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Oxford

Discover Oxford with its dreaming spires, world-class art and culture, the Thames countryside and Cotswold stone villages.

Getting here

Under an hour’s train journey from London, Oxford is easily accessible from all major destinations.

By air 

The nearest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The Oxford Bus Service operates an Airline Service, linking both airports to the city. From Heathrow it takes 90 mins by airport bus and from Gatwick it takes around two and a half hours.

By rail 

Travel by rail to Oxford from London Paddington or Birmingham in just 60 minutes. Chiltern Railways operate trains from London Marylebone to Bicester (48 minutes) and Oxford Parkway (58 minutes). 

By road 

The UK’s two major university cities, Oxford and Cambridge, are linked by the M40 motorway and take around one hour 50 minutes to drive the 88 miles. From London to Oxford by road takes around the same time. 

 

Expertise

 

Education and research

There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford University, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, Oxford is, for the seventh year running, ranked first in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subjects. 

It is also ranked first in the world for Social Sciences; third in the world and first in the UK for Computer Science, for Engineering and Technology, for Education, and for Business and Economics; third in the world and second in the UK for Life Sciences; fourth in the world and first in the UK for Arts and Humanities; and sixth in the world and second in the UK for Law.

The University, including the colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting more than 30,000 jobs in the county and injecting more than £2.3 billion annually into the regional economy. 

 

  
 

Technology & AI

The University of Oxford is a global centre for AI research, with world-class studies ranging from practical applications such as robotics, driverless cars, healthcare, finance and law, through to quantitative and computational principles of AI. Researchers come from all over the world and work across the full spectrum of artificial intelligence. 

A medical diagnostics company, Ultromics, was spun out from Oxford University research in 2017. Using the power of AI, Ultromics aims to improve the accuracy of echocardiogram interpretation to above 90% – substantially better than the 80% currently achieved by human doctors.

  
 

Automotive

Oxford is a major player in the UK automotive industry, with many automotive businesses located either within the city like the MINI plant situated just off the Oxford ring road in Cowley; or located just outside with many F1 and motorsport teams and manufacturers dotted around Oxfordshire. 

 

Where to stay

From luxury hotel options to unique overnight experiences, there are 3,000 bedrooms available within Oxford.

 

5* hotels250 bedrooms
4* hotels1,000 bedrooms
3* and under properties1,750 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing)10,000 bedrooms

 

Venues

From the beautiful surroundings of Oxford University to luxury Cotswolds country house hotels, Oxfordshire is home to a wonderful selection of meeting, conference and event venues. 

Heythrop Park Resort
Saïd Business School
Oxford Brookes University
Lady Margaret Hall (LMH)
The King’s Centre

Incentives

Motivate, reward and inspire with unforgettable incentive experiences in this cosmopolitan city of note. 

Bicester Shopping Village
Junkyard Golf Club
Modern Art Oxford
Blenheim Palace

Dining & social experiences

Christ Church
Ashmolean Museum
Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

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