The French Sub-Faculty at Oxford comprises the largest cluster of French specialists outside France and fosters research in most areas of French literary, cultural and linguistic studies, from the Middle Ages to the present. Through its connections with major research poles, including the Voltaire Foundation, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Bodleian, Taylorian and other libraries, its staff exchanges with Université Paris-III and similar institutions, Oxford is a central point of reference in French Studies nationally and internationally. ‘Littérature française actuelle à Oxford (LFAO)’, with support from the Maison Française, brings contemporary writers to Oxford to talk about their work and in some cases to engage with students. Major endowed lectures, particularly the long-established Zaharoff lecture, provide funds to bring leading figures to Oxford (Assia Djebar in 2004, Michel Butor in 2005, and Yves Bonnefoy in 2007). French at Oxford was ranked first in its subject in the UK in RAE 2008.