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Strategic plan 2018-24


The University Strategic Plan sets out a framework of priorities for the University, its divisions and departments. The Conference of Colleges has been consulted during the drafting of the plan and colleges will be vital partners in its implementation. The strategic plan will be underpinned by a more detailed implementation plan overseen by a programme board chaired by the Vice-Chancellor reporting to PRAC on a termly basis and, through it, to Council on an annual basis. The annual reports are also published on the University website (behind single sign-on).


The advancement of learning by teaching and research and its dissemination by every means.


We will work as one Oxford bringing together our staff, students and alumni, our colleges, faculties, departments and divisions to provide world-class research and education. We will do this in ways which benefit society on a local, regional, national and global scale. We will build on the University’s long-standing traditions of independent scholarship and academic freedom while fostering a culture in which innovation and collaboration play an important role.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to engendering inclusivity, and to supporting staff and student wellbeing, ensuring that the very best students and staff can flourish in our community. We believe that a diverse staff and student body strengthens our research and enhances our students’ learning.

The University’s distinctive democratic structure, born of its history, will continue to offer a source of strength. Likewise Oxford’s collegiate structure provides the University with key aspects of its academic strength and its highly attractive student experience. Oxford will continue to foster the interdisciplinary nature of the colleges, their teaching strength, and their defining and enduring sense of community.

Themes and commitments