The University of Oxford is the oldest University in England. It is located in Oxford, England. Teaching in the University of Oxford started back in 1096. The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university. The university enrolls students from all of the world as well as students of different religion. Students benefit from belonging to the University, a large as well as an internationally renowned institution.
University of Oxford is made of various institutions. There are 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments that are organized into four divisions. It is a city university and with no main campus and instead its facilities and buildings are located all over the city center.
University of Oxford Colleges and Halls
As a collegiate University, it comprise of over forty self governing colleges and halls. To be a member of the university all students and most staff must as well be a member of a college or hall. Most of the colleges cover a broad range of subjects.
Teaching members of the colleges are collectively and familiarly known as dons, even though the name is rarely used by the university. University of Oxford also constitute of six halls. The halls are permanent and private and are similar to colleges only that they are smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations. The colleges as well as the halls are close academic institutions which work together to bring together students and researchers from different disciplines, cultures and countries. This has enhanced the outstanding research achievement that has made University of Oxford a leader in various fields.
University of Oxford Schools and Departments
The University’s various academic faculties, departments and institute are organized into four divisions. Each division with its own head and elected board. There are more than 100 major academic departments, which are overseen by the four academic divisions, which include: Medical Sciences, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Every department organizes teaching and research in a different subject area from Anthropology to Zoology. There are also many smaller and specialist research centers and sub-departments. Academic departments are located within the structure of the federation and are not affiliated with any particular college. The departments provide facilities for teaching and research.
They determine the syllabi and guidelines for the teaching of students, they perform research and deliver lectures and seminars. The departments offer part-time, flexible courses and programs for adult as well as young learners.