Talk:University of Oxford

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I am not a university person, but I think there is a misunderstanding about what the "University of Oxford" is by us laypeople.

AFAIK Tolkien was never a professor of the "University of Oxford" proper. He studied there, perhaps, and then was a professor in some Colleges comprised by the University (like Pembroke) but NOT the University itself.

Now, as I said I am not a university person; I don't know if "teach in College X of University of Oxford" equals "teach in the University of Oxford". Geographically it's accurate since the college is inside the University complex, but scholarly, it's not the same. Also, teaching in Oxford proper requires a doctorate, and Tolkien didn't have one, at least while teaching in Pembroke.

He did have a doctorate from University of Liège in 1954, although the article doesn't mention its field.

So, AFAIK, there is a misconception that "Tolkien was a professor in the University of Oxford", fueled by the fact that he was awarded a honorary doctorate a year before his death.

I think these vague/grey points should be clarified in the article. If I miss some point, please inform me. Sage 13:05, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

There's two types of "university persons". Normal university persons and Oxford University persons. I'm the former; I get completely lost in the UoO-colleges. -- Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 13:56, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

I think it's true that at Oxford, students and teachers associate themselves with the college first before the University (in stark contrast to Cambridge). AFAIK, Tolkien was a professor at Oxford at Pembroke College; because Oxford is a collegiate university, I think when you teach at any college, you teach at the university.-- KingAragorn  talk  contribs  edits  email  15:46, 15 February 2010 (UTC)


I'm not quite sure what this page is... Any ideas? -- KingAragorn  talk  contribs  edits  email  23:07, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Guilty. I hoped to list all the colleges that had any significance to Tolkien or Tolkien fandom, but never finished. This is what it looked like before. --Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 23:21, 1 October 2011 (UTC)