Reuben College was established in May 2019 as Oxford University's 39th college, and is dedicated to graduate study with a focus on interdisciplinary research addressing 21st century challenges.
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Reuben College is named in recognition of a landmark gift from the Reuben Foundation, announced in June 2020. Its inaugural president is Professor Lionel Tarassenko.
Reuben College was founded to help meet the University of Oxford's need to accommodate a growing demand for more graduate students, who are often seen as the engines behind Oxford's research success. The College is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary exchange within an inclusive, innovative and impact-oriented community, and intends to provide a scholarly home where students will thrive in an environment driven by entrepreneurial thinking, collaborative working and intellectual discovery.
College life is built on a rich programme of academic activity designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking on some of the big challenges of the future. A strong entrepreneurial spirit runs through the College, and our diverse fellowship bring skills and experiences to support college members with advancing their research impacts, engaging with the public, and developing and outreach and communications initiatives to connect with the wider world.
The college is located near the Oxford city centre, in the heart of the University Science Area and housed in stunning, architecturally-renowned buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century, including the Grade-II-listed Jackson and Worthington buildings, and the Abbot’s Kitchen, which is modelled after the 14th-century octagonal Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey. The buildings are all undergoing a major programme of refurbishment to create purpose-designed, flexible and accessible spaces for college life, including areas for quiet study, group meetings, social occasions, and offices. (Unavoidable delays in the building programme mean that this site will not be ready for students in 2021, and our academic and social programmes will take place on nearby sites - subject to Covid restrictions at the time.)
We admitted 125 students in our opening year starting autumn 2021. As this is a new college, there is an exciting opportunity for students to play a vital role in shaping the Reuben College ethos and the activities that support it. If this sounds like something that interests and inspires you, please follow the links below to find out more.