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By bringing all Keble’s  graduate students onto one site with top-quality accommodation and exceptional supporting facilities in an environment designed to foster research collaboration there will be an intellectually enriching experience for all.  Colleges offer graduate students an extra dimension to their engagement with the University; within the The H B Allen Centre they will find the very best that Oxford can offer. With some of the finest libraries, laboratories, museums and collections in the world within walking distance, the new centre could not be better placed to attract the most able students and researchers.


In October 2010 the College obtained Planning, Conservation Area and Listed Building consents for the redevelopment of the existing buildings to a design developed by Rick Mather Architects, the firm that had designed the College’s two most recent buildings on the main site. Thereafter, funded by a £2m donation from an Old Member of the College, work on the detailed design stage was undertaken. The design has been refined and subject to a variation to the original planning consent will include the extension of the lower ground floor across the whole site.

Concept Sketch the quad and lower level

Graduate Facilities

  • 231 en suite rooms for postgraduate students. Of these, 191 are arranged in 32 self-contained flats, each with a spacious communal kitchen/dining room. The remaining 40 are individual rooms with their own kitchenette.
  • 3 apartments for officers of the centre
  • 2 graduate common rooms
  • administrative offices

Shared Facilities

  • café with seating for 120 and further seating on adjacent terraces
  • gym
  • lecture theatre with seating for up to 120
  • seminar rooms and a large exhibition/performance space
  • 24 en suite rooms for academic visitors
  • Porters’ Lodge
  • landscaped quad and perimeter grounds
  • over 200 bicycle parking slots

Research Facilities

  • Approximately 600 m² of research/office/teaching/communal space arranged on four floors in the Woodstock Road Building (in the north-west corner of the site)
  • 1,500 m² of flexible research/office space, all with natural light and views to other parts of the site, located at the lower ground floor level extending across most of the site.

The new site will provide space for Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), the Oxford Robotics Institute and the Keble Advanced Studies Centre (ASC).

OSI will be the lead tenant, occupying the flagship building facing west on to the Woodstock Road and taking the majority of the under-quad space for their research and spin-out activities.

With considerable philanthropic support from Keble alumni, the College has developed six interdisciplinary research clusters in Networks, Imaging, Creativity, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Relics and Complexity. Led by Keble Fellow, Professor Tom Higham, the ASC programmes are flourishing, attracting visiting researchers and collaborators from universities across the world and bringing vibrancy to the College research community. Further details about the research objectives can be found here. It is intended that further collaborative groups will be formed as funding becomes available.

The Oxford Robotics Institute, led by Keble Fellow, Professor Paul Newman is developing and applying mobile robotics in a variety of contexts in collaboration with industry and has been resident at the site since April 2014. Leading in one of the most high-profile areas of technological research development, the Group’s researchers are developing autonomous pods and the RobotCar, and they are applying their technology to advances in surveying, inspection, warehousing and space exploration. Oxbotica, the recently formed spin-out company from the Mobile Robotics Group, is also located onsite.

Basement research space


Study bedroom


Floor Plans

Plan Basement

Plan Ground Floor
Ground Floor

Plan First Floor
First Floor

Plan Second and Third Floor Features
Second and Third Floors