The Society

What are the Society’s aims?

We are a society of educators associated with the University of Oxford, engaged in supporting the University’s historic mission to contribute to the field of public Education by:

  • Developing networks of educators associated with the University of Oxford;
  • Encouraging contributions to current Education debate by its members;
  • Developing the interface between ongoing educational research and professional expertise;
  • Providing financial support for education projects associated with the Department of Education.

Joining OES is entirely free; activities and events will however be charged on a full recovery cost basis.  In addition, the Society will from time to time undertake fundraising activities for specific projects associated with the Department of Education.

The Society currently aims to organise at least two main events each year – the OES Annual Lecture in September to coincide with the University’s Alumni Weekend, and a Saturday School in May on a specific aspect of education which is of concern to the educational community. In 2013 the Saturday School was on the topic of educational standards and qualifications reform and in June 2014, early learning and digital technologies. In 2015, we are supporting the organisation of a conference for PGCE alumni who are in their NQT year.

Members can also volunteer to run more informal activities on a regional or national basis. If you are interested in forming a local network or setting up a specialist interest group, contact

On this site also there is a Member Area in which registered members of the OES are able to search for other members world-wide, participate in on-line forum discussions and share resources. Click on the Membership tab above to join the OES or to log in if you are already a member.