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University College
Main quadrangle, University College.
(Image credit: Rob Judges Photography / Oxford University Images).

University College

Students at Univ come from all sorts of backgrounds, and from all over the world. They have two things in common: intellectual ability and potential. They also have the capacity and enthusiasm for hard work, and enjoy intellectual challenges. Univ has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence, openness, informality and strong welfare and student support systems

University CollegeThe 16th century gothic style dining hall at University College.

(Credit: Eleanor Chamings)

To make it easy for everyone who gets a place to come here, we offer some of the most generous college bursaries at Oxford on top of University financial support. To make sure that everyone settles into their life in Oxford, we offer a carefully balanced Welcome Week and a programme of academic support activities for all new students. We are unique among colleges in offering a free pre-sessional maths booster week for students in the relevant mathematical, physical and medical sciences.


Univ is located right at the centre of the city, minutes away from the main libraries, lecture halls, laboratories, shops, restaurants, pubs, parks and the river. Our beautiful old buildings have been fully modernised for 21st-century needs, and we have several peaceful courtyards and gardens with grass and trees.

Accommodation and meals

Undergraduates are offered accommodation for all three years of their course. Students studying four-year courses can usually also be housed in their fourth year. Our student accommodation is high quality and affordable, while good-value high-quality food is served from our kitchen and buttery seven days a week in term time.

Read more on the college website.


Students love working in our college library, which contains about 50,000 volumes with plenty of computers exclusively to support their study; there is a separate law library which is also well provided. Both libraries are open 24 hours a day in term. All student rooms are fully networked for computer use and also have telephones.

Student societies

Many students at Univ take advantage of starting university to try out new interests and activities in their spare time. The Junior Common Room (JCR) is the student union for the college, and organises a wide variety of social events as well as representing students’ needs. Lots of Univ students also get involved with our successful Ambassador Scheme, which works across the UK with schools, teachers and pupils to get them thinking about applying to university and to help them with their applications. There is a high level of participation in music through the music society and the chapel choir; typically there are about nine college concerts a year, while the drama society, the Univ Players, usually puts on a summer production each Trinity term. There are a number of other societies and college teams in many sports and access to excellent sports facilities.

Academic Staff 


Dr Catherine Pears*
Dr Peter McHugh
Dr Rhys Evans
Dr Martin Galpin*
Dr Sarah Jenkinson

Biomedical Science

Dr Keith Dorrington* 
Professor Catherine Pears*
Professor Trevor Sharp*
Professor Nicholas Yeung*
Dr Rhys Evans
Professor Nicola Sibson
Professor Tao Dong
Dr Catherine Manning
Dr James Kolasinski


Dr Justin Benesch
Professor Edman Tsang* 
Professor Martin Smith*
Dr Martin Galpin*
Professor David Logan*
Professor Barry Potter
Dr Sarah Jenkinson
Dr Michael Laidlaw
Mr Jason Lee


Dr William Allan*
Dr Lisa Kallet* 
Dr Richard Ashdown
Dr Ine Jacobs* 

Earth Sciences

Professor Gideon M Henderson* 
Professor Tamsin Mather*
Professor Philip England*
Dr Lars Hansen*
Dr Paula Koelemeijer


Dr Stephen Collins* 
Professor Thomas Povey*
Dr Christopher MacMinn 


Professor  Nicholas Halmi*
Dr Olivier Clarkson
Dr Hugh Gazzard
Dr Laura Varnam
Dr Ashley Maher


Dr Catherine Holmes*
Professor Oliver Zimmer*
Dr Benjamin Jackson*
Dr Ine Jacobs
Dr Jakub Beneš
Dr Elina Screen
Dr Sarah Shortall


Professor Angus Johnson*
Mr Jacob Rowbottom*
Dr Andrea Dolcetti

Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

Dr Peter D Howell*
Dr Andrew Ker*
Dr Nikolay Nikolov*
Professor Jotun Hein*
Professor Andrew William Roscoe*
Professor Michael Benedikt*

Medicine Sciences

Dr Keith Dorrington*
Professor Trevor Sharp*
Professor Peter Jezzard*
Dr Najib Rahman*
Dr Thomas Bowden
Dr Roger Gundle
Professor Nicola Sibson
Professor Tao Dong
Dr Ryhs Evans
Mr Andrei-Sorin Ilie
Dr James Kolasinski
DrCatherine Manning 

Modern Languages

Dr Polly Jones*
Dr Zuzana Rihova
Dr Richard Ashdowne
Dr Jesse Gradiner
Miss Kasia Szymanska 


Dr Daniel Grimley (Fellow of Merton)
Dr Matthew Cheung-Salisbury
Mr Sebastian Wedler

Oriental Studies

Professor Mark J Smith*
Professor Baerend ter Haar*
Dr Luigi Prada

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Professor Frank Arntzenius*
Professor T William Child*
Professor Sophocles Mavroeidis*
Professor Ngaire Woods*
Dr Karolina Milewicz*
Dr Clare Leaver*
Dr Emily Jones
Dr Stephen Hansen
Dr Sophie Smith
Mr Joseph Lacey


Professor Robin Nicholas*
Professor John Wheater*
Dr Michael Barnes*
Professor Caroline Terquem*
Professor Peter Norreys
Dr Julian Merten
Dr William Potter
Mr Franz Lang


Dr Nicholas Yeung*
Dr Elizabeth Tunbridge*
Professor Daniel Freeman
Professor Elaine Fox
Dr Richard Ashdowne
Mr Nicholas Myers

Student welfare


Dr William Allan*

Senior Tutor

Dr Andrew Bell*

Pro-Dean for Welfare

Dr Andrew Gregory*

Disability Lead

Dr Andrew Bell*

Disability & Welfare Administrator 

Mrs Aimee Rhead

Adviser to International Students

Mrs Jing Fang

Equality Officer

Mr Alan Tewungwa

*Fellow of the college

University College Academic Staff Profiles

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