Oxford Today

Oxford Today: The University Magazine was a magazine for the alumni of Oxford University.[2]

Oxford Today
EditorDr. Richard Lofthouse
Circulationc. 150,000
Year founded1988 - 2017 country = United Kingdom
CompanyFuture plc[1]
Based inOxford

Oxford Today was a magazine distributed free to around 160,000 alumni around the world. It appeared three times a year, with the issues coinciding with the three Oxford academic terms of Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity. The editor was Dr Richard Lofthouse, and it was published by Future plc on behalf of the University of Oxford.[1]

Articles covered subjects such as current affairs,[3] history,[4] literature,[5] as well as the University itself.[6] Contributors and interviewees had included many Oxford alumni from different walks of life, such as the politician Michael Heseltine,[7] the author and playwright Alan Bennett[8] and the comedian Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.[9]

The magazine was previously published by Wiley-Blackwell. In April 2010, it was reported that a new publisher would be taking over the magazine, resulting in the job of then-current editor Greg Neale being placed under review; this caused concern among members of the publication's editorial review board, some of whom expressed the view that the Oxford administration was seeking to reduce the magazine's independence.[10][11][12] The magazine was published by FuturePlus, a division of Future Publishing Limited, on behalf of the University of Oxford. After a review of the magazine and its mounting costs, Oxford University took the decision to close the publication with its last issue published in Trinity 2017.


  1. ^ a b Blueprint: Staff magazine for the University of Oxford, October 2010, p.2.
  2. ^ Contact details Archived 14 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Oxford Today, University of Oxford, UK.
  3. ^ Andrew Silke (editor), Research on Terrorism: Trends, Achievements and Failures. Cass Series on Political Violence, Routledge, 2004. ISBN 978-0-7146-5311-2. Page 28.
  4. ^ M. G. Brock and M. C. Curthoys, The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VII: The Nineteenth Century, Part 2. Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-951017-7. Page xx.
  5. ^ Ned Sherrin, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-923716-6. Page 132.
  6. ^ Paul R. Deslandes, Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850–1920. Indiana University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-253-34578-3. p. 239.
  7. ^ Alicia Clegg, My time of transformation[permanent dead link]. Oxford Today, 20(3):64, 2008.
  8. ^ Greg Neale, The dark and the light Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Oxford Today, 21(2):64, 2009.
  9. ^ Greg Neale, A Python's progress Archived 20 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Oxford Today, 22(2):48, 2010.
  10. ^ Oxford Today, gone tomorrow, Cherwell, 21 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Oxford Today, North Korea tomorrow: A brouhaha is brewing at the Oxford alumni magazine, as it comes under pressure to be 'on-message'", The Guardian, 5 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Changes likely at Oxford Today", New Statesman, 6 April 2010.

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