Congregation is the sovereign body of the University. It consists of about 5,500 members, comprising academic staff, heads and other members of governing bodies of colleges and societies and senior research, computing, library and administrative staff. The official register of Congregation is published annually in the Gazette each HT and additions to the register are published weekly (for example, the 2020-21 Register of Congregation). The electronic register of Congregation is managed by the Congregation Membership Administrator, Planning and Council Secretariat.


Notice: Congregation membership applications

Congregation applications should now be submitted electronically. Please email completed forms to Congregation Membership Administrator.

Functions and procedures

For the functions and procedures of Congregation and other related matters, see Statute IV and Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002.

For queries relating to Congregation elections, please contact the Elections Office or visit the Elections pages.

For queries relating to Congregation membership, please contact the Congregation Membership Administrator or click on the Membership tab above.

For all other queries, please contact the Council Secretariat.


For the membership of Congregation, see Statute IV and Congregation Regulations 1 of 2002.

Congregation is the supreme governing body of the University, essentially consisting of all Oxford academic staff, and more senior academic-related staff.

Membership queries should be raised with college or departmental/faculty administrators in the first instance.

You should use the Application for Membership of Congregation form, and accompanying notes of guidance, to submit your application. Completed forms should be authorised by the head of college, head of department or faculty/divisional board secretary and returned electronically by the college or department administrator to the Congregation Membership Administrator.


Items placed on the agenda for Congregation are published in the University Gazette. Stated meetings of Congregation are held, if there is relevant business, at 2pm on the Tuesday of the first, second, fourth, sixth, and eighth weeks of Full Term, and of the second week after Full Term (‘Tenth Week’).