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Teacher marks books

Could teachers do less marking for better results?


The report, A Marked Improvement?,  by the University of Oxford and the charity, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), says there needs to be more research into which marking strategies really work, but it also identifies some approaches that do make a difference.

A group of friends

Friends 'better than morphine'


She said: 'I was particularly interested in a chemical in the brain called endorphin.  Endorphins are part of our pain and pleasure circuitry – they’re our body's natural painkillers and also give us feelings of pleasure.  Previous studies have suggested that endorphins promote social bonding in

mobile learning technology

Using mobile learning technology to improve access to healthcare in East Africa

The University of Oxford has led a project developing mobile applications designed to advance the training and supervision of community health workers in Kenya
Prostate cancer

Largest UK trial of treatment for prostate cancer publishes first results

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Researching the Reef: fish and coral of the Caribbean

Researching the Reef: fish and coral of the Caribbean


Dominic and Vanessa are DPhil candidates investigating the impact of human activity on the soft corals and fish populations off the coast of Honduras. Their work is supported by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) and Operation Wallacea.

Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence

Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence


Adolescent to parent violence has remained under-explored and largely unarticulated within the fields of youth justice, domestic violence, policing, and criminology, particularly in the UK. The project aims to map the contours of the problem, exploring how it is defined, experienced and negotiated by parents and adolescents and how violent assaults committed by adolescents within the home are currently processed and managed within the criminal justice system.

Dame Carol Robinson

Oxford spinout OMass Technologies provides native mass spectrometry to pharma and biotech


OMass Technologies, a spinout from the University of Oxford's Department of Chemistry, is the first company to conquer the challenge of deciphering the interactions of membrane proteins by using...
Cornmarket Street

Leading female scientists get on their soapboxes

Oxford Science Blog

Some of the UK's top female scientists will be taking to their soapboxes in Oxford this weekend to share their passion for their subjects with the public.


No boundaries: ending a century of intrigue around 'membraneless' cell compartments

Oxford Science Blog

We've been able to see them for over a hundred years, but only now are scientists beginning to get to the bottom of what's happening inside membraneless organelles – compartments within cells that really do have no boundaries.

Escitalopram molecule

Anti-depressant drugs enhance feelings of control in depression

Oxford Science Blog

It can take some time before anti-depressant drugs have an effect on people. Yet, the chemical changes that they cause in the brain happen quite rapidly. Understanding this paradox could enable us to create more effective treatments for depression.

Google FHI

How Oxford and Google DeepMind are making artificial intelligence safer

Oxford Arts Blog

Oxford academics are teaming up with Google DeepMind to make artificial intelligence safer.

Road cracks

Hot topic: the pioneering material that could change the face of engineering

Oxford Science Blog

This is a guest post by Mary Cruse, science writer at Diamond Light Source.

All over the world, engineers are beset by a niggling problem: when materials get hot, they expand.


Exploding myths about seed dispersal

Oxford Science Blog

This blog post is adapted from an article published by the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.

Rugby tackle

Former England players to help major brain study


Former England international rugby players are set to be recruited for the next phase of a major-scientific study examining the possible long-term effects of the game on brain health. 
Mesophotic coral reef

Entering the 'twilight zone': could distant coral reefs provide a refuge for threatened aquatic species?

Oxford Science Blog

Most of us will be at least vaguely aware that our planet's coral reefs are in jeopardy. But why are they in danger, and what can we do about these threats?

Sunken Cities

In pictures: diving discoveries

Oxford Arts Blog

These spectacular images show divers recovering treasures from two ancient Egyptian cities.

The artefacts from Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus had been submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years.


Award-winning HydRegen technology offers path to 'clean, safe' chemical production

Oxford Science Blog

From fragrances and food flavourings to the building blocks of pharmaceutical drugs, fine chemicals – complex chemicals produced in small quantities to a high degree of purity – play a major role in our daily lives.

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Genes that increase children's risk of blood infection identified


A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African...
Akira galaxy

Scientists discover how supermassive black holes keep galaxies turned off


An international team of scientists has identified a common phenomenon in galaxies that could explain why huge numbers of them turn into cosmic graveyards.
The PReDicT test asks people to respond to a range of faces (inset)

Oxford study aims to find anti-depressants that work faster for patients


A new method to find anti-depressant treatments that work for individual patients is about to be tested at GP surgeries across Europe. Researchers at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and...


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