Oxford was one of the pioneers of the University Extension movement in the United Kingdom, and we retain our original mission: to make the scholarship of the University accessible to wider audiences.
Each year, more than 15,000 students enrol on one or more of our courses. Our students may be members of the public who wish to study a subject out of general interest or for personal satisfaction; members of professional groups or business organisations who wish to update their professional knowledge and skills; or (increasingly) students from more than 160 countries around the world who are taking their studies to the next level, through our flexible learning programmes.
We offer more than 1000 courses and programmes annually. Many of our longer courses lead to a University award or other forms of credit; our short courses last from one day to several weeks, and are offered both face to face here in Oxford, and online.
There are many ways to help us achieve our mission and support our pioneering work: through participating in courses, becoming a Friend of Lifelong Learning, or making a donation to our Continuing Education General Fund - a scheme helping overcome financial barriers to education at Oxford and supporting those who could benefit most.
I know you will find something of interest here at Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. I extend to you an invitation to take part in the opportunities we offer for lifelong learning.