Oxford Education Research Symposium

Venue Information

An exterior view of the Library and Study Centre at St John's College, as viewed from the bottom of stairs in the evening. Library & Study Centre, St John's College

The 8–10 August 2022 Symposium will be held at St John's College, University of Oxford. The address for St John's College is:


St Giles'

Oxford OX1 3JP
United Kingdom


All Symposium sessions will be held in the Mark Bedingham Seminar Room, which is located at the north end of the first floor in the Library & Study Centre. 

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An exterior view of the Library and Study Centre at St John's College Library & Study Centre, St John's College

About the Library & Study Centre


This beautiful building sits at the centre of the College’s extensive site. It is linked to the northern end of the Canterbury Quadrangle on both the ground and first floors. New and old buildings coexist harmoniously within the context of the College’s beautiful grounds.


Inside, the spaces are bathed in natural light, thanks to a combination of tall vertical glazing, rooflights and internal windows. The design, by architects Wright & Wright, is an elegant, pared-down conception, which uses a restrained palette of colours and fine materials.


The Library & Study Centre has been designed to have a gentle presence in its setting of the President’s Garden. The full beauty of the building’s exterior reveals itself on its west side. At the end of the wide lawn there is a series of tall windows projecting out over a shallow pool of water, giving the interior of the Library & Study Centre a luminous quality.


The artist Susanna Heron has created an abstract sculptural relief in the stone of this wall of the building. This sculpture produces an interplay of shadows and reflections in the pool below, helping to generate an ever-changing, rippling effect of light in the informal study area on the ground floor of the building.


The Library & Study Centre therefore encloses the President’s Garden, providing a beautiful space for both private relaxation and public events. From the east side, where the Great Lawn and the Groves are located, the sense of connection with nature from the first-floor spaces (including the reading room and the Mark Bedingham Seminar Room) will be uplifting in any season.

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