Impact needs to be judged in ways relevant to each research area, program or project. So the impact of, say, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ground-breaking work on the history of christianity, is very different to that of Professor Lionel Tarassenko’s research on neural networks and intelligent algorithms, and commercial spin-offs such as Oxford Biosignals Ltd. In some cases it takes years, decades even, before the true value of some research becomes apparent or is formally recognised. There are no simple predictors of potential benefit or of outcomes, and no single ‘measure’ of impact.
Oxford leads and 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, including through the Learned Academies, RCUK, medical charities such as the Wellcome Trust, open access repositories, literary and artistic exhibitions, trade fairs, regional economic development forums, the Oxford Innovation Society, Oxford at Westminster, international conferences, and the like.
To explore the focus and impacts of Oxford research, use our web site to search for people, projects and topics of interest, read the reports on projects carried out at Oxford, examine relevant citation indices, subscribe to various News feeds, and follow-up on the work that is of most interest to you.