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Success and expansion for Target Oxbridge programme for black teenagers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:04:09 +0000

A programme that helps high-achieving black students gain places at top British universities is set to expand dramatically with support from Oxford University.

Scientists shed light on Burgess Shale preservation for first time

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:08:03 +0000

Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits tend to decay before they can be fossilised, and are extremely rare. As a result little is known about the environmental conditions which stop this process. However, new Oxford University research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils.  Part-funded by NASA, the work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.

The history of domestication: a rabbit’s tale

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:46:54 +0000

Wild rabbits are widely thought to have been first tamed in 600 A.D. by French monks, when they were prized as food as a ‘meat substitute’ during Lent. But, according to Oxford University research, that isn’t true.

A 12,000-year story - revealing the history of settlers in Britain from the end of the Ice Age to the present day

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:27:36 +0000

A new exhibition about the history of settlers in Britain has opened at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

High Court Judgement: Claim by Mr Siddiqui

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:45:33 +0000

The University of Oxford welcomes today’s judgement dismissing the claim by Mr Siddiqui. History has been studied and taught with distinction at Oxford for longer than at almost any other university and the quality and range of its History teaching and examining across the collegiate University has long been widely recognised.


Oxford one of six sites to receive funding for health data science

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:50:11 +0000

Health Data Research UK is awarding £30 million funding to six sites across the UK, including the University of Oxford, to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science.

Trump supporters and extreme right 'share widest range of junk news'

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:41:55 +0000

A network of Donald Trump supporters shares the widest range of 'junk news' on Twitter, and a network of extreme far-right conservatives on Facebook, according to analysis by Oxford University.

Oxford Sustainable Fuels to tackle plastic crisis by recycling waste into fuels

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:41:54 +0000

Oxford University Innovation is launching Oxford Sustainable Fuels (OSF), a new spinout company founded on technology that can turn waste from plastic, tyres and biomass into high quality transportation fuels and chemicals.

Viewing ourselves and others through ‘rose-tinted glasses’

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:22:49 +0000

Humans can be 'vicariously optimistic' for those we care about, enabling us to view our own lives - and those of our friends and family - through ‘rose-tinted glasses’.

Home-based treatment for postnatal depression helps child development

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:31:10 +0000

Intensive, home-based and effective treatment of postnatal depression has been shown to be associated with positive child development.

Persistent, severe postnatal depression impacts children’s development

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:27:34 +0000

Postnatal depression which persists beyond six months after birth and is severe, increases the risk of children exhibiting behavioural problems, achieving lower GCSE mathematics grades at 16 years and having depression at 18 years of age.

NHS mental health services to offer virtual reality treatment

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:21:15 +0000

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) awarded £4 million to enable state-of-the-art psychological therapy to be delivered via virtual reality (VR) in the NHS, in a project that brings together a team of NHS trusts, universities, a mental health charity, the Royal College of Art, and a University of Oxford spin-out company.

Parenting programme brings 'joy' to Africa’s poorest communities

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:50:42 +0000

New research has revealed that a widely-used  adolescent parental guidance programme reduces domestic conflict and boosts economic resilience in South Africa.

Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:10:56 +0000

Oxford University has collaborated with the Prison Reform Trust to create new resources, including films and briefings, to help criminal justice professionals improve their understanding of the impacts of maternal imprisonment.

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:16:40 +0000

Much like animals and to a degree humans, bacteria enjoy a good fight. They stab, shove and poison each other in pursuit of the best territory. While this much is clear, little is known about the tactics and strategy that bacteria use during their miniature wargames.

Global commission to examine how new technologies can benefit poorest

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:20:21 +0000

Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have today launched the Pathways for Prosperity initiative to explore the impact of rapid technological change on developing countries.

Living in poverty - the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:44:43 +0000

The latest update of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index has revealed new insights into poverty worldwide.

Oxford to have key role in multi-million pound energy storage research

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:32:34 +0000

Oxford University is to be a key player in an extensive new activity supporting the development of next-generation batteries.

Mobile phones can worsen healthcare inequalities

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:45:17 +0000

The fast spread of mobile phones across low-income countries like India can make it harder for poorer people without phones to access essential health services, new research has suggested.

Wild Sri Lankan elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:06:01 +0000

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts.

Helen Mountfield QC elected Principal of Mansfield College

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:40:01 +0000

Helen Mountfield QC has been elected as Principal of Mansfield College, and will succeed Baroness Helena Kennedy QC from 1 September 2018. 

Blows not concussion cause brain disease, according to new research

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:45:41 +0000

The effects of repeat concussion injuries on athletes, particularly American football and rugby players, is one of the biggest concerns in competitive sports today. However, a new Oxford University collaboration suggests that blows to the head can cause lasting trauma - even in the absence of signs of concussion.

Dr Elizabeth Kiss selected as next Warden of Rhodes House

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:56:58 +0000

The Trustees have selected Elizabeth Kiss (Virginia & Balliol 1983) as the next Warden of Rhodes House.

Oxford researchers honoured in Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:33:30 +0000

Four scientists and engineers from Oxford University are among the laureates and finalists of the 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom, announced today by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Oxford Martin School appoints new Director

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:15:40 +0000

The world-leading population biologist Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS has been appointed as the next Director of the Oxford Martin School. 

Women’s reproductive health linked to risk of heart disease and stroke

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:49:10 +0000

Girls who start their periods before they turn 12 are at greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke in later life, according to a new study of nearly 300,000 women in the UK by The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford.

War in Ukraine has escalated HIV spread in the country

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:57:19 +0000

Conflict in Ukraine has increased the risk of HIV outbreaks throughout the country as displaced HIV-infected people move from war-affected regions to areas with higher risk of transmission, according to analysis by scientists.

Flu vaccine spinout secures a further £20m in funding

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Vaccitech, an Oxford University spinout company developing a universal flu vaccine, among other vaccine-related products, has secured £20 million in Series A financing. 

Genetic test predicts men’s risk of developing prostate cancer

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:35:29 +0000

Predictive genetic tool developed to better inform men whether and when to take PSA blood test.

Statement from Professor Ewan McKendrick, Registrar of Oxford University

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:55:51 +0000

The BMJ’s article (Oxford vaccine study highlights pick and mix approach to preclinical research, 11 January 2018) and accompanying BBC File on 4 programme (6 June 2017), both by Deborah Cohen, focus on a series of allegations made by a former member of staff, Professor Peter Beverley, against a current member of staff, Professor Helen McShane.


Smart sensor could revolutionise crime and terrorism prevention

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:20:15 +0000

Crime, terrorism prevention, environmental monitoring, reusable electronics, medical diagnostics and food safety, are just a few of the far-reaching areas where a new chemical sensor could revolutionise progress.

Finding the tipping point for sleep

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:49:50 +0000

Sleep is essential for many aspects of normal life, but how we actually fall asleep remains a mystery.

Cells protect genes more than rest of genome

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:46:36 +0000

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered that a cellular mechanism preferentially protects plant genes from the damaging effects of mutation.

Weighing massive stars in nearby galaxy reveals excess of heavyweights

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:12:05 +0000

An international team of astronomers has revealed an 'astonishing' overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

New Year's Honours 2018

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:05:29 +0000

Members of the University have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list for 2018.

Sunlight holds the key to planet’s shine

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:17:34 +0000

Scientists have discovered how the sun’s influence on the remote planet Uranus changes its brightness in the sky.

Tolkien’s magical letters and illustrations bring Father Christmas to life

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:27:16 +0000

Handwritten illustrated letters from Father Christmas written by the author JRR Tolkien to his four children give a touching insight into Tolkien’s personal family life. 

Technology not taking over children’s lives despite screen-time increase

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:37 +0000

New Oxford University research has revealed that the common perception that technology is taking over children's lives and forcing out other activities, may be untrue.

Spring expo to showcase Oxford's AI research

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:58:27 +0000

The University of Oxford will showcase its artificial intelligence (AI) research with a one-day expo on 27 March 2018.

Mars: Not as dry as it seems

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:18:33 +0000

Two new Oxford University papers have shed light on why there is no life on Mars.