Sources of Information

Guides and handbooks

  • About the University

    An overview of the collegiate University, including its history, structure, and statistics relating to staff and student numbers.

  • Expenses and benefits guide  

    Information about claiming reimbursement of expenses incurred on behalf of the University.

  • Living Out Guide

    Produced by the Oxford University Student Union, the guide is aimed at students, but contains information which may be of interest to new staff, including information about where to find accommodation and advice when renting accommodation.

  • Staff Handbook

    A guide for University staff, covering terms and conditions of employment, policies and procedures, and staff benefits. There are two versions: one for academic-related staff and
    one for support staff.

Online resources


The main University-wide publications include:

  • Annual Review

    Published each January, the Annual Review contains articles on research and developments at Oxford, as well as information on honours, appointments, major benefactions, and the year's financial statements.

  • Blueprint

    A magazine for staff of the collegiate University. Published twice a term, it carries a mix of news and features, together with information about people and awards, and other aspects of University life.

  • Gazette

    The authorised journal of record of the collegiate University, which is published weekly from September to July, with brief breaks in the Christmas and Easter vacations. Information on the University's formal business, including changes to
    Statutes and Regulations and meetings of Congregation, must be published in the Gazette. It also includes announcements of events, appointments to University posts, vacancies for academic and senior administrative posts, and
    notices about grants available.

  • University Calendar

    Published by Oxford University Press each academic year, the Calendar is a compendium of information about divisions, departments, colleges, committees and University Officers. It can be purchased from local bookshops.

You can sign up to receive a print copy or email alert for the Gazette and/or Blueprint by completing the online form at Manage my Subscriptions. If you would like to receive sample copies of the publications before
registering your preferences, please email to receive a taster pack.


A list of publications and newsletters for members of staff at Oxford is available in the Publications & newsletters section of the Staff Gateway.

Events listings

The Staff Events page of the Staff Gateway contains listings for events that are open to members of the University, including lectures and seminars, as well as concerts, exhibitions and talks open to the public.

The Gazette, which is published weekly from September to July (with brief breaks in the Christmas and Easter vacations), contains information about talks and lectures open to members of the University, together with exhibitions and concerts
taking place across the collegiate University. The Special Lecture List, which includes individual lectures by major figures from outside the University, is published as a supplement to the Gazette at the start of each term. 

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