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.

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. 

Reuben provides a new college home for students and researchers from different disciplines to explore some of the big questions of our time. Our aim is to create a vibrant research and social community that is genuinely committed to the principles of inclusivity, sustainability and collaboration while working to address some of the big challenges of the future.

Uniquely for an Oxford college, some of our building spaces are shared with the Radcliffe Science Library, the University’s science library, which is situated on the top floor of the 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.

Initially, academic activity is clustered around three themes: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Environmental Change, and Cellular Life, with further interdisciplinary research clusters added as we grow over the coming years.

We expect to admit around 100 students in our opening year starting autumn 2021, rising thereafter to up to 200 students per year. 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.