Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Phonetics Laboratory has been closed since March 2020. As we approach the start of the new academic year in October, we have been preparing the Lab so that some key staff and a few research students may safely return to work under strict new protocols and procedures. Although the building has now technically "reopened", in a limited and careful way, we are not currently able to receive most students or visitors except in special circumstances and with an appointment.
Enquiries about studying at the Oxford University Phonetics Laboratory
Research students in the laboratory are normally reading for a higher degree in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (though students from other disciplines touching on the subject of speech may also be based in Phonetics if appropriate). For further details about admissions, visit http://www.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/admissions or see the Graduate Studies Prospectus. Academics, researchers, colleagues and students working on speech in other institutions are welcome to visit, by arrangement with the Director.
Graduate students of other institutions wishing to visit for a year or less need to apply for Visiting Student status. For shorter visits to pursue research with one of the academic or research staff, it is possible to apply for Recognised Student status, but you will first need to obtain the support and sponsorship of that member of staff. For information about these two possibilities, refer to:
General information and enquiries
41 Wellington Square
Tel: +44 1865 270444
Fax: +44 1865 270445
For details of the Phonetics Laboratory's statement of safety policy refer to the Statement of Safety Organisation
Arriving by car
Public parking in Oxford is very crowded and extremely expensive. Parking on university property is by permit only. The best option for motorists coming from outside Oxford is to use the city's Park and Ride system. Aim for Pear Tree or Water Eaton, as those buses stop at our nearest stops: the former Radcliffe Infirmary (number 300) or Keble Road (number 500).
Arriving by train
Outside the station, turn left past the Said Business School. Carry straight on and up Hythe Bridge Street, and then left into Worcester Street. Opposite Worcester College, turn right into Beaumont Street, then left into St John Street. Wellington Square is located at the end of St John Street. The Phonetics Laboratory and Modern Languages are both in number 41.
Arriving by coach
Leave the Bus Station via the north exit. Turn right along Worcester Street; opposite Worcester College, turn right into Beaumont Street, and left into St John Street. Wellington Square is located at the end of St John Street. The Phonetics Laboratory and Modern Languages are both in number 41.