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The Public Affairs Directorate, based at University Offices in Wellington Square, is responsible for developing public understanding of the aims and activities of the collegiate University. It provides public affairs and communications advice and services to colleagues across the collegiate University.

Useful PAD resources and support

The PAD website contains information and advice about media relations, websites, social media, design and print, branding, images, video, community engagement, government relations, events and more. 

News and Information Office

Contact if you need advice about media issues or if you have been, or are about to be, in the mainstream media.

The Daily New Alert is a daily email round-up of mentions of the University in the media. Email to subscribe.

You can list your own news on the 'News from other websites' webpage  To have your news listed send a link and details to

Design and Publications Office

The branding toolkit includes branding advice, a style guide, and downloadable logos. Please read the guidelines carefully before embarking on any new communications, be they internal or external.

PAD produces conference items including branded University stationery for meetings and events, pens, folders and notepads.

The Design Studio offers creative and cost-effective design for a range of materials including posters, leaflets, newsletters, flyers and brochures, as well as a print-buying services.

The University image library contains more than 9,000 images of the University and the city of Oxford, available at a 50 per cent discount to departments and colleges. This is also an easy and secure way for departments and colleges to store, access and sell their own images.

Digital Communications

The digital style guide outlines the core elements used in the design of the University's website, which you can use in your own web design.

You can submit story ideas for publication on the University Twitter and Facebook pages – by emailing

Events Office

The event management toolkit contains practical advice about managing and promoting events, including templates to download.

The Events Office lends out event items including University branded table cloths and radios so that colleagues running an event can keep in touch with one another if the venue is large. You can also purchase invitation cards and branded gift bags.

Training and networking

The Communications Officers' Network is a good way to make contact with others working in communications across the collegiate University and share knowledge, ideas and resources. Email to join.

The termly PAD workshops are a series of free lunchtime training sessions covering a range of communications topics.

The Social Media Network is a series of free lunchtime sessions, run each quarter, focusing on social media-related topics. The network has a Facebook group for sharing information and ideas. Contact if you are interested.