Radcliffe Square
View of Radcliffe Square from St Mary's Spire
Credit: Sheng Peng (DPhil History), Student Photography Competition

Overview and VC's welcome

The Year in review


A brief overview of some of the highlights of the past year for the University of Oxford.

Vice-Chancellor's foreword

Professor Louise RichardsonProfessor Louise Richardson

Credit: John Cairns

2015/2016 has been quite a year for Oxford, for higher education generally, for Britain, and for my family and me personally.

The highlight was Oxford’s number 1 ranking by the Times Higher Education Global Rankings. This is the first time any British university has achieved the top spot and is a wonderful recognition of the extraordinary research and teaching that takes place here. 3 British universities were ranked in the top 10 globally and the UK was home to 6 of the top 10 European universities.

While Scotland has decided to remain in the Union, Britain has decided to leave the European Union and my family and I have moved from Scotland to Oxford.

Not a day has gone by since I arrived on 1 January 2016 that I have not marvelled at my good fortune in belonging to a dynamic, cosmopolitan, meritocratic community of brilliant academics, committed professionals and bright and aspiring students.

In the pages that follow we have sought to capture just some of the extraordinary work that takes place across our four Divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, and Medical Sciences. We also provide a glimpse into our museums, libraries and gardens, our role in the local community and our efforts to enhance the diversity of our students and staff. We provide an overview of core information about the University, our priorities, finances and relationships. We also provide evidence of the remarkable support we received from committed alumni and friends who generously support our work.

In these uncertain times we take great pride in our experts, whatever their nationality, and we derive strength from our belief in the enduring value of the research and teaching we do and the values that we share.

Professor Louise Richardson