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William Pryor

Head of Policy Engagement, Social Sciences Divisional Office View website

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019. There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates. The University’s research activity involves more than 70 departments, the colleges, more than 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,500 research and research support staff, and more than 6,100 graduate research students. According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country.

The University’s Strategic Plan 2018-23 sets out a vision of one Oxford, bringing together our staff, students and alumni, our colleges, faculties, departments and divisions to provide world-class research and education. We will do this in ways which benefit society on a local, regional, national and global scale. We will build on the University’s long-standing traditions of independent scholarship and academic freedom while fostering a culture in which innovation and collaboration play an important role. The University is committed to engaging with the public and policy makers to shape our research and education and to encourage the widest possible use of our research findings and expertise. Working in partnership with government, business, cultural organisations and others, we will look to inform the public and public policy through our research findings. We will also shape our research agenda, in part, through focusing attention on the issues of greatest social importance.

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