We want academically able candidates from all backgrounds and from all parts of the UK, Europe and the world to choose Oxford, and to choose Univ.
Here are just some of the reasons why we believe that Univ stands out:
- Academically we are very strong, with outstanding tutors and lecturers, and a clear focus on supporting our students’ work and academic ambitions. Take a look at who teaches what on our Academics A-Z pages
- We are big enough to offer a wide range of subjects (see Courses at Univ), but small enough to be well known in Oxford as a friendly, inclusive and supportive College community
- We are right in the middle of Oxford with shops, restaurants and everything else on our doorstep. The Examination Schools, where many lectures are held, are right next door, the main University library is two minutes’ walk away and the Science Area is just a ten-minute walk
- Univ students can often have College accommodation for the whole of their course – read more on our Accommodation page
- Our students can participate in a vast range of non-academic activities. We’re strong in music, drama and sport, and have a long list of College clubs and societies. We have the largest non-auditioning choir in the University and a new, multi-million-pound boathouse on the bank of the River Thames. Find out more on our Music and Sport & Societies pages
- Lots of our students get involved in our popular Ambassador Scheme, working with schools and pupils to encourage them to aim for Oxford when applying to higher education; a real opportunity to give back
- We have excellent student welfare provision and we aim to be one of the best colleges in Oxford when it comes to supporting our students: we take pride in being known as a caring community. Find out more on our Welfare Support page
- We have one of the most generous needs-based bursary schemes in the University. About a fifth of Univ students receive an Old Members’ Trust Bursary worth between £100 and £4,000 per year. We have lots of other book and equipment, travel and vacation study grants too, and a student support fund for students experiencing unexpected financial hardship
- As part of Univ’s commitment to expand the number of UK students from disadvantaged backgrounds at the College, we pioneered the Opportunity Programme in 2016. This programme has now been expanded University-wide and we are proud to be an active participant. Find out more on the University’s website
- In October 2021 Univ announced the launch of the Univ Beacon Programme, a major new initiative to drive participation and inclusion in education and research. It comprises, in part, ten new undergraduate bursaries targeted at students who come from backgrounds and communities which are priorities for widening access at the University of Oxford. These include British students (or Irish or EU students who have UK Citizen rights) with Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage, members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, care-experienced students, asylum-seekers, and refugees. Find out more on our Univ Beacon Programme page.