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Search below for a range of research stories by department or topic. These stories include impact case studies, videos, news and the research in conversation series. For more information please see individual department websites.

Teacher marks books

Could teachers do less marking for better results?

News

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'

News

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

The Language Problem Language Problem: Building consensus on Developmental Language Disorder

The Language Problem Language Problem: Building consensus on Developmental Language Disorder

Video

Around 7% of people suffer from a developmental language disorder, and yet not many people have even heard of them.

Levi Roots

Our answer to 'Dragons' Den'

Oxford Arts Blog

At Arts Blog, we love the BBC show Dragons' Den.
Mona Leaser

Is it easier to forge a £1 coin or a Leonardo?

Oxford Arts Blog

It has been claimed that the new £1 coin is 'forgery proof'. But Martin Kemp, professor of the history of art at Oxford University and an expert in art forgeries, is sceptical.
Through the InspireHer initiative, children learn how to programme objects using coding. Games like the robotic ball use methodical, step by step, drag, drop and pause coding, to manipulate its movements.

Women in science series: InspireHer to code

Oxford Science Blog

Although women in science continue to be underrepresented at the highest level, things are slowly changing. In a complex but changing culture, many have built highly successful, rewarding careers, carving out a niche for themselves as a role model to budding scientists, regardless of gender.
Professor Russell's academic research group aims to develop new drugs to treat devastating degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and heart failure. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Women in science series: Meet one of Oxford's most successful entrepreneurs

Oxford Science Blog

As Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, a mother of two and one of Oxford University’s most successful entrepreneurs, developing both the spinout companies MuOx and OxStem, Professor Angela Russell wears many hats.
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Manipulating plant enzymes could protect crops from flooding

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Scientists have long understood how oxygen deprivation can affect animals and even bacteria, but until recently very little was known about how plants react to hypoxia (low oxygen). A new research collaboration between Oxford University and the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, published this week in Nature Communications, has answered some of these questions and shed light on how understanding these reactions could improve food security.
Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Oxford Science Blog

In a guest blog, Professor Stephen Baker from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, explains the importance of monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases in Asia
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Women in science series: Engineering a difference

Oxford Science Blog

Many female scientists now have inspiring stories to tell, but all the science disciplines still need to make progress on gender equality. With the lowest percentage of female professionals of all the STEM areas (9% in UK universities), engineering is one of the most scrutinised specialisms.
World Malaria Day

Protecting the effectiveness of antimalarial medicines

Oxford Science Blog

To mark World Malaria Day on 25th April, Prof Philippe Guérin, Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, based at the University of Oxford, explains the need to maintain our focus on the elimination of malaria.
Penguins in Antarctica

World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

Oxford Science Blog

With one of the biggest fan-clubs in the animal kingdom, penguins are undeniably cute. From Pingu to Happy Feet and the countless wildlife documentaries centred around them, they continue to...
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Women in science: Cleaner chemicals for a greener planet

Oxford Science Blog

In today’s political climate, science’s value to society is under threat and consistently questioned.
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From toilet to tap: Recycling water for a better tomorrow

Oxford Science Blog

From drought concerns to political debate and international awareness activity, H₂O has become big news, with good reason. As quickly as the world’s population is rising, international water reserves are diminishing.
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Women in science: A quantum ballerina dancing to the beat of her own drum

Oxford Science Blog

Merritt Moore has achieved what some would call ‘the impossible’: a career as a professional ballet dancer and as an academic quantum physicist. Having quite literally danced her PhD, she is just months’ away from completing her degree in quantum and laser physics.
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Can the theatre change our minds about crime?

Oxford Science Blog

From the books we read, to the films and programmes we watch, and the theatre productions we attend, the arts’ have the power to get us all talking and thinking. But can they actually influence our perceptions of real issues?
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What maths does: Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

Oxford Science Blog

Professor Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical modelling at Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute and founder of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL).
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Women in science: why female mentors matter in engineering

Oxford Science Blog

It’s no secret that of all the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) specialisms, the engineering industry has the biggest diversity problem. Just nine per cent of the UK’s engineers are female, and a disappointing six per cent of those in professional engineering roles are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
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Putting Oxford on the innovation map

Oxford Science Blog

Oxford is making waves, economically and academically. Thanks to the thriving Oxford ecosystem, 2016 was a great year for both the city and the University of Oxford.
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What maths does: building a perfect metropolis

Oxford Science Blog

Oxford Mathematician Neave O'Clery works with mathematical models to describe the processes behind industrial diversification and economic growth. Here she discusses her work in Oxford and...

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