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Impact case studies

The Oxford Impacts series celebrates the range of impacts the University has on the world of policy, health, business and culture. All of this is enabled by the world-leading research of Oxford academics. This set of case studies showcases academic research, across a range of subjects, that has had an impact on the world.

If you know of some impact from Oxford research which we should showcase please contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.

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Enhancing historical understanding through technology

The Quill project, developed by Oxford historian Dr Nicholas Cole and colleagues, is enabling new insights into the study of some of the key negotiated texts of the modern world.

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Making Meaningful Cities

Dr Ruth Yeoman is researching what makes living and working in cities meaningful for citizens – and working with companies and organisations to apply this to investment policy and development practice.

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Smart Handpumps

In Africa around 275 million people don't have access to a decent reliable water supply.

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Voices of stone

Oxford ancient historian, Professor Jonathan Prag, is working with Sicilian partners to develop an online catalogue of the island’s inscriptions, and with high school students to curate a major exhibition of inscriptions in Catania.

Kate Tempest

Ancient drama and epic: investigating ancient and modern performance

The APGRD is conducting pioneering research into the drama and poetry of the ancient world, bringing it to new audiences, and working with contemporary performance artists inspired by antiquity.

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Between ‘Two Cultures’

Dr Pete Hommel from the School of Archaeology is working with teachers and heritage professionals to build new links between the STEM subjects and the arts and humanities at Key Stage 2.

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Innovative Genomics

The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) at the University of Oxford is developing new molecules and reagents to accelerate the discovery of medicines.

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Extending ethics in medical education

Dr Andrew Papanikitas has used research, knowledge exchange and publications to strengthen the teaching of ethics in General Practice and other specialisms.

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Innovating in Ageing: a public private partnership to speed the development of new therapeutics for age related illness

We are an ageing society. It is predicted that by 2050 just under a quarter of the population will be over 60, and with this comes a societal need to manage how we age. There is a global need for new interventions, which includes new therapeutics to treat diseases associated with ageing, in addition to obesity, diabetes, rare diseases and overcoming resistance to current antibiotics.

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Unlocking stories through collaboration

Historian Dr Oliver Cox and colleagues from a broad range of disciplines are transforming the way the University of Oxford works with the heritage sector.

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