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.

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.

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Between ‘Two Cultures’

Dr Pete Hommel from the School of Archaeology is working with teachers and heritage professionals to build new links between the STEM subjects and the arts and humanities at Key Stage 2.

cover image of Handbook of Primary Care Ethics

Extending ethics in medical education

Dr Andrew Papanikitas has used research, knowledge exchange and publications to strengthen the teaching of ethics in General Practice and other specialisms.

UK SPINE, UKRI and Research England logos. Elderly hands with medication.

Innovating in Ageing

We are an ageing society. It is predicted that by 2050 just under a quarter of the population will be over 60, and with this comes a societal need to manage how we age. There is a global need for new interventions, which includes new therapeutics to treat diseases associated with ageing, in addition to obesity, diabetes, rare diseases and overcoming resistance to current antibiotics.

Oxford Skyline

Unlocking stories through collaboration

Historian Dr Oliver Cox and colleagues from a broad range of disciplines are transforming the way the University of Oxford works with the heritage sector.

Karen Leeder at event

Mediating Modern Poetry

‘Mediating Modern Poetry’ (MMP) is opening up German poetry to new audiences in the UK and English-speaking world.

Theatre

Bringing the past to the present through history and community theatre

Professor Selina Todd and Dr Andrea Thomson are drawing on their research to develop community theatre with partners in Manchester and Salford, enabling young people and women and men across a wide age range to develop their confidence, performance skills, and historical interest in the region

Jeremy Howick

Medical evidence through a philosophical lens

Dr Jeremy Howick’s application of philosophical approaches to health science has helped shape how we leverage placebos in clinical trials and treatment, and determine the quality of evidence required in ‘evidence-based medicine’.

flu virus

A breakthrough in the development of a universal flu vaccine

A new approach to making influenza vaccines, based on mathematical models developed at the University of Oxford, could result in the development of a vaccine which will potentially protect people against influenza for a lifetime.

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