Our manifesto

We are committed to empowering our members.

Oxford SU believes that the University of Oxford must lead the way in creating an environment where current and future students are governed by fairness; where everyone has an equal opportunity to flourish in their pursuit of education. We believe that education is the foundation for the future. The better the education, the better the future for all of us.

Being a student at the University of Oxford brings unique privileges, opportunities and challenges. Oxford SU is committed to empowering its students; we will ensure that their voice is listened to at every level of the University and is a catalyst for positive change. We embrace the entire student experience, from the grandly institutional to the intensely personal. We are entirely devoted to the wants and needs of all students, current and future.

Our current strategic aims focus on:

  1. Supporting and empowering Common Rooms, adding value to the College experience

  2. Being the representative voice of the students of Oxford, guaranteeing every student’s voice is at the heart of what we do

  3. Bringing people together, showcasing the community at Oxford and ensuring students get the support they deserve

We believe in making the University of Oxford a better place, to the benefit of our students and society at large.

Our purpose

To improve the overall experience for current and future students at the University of Oxford.

Our values

We are inclusive

We must ensure that everything we do is accessible to all of our student members

We listen

We represent the voice of students. We must ensure that in everything we do, we first listen to what the students want and need.

We take action

There's no point just talking - or taking ineffective action. We will always assess what actions will be most effective and fair in any situation, then enact this.

We challenge

It is our responsibility to question the institution in which we work to ensure provisions for students at the University of Oxford are the best they can be.

We adapt

Oxford SU wants to grow to be the best version of itself, ensuring that our membership receives as much as possible from our organisation.

Our strategy

Oxford SU is led by students for students.

Our team represents the interests of our members with drive, determination and proficiency. Our strategy contains three key goals:


We want to support and encourage all students to get the most out of the academic experience at the University of Oxford.


We want to work together with students and the University to make a welcoming, safe and inclusive place to live and study with an equally high experience for all students.


We want to enable communities to connect, develop and grow – to improve the Oxford experience as a whole.


A charity unlike any other

As a student-led democratic membership organisation, an SU is unlike any other charity. Our key funder and partner, the University of Oxford, plays a pivotal role in the development and actualisation of the student voice each year.

Trustee board

Our Trustees are legally responsible for our financial and legal health and strategic direction.

Our Trustee Board is made up of 6 Sabbatical Officers, 3 Student Trustees and 4 External Trustees.

Find out more about our Trustee Board.