I was in Oxford at the weekend for a wedding at a College chapel.
There I realised that the University of Oxford's greatest glories are not the Colleges and not the students.
After all, there are lovely old buildings in many towns, and the English school system deprives Oxford - and Cambridge - of most of the brightest young people, who of course do not go to the usual feeder private and selective schools.
Oxford's greatest glories are the collections and facilities: the books in the Bodleian and Blackwells, the works and artefacts in the museums and galleries, the trees and plants in the Botanical Gardens, the laboratories and the deskspace.
These collections and facilities mean that, whatever the intellectual fashion in any discipline, there is sufficient material - and space - for an original and independent thinker to take a different approach.
This real opportunity to be able to formulate a different but well-based view is why there will always be something interesting coming out of the University of Oxford.