Reuben College benefits from an exceptional location near Oxford's city centre, almost next to University Parks and in the heart of the University Science Area. It is to be housed in stunning, architecturally-renowned buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. The buildings are all currently 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.
Once building works are complete, there will be a College Common Room and social areas among offices and study spaces. The main dining hall, often a focal point of the college experience, is in a newly converted adjoining building that provides the vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers that can typically be found in older, more traditional Oxford colleges. The Quad (college garden) will provide a pleasant outdoor space for relaxing and socialising right next to college facilities, while the "green oasis" provided by the University Parks almost next door to the college is perfect for students' sports and recreational activities. Dedicated residential accommodation is offered on a separate site at Farndon court, a 10-minute walk away.
Uniquely for an Oxford college, some of the building spaces are shared with the Radcliffe Science Library, the University’s science library, which is situated on the top floor of the Grade-II-listed Jackson and Worthington buildings. Reuben College students will benefit from specialist services and the Library’s collections of over 20,000 books on open shelves, as well as e-books for all subject areas covered by the college’s interdisciplinary themes. A new Collections Teaching and Research Centre for the University’s museums is to be housed in the basement, giving our students access to the public engagement expertise of museum curators. With unique objects of antiquity from the University’s museums stored in its basement levels, Reuben College literally has the history of the world in its foundations, and the future of the world in its sights. located in the heart of the University science area, in a suite of historic and architecturally renowned buildings that are currently undergoing major refurbishment.
Students will benefit greatly from access to the specialist knowledge and expertise of library and museum staff located in the buildings, as well as a planned Digital Innovation Studio equipped with cutting-edge technologies and digital resources to support teaching, learning and public engagement.
Reuben College has welcomed this October its first graduate cohort of over 100 students, from 47 different countries. They have joined a growing College Fellowship, which will soon include the first batch of Research Fellows. With the weekly “Dinner with Dinosaurs” in the University Museum of Natural History a highlight, the College is already a vibrant and active community.
Unfortunately, further issues, mostly (but not exclusively) to do with the asbestos abatement programme in our heritage buildings, mean that we will not be able to occupy these buildings, which are co-located with the Radcliffe Science Library and the Museums’ Collections Teaching and Research Centre, in time for the 2022-23 academic year. Whilst this is undoubtedly a disappointment for Reuben College, we recognize that such delays are not uncommon in the complex refurbishment of heritage buildings. We are confident that College life for our graduate students in 2022-23 will be as exciting and stimulating as it is for our initial cohort this academic year (2021-22). We are pleased to announce that Linacre College will be extending its partnership with Reuben College, for which we are enormously grateful to the Principal and Fellows of Linacre.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci