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.

Point-of-care testing in serious mental illness

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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Towards more equitable health research

A global network, coordinated by Oxford University, is helping to ensure health research benefits low-income countries.

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Influencing global policy on typhoid vaccination

A new vaccine, developed and evaluated in conjunction with Oxford scientists, has proved effective against typhoid, and is influencing global policy on vaccination.

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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.

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Identifying risk and building resilience in complex infrastructure systems

Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute has developed new modelling tools to help decision makers identify risks from climate-related infrastructure failure and build long-term resilience.

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Towards the circularity of plastics

Researchers at the Department of Chemistry are developing technologies to make recycling plastics easy, clean and affordable – promoting a truly ‘circular economy’ for the material.

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Uncovering Europe’s Stories

The Oxford University research project Europe’s Stories, led by Professor Timothy Garton Ash, aims to explore what Europeans really think about Europe, what people’s real experiences of Europe are, and what they want the EU to do by 2030.

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Building the ‘infrastructure’ for innovation and translation

The Medical Sciences Division’s Business Partnerships Office is celebrating ten years of developing productive relationships and supporting effective collaborations with industry.