climate change; earth system changes (physical, biological and social);  and responses to these changes (including human relationships with their environment).
  • Cellular Life – involving research that seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms of living organisms, with an emphasis on the cell; and including approaches that look at processes, causes, cures, and impacts from social, economic, historical, or biological perspectives.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko is the founding President of Parks College, and we are currently undergoing a recruitment process to establish the first Governing Body, who will be responsible for developing and delivering the strategic, academic, financial and operational policies and processes of the college. 

Planning & consultation

Consultations - The building project to redevelop the Radcliffe Science Library, which will be the new, shared home of Parks College, also includes information and consultation events to provide opportunities for the public to find out about and comment on proposed building works.

Focus group report - As part of our planning process to establish the college's vision, strategy and policies, we held a series of focus group discussions to gain insights and feedback from a cross-section of the University community – including academic and non-academic staff, graduate and undergraduate students. The discussions contributed to a wider consultation exercise, which included open Question and Answer sessions, presentations to a range of university committees, and informal discussions with members of Departments and Colleges, students and staff both in groups and individually. A report from the focus group discussions is now available to share some of the insights and opinions of the many different members of the University who were involved.

See our Jobs & Vacancies page for current opportunities.


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