Testimonials

The Oxford tradition

Oriel College is not only one of Oxford's most historic, it's a dynamic and keenly hospitable environment in which to study, work and play. Oriel does a brilliant job in making our summer program for international high school students feel like part of its illustrious family, and Oriel's rich history, beautiful quads, and superb location in the heart of Oxford make it a most congenial and compelling place to engage with the City of Dreaming Spires.  Michael McKinley, Director, The Oxford Tradition

Washington College

I lead an annual summer program at Oxford. In 2012 we had the great good fortune to stay at Oriel College.  Our time at Oriel was truly fantastic.  Indeed, I was so pleased that we plan to return to Oriel next year--and in the years ahead. The facilities are outstanding and of breathtaking beauty.  The housing accommodations are exceptionally comfortable, and the dining hall is magnificent (and the food delicious).  The college also houses a number of elegant special use rooms. We conducted over 15 sessions across the college and all the seminar rooms are first rate. What is more, the location of Oriel is ideal, located as it is at the very heart of Oxford. Lastly, the college is blessed with an extraordinarily helpful support staff. The logistical details were very easy to arrange, and the staff was always available to discuss our needs. In all, I cannot recommend Oriel College highly enough.  Joseph Prud’homme, Director, Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture,  Washington College, Chestertown, MD, USA  

Oxford Study Courses

Oxford Study Courses has been running educational and training courses at Oriel College for six years. We are made to feel very welcome each year; it is always a pleasure working with the conference team and the entire college staff. We have an excellent working relationship with the college and I am always impressed by how they take on board our suggestions and adapt to our needs year on year. The team is endlessly patient and flexible despite the last-minute requests made on course. Kim Polgreen, CEO, Oxford Study Courses

CR GROUP AS

We have been cooperating with Oriel College since 1998 organizing 15 workshops with approximately 150 participants all of them top managers from both public and private sector in Norway. The feedback from those participants has been extremely good. They specifically underlines the whole atmosphere which support the possibility of reflection and learning. Every time we are meet with a forthcoming and service minded attitude that makes it very comfortable both for us as a Management Consulting company and for our participants.

We have now booked for the 16th time a new workshop April 2013 just to underline that cooperating with Oriel has become a part of our way of doing this kind of business. Mr. Svenn Roar Larsen, Chairman and Partner, CR Group AS, Kristiansand Norway.

ASTON MARTIN OWNERS CLUB

When the Aston Martin Owners Club were looking for a venue for this years International Dinner we wanted to do something different to the normal Stately Home or Hotel. So it was that we decided to explore the possibility of an Oxford College as a venue. Once we had visited Oriel College and seen the Dining Room and the grandeur of the College buildings we decided we had finally found our "something different". We started with a Tour of the college and learnt of its History before enjoying a Champagne reception. Once we were called for Dinner the Dining Hall soon became very much alive with many members seeming to think they were taking part in a Harry Potter film but, above all, they were having a good evening in splendid surroundings. The quality and choice of the food served by the College was excellent, the College wines and Port were well received and the Butler and his staff looked after us most diligently. Hannah, our event co-ordinator had arranged for the Captain of Boats and the Captain of Rugby to make a short presentation after Dinner and this was extremely entertaining especially as it was delivered in true College style with them standing on a chair in order to address the Hall! 

We had members in attendance from all over the world and everyone had a great evening, so much so that a number of them, in seemingly high spirits, left at 11.30 to look for some further entertainment in the Cities night-clubs! My only small regret was not making it a Black Tie evening as is usual for this event - the College certainly deserved it..............I have a feeling we will return. Michael Miller, Deputy Chairman, Aston Martin Owners Club Social Committee

Skoll World Forum

The Champaneys Room at Oriel College has been the perfect setting for our annual Executive Dinner during the Skoll World Forum.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to invite our speakers, distinguished guests and senior executives to share a meal in one of Oxford’s oldest colleges. The staff’s attention to detail and chef’s appealing menu has brought us back to the college annually since 2008.  Jill Ultan, Producer, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

RBB Economics

RBB Economics held its employee away weekend at Oriel College. The setting and facilities at the college were excellent, and the service we received contributed greatly to a successful event for the firm. RBB Economics, Residential Conference

Northern Illinois university:

Northern Illinois University has been offering a summer study abroad programme at Oriel College for many years. We are consistently delighted with Oriel, and the student participants always have fond memories of their six-week stay in this college. Oriel's historic facilities are intimate, and always accommodate our varied requirements for teaching courses.  The students are amazed to be living in College and dining in the magnificent dining hall.  The rooms are comfortable and well located in relation to the teaching facilities.  The conference staff are dedicated and helpful in working with our group.  Finally, the central location of Oriel on the High next to St. Mary's church and the Radcliffe camera are second to none for conference and academic programme visits.

 

Student comments

"My building was 400 years old and I loved it.  The college and city were beautiful.  The food at Oriel College was incredible - especially the desserts."

"Oriel College is absolutely beautiful!  The rooms were large and scouts came in everyday and gave us coffee and made our beds."

"Everyone was very nice, it was always clean and they were always eager to help."

"The accommodations exceeded my expectations."

"I had an unbelievable experience in Oxford.  This was definitely a life changing experience. Thank you!"

"It was amazing in Oxford. The town was beautiful and full of things to do."

"(The programme) was an experience I will always remember. The people I met and the friends I made were people who I would have otherwise never even met. I now have memories and stories to last a lifetime. The atmosphere and location in Oxford was amazing.