Welcome to the Oxford Civic Society

Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to striving for the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are the fundamentals of our effort, which we have been working on for over 45 years.

We promote sustainable, well-balanced communities, and a physical infrastructure which serves their needs, now and into the future:

  • we champion issues to decision-makers and opinion-formers in local and national government, business and the media
  • we organise, support and encourage individuals and communities to take action to improve the quality of their environment
  • we provide opportunities for our members to participate in our activities, whilst contributing to the objectives of the Society

We have nearly 1,000 members. We are a registered charity and are actively contributing ideas and finance to Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement.

For more information, see the latest issue of our regular newsletter "Visions", also visit About Us and Annual Review. If you are interested in protecting Oxford’s heritage, knowing more about the city and helping us make a difference you could volunteer to join one of our working groups or better still join us and help shape the city’s future – Download Application Form.

Roger Dudman Way flats

The University of Oxford has submitted an Environmental Statement to Oxford City Council which sets out the environmental impacts of the development of graduate accommodation at Castle Mill, Roger Dudman Way.

The Statement was commissioned by the University of Oxford and prepared by independent consultants. It considers a range of options for mitigating the landscape, visual and heritage effects of the development, with varying cost implications to the University.

In line with one of the options identified by the team of independent consultants, the University is proposing changes to the appearance of the buildings and tree planting along the west boundary of the site..

The University is holding two public exhibitions to explain what is proposed and to provide an opportunity to discuss the issues with the University’s team of consultants.

Details of the events are as follows:

Friday 5th December, 4pm – 7pm

Saturday 6th December, 10am – 1pm 

Foyer, Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

Oxford Futures - Achieving Smarter Growth

On 31 March 2014 we launched a major report “Oxford Futures – Achieving Smarter Growth in Central Oxfordshire”. It argues that Central Oxfordshire is going to grow. It can grow smartly and we can all benefit. Or it can muddle its way through and lose out to better organised places. It says the only way to solve the problems arising from these growth pressures and bring about a prosperous future for the region is for all the different agencies to work together. This needs visionary leadership from the leaders of our communities, businesses and universities. The report calls on them to work together to achieve smarter growth.

To see more and to download the report (or buy a printed version) see the Oxford Futures website and blog. An edited video (just under 8 minutes) of the meeting which launched the Oxford Futures report is available to view on YouTube. See http://youtu.be/MNme6qu3WOM


We seek to foster a greater sense of belonging, responsibility, well-being and civic pride amongst local communities – and to empower people by the dissemination of information and ‘know-how’


We aim to ensure that Oxford is ‘a good place to be’ – a clean, green and well-maintained environment for people to enjoy. We actively encourage appreciation of the distinctive beauty and heritage of our city.

Buildings & Public Spaces

We promote best practice in terms of the sustainable development and management of new and evolving buildings and spaces whilst preserving the best of what we have inherited from the past

Travel & Transport

We focus on maintaining and developing a sustainable physical infrastructure that functions well for all modes of movement – walking, cycling, motoring, using public transport and sojourning.

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