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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.

The friendly face of robots

The friendly face of robots

A computer science project coordinated by an Oxford computer scientist is developing robots that can help to relieve the isolation often faced by elderly or disabled people.

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

Being able to buy in to the expertise of the Protein Informatics Group in the Department of Statistics is providing major companies with valuable tools for drug discovery.

Putting out ‘Digital Wildfires’ before they take hold

Putting out ‘Digital Wildfires’ before they take hold

Should social media be controlled, and if so how? Researchers in the Department of Computer Science are working to find the best ways to prevent provocative online content spreading out of control.

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


Improving social provision in China

An Oxford academic helps mould the young leaders who will make a difference in the world’s economic powerhouse.

Managing the risk of surface water flooding

Managing the risk of surface water flooding

Research by the University of Oxford, in conjunction with the London School of Economics, is playing a key role in combating one of Britain’s most persistent natural hazards.

Speech analysis

Improving treatment of speech disorders

An Oxford University researcher has developed a telephone-based system to help clinicians diagnose and treat patients with diseases that affect their voice.

Professor Derek Siveter addressing UNESCO

Preserving an exceptional fossil site for future generations

Research carried out at the University of Oxford has helped to demonstrate the extraordinary significance of a fossil site in China for understanding evolution at the time of the Cambrian explosion, culminating in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.

Cryocooler compressors

Providing the technology for ‘space refrigerators’

Engineers at Oxford have made key improvements to the design of cryocoolers, an important cooling component of satellites, thereby contributing to many successful satellite missions and to reduced launch costs.

Turning orange into grapefruit

Turning orange into grapefruit

Research in the Department of Chemistry into the action of natural enzymes is finding a commercial application in the global flavours and fragrances market.