University of Oxford to establish a new college after a gap of three decades

The globally renowned British University of Oxford is contemplating establishing a new college after a protracted gap of three decades, as part of the five-year growth strategy, citing media reports, the TOI reported.

Five-Year Draft Strategic Plan

The University’s five-year draft strategic plan includes proposals to build 1,000 graduate rooms and at least one new graduate college, citing The Daily Telegraph report, the TOI report said. This would be the first new college since 1990, when the graduate-only Kellogg College was set up. The plan to open the new college, which has been backed by Oxford University’s governing body, must now get the approval of the Oxford’s dons and academics, the Daily Telegraph report said. Under the draft strategic plan, the intake of the postgraduate students would rise by 850 a year by 2023, while undergraduates would increase by 200 per annum, the report said.

What is more, the strategic plan also sets out a desire to set ambitious targets to reduce by 2023 gap in attainment by gender, ethnic origin and socio-economic background. The University also wants to substantially increase the number of undergraduate places offered to students from groups who are currently under-represented. Quoting a spokesperson for Oxford University as saying, the report noted that the announced plans are under consultation. “The University will comment more fully when its plan has been widely reviewed and formally adopted”, the spokesperson added.

The University of Oxford is aiming at leading the world in research and education. The University seeks to do this in ways which benefit society on a national and a global scale. Over the period of this Plan, the University will build on its long traditions of independent scholarship and academic freedom while fostering a culture in which innovation plays an important role.

The University of Oxford’s distinctive structure, born of its history, is a source of strength. Its colleges offer environments which are both supportive to individual scholars and characterised by a defining and enduring sense of community. The personal touch of academic identity that they provide is life-long. This Plan covers the period 2013-2018.

High-level Agenda

It sets a high-level agenda for the University. We have shaped the Plan to meet the following aspirations:

  • To develop our capacity to generate and share knowledge in the UK, Europe, and globally, ensuring significant contributions to public policy-making and economic growth.
  • To work effectively with other institutions and organisations, where such partnerships can lead to outstanding research and teaching.
  • To enhance structures for collaboration across departments, colleges, and the University.
  • To fulfil the aims that no potential student should be deterred from applying to Oxford by financial or other barriers and that no student’s success should be hampered by financial difficulties.
  • To ensure, through a commitment to the personal education of each student, a quality of knowledge and experience which enables students to apply the values, skills, and intellectual discipline they have acquired in their future lives and careers, and which generates a lifelong sense of connection with Oxford.
  • To contribute effectively to the cultural, social, and economic life of the city of Oxford and the Oxfordshire region.
  • To recruit and retain the best academic staff and ensure that under-represented groups have equality of opportunity in recruitment, personal development, and career progression in all areas of employment in the University.

The University will monitor progress against its priorities, commitments, and aims using relevant performance indicators, benchmarks, and targets. Through this it will maintain focus on the Strategic Plan, ensuring that it continues to meet academic needs, enables the University to respond to the external environment, and is updated as appropriate.  The annual planning and budgeting process will provide the framework for making the Strategic Plan operational at divisional and service level.

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