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Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’, is best known for its namesake university. And indeed, one in five of its inhabitants are students, so fresh graduates are likely to feel right at home.

Career city: Oxford | Postgraduate study | Local graduate employers | Moving to Oxford

The printing and publishing industries have been established here since the 1920s. Oxford University Press, Elsevier Science and Wiley Blackwell are just some of the many publishers located in the Oxfordshire region.

The city’s international appeal makes for a busy tourism and hospitality industry while Oxford’s business parks host over 40 technical and scientific companies such as Vodafone and BT. Manufacturing is another important sector with BMW Mini and Harley Davidson plants based in the city.


Postgraduate study in and around Oxford

The University of Oxford has many departments that are regarded as among the best in the UK, including philosophy, English, business studies, music and politics.

Oxford Brookes University, the first Fairtrade university in the world, has been ranked as the UK’s leading modern university many times. It has an internationally recognised publishing centre, along with top rankings in tourism and hospitality, teacher training, architecture, and business and management.


10 local graduate employers in Oxford

  1. Oxford City Council, Oxford (Public sector; Housing; Healthcare)
  2. Oxford University Press, Oxford (Books and journals publishing)
  3. Swinton Group Ltd, High Wycombe (Financial services)
  4. John Wiley, Oxford (Books and journals publishing)
  5. BMW Mini, Oxford (Manufacturing)
  6. Vodafone, Banbury (Retail; IT)
  7. Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford (Healthcare; Public sector; Research)
  8. Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Oxford (Engineering; IT; Science)
  9. Amey plc, Oxford (Infrastructure support services; Engineering; Construction)
  10. RM Education, Abingdon (Educational software; IT development)

(Note: these employers may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)


Moving to Oxford

It’s on the map for…

  • Landmarks such as the Ashmolean Museum and Radcliffe Camera
  • Punting and beautiful rural surroundings
  • Providing locations for productions such as Harry Potter and Inspector Morse

It’s within commuting distance of…

  • Witney – 15 miles
  • Reading – 25 miles
  • Swindon – 30 miles

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