Facilities

On 30 November 2015, we moved into our new home, a state-of-the-art building based in Oxford's Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

Exceptional facilities for teaching and research

With large lecture theatres, flexible seminar rooms, private study areas, a reading room and full catering facilities, the new building provides an exceptional environment for study, research and collaboration. 

Offices with clear glass dividing walls and internal courtyards ensure that natural light fills our work and study spaces.

State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment installed throughout the building enables us to record and broadcast lectures at the touch of a button, virtually link up teaching spaces, and connect with colleagues and communities around the world.

Many of the events we hold here are open to the public, providing an exceptional location for intellectual exchange and public engagement on important policy issues for societies and governments everywhere. 

Students, faculty and staff can access the facilities management website for services such as catering, room bookings and related building requests, including a full user's guide to the new building.

Spaces to convene and collaborate

The forum offers a magnificent light-filled space that links the surrounding study and lecture areas, and provides a venue for public exhibitions, formal receptions and impromptu discussions among students, faculty and visitors. Features of the building include:

  • 2 lecture theatres (for 160 and 80 people)
  • 4 flexible seminar rooms that can be joined for up to 200 people
  • 7 research team offices
  • 2 quiet study areas
  • 12 working group and meeting rooms
  • 1 café
  • 1 terrace
  • a range of comfortable seated areas for informal meetings

Technologies for environmental sustainability

The building employs a combination of modern control systems with ground-breaking technology to help minimise its environmental impact. It has achieved a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating for its standards of sustainable building design, construction and operation.

Compared to existing UK buildings of similar size and use, the building is expected to have:

  • 49% less energy consumption
  • 42% less carbon dioxide emissions

Environmental sustainability technologies in the building:

  • Automated natural ventilation with daytime solar blinds and summer night cooling
  • Ground Source Heat Pump system for heating and cooling
  • Solar panel electricity systems and low energy lighting
  • Rainwater harvesting, green roof and storm tanks

Wheelchair access

The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users. More information on access around the University can be found on the Equality and Diversity Unit webpage.

The University also provides world-leading facilities, resources, and support, from state-of-the-art sports facilities and libraries to subsidised childcare. To find out more about this visit the University of Oxford website.