Oliver is College Lecturer in Music at Keble College.

Oliver holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. He teaches courses on music analysis and theory, musical thought and scholarship, and world jazz. His research to date has focussed on the music of Edward Elgar, particularly his cultivation of chromatic tonality, and has been published in journals such as Music & Letters (in press) and Music Theory Online. He is also a keen guitarist, having won prizes from Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Oliver is keen to empower students to understand music, personally treasured or yet to be encountered, in diverse and rewarding ways.