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The Arumugan Building, St Catherine's College
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Developing Oxford

Oxford is one of the leading universities in the world and to maintain and further its standing it continually strives to increase the quality of its teaching, research and facilities.

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. This represents, in the words of our Vice-Chancellor, ‘the essential downpayment on the future aspirations and achievements of our University’.

The Campaign aims to:

  • support the very best students, especially those with the greatest potential who do not have the financial means to come to Oxford;
  • invest in our academic staff and their work, securing existing posts, endowing new ones and safeguarding the Oxford tutorial system;
  • provide new resources and infrastructure, from student accommodation to new academic buildings.

At a time of major change for UK higher education funding, the role of philanthropy is vitally important. Oxford needs to diversify income streams and the Oxford Thinking Campaign is central to this strategy.

The challenge is great: we need help to secure the future of the University and, in doing so, provide a lasting foundation for our academics and students – a world-leading talented community that will continue to make a global impact for generations to come. Thank you for joining us in securing a better future.

Find out more on the Campaign website

Major building projects

The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is one of the most significant development projects the University of Oxford has undertaken for more than a century.

Find out more on the ROQ website