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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Unlocking the Potential of AI for English Law

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - The AI and Data Grand Challenge

Solar panels and wind turbines

Project LEO and SSEN

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER): Wave 2

Autonomous robot in a warehouse with three people in hard hats and hi-vis vests

Robotics for a Safer World

University of Oxford’s expertise in developing robots for extreme environments has led to partnerships within two Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund projects, bringing together university and business partners across the UK.

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National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI)

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Wave 2 challenge, Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine


‘Penguin Watch: Paying the knowledge forward…’

Dr Tom Hart and colleagues are sharing new technology and approaches to help others gather vital conservation data remotely.

Utah Valley University

Enhancing historical understanding through technology

The Quill project, developed by Oxford historian Dr Nicholas Cole and colleagues, is enabling new insights into the study of some of the key negotiated texts of the modern world.

King's Cross at night

Making Meaningful Cities

Dr Ruth Yeoman is researching what makes living and working in cities meaningful for citizens – and working with companies and organisations to apply this to investment policy and development practice.

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Smart Handpumps

In Africa around 275 million people don't have access to a decent reliable water supply.

Students looking at inscriptions

Voices of stone

Oxford ancient historian, Professor Jonathan Prag, is working with Sicilian partners to develop an online catalogue of the island’s inscriptions, and with high school students to curate a major exhibition of inscriptions in Catania.

Kae Tempest

Ancient drama and epic: investigating ancient and modern performance

The APGRD is conducting pioneering research into the drama and poetry of the ancient world, bringing it to new audiences, and working with contemporary performance artists inspired by antiquity.