The University of Oxford and Novartis join the WIG membership

We are pleased to welcome the University of Oxford, as well as Novartis to the WIG membership and look forward to seeing them at our upcoming events. 


Novartis was created in 1996 through a merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz. Novartis and its predecessor companies trace roots back more than 250 years, with a rich history of developing innovative products. Novartis champions scientific research and innovation to help improve healthcare and reimagine medicine, both in the UK and around the world. Their work in the UK spans four locations; Frimley, Sittingbourne, Watchmoor Park and Grimsby – these sites are responsible for manufacturing and commercialising our products. They employ approximately 1,500 people in the UK and our work opportunities are gaining national recognition – they have been awarded the exclusive 'Top Employers certification' for exceptional employee offerings three years in a row (2014, 2015 and 2016).

University of Oxford

Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.  As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.There are 38 Oxford colleges and roughly 100 major academic departments, which are overseen by the four academic divisions: Medical Sciences; Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences. There are over 23,000 students at Oxford, including 11,728 undergraduates and 10,941 postgraduates.