Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

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Innovating in Ageing

Impact case study

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.
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Unlocking stories through collaboration

Impact case study

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.
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Mediating Modern Poetry

Impact case study

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

Medical evidence through a philosophical lens

Impact case study

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’.
Theatre

Bringing the past to the present through history and community theatre

Impact case study

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
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A breakthrough in the development of a universal flu vaccine

Impact case study

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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Putting 'no deforestation' into practice in the palm oil industry

Impact case study

Knowledge exchange work at the University of Oxford has led to the successful uptake of science in the development of new industry standards for oil palm plantations. This is helping to protect rainforests, maintain biodiversity and make palm oil production more sustainable.
Dr Emily Troscianko

Understanding how fiction-reading can influence eating disorders

Impact case study

An Oxford academic has begun a long-overdue investigation into the psychological effects of fiction on readers – especially those suffering from eating disorders.
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OpenPrescribing: putting data and statistics into action to save the NHS money

Impact case study

To identify the biggest prescribing quality improvement and cost-saving opportunities for General Practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups every month, and help them to improve, the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences’ EBM DataLab brings together health researchers and software developers to transform large prescribing datasets into useful data explorer tools for coalface NHS staff.
Mind-Boggling Medical History game

Mind-Boggling Medical History

Researchers at Oxford University in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, have developed a game which helps nurses to develop critical thinking skills and supports evidence-based practice.
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Increasing crop yields for global food security

Impact case study

Pioneering research between the University of Oxford and Rothamsted Research has led to the development of a new compound that could transform crop yields of all kinds.
Parkinson’s clinic

New ways to measure brain diseases

Impact case study

The OxQUIP project is developing new, more objective ways of measuring symptoms in diseases such as Parkinson’s, in order to speed up diagnosis and the hunt for effective treatments.
Advancing Medical Professionalism

Advancing Medical Professionalism

Impact case study

A new report by Oxford University’s Healthcare Values Partnership and the Royal College of Physicians aims to support doctors’ satisfaction in their profession and promote innovative, high quality healthcare for patients.
Chilli

Measuring chilli heat with electrochemistry

Impact case study

The success of University of Oxford chemists in using electrochemical sensing to detect the spiciness of chillies has led to the recent development of new sensors for garlic, turmeric and ginger.
Women Speak Out

Women Speak Out: An Academic-Community Collaboration to Explore the Links Between HIV, Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Among Women with Drug Dependence

Women Speak Out is an academic-community collaboration between Oxford University and the Indonesian Drug Users Network aimed at addressing HIV and gender-based violence among drug-using women in Indonesia.
Dr Phil Grunewald

Interdisciplinary Study of Energy use and Activities

Understanding the timing of energy demand is becoming ever more important. The uptake of renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar, is accelerating and systems have to accommodate their sometimes volatile outputs.
Professor Paul Newman

Creating vehicles that drive themselves

From 2005 to 2017 Paul Newman led the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) within the Dept. of Engineering Science. In 2017 MRG become the Oxford Robotics Institute. During this time he led the development of a suite of technology that enabled autonomous vehicles to navigate with zero dependence on infrastructure at scale. It is a foundation technology.
Solar observatory

Global Jet Watch for Social Change

The creation of the Global Jet Watch observatories has led to real impact on communities spanning four continents, which work together to track Galactic black holes and exploding stars in the night sky.
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LAB282

There is currently a lack of funding and industrial expertise available to help translate innovative, world class, biomedical discoveries at Oxford University into next generation drug discovery programmes that can be commercialised for patient benefit.
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Smart Handpumps

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

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