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.

Uncomfortable Oxford Map by designer and illustrator Kati Lacey.

Exploring ‘uncomfortable’ Oxford

A social enterprise, set up by Oxford University graduate students, is bringing uncomfortable aspects of Oxford’s history and society to public audiences in the city.

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Collaborating to improve maternal health

An innovative collaboration between Oxford University and hospitals in India is developing evidence and interventions to reduce maternal mortality.

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Right book… right time… right place

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr and colleagues have developed the award-winning LitHits app, which allows users to access great literature in unexpected ways.

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Blow-up in Bissau

A photographic exhibition organised by Dr Ramon Sarró and colleagues has helped re-establish the National Ethnographic Museum in Guinea-Bissau.

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A picture of health

A consortium of academic, NHS, and commercial partners is using Artificial Intelligence to improve analysis of medical images – and enable better care for patients.

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Tackling antibiotic resistance

Jürgen Brem and colleagues in the Department of Chemistry are collaborating with academic and industry partners to develop therapies tackling antibiotic resistance.

Playing Serious Games

Playing serious games

Cedric Tan and colleagues are using ‘serious games’ to explore conservation issues with public audiences, encouraging them to make choices that will help protect the environment.

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‘Complete Surrender’

What can the writings of thirteenth-century female mystics teach us about love and spirituality in contemporary life? More than you might think, according to Complete Surrender, a short film produced by Oxford University’s Dr Louise Nelstrop and filmmaker Pol Herrmann.

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Operation Condor

An Oxford University research project is helping to achieve justice for victims of transnational human rights abuses.

FSI systems installed on the primary mirror of the VLT (Very Large Telescope)

Absolute distance interferometry

Team Work Highly Commended, Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Awards 2020