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The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two "ancient universities" are frequently jointly referred to as "Oxbridge". The history and influence of the University of Oxford has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
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  • Fun facts 

  • Founding 

  • Renaissance period 

  • Students 

  • Reforms 

  • Women's education 

  • Main sites 

  • Parks 

  • Organisation 

  • Central governance 

  • Colleges 

  • Finances 

  • Funding criticisms 

  • Affiliations 

  • Admission 

  • Teaching and degrees 

  • Scholarships and financial support 

  • Libraries 

  • Museums 

  • Publishing 

  • Rankings and reputation 

  • Sexual harassment accusations 

  • Traditions 

  • Clubs and societies 

  • Student union and common rooms 

  • Notable alumni 

  • Politics 

  • Law 

  • Mathematics and sciences 

  • Literature, music, and drama 

  • Religion 

  • Philosophy 

  • Sport 

  • Adventure and exploration 

  • Oxford in literature and other media 

  • Histories 

  • Popular studies and collections 

  • Guide books