Oriel College | University of Oxford
Oriel College
The entrance to Oriel College.
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Oriel College

Oriel is an inclusive academic community with a friendly atmosphere. Like other colleges, we value diversity and encourage applications from bright students of all backgrounds. We also recognise the increasing financial needs of students today and offer bursaries, prizes for outstanding academic achievement, generous travel grants and access to hardship funds.

Oriel CollegeA student working in the library of Oriel College.
The tutors at Oriel take a keen interest in the academic development of their students, not only through their regular interactions in tutorials but also through encouraging students to relate their work to, and engage with, the rich programme of research active in college and the rest of the University. As crucial preparation for their future lives and careers, we work to help our undergraduates achieve the highest academic standards. Each term Oriel holds Joint Academic Forums to which all members of Oriel are invited to discuss research topics and questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. We are always keen to meet prospective students and their families – please stop by if you have any questions or would like a college tour.


Oriel’s main entrance is on beautiful Oriel Square in the city centre, just off the High Street. Shops, the Bodleian Library, University departments and the railway/bus stations are only a short walk away.

Accommodation and meals

All students can live in college for the duration of their course; most undergraduates (and all first years) live on the main site. Rooms are graded for cost according to size and facilities. Many rooms on the main site have their own bathroom, or share it with one other room. All meeting rooms, common areas and student bedrooms have Wi-Fi. Three cooked meals are served in the dining hall every weekday. Evening meals at Oriel are extremely popular and social occasions. There are also kitchens for students who want to cook for themselves.

Read more on the college website.


Oriel has an impressive library of more than 100,000 volumes that is open 24 hours a day and has Wi-Fi.

Undergraduates have their own common room, shop, TV room and an annexe for meetings or parties. Our popular college bar hosts a variety of social events including themed parties (‘bops’). Oriel has its own sports ground, gymnasium, squash court and boathouse, with facilities for all major sports. There is also a music practice room with a piano.

Student societies

Oriel has a social and active student body. Our drama society’s annual highlight is a play staged outdoors in front quad. Oriel has a very good mixed chapel choir and an active music society. Other flourishing clubs include the film society and Raleigh (arts/literature) society.

The college’s sports teams include badminton, basketball, cricket, darts, football, modern pentathlon, netball, rowing, rugby, squash and water polo. The emphasis is on enthusiasm, giving the opportunity for everyone to take part.

Academic staff

Ancient History

Dr Lydia Matthews
Professor Teresa Morgan*


Dr Lynne Cox*
Dr Max Crispin*
Dr Shona Murphy
Dr George Wadhams 

Biomedical Sciences

Dr Kristine Krug*


Professor Michael Devereux*


Mr Philip Derry
Dr Lydia Gilday
Dr Nicholas Green
Professor David Hodgson*


Dr Bruno Currie*
Ms Juliane Kerkhecker*
Dr Adrastos Omissi
Dr Enrico Prodi

Computer Science

Mr Ventsislav Chonev
Dr Bernardo Grau
Professor Ian Horrocks*
Dr Michael Spivey*


Mr Eric Beinhocker
Dr Christopher Bowdler*
Mr Nicholas Chesterley
Mr Andrew Farlow
Ms Wenjin Li
Mr Sebastien Walker
Dr Mungo Wilson* 

Engineering Science

Dr Justin Coon*
Dr Douglas Hamilton*
Dr John Huber*
Dr Felix Leach


Mr Niall Allsopp
Dr Sarah Bennett
Dr Cassandra Gorman
Dr Kathryn Murphy* 
Dr Marion Turner
Dr Susanne Wagner


Dr Christopher Doughty 
Dr Nicholas Eyre*
Professor Yadvinder Malhi*


Ms Sara-Louise Cooper
Ms Claire Deligny
Dr Louisiane Ferlier
Dr Francesco Manzini*
Dr Richard Scholar*


Mr Marc Deckers
Mr Johannes Depnering
Professor Katrin Kohl
Professor Annette Volfing*


Dr Ian Forrest*
Miss Erin Maglaque
Professpr Julia Mannherz*
Dr Hannah Murphy
Mr Simon Pawley
Professor Lyndal Roper*
Dr Simon Skinner
Dr Mark Whittow 


Professor John Armour*
Professor John Baker
Ms Lucinda Ferguson*
Mr Clive Newton 
Mr Matthew Slater
Dr Paul Yowell*


Dr Giuseppe Stellardi


Dr Mary Baltazani
Dr Elinor M Payne


Mr Tom Close
Dr Kobi Kremnizer*
Dr Colin MacDonald*
Professor James Sparks*


Dr Dunja Aksentijevic
Dr Christopher Conlon*
Professor Lars Fugger*
Dr Aarti Jagannath
Dr Pamela Lear
Dr Kevin Maloy*
Dr Jan Schnupp
Dr Damian Tyler*
Dr Tim Vogels


Dr David Maw
Mr Hugh Collins Rice


Dr Oliver Pooley*
Professor Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra*
Mr Daniel Vázquez Hernandez 


Professor Andrew Boothroyd*
Ms Kirsty Duffy
Professor Pedro Ferreira*
Dr Claire Gwenlan
Mr Anthony Hibbs
Mr James Scargill 
Professor Philip Stier*


Dr JanaLee Cherneski
Dr Richard Coggins


Professor Julie Curtis


Dr Alice Brooke


Dr Andrew Adam
Professor Brian Leftow*
Miss Laura Quick
The Revd Dr Robert Tobin
Dr William Wood*

Student welfare


The Revd Dr Robert Tobin

Senior Dean

Ms Juliane Kerkhecker
Dr Francesco Manzini* (from October 2015) 


Dr Felix Leach
Dr Charles Masaki
Ms Alexis Brown
Mr Michael Jones

Welfare Officer

Mr Josh Carpenter

*Fellow of the college

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