What we do


Flexible courses and programmes for adult learners

We offer more than 1000 classes and programmes each year. All but a very few of them are designed for adults who prefer to study part-time.

Students of all ages, from all backgrounds

During the 2017-18 academic year, we taught more than 15,000 students, ranging in age from 18-95 years old. Many of our students take multiple courses each year: in 2016-17, our 14K students accounted for more than 20,000 enrolments.

Students of the Department for Continuing Education come from more than 150 countries around the world. Many of our international students are studying on our online short courses; some are on postgraduate courses, particularly our Master's and DPhil programmes, many of which are arranged for students who live at a distance from Oxford.

Leading academics and world-class research

Our courses are underpinned by academic staff of the Department who represent a range of subjects, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. All of our leading academics are full faculty of the University and several have professorships.
The Department has a lively multidisciplinary research community, including a Graduate School, which fosters intellectual and social interaction between research students and the wider University across the disciplines through an established programme of seminars and research training. 

Accommodation and conference facilities

Our facilities at Rewley House in central Oxford features over 40 en-suite bedrooms, a dining room and common room, a lecture theatre,  teaching and seminar rooms, a library, and a computer training room. We have an executive chef on staff.

Conference clientele benefit from digital technology in all meeting rooms (supported by a full-time technical staff), and menus to suit any meeting.

In-house branch of the Bodleian Library

The Rewley House Continuing Education Library is one of the Bodleian Libraries. Our students are well served by a collection which contains over 70,000 books, and periodicals, and offers access to the full range of electronic resources subscribed to by the University of Oxford.

The Jessop Reading Room adjoins the library. A full-time library staff are on hand year-round to assist patrons with library services.