Mission, vision and values

Oxford University Continuing Education provides opportunities for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to benefit from the University’s rich and unique resources. We are ambitious and forward-thinking, with a strong sense of identity and community. 

Our mission:

We inspire people locally, nationally and globally by extending access to Oxford’s world-class teaching and resources through flexible and inclusive opportunities for study and research.

Our vision:

To be a global centre of excellence for lifelong learning. Courses will be underpinned by the best teaching, research and support for learning to meet the needs of diverse, ambitious and intellectually curious students. Staff and students will work together within and beyond Oxford to foster a vibrant learning community attentive to the importance of promoting sustainability and social justice.

Our values:

Academically excellent

Everything we do is grounded in a commitment to academic excellence. In our teaching, scholarship and research we draw on and share the wealth of the University’s unique and world-leading resources.


We are committed to making our courses as open and accessible as possible to those with the aptitude and ability to take advantage of them.


We welcome people from all backgrounds, at all times of life and from all over the globe, actively promoting an inclusive culture of equality, diversity and respect.

Student focused

Our students are the heart of our community. In everything we do we strive to deliver an outstanding learning experience.


We acknowledge the diverse needs, experience and ambitions of our students and staff, and work together to ensure a mutually supportive professional and learning community.


We recognise and celebrate the transformative power of education and harness the resources of the University to enable students to realise their ambitions and potential.