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Oxford University Development Office

The role of the University’s Development Office is to help secure philanthropic support for the University. The Development Office works in partnership with academic and development colleagues throughout the collegiate University to build enduring relationships with external constituencies and to increase financial support for agreed academic priorities. In May 2008, the University launched Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford, aimed at raising a minimum of £1.25 billion to transform the collegiate University for many generations to come. Gifts totalling more than £1 billion have now been received.
In addition to fundraising staff, the Development Office has a number of teams that cover particular support functions. These include the Research Team (which gathers information on potential and existing donors); the Proposals Team (which writes proposals and project information); the Gift Registry (which records and processes donations received by the University and on behalf of colleges); the Database Team (which supports the Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS); and the Donor Relations team (which ensures that donors are appropriately thanked and stewarded). There are also three overseas offices whose remit includes development: New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The Director of the Development Office reports to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Relations) and works closely with officers in UAS, especially in Alumni Relations and Finance, as well as with academic and development colleagues across the collegiate University.

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Oxford London Lecture
Oxford Today with Michael Palin
Race Equality Network
The Olympics at Oxford
The Romanes Lecture
UNIQ Summer Schools
Welcome to Oxford
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Keeping our secrets? Shaping internet technologies for the public good The Internet and related technologies, like smartphones and social networking services, are now a pervasive part of British life. Connected cars, smart cities, and ambient loos are coming soon. Ian Brown 24 Mar 2014
2 Where are the robots? Where are the robots we seem to have been promised since the 1950s? What is the hold up? Are we nearly there now? For example, will cars be driving themselves soon? Paul Newman 15 Mar 2013
3 Olympic Torch Visit The London 2012 Olympic Torch comes to Oxford's legendary Iffley Road stadium, where the four-minute mile was first run. Roger Bannister, Steph Cook, Nikki Emerson, Nicola Byrom 13 Jul 2012
4 Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites Joseph Walther describes the hyperpersonal model and its relevance to the study of online dating. 'Idealisation' of perception and presentation online can facilitate the selection process, but may have unforseen consequences when people eventually meet. Joseph Walther, Nicole Ellison 28 Feb 2012
5 Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites Erina Lee discusses the importance of similarity between partners in terms of long-term relationship satisfaction. She discusses some compatibility dimensions that have been considered by eHarmony, as well as future directions for research. Bernie Hogan, Erina Lee 28 Feb 2012
6 The Limits of Science Lord Rees of Ludlow delivers the 2011 Romanes Lecture. Martin Rees 31 Jan 2012
7 The Gamesmakers: Oxonians Preparing for London 2012 A panel discussion with some of the Oxonians most closely involved with the successful Olympics bid, providing a fascinating insight into the thrills and anxiety of preparing for London 2012. Andrew Thomas, Roger Mosey, Ed Warner, Paul Williamson 30 Sep 2011
8 A Cook's Tour: Oxford and the Modern Olympics The University of Oxford has a rich sporting heritage and many links with the foundation and evolution of the modern Olympics. Professor Simon Lee examins the role of Oxonians as athletes and administrators within this global phenomenon. Simon Lee 29 Sep 2011
9 Creative Commons Who did Plato (not) love? Platonic love? Plato's main text on love, the Symposium, takes a broad look at what love means, offering a serious yet humorous, poignant and flippant, literary philosophical discussion of the topic, with some famous but also surprising outcomes. Cressida Ryan 15 Feb 2011
10 Creative Commons If marriage is a trade, then what price romance? Theatre was a forum for early twentieth-century feminists to challenge romantic ideals of marriage, arguing against society blocking women's access to alternative professions. Did one playwright solve the problem of selling seats without selling out? Sol Eltis 15 Feb 2011
11 Creative Commons Not only the lonely: the social implications of the rise of online dating Dr Hogan explores values towards online dating, relating them to whether one's friends have dated online and whether social network software or online personals are responsible for the continued rise in popularity of online dating. Bernie Hogan 14 Feb 2011
12 Creative Commons Swirls and secrets: the mysteries of Jonathan Swift's love letters In Swift's letters to his adored Stella, we see an elaborate combination of language and code to tease his reader but still communicate intimacy. The denial of full disclosure and the refusal to reveal all is part of the game of seduction. Abigail Williams 14 Feb 2011
13 An advert for the lecture series "Love and other things" This advert introduces a series of 4 talks on the subject of love and romance. The 10 minute talks took place at Oxford University on Valentine's day 2011. Ed Watkins 14 Feb 2011
14 Darwin and Friends Professor Robin Dunbar explores if there is a limit to the number of friends we can keep track of and explains the origin of "Dunbar's Number". Robin Dunbar 10 Feb 2011
15 Blood Disorders and Human Malaria Professor Sunetra Gupta explains the surprising relationship between blood disorders and malaria in humans. Could two blood disorders ever be better than one? Part of the Oxford Abridged series of short talks. Sunetra Gupta 10 Feb 2011
16 Slime Moulds to run the railways? Should we let slime moulds run our railways? Slime moulds can produce networks as efficient, cost-effective and resilient as railway networks designed by people, despite having no central control over what they build. Mark Fricker 10 Feb 2011
17 Success of the Smelliest - Sexual attraction and pheromones Sexual attraction and pheromones? Dr. Tristram Wyatt talks about pheromones and evolution in a short talk about the "Success of the smelliest". Recorded as part of an ongoing series of short lectures. Tristram Wyatt 10 Feb 2011
18 Caroline Pendleton, medical student and summer school mentor Caroline Pendleton on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Caroline Pendleton 21 Jan 2010
19 Dr. Malcolm Stewart, Chemistry tutor Dr. Malcolm Stewart on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Malcolm Stewart 21 Jan 2010
20 Dr. Emma Smith, Fellow in English, Hertford College Dr. Emma Smith on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Emma Smith 21 Jan 2010
21 Mike Nicholson, Director of Admissions Mike Nicholson on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Mike Nicholson 21 Jan 2010
22 UNIQ Summer School introductory video An introductory video to the exciting free UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. University of Oxford 18 Jan 2010
23 Race Equality Network: Our Network Keynote speech of the launch of the University of Oxford Race Equality Network, delivered by Karen Chouhan, Director of Equanomics and one of the Joseph Rowntree visionaries. Karen Chouhan 05 Jan 2010
24 Learning Differently, Teaching Inclusively Dr David Mills presents from an academic viewpoint on the University of Oxford's efforts to promote an inclusive environment for learning. David Mills 05 Jan 2010
25 Gargoyles Unveiled Nine new gargoyles for the Bodleian Library, Oxford are unveiled. The gargoyles were designed by children as part of the Millennium Myths and Monsters competition. University of Oxford 08 Oct 2009
26 Tony Blair: The Learning Habit UK Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers the 1999 Romanes lecture, explaining what the government is seeking to achieve in its programme of education reform, and how as a nation in the 21st century we can achieve a ‘learning habit’ across society. Tony Blair 13 Mar 2009
27 Gordon Brown: Science and our Economic Future UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivers the 2009 Romanes Lecture, arguing that investment in science and the next generation of scientists is key to the UK's future competitiveness. Gordon Brown 27 Feb 2009
28 Muhammad Yunus: A Poverty-free World? Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of microcredit, gave this year’s Romanes lecture on ‘A poverty-free world: When? How?’. Muhammad Yunus 08 Dec 2008
29 Oxford Today with Michael Palin The full length Oxford Campaign production, presented by Michael Palin. Michael Palin 25 Sep 2008
30 Oxford Today with Michael Palin The full length Oxford Campaign video presented by Michael Palin. Michael Palin 25 Sep 2008
31 Student Newspapers at Oxford An introduction to the student newspapers at Oxford University. Cherwell and the Oxford Student are two student run newspapers with a long history in Oxford. Henry Clarke Price, Rosie Macaulay, Natasha Vashisht, Rebecca Molyneux 18 Sep 2008
32 Chris Patten on the Campaign for the University of Oxford Chris Patten, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, talks about the importance of the Campaign. Chris Patten 16 Sep 2008
33 Interview with Chris Patten Chris Patten, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, talks about the importance of the Campaign. Chris Patten 16 Sep 2008
34 Interview with Michael Moritz Michael Moritz talks about his and Harriet Heyman's gift to Christ Church College and asset management at Oxford. Michael Moritz 16 Sep 2008
35 Interview with Elnur Eyvasov Elnur Eyvasov is a student of Internation Law at St Anne's College, here on a Weidendelf scholarship from Azerbaijan. Elnur Ayvasov 16 Sep 2008
36 Interview with Rana Mitter Dr Rana Mitter is an academic at the Institute of Chinese Studies, specialising in modern Chinese history. Rana Mitter 16 Sep 2008
37 Interview with James Martin Dr James Martin is a computer scientist and founding benefactor of the James Martin 21st Century School. James Martin 16 Sep 2008
38 The Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Natural History An introduction to the Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Oxford University 12 Sep 2008
39 Part 1: Introduction Part 1 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
40 Part 2: Research at Oxford Part 2 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
41 Part 3: Student Life Part 3 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
42 Part 4: The Libraries Part 4 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
43 Part 5: Oxford University Press Part 5 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
44 Part 6: Now and beyond Part 6 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
45 Vice Chancellor's Welcome A welcome message from Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Andrew Hamilton 10 Jul 2008