- Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
The following publication scheme follows the standard format required by the Information Commissioner from January 2009.
It sets out what information the College publishes or intends to publish. All material associated with the definitions in the classes contained in the scheme are available either in hard copy, electronically or via the College website. A fee may be charged for printed copies of some documents available on the website to cover administrative costs.
The purpose of the scheme is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible, so that the public can be informed as far as reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of college activities, and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.
Through the scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities, while at the same time recognising that there are exemptions within the Act.
The scheme sets out the following classes of information (you can find out more by following the links):
1. Who we are and what we do: organisational information, locations, structures and contacts.
2. What we spend and how we spend it: financial information relating to income and expenditure and procurement.
3. What our priorities are and how we are doing: Strategy and performance information, assessments, inspections and reviews.
4. How we make decisions: Decision making processes and records of decisions.
5. Our policies and procedures: current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
6. Lists and registers.
7. The services we offer: Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets.
Information which falls into the following categories is not published as part of the scheme:
• the College does not hold the information;
• the information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited under another statute;
• the information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible;
• it would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the material for routine release.
It is important to us that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how the scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments, or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:
Information Officer: Academic Registrar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, OX1 4JF
The Information Officer is responsible for maintaining the scheme on behalf of the College.
- Who we are and what we do
Corpus Christi College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, as a place of renaissance learning for the education of young men in the humanities and the sciences. You can find out more about the College's history on the History page of our website.
The College is located in the heart of Oxford just 2 minutes' walk to the High Street and 2 minutes' walk to the tranquility of Christ Church Meadow. Directions to the College can be found on the Visitor Information page of the College website.
The Governing Body of the College consists of the President and Fellows; it has responsibility for the management of the affairs of the College. The College is regulated in accordance with the College Statutes (recently revised and approved by the Privy Council on 12 February 2020). The College Regulations (revised in October 2023) are additional rules made by the Governing Body.
The management structure and committee structure set out how the College is organized. The committees meet on a regular basis; they report and provide recommendations to the Governing Body enabling the Governing Body to make informed decisions on all areas affecting the College.
The College exists to provide education through stimulating teaching and focused research. Information on 'Studying at Corpus' and on 'Life at Corpus' and be found on the relevant pages of this website along with details of our facilities. More general information and admissions details can be found on the 'How to Apply' pages of this website. The College Rules and General Information are also available to download.
Details on the research interests of our Fellows can be found on the relevant Fellows and Academic staff pages of this website.
Information about alumni services and fundraising is available on the Alumni pages of this website.
The College Chapel is open daily to all worshippers; members of the public are warmly welcomed to all Chapel services.
Information about the College's Conference facilities is available on the Conference pages of this website.
- What we spend and how we spend it
The College's accounts are updated annually.
Salaries and benefits
Academic and administrative salaries are in accordance with Oxford University salary scales. Information on staff policies and other benefits for employees are available in the College's Employee Handbook (currently being updated to include new legal obligations that came into effect on 6 April 2020).
Fees and charges
Undergraduate: the College's fees and charges sheet and finance guide are available to download and details of the maintenance support system can be found on the Student Finance page of this website. Further general information can be found on the University website.
Graduate: the College's fees and charges sheet is available to download and details of the maintenance support system can be found on the Student Finance page of this website. The University website provides further information on fees and support.
Regulations for college contributions are available on the University website and details of the College's contribution can be found in the published accounts.
Contracting goods and services
Information can be found in the Purchasing Procedures on the University website.
Document Formats and fees
Printed versions of all documents referred to in the Publication Scheme are available; a fee will be charged.
- What our priorities are/how we are doing
Corpus Christi's main priorities (in cooperation with the University of Oxford) are to:
• Admit students with the highest academic potential, irrespective of their economic, social or ethnic background
• Provide the teaching and facilities to enable them to achieve their full potential.
• Provide a social environment and a range of non-academic activities to enable students to develop as individuals.
• Attract and retain academic staff of the highest quality.
• Provide an environment for our academic staff to optimise their ability to carry out outstanding research.
Additional priorities are to:
• Attract and retain high quality non-academic staff.
• Maintain our historic buildings to a high standard.
• Manage the College on a financially sound basis.
• Ensure the College's future financial viability by effective management of the endowment and through fund-raising.
How we are doing
The College's recent academic performance has been excellent.
• Over the last 4 years, Corpus has ranked in the middle of the Oxford colleges in terms of undergraduate finals grades; in 2019 98.5% of our students achieved a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
• In 2019 7 out of 24 candidates for graduate taught degrees achieved Distinctions and 8 achieved a Merit.
• A further 17 graduate students were awarded the DPhil and 2 an MSc (Res).
• All the College's academic Fellows were entered for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework as members of their respective faculties or departments. As such, they contributed to Oxford University's outstanding success in the REF (top-ranked amongst all British universities). It is anticipated that all Fellows will be entered for the upcoming REF2021.
The College's Annual Accounts are available on the University website and show how the College is performing financially.
An Annual Review is published by the University.
The Governing Body of the College consists of the President and Fellows; it has responsibility for the management of the affairs of the College. The College is regulated in accordance with the College Statutes. The College Regulations are additional rules made by the Governing Body. The Governing Body is responsible for the ongoing strategic direction of the College, for its administration and for the management of its finances and assets. It meets regularly under the chairmanship of the President and is advised by a range of committees.
- How we make decisions
Decision making processes
The Governing Body of the College consists of the President and Fellows; it has responsibility for the management of the affairs of the College. The College is regulated in accordance with the College Statutes. The College Regulations are additional rules made by the Governing Body. It has ultimate responsibility for the management of the affairs of the College.
A number of committees meet on a regular basis; they report and provide recommendations to the Governing Body enabling the Governing Body to make informed decisions on all areas affecting the College.
The management structure of the College is available to download.
Information on certain decisions affecting undergraduates and graduates can be found in the College Rules and General Information and decisions concerning employees can be found in the Employee Handbook (currently being updated to include new legal obligations that came into effect on 6 April 2020).
Records of decisions
The College's financial record can be found in the published accounts.
Much of the information about decisions, and the decision-making processes in College is published in various documents. However, certain decisions are only recorded in Governing Body minutes which cannot be included in the scheme because (i) they name individuals in a confidential context, and (ii) they include material of a sensitive commercial nature.
- Our policies and procedures
Details of all relevant College Policies can be found on our Policies specific page.
- Lists and registers
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
There are none.
Details of principal landholdings are available on request.
A disclosure log is not maintained.
Register of interests
Fellows are required to annually declare any conflicts of interest; a register is maintained recording the information provided.
- The services we offer
College: The College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford; information on all of the colleges can be found on the University website. The College exists to provide education through stimulating teaching and focused research and supports the teaching and research of undergraduate and graduate students.
Admissions: Details on admissions, including the College prospectus, can be found on both the College website (undergraduate and graduate) as well as the University website (undergraduate and graduate). Details on undergraduate courses can also be found on the University website.
Access: The Tutor for Admissions and Access has overall responsibility for the College’s access and outreach activity. He is supported by the Access and Admissions Officer and her assistant. They play an active role in raising aspiration and widening participation through a number of initiatives including three Open Days a year.
Student services: Current students can find the majority of information they will require on the College's internal Weblearn pages and in the College Rules and General Information.
Funding: Information on income, expenditure and assets can be obtained in the College's published accounts.
Chapel: The College Chapel is open daily to all worshippers; members of the public are warmly welcomed to all Chapel services.
Sport provision: The College shares a sports ground with University College and provides basic membership of the University Gym and Swimming Pool. There is also a small gym on the main College site.
Information for alumni: The College attempts to keep in touch with all of its alumni and arranges a number of events throughout the year. Further details can be found on the alumni pages of this website.
News: The College regularly posts news about its Fellows, students and alumni on the news page of its website. The Development Office produce the Sundial newsletter (quarterly) for alumni and the annual Pelican Record, providing news, information and articles, is produced annually for students, staff and alumni.
IT and intranet provision: The College shares an I.T. department with Oriel and Merton colleges. The team has a wide-ranging scope of responsibility including IT support for academic and non-academic staff, students and conference delegates; network and back-office infrastructure security and maintenance; audio visual support and numerous other technical areas. The College uses the WebLearn intranet to provide as much information electronically as possible. IT regulations can be accessed through WebLearn.
Library and Archives: The modern library is open to current members of the College, on a reference basis, 24 hours a day. Books and DVDs may be borrowed only when the Issue Desk is open. The special and historic collections, including manuscripts and early printed books are available for the purposes of academic research by appointment.
The archives comprise administrative records of the College, its estates, and papers created by a few members. Records of the college proper begin with deeds of the site of the college 1513, accounts 1521, and decisions of the governing body 1748. Records of college estates include deeds, surveys, court rolls and maps, and date from the thirteenth century onwards. The archives are available for the purposes of academic research by appointment.
Please see the Visitor pages on the website for more information, including how to make appointments.
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