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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford has been placed number 1 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the fifth year running, and at the heart of this success is its ground-breaking research and innovation.

This work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations.

The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of Oxford’s research enables cutting edge innovation, whether it be developing new energy solutions, advancing medical treatments, understanding climate change processes, or building pioneering quantum technologies.

The University’s impact is exemplified in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was developed and has protected millions of people worldwide; a rapid COVID-19 test was created and is now in use at UK and international airports; and through the RECOVERY trial, dexamethasone was identified as an effective treatment for the virus, saving many lives and reducing pressure on the NHS.

The economy and wider society benefit from the University of Oxford’s research successes. With more technology licences completed than any other UK university, more than 200 spinouts created, £4bn in external funding raised for spinouts since 2011, and 11 spinouts listed either on LSE or NASDAQ, Oxford is clearly open for business.

Member stories

University College London, North West WingPhotographer: Mary Hinkley Copyright: © UCL Digital Media

The economic and social impact of UCL

UCL’s social and economic impact is £9.9bn per year and is felt across the whole UK, according to an independent report.

A researcher snaps a photograph of the recently assembled LUX-ZEPLIN xenon detector in the Surface Assembly Lab cleanroom at Sanford Underground Research Facility on July 26, 2019. Photo by Nick Hubbard.

SES members to receive £24m for particle physics research

Six SES members to receive a share of a £60m investment, which supports the next generation of particle physicists.


Bringing academia and industry together

Each year, NCUB celebrates collaborations between universities and industry in a report highlighting trends in innovation. This year, activities at two SES members are featured.

Case Study

Climate change modelling and DAFNI’s role in the OpenCLIM project

DAFNI, an infrastructure research platform managed by a University of Oxford-led partnership, is to play a significant role in assessing the risk of climate change in the UK.

A lab at UCL where LEAF was developed. Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez ©2019 UCL. ISD Digital Media. University College London. All rights reserved.

Making laboratories greener with LEAF

Historically, universities have lacked guidance on how to make labs more sustainable. Now SES members are using the LEAF framework to build sustainability into day-to-day lab usage.

Wind turbines in a field in North Wales. © UCL Media Services - University College London

How our universities are supporting COP26

COP26 in Glasgow is showcasing the innovation and research influencing policy makers’ decisions on climate change. Find out how SES member universities are contributing.

Patrick Grant

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research

Board Member

Martin Edmunds

Head of Research Support, Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division

Operational Lead / Equipment Sharing Group member