University of Oxford

Why we’ve signed the Manifesto

"Signing the Manifesto provides a good opportunity to re-affirm Oxford’s centuries-old commitment to engaging with the public on issues of religion, politics, the arts, society, science and more.

Oxford’s academics, researchers and students love to connect and share their work with the public; involve the community in their activities; stimulate and take part in debates; get involved in festivals of culture and science; and apply their expertise to societal and economic challenges. Our engagement with the public is enhanced by our museums, the Botanical Garden, Wytham Woods and the Harcourt Arboretum, the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University Press, the Oxford Colleges, Oxford on line (incl. Oxford  iTunes, Oxford Sparks and social media) and our activities overseas."

Professor Ian Walmsley, FRS, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research, Academic Services and University Collections)

Our approach to public engagement

University of OxfordWe encourage and support our staff and students to engage with the public and provide avenues for public access and participation. Here are just some of the many ways you can connect with Oxford:

  • See our Events listing (whether you want to listen to a lecture, learn a new skill, take in a concert or an exhibition, see a play staged by Oxford University students or attend one of our sporting events, there's always something going on)
  • Study at Oxford through Continuing Education – we are one of the largest centres in the UK for lifelong learning
  • Search our website for news and opportunities of interest to you and to Connect with Oxford via social media
  • Join Galaxy Zoo or one of the other Zooniverse web-based Citizen-science projects


Name: Dr Glenn Swafford

Title: Director of Research Services


Tel: 01865 280 422