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The University and the Colleges

The different roles of the University and Colleges have evolved over time.

Colleges and Halls

  • Select and admit undergraduate students, and select graduate students after they are admitted by Oxford University.
  • Provide accommodation, meals, common rooms, libraries, sports and social facilities, and pastoral care for their students.
  • Are responsible for students' tutorial teaching and welfare.

The University

  • Determines the content of the courses within which college teaching takes place.
  • Organises lectures and seminars.
  • Provides a wide range of resources for teaching and learning in the form of libraries, laboratories, museums, computing facilities, etc.
  • Admits and supervises graduate students, examines theses.
  • Sets and marks examinations.
  • Awards degrees.

Conference of Colleges

  • Represents the common concerns of the colleges.
  • Negotiates with central University bodies on collegiate matters.
  • Appoints members of joint University/College committees.
  • Has representation on Council, its committees, and the four Divisional Boards.
  • Acts as a body for intercollegiate discussion and decision-making.