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Welcome to Jesus College Oxford

We are delighted to welcome you to Jesus College at the University of Oxford.

Located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from the University’s libraries, science campus and humanities buildings, and with shops and restaurants on the doorstep, Jesus College combines the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching and research with a vibrant, inclusive and supportive community.

Jesus College’s First Quadrangle.

Founded in 1571 by Queen Elizabeth 1 at the request of a Welsh lawyer and clergyman called Hugh Price, our beautiful Dining Hall, Chapel, and Principal’s Lodgings are still used for their original purposes today. The historic Fellows’ Library houses our collection of early printed books, and our stunning quadrangles provide an oasis of green; bustling with life in the summer months. We embrace all the wonderful Oxford traditions, and also celebrate many unique to Jesus College itself.

Fellows Library

Our Fellow’s Library

Our 650 undergraduate and graduate students come from a wide range of backgrounds, countries and cultures. We aim to attract the brightest minds, and are committed to raising aspiration and improving social mobility through a programme of bursaries and outreach.

Students eating

Dining in Hall

Our Principal, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FREng, is a leading researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence and was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of web science. He is Chair and Co-founder of the Open Data Institute, which specialises in the exploitation of open data to support innovation, training and research in both the UK and internationally.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FREng, Principal of Jesus College


Our Vice Principal, Professor Patricia Daley is Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor in Geography, and Professor of the Human Geography of Africa. As the first black woman to hold the post of Vice Principal in an Oxford College, she is also Chair of the Jesus College Equality and Diversity Committee.

Professor Patricia Daley, Vice Principal

Amongst our Fellows, lecturers and tutors are many world-class academics, working at the boundaries of interdisciplinary research in the information age: from climate change, astrophysics and medical research, to medieval history, classics and law. We encourage innovation and intellectual exchange; enabling students and researchers across disciplines to immerse themselves in their subject and engage with the greatest minds.

A Classic tutorial

A Classics tutorial

We have a large community of old members, with over 5,300 alumni spread across 84 countries and six continents who keep in touch. Everyone who studies at Jesus College is a member of the College for life and we run a diverse range of events throughout the year for all.

The first women of Jesus College return to celebrate the 45th anniversary of women’s admissions to Oxford colleges

Our new Northgate building, to be completed this autumn, is the biggest transformation that the 450 year-old College has undergone since the 17th century. It will provide us with a fourth quad, postgraduate accommodation, state-of-the-art teaching facilities for all our students, and a new Digital Hub that will further our ambitions to become a global institute for research and learning in the 21st century.

Our new Northgate building will transform learning and research in the 21st Century

We welcome you to join us here at Jesus College as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our history. Our friendly and supportive staff are always on hand to respond to enquiries, and we look forward to reopening our doors to visitors very soon.

Floreat Collegium Jesu!


We would like to thank the following photographers for permission to use of their beautiful photography on this website:

John Cairns – https://www.johncairns.co.uk/

Bev Shadbolt

Sophie Carlarne

Peri Heaton