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.

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Rough Paths: gaining insights and building solutions

Researchers in the Department of Mathematical Science are using the mathematics of ‘rough paths’ and signatures to enhance the analysis of complex streams of data – helping to identify practical solutions to real-world challenges.

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Enabling digital inclusion through public libraries

Dr Kira Allmann and colleagues have worked with public libraries across Oxfordshire to identify barriers to digital inclusion and develop recommendations to help libraries better support digital access and skill development.

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to prevent depression

Research at the University of Oxford has validated and extended a novel approach to preventing depression.

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Does Policy Matter? Rethinking the ‘Collection Development Policy’ for the Pitt Rivers Museum

Marenka-Thompson-Odlum and colleagues examined the Pitt Rivers’ Collection Development Policy in the light of initiatives to decolonise the museum, gaining insights and recommendations which will inform a policy update.

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Youth Smile: enabling access to dental care for homeless young people

Maryam Ahmadyar worked with St Basils charity, Birmingham, to explore the barriers faced by young homeless people in accessing dental care, and develop recommendations to improve services.

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Big data and batteries help the move towards clean energy

Professor David Howey and colleagues in the Department of Engineering Science are using big data to improve battery testing – a vital step towards a clean energy future.

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Point-of-care testing in serious mental illness

A new approach to point-of-care testing is offering patients with serious mental health conditions vital health checks at routine appointments – boosting their health chances and saving time and money for the NHS

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Studying ancient civilisations develops 21st-century skills

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is engaging with policy makers to share her research findings, which include that studying Classics can help students develop vital skills for education, life, and work in the 21st Century.

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Tackling blindness through gene therapy

Cutting-edge gene therapies for eye diseases can help improve quality of life, extend the working lives of patients, and reduce treatment costs.

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SEREN: Improving blood-related diagnostics in sub-Saharan Africa

A new social enterprise is offering low-cost, easily accessible testing to diagnose blood and other diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.