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.

Scientist loading a sample on a mass photometer

Revolutionary new method of analysis boosts UK life sciences sector

Oxford scientists Professor Philipp Kukura, Professor Justin Benesch, Dr Gavin Young, and Daniel Cole have pioneered a new technique known as mass photometry (MP).

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Arctic voices

Grants from the Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund and the Public Engagement in Research Seed Fund enabled researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment to develop a podcast featuring indigenous Arctic peoples, fostering vital knowledge exchange about this fragile area.

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Mitigating the impact of mining in Mongolia

A project coordinated by the School of Geography and the Environment, and involving multiple stakeholders in Mongolia, is helping to mitigate the impact of mining on the nomadic pastoralists of Mongolia.

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Supporting the teaching, learning and assessment of practical science

Researchers from the Department of Education have worked with teachers, pupils and exam boards to develop new approaches to teaching practical science in secondary schools.

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A life-saving test for preeclampsia

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health have developed a life-saving diagnostic test for pre-eclampsia which is now being adopted across the UK and internationally.

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Towards better governance of emerging technologies

Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) are helping to strengthen the governance of emerging technologies through research, public engagement, and the development of new tools and approaches.

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Connecting past and present: sharing research on prehistoric Britain

Researchers at the School of Archaeology have helped to illuminate issues in later prehistory through public engagement.

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Your Amazing Brain: a user’s guide

A collaboration between the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) and Banbury Museum & Gallery has brought an interactive exhibition on the brain to new audiences in Oxfordshire.

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A conversation on the constitution

An innovative project is making Indian constitutional scholarship accessible to non-academic audiences through translation, dissemination, and discussion.

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Contested legacies

A new digital archive is helping to balance the narrative about Portugal’s colonial empire, and its key role in the creating and perpetuating the slave trade.