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Oxford leads Nature Positive Universities Alliance to reverse biodiversity decline

The Nature Positive Universities Alliance brings higher education institutions together to use their unique power and influence as drivers of positive change.

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Research to policy impact: strategies for translating findings into policy messages

Blog by Kay Jenkinson, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, University of Oxford; and Dr Sarah Higginson, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Innovation and Engagement, Research Services, University of Oxford
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Getting started in Policy Engagement: pathways to engagement

As a researcher it can be difficult to know where to start with Policy Engagement. Once you have identified the potential policy implications of your research, the key is to work out who you need to talk to, think about how they could make use of your findings, and try an identify moments when your input could provide the most value.
Experts call for responsible use of generative AI in adult social care

Experts call for responsible use of generative AI in adult social care

‘Adult social care is about supporting people to live independently and to protect fundamental human rights. Generative AI offers many potential benefits and opportunities to adult social care.

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Boosting Policy Engagement Through OPEN Leaders

Cervantee Wild was a 2022 recipient of the OPEN Leaders award to stimulate policy engagement activities within the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. Here she talks about her recent experiences convening a series of talks for early- and mid-career researchers, and encourages other EMCRs to apply for a 2024 award.
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Urgent call for UK Government to develop a heat resilience strategy

In February 2023, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) invited leading academics to pitch ideas for a future inquiry to the panel members. The winning entry came from Oxford University academics Associate Professor Radhika Khosla (Smith School of Enterprise and Environment) and Doctor Nicole Miranda (Oxford Martin School and Department of Engineering Science), based on their research as part of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Cooling.
A hand-held device to help detect signs of cardiovascular and other diseases.

A new device to detect cardiovascular disease

A collaboration between the Physics and Cardiovascular Medicine Departments at Oxford University has developed a low-cost, hand-held device to help detect signs of cardiovascular and other diseases.
Cerne Abbas Giant: New research shows giant carved as muster station for King Alfred’s armies

New research shows the Cerne Abbas Giant was a muster station for King Alfred’s armies

Research undertaken by Martin Papworth for the National Trust, showed that the Giant was carved in the Anglo-Saxon period not, as most people thought, in prehistory or more recently, yet the reason why he was made has remained a mystery.

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Engaging communities in wildlife conservation through storybooks

Impact case study

A series of children's books, created by Lion Landscapes (part of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit) are helping to put communities in Africa at the heart of conservation efforts – and illustrating how wildlife, people and healthy ecosystems can co-exist.
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A Partnership in Learning by Doing: using research to engage policymakers to pave the way for electric car clubs in Oxfordshire

Dr Hannah Budnitz is a Research Associate in Urban Mobility in the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford. Hannah used an Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Seed Fund grant to work with policymakers towards demonstrating the success factors that might support electric car clubs and other electric car sharing models in towns and villages.
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10 recommendations for best practice stakeholder engagement

Dr Caitlin Hafferty is a postdoctoral researcher in environmental social science based at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. She is an expert in public and stakeholder engagement in environmental decision-making, and is passionate about championing the contributions of social sciences to nature recovery.
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Developing the next generation of wildlife conservation leaders

Impact case study

A unique postgraduate diploma, run by Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, is helping to develop the next generation of international wildlife conservation leaders in the Global South.
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A Global Resilience Index: Supporting climate adaptation of global infrastructure systems

Impact case study

A new Global Resilience Index, developed by researchers at the Environmental Change Institute, is helping policy makers understand climate risks to global infrastructure systems and plan appropriate investments and interventions.
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Tackling mental illness by supporting industry to develop new drugs

Impact case study

An academic/industry partnership, based at the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, is helping companies use experimental medicine approaches to speed up development of new drugs to treat psychiatric disorders.
King Charles presents President Macron with Oxford University research on Voltaire’s work

King Charles presents President Macron with Oxford University research on Voltaire’s work

The gift is an extract from a University of Oxford research project to produce and publish the first ever scholarly edition of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire (Complete works of Voltaire) begun in 1968, completed over 50 years later, in 2022, made up of 205 volumes.

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Development of a Malaria vaccine - R21/Matrix-M

Impact case studies

EU funding has supported University of Oxford led programmes to create and validate vaccines for some of the most prevalent and deadly diseases affecting low- and middle-income countries.
Oxford University welcomes UK associate membership of Horizon Europe

Oxford University welcomes UK associate membership of Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation projects for the years 2021 to 2027.  The programme has a budget of €95.5 billion (£81bn). It is the successor to Horizon 2020 and the previous Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.

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Development and roll-out of Typhoid Vi-conjugate vaccine (TCV)

Impact case study

EU funding has supported University of Oxford led programmes to create and validate vaccines for some of the most prevalent and deadly diseases affecting low- and middle-income countries.
Wolfson Prize Shortlist

Three Oxford academics shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2023

Professor Emma Smith (Faculty of English), Professor Henrietta Harrison (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) and Professor James Belich (Faculty of History) are among only six nominees for their outstanding books.

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Development of automated speech recognition and language learning tools

Impact case study

Researchers at the University of Oxford, led by Professor Aditi Lahiri, Director of the Language and Brain Laboratory, have developed an automated speech recognition system based on modelling of how the brain processes sounds. The research has been awarded four European Research Council grants: two Advanced and, for innovation building on their results, two Proof of Concept awards.

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