Authored by the inaugural editor of Oxford Today, University of Oxford: The Official Guide marks a first for the University. As the University's Chancellor, Chris Patten, writes, “Many a short guide to the University of Oxford has been published, but none, to date, by the University itself. In these pages you will find the inside story of this venerably ancient, but thoroughly modern, institution.”
The booklet is organised around history, the colleges, Oxford traditions, Oxonian achievements and culture and the arts. It is capped by a glossary of phrases and words unfamiliar to outsiders, including: 'sending down' and 'noughth' week, plus a pull-out map that situates cultural attractions and colleges alike. The guide costs £4.99 and all profits go directly back to the University.