The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, dating back to the 12th century. It is one of the world’s leading centres of scholarship, a collegiate university with a turnover of more than £1.4 billion a year.

More than 11,600 undergraduates, 10,500 postgraduates and around 12,600 staff work across Oxford’s four academic divisions and 38 self-governing colleges and six permanent private halls. The collegiate system is at the heart of the university’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging both to a large, internationally renowned institution and to a small interdisciplinary academic community.

The scale of research activity at Oxford is substantial and research carried out by the university’s staff, students and alumni has made an enormous impact on the world over the centuries. Oxford achieved the best result in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, with 48% of its research rated world-class and a further 39% rated internationally excellent.

Oxford's international profile rivals that of any university in the world, highlighted by the breadth and depth of its research collaborations and a truly global student body and academic staff. Almost 39% of its students and 43% of academic staff are from overseas. Among its alumni are current and former leaders of many countries including former US President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.

In 2015, the University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for enabling a wide range of innovations including self-management of diabetes, organ preservation and software for cancer diagnosis, with commercial spin-out and major health benefits.