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The Campaign

Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford

In 2008, the University of Oxford launched the biggest fundraising campaign in European history, aiming to raise a minimum of £1.25 billion. We passed this initial target in March 2012 and the University has now set a new target of £3 billion.

The Campaign aims to:

Oxford at the Olympics

Hundreds of our alumni have participated and many more have been at the heart of helping to stage the modern Olympics, including London 2012. Below you will find details of Oxonians who have competed in Olympic and Paralympic Games, listed by athlete, medal type and year.

Women at Oxford


Award winners

Nobel Prize winners

Nobel Prizes are awarded annually in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace and economics.

Famous Oxonians

20th and 21st Centuries

  • Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • HM King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • Sir Grantley Adams, former Premier of Barbados and Prime Minister of the West Indies
  • J M G (Tom) Adams, former Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Diran Adebayo, author
  • Samira Ahmed, journalist and presenter
  • Monica Ali, author
  • Tariq Al

Staff numbers

The University of Oxford employs over 13,600 people and is the largest employer in Oxfordshire.

This figure does not include those employed solely by the colleges or by Oxford University Press, or casual workers or those employed on variable hours contracts

Admissions statistics

Oxford is committed to recruiting the best candidates from all backgrounds and all identities. The University is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality and values diversity. For more information about our access programmes and how to apply, please see our admissions pages.

Student numbers

Total students

Undergraduates make up 49% of the total student body, graduate students 49%, and other students 2%.

  Men Women Total
 Undergraduates 6,196 5,551 11,747
 Graduates 6,526 5,1

Facts and figures

Did you know?

  • Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017 and 2018.
  • There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates.
  • Oxford is very competitive: nearly 20,000 people applied for around 3,200 undergraduate places for entry in 2017.