As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
With more than 22,000 students, 13,000 staff and 230,000 alumni around the world, people are what make Oxford an internationally renowned university.
The University, including the Colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting around more than 30,000 jobs in the county and injecting more than £2.3bn annually into the regional economy.
Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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