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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.

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Our universities, transforming communities, industries and the economy

Celebrating the collective successes of Science and Engineering South member universities in the UK Knowledge Exchange Framework

Buckingham, UK - March 30, 2020. Coronavirus COVID-19 warning sign with prevention information outside a GP doctor surgery. Credit: Paul Maguire
Case Study

VaxiMap: making life easier for GPs delivering vaccinations to housebound patients

Two engineering PhD students from the University of Oxford have created a simple online solution that enables GP surgeries across the UK to optimise the delivery of Covid-19 vaccinations to the UK’s one million housebound patients.

Senior woman getting a vaccine from her doctor in her home during a house visit during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mapping vaccination delivery

A simple online mapping tool developed by two Oxford students has potentially saved GP surgeries up to tens of thousands of hours planning Covid-19 vaccinations to the UK’s one million housebound patients.

The Angel of the North in Gateshead Photo by Anthony Winter on Unsplash

Mapping the impact of our universities’ research across the UK

SES member institutions are all located in the south east of England, yet the impact of their research can be felt across the whole of the UK, and indeed across the world.

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SES celebrates the DAFNI champions

Six researchers from SES institutions are among 12 DAFNI champions who will get early access to the £8m infrastructure modelling and visualisation platform.

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SES universities take leading role in coronavirus research

Researchers from across Science and Engineering South (SES) member institutions have joined the international response to the coronavirus in an effort to develop treatments, vaccinations and protect communities.

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