Oxford is an historic and unique institution. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, it can lay claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. 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.
In 1188, the historian, Gerald of Wales, gave a public reading to the assembled Oxford dons and in 1190 the arrival of Emo of Friesland, the first known overseas student, set in train the University's tradition of international scholarly links. By 1201, the University was headed by a magister scolarum Oxonie, on whom the title of Chancellor was conferred in 1214, and in 1231 the masters were recognized as a universitas or corporation.
In the 13th century, rioting between town and gown (townspeople and students) hastened the establishment of primitive halls of residence. These were succeeded by the first of Oxford's colleges, which began as medieval 'halls of residence' or endowed houses under the supervision of a Master. University, Balliol and ...
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The University of Oxford aims to achieve and sustain excellence in every area of its teaching and research, maintaining and developing its historical position as a world-class university, and enriching the international, national and regional communities through the fruits of its research and the skills of its graduates.
In support of this aim, the University will:
provide the facilities and support for its staff to pursue innovative research, building upon Oxford's outstanding research record, by responding to developments in the intellectual environment and society at large, and by forging close links with the wider academic world, the professions, industry and commerce
promote challenging and rigorous teaching which benefits from a fruitful interaction with the research environment, facilitating the exchange of ideas through tutorials and small-group learning and exploiting the University's resources in its libraries, museums and scientific collections, to equip its graduates to play their part at a national and international level
maintain and make best use of the advantages of its independent colleges, where members... [ Read All ]
The Ruskin, as it is known, is the fine art department of the University of Oxford. The School attracts students from all kinds of backgrounds who are seriously interested and engaged in art. The subject is taught as a living element of contemporary culture with a broad range of historical and theoretical references.
The twenty students in each year are initially encouraged to work across all media and then to develop their own focus and interests during the final two years of the course. Ruskin students need to be highly motivated and resourceful and are expected to organise their time to connect fully with all the opportunities that the course offers.
The layout of the School's facilities on two sites offers a strong working atmosphere. Personal studios are cooperatively arranged with fellow students according to need and change with each new group.
We prefer to interview people who have visited the School and talked to Ruskin students so that they already have a realistic (and ambitious) view of the opportunities.
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The Ruskin School admits 20 undergraduates a year. The student body is becoming increasingly diverse and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Entry is very competitive, and based entirely on merit; we recognise, too, that artistic achievement and potential can take different forms, depending on the background and experience of the candidate.
Applicants do not have to be pre-selected by their school or college. Anyone who is strongly motivated, self-critical, and developing an independent vision of their potential as an artist, should consider themselves eligible to apply.
Most students come from foundation courses, but candidates are also welcome to apply pre-A-level, during a gap year, or as mature students. In the first instance, assessment is based on the portfolio; for short-listed candidates, new work, the interview and the practical test are also taken into account. If accepted, pre-A-level candidates will be given conditional offers that reflect their potential achievement.
Students can opt to pursue their DPhil studies in one of two ways: either by thesis alone or by practice. In the latter case, when your own creative work forms, as a point of origin or reference, a significant part of the intellectual inquiry, that work will be undertaken as part of the registered research programme, and will be presented in relation to the argument of a written thesis setting it in its relevant theoretical, historical, or critical context. The Ruskin is, first and foremost, an art school, and in saying this we would stress that the prime focus of the department is on sustaining a broadly inclusive and inquisitive space in which to practise, and to test attitudes towards, contemporary art. Those applying to spend time here may therefore come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have experience of a number of different avenues within the contemporary art world. As well as artists, they might, for example, include those wishing to study aspects of exhibition curating and organisation, art theory and criticism, problems of conservation in a field that now includes much that is either easily reproducible or - whether ... [ Read All ]
Information For International Students
The International Office is responsible for administering the University's scholarship and bursary schemes for international students.
All Oxford University students are automatically members of OUSU, which represents students to the University and to external organisations. OUSU also provides a number of services, including welfare advice. OUSU produces more than 20 publications, including the Freshers' Guide and the Oxford Handbook, and organises University-wide events such as the Freshers' Fair and regular student nights at popular clubs.