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Research impact

Research carried out by Oxford’s staff, students and alumni has made an enormous impact on the world over the centuries. You can explore some of the more recent examples in the Oxford Impacts case studies and films. These range from impact on culture, business and policy to environment and health.

The impact of some research is evident immediately, whereas in other cases it can take years, or even decades, before the true value becomes apparent. There are no simple predictors of potential benefit or outcomes, and no single measure of impact. This is where the funding of Research Councils (such as AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) and medical charities eg Wellcome Trust is vital in supporting research which increases our fundamental understanding of the world and allows us to apply that improved knowledge.

Oxford actively supports a wide range of regional, national and international initiatives designed to showcase the value of research and its intellectual, social, cultural, industrial and economic impacts. These include:

open access repositories
• literary and artistic exhibitions
• trade fairs
• regional economic development forums
• the Oxford Innovation Society
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• international conferences
• initiatives through the Learned Societies, Research Councils UK and charities (see the following links for specific examples: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC)