Oxford in Westminster

VC and David Cameron at Big Data launch

Image: The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, welcomes the Prime Minister to the opening of the Li Ka Shing Centre, May 2013. Photo: David Fisher


Oxford University has conversations with national government and politicians on an extensive array of issues. From funding for research to advice on exam reform, student funding and regional economic development. In addition, barely a week passes without an Oxford academic giving expert evidence to select committees in the Lords and the Commons on one of the many issues which are covered by Oxford research.

The Head of Government and Community Relations at Oxford University, Margaret Ounsley:

  • provides briefing for MPs and Peers on issues of interest to Oxford University
  • co-ordinates input to government consultations and policy formation
  • co-ordinates visits to Oxford of government ministers, parliamentarians and other VIPs
  • co-ordinates events in Westminster to raise awareness of the work done by the University
  • provides advice planning and activity on government and parliamentary related matters


Oxford's reports and briefings to Parliament


Oxford makes its case

City Deal - VC and Deputy PM

Jan 30, 2014:

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today that the Oxfordshire City Deal will bring investment in innovation and infrastructure expected to be worth over £1.2bn.

The official signing of the City Deal between local partners, including Oxford University, and the Government sees improvements in roads and public transport to link the region's world-class research and industrial areas creating thousands of new jobs. The City Deal signing follows the announcement made by Chancellor George Osborne on Tuesday that £30m of Government funding as part of a total investment of £67m in four innovation centres across Oxfordshire. Read our news story here


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