Nuffield is a graduate college dedicated to advanced study and innovative research in the social sciences, particularly economics, politics, and sociology. It is a relatively small college, with a student body of around a hundred and an active community of postdoctoral researchers. The compact size and specialised nature of the college enable its students, postdoctoral researchers and fellows to work closely with one another in a stimulating research-oriented environment.
Nuffield welcomes applications from candidates for research or graduate study in economics, politics and international relations, sociology and social policy, all broadly conceived. Interdisciplinary applications are also welcome.
Nuffield College endeavours to match the research interests of students with those of the fellows of the college. Applicants are therefore encouraged to consult information on the research interests of Nuffield College's fellows.
Accommodation and meals
Nuffield provides student residential accommodation in the form of single bedrooms within the college and in adjacent buildings, including some rooms with en-suite facilities. Further single residential accommodation and limited partnered accommodation are offered in properties on the west side of Oxford, which are within approximately half a mile of the college. At present, no family accommodation is available.
Approximately one-half of Nuffield students reside in college or in college properties. Nuffield normally offers a maximum of two years of residential accommodation to graduate students depending on the degree for which students have been admitted and the type of course they studied before they arrived. Students residing on the main college site are also provided with office space at no additional charge, either as part of their accommodation, or separately in a shared office or a single study. Students who opt not to live on the college site are normally entitled to office space in college free of charge. Charges for residential accommodation cover 48 weeks of residence and are paid termly in advance.
Nuffield College has access to two sponsored nursery places, and matriculated students with children are eligible to apply for these places at one of the University’s nurseries, if any are available.
Further information about accommodation at Nuffield College is available in the college student handbook.
From October 2016, all matriculated Nuffield students who are liable to pay college fees are entitled to lunch in the college at no charge on days when the kitchens are open (normally throughout the year, with the exception of Sundays and Christmas, Easter and bank holiday closures). Students also have the option to take up an evening meal package, which covers low table dinners in college between 1 October and 30 June; otherwise students may take dinner for a ‘pay-as-you-dine’ meal charge.
Most areas of the college are provided with a pantry/utility room equipped with a refrigerator, kettle and microwave. There is a large communal student kitchen available on the main college site, and kitchens are also provided in other college residential properties. Communal coin-operated laundry facilities are available on the main college site.
Further information about catering at Nuffield College is available in the college student handbook.
Library and IT services
The college's library is especially strong in the social sciences and is open at all hours for Nuffield students.
The college attaches considerable importance to the provision of computing and other research facilities. All rooms have a network connection and there is a college-wide WiFi network.
Sport, music and college facilities
The college has active sports teams, a gym and access to outdoor sports facilities at neighbouring Worcester College.
There is a piano and harpsichord in the chapel available for practice.
Facilities for students with disabilities
The college provides facilities for disabled students and visitors, including lift access in the library and in the main building which houses the dining hall, common rooms and bar. The college currently has limited disabled access accommodation on-site and will make all reasonable adjustments to meet the specific requirements of its disabled students.
Graduate students are members of the Nuffield Junior Common Room (JCR), which corresponds to the MCR in other colleges. The JCR plays an active role in college life, including the organisation of social activities and providing student representation on college committees.