Reuben College is Oxford’s newest college, dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary exchange within an inclusive and impact-oriented community. 2021 students will have a unique opportunity to help shape the college’s ethos and activities, creating a diverse and intellectually-stimulating community that addresses the big questions of the 21st century. In that endeavour, you will be supported by world-leading researchers who are fellows of the college.
At Reuben College you will be provided with an academic experience that complements and enhances your departmental activities, supporting you to engage with a wide range of people across disciplines, professional career stages and types of expertise, including close association with public engagement and entrepreneurship teams. By stimulating intellectual curiosity, facilitating cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, and placing your academic activities within a wider context, Reuben College provides an exciting and supportive environment for academic growth.
You will also find a strong entrepreneurial spirit running through the college, expected to be supported by a Digital Innovation Studio equipped with cutting-edge technologies, and a programme of public engagement and outreach initiatives.
For its inaugural students in October 2021, college life will be built on a rich programme of interdisciplinary activities, which will enable you to explore the intersection of your doctoral research or master’s studies with other disciplines. In its first years, these activities will largely cluster around the broad themes of artificial intelligence and machine learning, environmental change, and cellular life.
Reuben’s Environmental Change research cluster brings together researchers working on many aspects of the drivers and impacts of, and responses to, environmental change. The breadth of this theme covers research ranging from the institutional, social and behavioural drivers of climate change; earth system changes (physical, biological and social); and responses to these changes, including human relationships to their environment, international policy processes, and behavioural and technological innovations.
Within the Environmental Change theme, it is vital that our students and visitors are representative of the communities who will both be most affected by, and most able to make a difference to, environmental change (both climate change and the ongoing loss of nature). We are keen to encourage and facilitate research that is done collaboratively with those who are working to find solutions on the ground (whether they are indigenous groups, NGOs, businesses or governments). We intend to foster an active community of researchers and students from across all four academic divisions who have interests in environmental change.