Open Day: 15 September 2023

The University of Oxford's 2023 final Open Day will take place on Friday, 15 September. 

The English Faculty will be open from 9.30am to 4pm. All talks will take place in the English Faculty building, on the corner of St Cross and Manor Roads.

You can register for the Open Days on the University website. Registration for our Open Days is not compulsory, but you will receive lots of useful information about the event and about applying for undergraduate study at Oxford.

Programme for talks at the English Faculty:

10.00am - 10.30am: MINI LECTURE  Beowulf: Then and Now, Dr Laura Varnam (Lecturer in Old and Middle English, University College)

10.40am - 11.10am: MINI LECTURE  Taste and Judgment, Dr Patrick Hayes (Associate Professor of English Literature, St John’s College)

11.20am - 12.00pm: INFORMATION TALK  ENGLISH AT OXFORD, Professor Annie Sutherland (Professor of Medieval Literature, Somerville College)

2.30pm - 3.10pm: INFORMATION TALK  ENGLISH AT OXFORD (repeated talk), Professor Annie Sutherland (Professor of Medieval Literature, Somerville College)

3.20pm - 3.50pm: MINI LECTURE  Things that Talk: Meeting the Old English Riddles, Dr Rachel A. Burns (Departmental Lecturer in Old English, Hertford College)

3.20pm - 3.50pm: JOINT SCHOOLS Q&A SESSIONS – STUDYING ENGLISH WITH HISTORY, CLASSICS, OR MODERN LANGUAGES, Dr Laura Swift (Classics/Magdalen College), Dr Matthew Grimley (History/Merton College), and Professor Francesca Southerden (Medieval Italian/Somerville College

Staff and current students will be present throughout the day to answer questions about the course, studying at Oxford, and the application process. We welcome students interested in joint schools (English and History; English and Classics; English and Modern Languages) to all of our talks.

The English Faculty Library will also be open throughout the day. The Library holds the University’s main student lending collections for English Language and Literature, including American and postcolonial literatures.

Parents are welcome to attend the Open Days, but to avoid overcrowding we would ask that they do not attend the lectures and talks scheduled in the morning. However, there is often space available in the afternoon sessions.

You can find directions to the English Faculty at:

Any questions? Please email the English Faculty Outreach Co-ordinator at


English faculty building