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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.

NHS hospital

Improving hospitals’ ‘early warning’ systems

The University of Oxford is at the forefront of a pioneering project to improve outcomes for at-risk patients in NHS hospitals.

Mobile Robotics Group

Creating cars that drive themselves

An engineering project at University of Oxford offers the possibility of autonomous personal transport, which could save people time, reduce emissions and make roads safer.

Data scientists to the rescue

Data scientists to the rescue

A unique project involving University of Oxford Information Engineers is integrating the skills of computers and people to enable a more effective response to natural disasters.

Efficient fuel cells powered by enzymes

Efficient fuel cells powered by enzymes

Alternative energy sources don’t yet pack the desired punch – but researchers in Oxford are changing that by developing fuel cells inspired by nature.

Creating chemical sensors to catch drug-drivers

Creating chemical sensors to catch drug-drivers

The University of Oxford’s chemistry department leads the way in electrochemical sensors that can be used to detect the presence of drugs in saliva samples – or even measure how hot chillies are.

Super-materials made by silkworms

Super-materials made by silkworms

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking to the natural world to create a new breed of exotic materials – and the applications seem limitless.

Pioneering research takes to the skies

Pioneering research takes to the skies

Lighter, faster, more environmentally friendly jet engines are being created by University researchers and Rolls-Royce engineers.

Looking back to understand the recent economic crisis

Looking back to understand the recent economic crisis

Understanding history can be essential in modern policy making.

Reconnecting indigenous nations with their heritage

Reconnecting indigenous nations with their material heritage

The Blackfoot people of Northern America have reconnected with a key element of their heritage thanks to a unique relationship between the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford.

Professor Rana Mitter.

Helping the UK understand China

Professor Rana Mitter from the University of Oxford is using his expert knowledge of Chinese history to help the government, businesses and the public to understand and engage with contemporary Chinese politics.

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