A recognised independent centre (RIC) of Oxford University was a status awarded to acknowledge a special relationship with a small number of institutes and centres which are involved in teaching and research in their specialised areas in Oxford.[1][2]

The University retired the status of RIC in August 2020.[3][4]


The status of RIC was awarded to educational charities based in the Oxford area which, while not part of the university, were recognised for their contribution to university research and teaching in contemporary and historical areas of interest. The formal designation was created in 2006.[5] Five institutions were awarded RIC status.

While the RICs remain independent financially and in governance[6] they make a significant contribution to the university in research, tuition, and publishing. The university established a Joint Coordinating Committee for Recognised Independent Centres, which linked the university and RICs. The University Council and relevant faculties nominated members to sit on the governing bodies of the RICs.[7]

A student at an RIC was not automatically a member of the university but could apply to use its facilities, as well as its libraries and manuscript collections. In practice the majority of students attached to RICs were also registered as students of Oxford University, and were members of colleges. Some academics held joint appointments made between university faculties and RICs.[8]

Recognised independent centres of Oxford University

Name Founded Notes
Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 2004
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies 1972
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies 1997
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 1985 Gained royal charter in 2012
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies 1982


  1. ^ Recognised Independent Centres – University of Oxford. Ox.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  2. ^ Review of Oxford by Jan Morris | The Nomad Lawyer. Nomadlaw.com (2009-07-10). Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  3. ^ "Status change | Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies".
  4. ^ ""An Evolving Relationship: The University of Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies"".
  5. ^ OCHS wins Oxford recognition | The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Ochs.org.uk (2006-06-23). Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  6. ^ [oucs] OUCS Entitlement – Recognised Independent Centre. Oucs.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  7. ^ Council and Main Committees, Oxford University Gazette. Ox.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  8. ^ Croft, Sally, Editor, Blueprint: Staff News for the University of Oxford, March 2008, Oxford.