The University of Oxford on iTunes U

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October 2013 marked the fifth anniversary of the launch of Oxford’s iTunes U site and it has had more than 21.5 million downloads so far.

Key facts since launch (2012 figues in brackets):

  • 21.5 million downloads from iTunes U
  • 6,400 (4,200) podcast items processed
  • 5,500 hours of material ranging from quantum states to welfare states
  • 4,780 (3,480) academic speakers and contributors
  • a worldwide audience of 185 countries (including 31% from the USA, 17% from the UK and 7% from China)
  • material arranged in 416 series 


Among 2013's most popular series are:

Shakespeare's entire First Folio, including original spelling, is being made available to download for free, as Oxford University becomes one of the world’s first universities to add ePubs to iTunes U:

If you have iTunes on your computer already click here to visit Oxford's site

What if I do not have iTunes on my computer?

If you do not want to install iTunes or are not running Windows or Mac OS you can also access all of our podcasts through any web browser.


  • Winner: Oxford's iTunes U site won the Websites category in the Association of Commonwealth Universities' PR, Marketing and Communications Awards 2008. Find out more about the ACU Awards.
  • Shortlisted: for both the Outstanding ICT Team and Outstanding ICT Initiative categories in the 2009 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. Find out more about the THE Awards.


On 7 October 2008 the University of Oxford launched its podcast site on iTunes U. In the first week there were 168,000 visitors to the site and 60,000 downloads.

By August 2009 there had been over 1 million downloads from the site.

This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more.