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 Innovation and Engagement Team.

Tactile exhibit in the Ashmolean

Please Touch the Art

The Oxford gadget that could revolutionise museum visits for people who are blind or partially sighted.

PV Solar Panels

Revolutionising solar power technology: Oxford PV

Helping to make solar power more efficient and more affordable.

Bartlemas dig

Digging into Oxford’s past

How volunteer archaeologists dug into Oxford’s deeper past.

reconstruction of Palmyra’s Arch

Whose Heritage, Whose Reconstruction?

Dr Judith McKenzie’s convictions about the ‘intangible heritage’ vested in historic sites by those who live among them are shared by other Oxford academics.

SOPHIA Team University of Oxford

SOPHIA: Helping private companies reduce poverty

Researches from the University of Oxford are developing ways to help businesses tackle poverty across the world.

Powis Castle

The National Trust Partnership: Connecting cutting-edge Oxford University research with the National Trust’s places and collections

A look into the collaborative partnership between the National Trust and Oxford University research.

bluetooth logo

Identifying and fixing critical design flaws in Bluetooth

Oxford University research uncovered critical flaws in the Bluetooth standard implemented in billions of devices worldwide.

Side view of Palmyra’s Monumental Arch

Lighthouse in a Storm

One timely innovation by Oxford University is offering a second life for historic monuments and other heritage sites destroyed in current conflicts in the Middle East and beyond.

EAMENA aerial shot

Archaeology from Above

The vast scope of EAMENA – Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa – belies its origins in a smaller venture to document the ancient heritage of Jordan from above.

Aleppo, Umayyad (Great) Mosque courtyard

Why Oxford archaeologists dream of seeing the Palmyra Arch rebuilt by Syrians.

As Islamist militants are driven finally out of their captured strongholds, Oxford archaeologists have urged that the restoration of damaged historic sites be made a priority.

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