Books and Learning

The Economist

Submitted by HarrietPacker on Wed, 2017-05-31 09:14

Many people think The Economist is only about economics. It’s not. It’s about pretty much everything. From politics to business and finance, from science and technology to the arts – The Economist brings their readers clear analysis of the issues that lie behind each week’s global news stories. The Economist satisfies the naturally curious with a distilled view of world affairs that is intelligent, insightful and thought-provoking.

Offer for alumni: 10% discount on standard subscription rates and free Economist notebook when you subscribe.

How to claim:  Login to your Oxford Alumni Online account to access your 10% discount code. If you do not have an account, please register

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 09

£25 membership of the Oxford Writers’ House

Submitted by HarrietPacker on Fri, 2017-05-12 13:49

Oxford Writers’ House aims to inspire, connect, and give voice to writers in Oxford.

They offer some online resources for authors as well as Oxford-based academic and creative writing support through literary groups, events, and journals.

You can subscribe now.

Start and end date: 
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 13

Oxford University Language Centre

Submitted by paull on Wed, 2016-10-19 11:44

The University's language centre offers a wide range of courses across 12 modern languages with flexibility for all, from intensive short courses to in-depth three-term programmes. They run from daytime to early evening, Monday to Friday, to suit your schedule.

Offers for alumni: Our Languages for All programme offers you three different pathways. All our courses are calibrated on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

  • General languages stages 1-7: This pathway spans flexibly either over weekly two-hour classes from weeks 2 to 7 of term inclusive or as a one-week 15-hour Intensive course just after the end of term, in week 9. It covers all Stages from Stage 1 beginners to Stage 7 proficient (C1).  You can opt to enrol for all three terms or term by term. If you enrol for all three terms, the third term is half-price. Entry is first-come, first-served, with Priority places available for those supported by their college/department as having a strong academic need. The alumni price is £125 per term (normally £150).
  • Fast track stages 1-5: This pathway is designed for those who are motivated to learn faster and covers two stages per year over three terms. It is available from Stage 1 beginners to Stage 5/6 advanced (B2). It runs twice-weekly across (2 hours + 1 hour) in term-time. In Michaelmas it starts in week 2 through to week 8 inclusive and in Hilary and Trinity terms it runs from weeks 1 to 8 inclusive. It is a selective entry course. The alumni price is £600 per year (normally £700).
  • Academic stages 1-3:  This pathway is specifically designed to address the professional and research needs of students and staff and supports them in being fully able to engage globally with their field of specialisation. The course mainly focuses on developing reading in the target language but offers support in other skills if required. It covers 3 different Levels, from beginners to advanced. It runs weekly as a two-hour class from weeks 2 to 7 of term inclusive. You can opt to enrol for all three terms or term by term. If you enrol for all three terms, the third term is half-price. French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish are available in this pathway. The alumni price is £125 per term (normally £150).

How to claim: For more information, and to enrol on a course head to the Oxford University Language's Centre website.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 11

Libraries at Oxford

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:53

Accessing the Bodleian in Oxford

All graduates of the University of Oxford are entitled to apply for free admission to Oxford library services. Contact the Bodleian Admissions Office or telephone +44 (0)1865 277180 for more details.

Scan and Deliver

Scan and Deliver is now available to all current Bodleian Library card holders.

There is now a Scan and Deliver service for items held in the Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility. Instead of requesting the physical item to a reading room, you can request scans of sections direct to your desktop. See more at:

Exhibitions, tours and masterclasses

What’s on at the Bodleian Libraries brings together the wide-ranging activities taking place in the Libraries. Whether you visit an exhibition or a display, attend an event or a lecture, go on a guided tour, or visit our shop, you will find an opportunity to discover our distinguished collections, magnificent buildings and informative programmes. See more at:

Join the Friends of the Bodleian

As a Friend, you will be able to enjoy a range of activities, including free lectures and special tours. The society has helped the Bodleian acquire diverse treasures including Jane Austen’s draft of The Watsons and pages from the draft of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (both acquisitions are on display in the Bodleian’s Marks of Genius exhibition). See more at:

Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)

Open access to the research publications from the University of Oxford - see the ORA website to gain access to research publications. 

Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Department for Continuing Education

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:48

The University's Department for Continuing Education offers over 1,000 part-time courses and programmes per year: online classes, weekly classes, day and weekend events, continuing professional development, summer schools, undergraduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas, Master's and DPhils.

Offers for alumni: 10% discount on course fees for online short courses, day and weekend events (the discount doesn't apply to food or accommodation). There is also a £50 discount available on selected summer programmes.

How to claim: To access your discount voucher code login to your Oxford Alumni Account (if you don't yet have an account, please register).

Day and Weekend Courses

10% discount for Oxford alumni

The Department for Continuing Education offers over 180 one and two day courses per year, usually held at weekends in Oxford and taught by lecturers and speakers who are noted authorities in their field of research. Phone: +44 (0)1865 270380 / 270368 or email:

View all day and weekend courses

Online and Distance Learning

10% discount for Oxford alumni

The Department for Continuing Education offers over 90 online courses across a range of disciplines, usually 5-10 or 20 weeks in duration. Phone: +44 (0)1865 280973 / 280974 or

View online courses

Summer Schools

£50 discount per week for Oxford alumni. To claim your £50 discount on select summer programmes, please contact the Continuing Education Summer Schools Office at or telephone +44 (0)1865 270396.

The Department for Continuing Education offers a variety of summer schools, including:

  • The Oxford University Summer School for Adults, a programme of 40 week-long accredited classes run over four weeks at Rewley House in Oxford
  • The Oxford Experience, a programme of 60 week-long classes held over six weeks at Christ Church
  • Creative Writing Summer School, held over three weeks at Exeter College
  • English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar, a two week programme held at Exeter College
  • English Literature Summer School, conducted over three weeks at Exeter College
  • History, Politics & Society Summer School, held over three weeks at Exeter College
  • International Human Rights Law Summer School, held over four weeks at New College
  • International Politics Summer School, held over two weeks at St Antony's College
  • Oxford Teachers' Academy English Language Teachers Summer Schools, a highly intensive two-week programme for experienced ELT (English Language Teaching) professionals, held at Worcester College
  • Theology Summer School, a two week programme for clergy, theologians and teachers as well as lay people, held at Christ Church

(Please note that some of the programmes above have entrance requirements; please see programme descriptions on the Continuing Education website for full details.)

View summer programmes

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Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Ruskin School of Art

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:41

Offer for alumni: 10% discount on all short summer courses at the Ruskin School of Art, including life drawing, botanical drawing and the luminosity of watercolour painting.

How to claim: Find out more information and choose your course online, or contact

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Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Bodleian Library Publishing

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:32

Bodleian Library Publishing has a diverse list of gift, general interest and scholarly books on a wide range of subjects drawn from or related to the Library's rich collections of manuscripts, rare books, maps, postcards and other printed ephemera.

Offer for alumni: 10% discount on all publications.

How to claim: Contact Bodleian Library Publishing Sales on 01865 283850 or email quoting BL002 .

Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Oxford University Press Bookshop

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 10:35

Oxford University Press furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education by publishing worldwide. Browse the extensive catalogue online, or visit the Oxford University Press Bookshop in the High Street, where you will find four floors dedicated to OUP titles.

Offers for alumni

  • A 20% online discount across hundreds of academic and professional publishing titles
  • Free delivery on online UK orders of £20 or more, and low shipping rates for the rest of the world
  • A 15% discount on purchases at the Oxford University Press Bookshop

How to claim:

  • To order online, select your region to explore the full range of academic and professional publishing titles. Your final discounted price for each item will show up in your shopping basket.
  • Please show your Oxford Alumni Card when making a purchase from the Oxford University Press Bookshop.
  • Orders may also be placed by telephone (+44 (0)1865 242913) or email with a small additional charge for postage. Please quote your alumni number or college and year of matriculation as identification at the time of ordering.


Oxford University Press Bookshop
116/7 High Street

+44 (0)1865 242913

Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10

Blackwell's bookshop

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 10:27

Blackwell's has an enviable reputation as a bookseller specialising in academic books. Its first bookshop was opened in 1879 in Oxford. Find a Blackwell's bookshop near you

Offer for alumni: 15% discount in every store and online.

Please note that terms and conditions apply. This 15% discount cannot be used on top of price-promoted (money-off) books (in each case, the customer will get the best offer). This discount can also not be used in conjunction with Blackwell's reward card.

How to claim: Please show your Oxford Alumni Card at the time of purchase. Or visit the Oxford Alumni Bookshop where your discount will be automatically deducted at the checkout. 

Books by alumni: Visit our online alumni bookshop hosted by Blackwell's, including featured books by Oxford alumni.

Book Gift Club

Subscribe to the Oxford Alumni Book Gift Club and Blackwell's will hand-pick a book per month and deliver it. Their choices will be some of the most interesting and high-quality books published during the year. This could be a wonderful present for a friend or perhaps an indulgence for yourself.

You can choose to receive books from one of five categories:

  • Fiction
  • History
  • Politics, Philosophy and Culture
  • Science
  • The Perfect Mixture - a selection of books from all of the above categories

Once you have signed up and paid the annual subscription, Blackwell's will do the rest. The first book will be despatched at the beginning of the first month after you have subscribed, along with a membership certificate. Then, Blackwell's will simply provide a book per month – a total of 12 books over the year.

More information, terms and conditions and how to subscribe

Start and end date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10