You may wish to make your thesis file available immediately, waiving any embargo period to your work. If this is something that you wish to do, on deposit you have a choice of selecting immediate release for your thesis via ORA. You may wish to consult with your supervisor before doing this.
Making your thesis freely available in ORA will increase its visibility and access to your work, thereby gaining recognition for you and your work.
Other benefits of Open Access include:
But please note that making your thesis freely available in ORA constitutes a form of publication.
As many Oxford theses as possible are made freely available for consultation this means that any person wishing to read your thesis is able to do so. This reflects the global situation with access to theses (see for example DART-Europe e-thesis portal).