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Oxford, UK
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Oxford is a diverse and historic city anchored around its medieval core and historic university and colleges. It is known as the “City of Spires” because of its spectacular skyline of gothic towers and steeples, most of which belong to the world-renowned University of Oxford. Oxford university is the oldest university in England and has 44 colleges. This includes five permanent private halls (PPHs), which were founded by various Christian denominations and still retain their religious character. Oxford’s colleges are small, multidisciplinary communities. Each one has students, academic staff and administrative staff. The earliest colleges are University College dating from 1249, Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

The city also hosts John Radcliffe Hospital, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. Oxford City has a population of 162,100, with the wider county population being 725,300.

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