Russian at Oxford
Oxford is one of the largest and strongest centres for post-graduate research in Russian and other Slavonic Languages in Europe, and benefits from a lively scholarly community of teaching staff, research fellows and postgraduate students. The Sub-faculty’s Russian Professors and Lecturers have expertise in a wide range of areas, including Slavonic Philology, the history and textology of Church Slavonic, eighteenth-century Russian literature and twentieth-century literature and culture. There are also specialists in Czech, Bulgarian, Polish and Serbo-Croat. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise Oxford was awarded the top ranking of 5*. In the 2008 RAE 70% of the sub-faculty’s research activity was graded 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. It was one of only two UK departments in the field of Russian and Slavonic Studies to achieve over 30% in each of these grades, and was ranked second in the UK both on overall absolute score (quality ranking) and when numbers of assessed staff were taken into account (power ranking). It was particularly commended for its wide range of languages, periods and disciplines, its outstanding library provision and for an environment supportive of world-leading research activity.
Library resources are extremely strong. The Taylor Institution has, for instance, a wide selection of tolstye zhurnaly, as well as early twentieth-century literature and arts journals (Apollon, Vesy, Zolotoe runo) and works by major Russian poets (some signed by the authors). It has rich primary and secondary holdings on the most important Russian, Czech and Polish writers and medieval philology, including Old Church Slavonic and South Slavonic. There is a small but excellent collection of Russian paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, and books on the visual arts are available in the Western Arts Library there. The Bodleian Library has outstanding collections in the field of Russian history.