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Diverse Oxford portraits go on show at Weston Library

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:22:27 +0000

An exhibition of portraits commissioned to showcase the diversity of staff and past students at Oxford University opens today (Friday 24 November).

Schoolchildren digitise cigarette case that saved WW1 soldier's life

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:03:59 +0000

A cigarette case which saved a man's life at the Battle of Passchendaele was one of the treasures explored by schoolchildren aiming to preserve the stories of the First World War.

Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:25:18 +0000

Scientists working with the world’s largest particle detector, have for the first time demonstrated the Earth’s ability to stop highly energetic neutrino particles.

Heart failure in the UK continues to rise; poorest people worst affected

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:49:22 +0000

The number of people being diagnosed with heart failure in the UK continues to grow, and the poorest people are significantly more likely to be affected by the condition, new research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford has found.

Does common NHS shoulder surgery work?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:15:47 +0000

The clinical treatment benefits of shoulder decompression surgery may be no more effective than no treatment at all, according to new Oxford University research.

Celebrating Voltaire's (probable) birthday with a party in New York

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:41:14 +0000

The Voltaire Foundation threw a birthday party with a difference in New York this week. The birthday boy? French Enlightenment writer Voltaire. It is believed that he was – possibly - born on this day (21 November) in 1694.

Raising 'good' cholesterol fails to protect against heart disease

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:50:02 +0000

Raising so-called 'good' cholesterol by blocking a key protein involved in its metabolism does not protect against heart disease or stroke, according to a large genetic study of 150,000 Chinese adults published in the journal JAMA Cardiology.

It’s (not) complicated: relationships may be simpler than they seem

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:26:27 +0000

New Oxford University research has shed light on the complexities involved in forming social bonds, and suggests that the process is much simpler than first thought. 

Breast cancer study suggests review of treatment length

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:40:08 +0000

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, funded by Cancer Research UK, has found that the risk of breast cancer recurring persists undiminished for at least 20 years after diagnosis, suggesting that hormonal treatments should continue for even longer to reduce the risk of late recurrence.

Oxford named world's best for Medicine for seventh consecutive year

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:56:27 +0000

Oxford University has been ranked as the world's best institution for medical and health teaching and research for the seventh consecutive year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Atmospheric rivers could increase flood risk by 80 per cent

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:29:58 +0000

The global effect and impact of atmospheric rivers on rainfall, flooding and droughts has been estimated for the first time – revealing that in some regions the risks can be enhanced by up to 80 percent. The work, of which Oxford University is a key partner, also considers the number of people affected by these atmospheric phenomena across the globe.

Top democracy award for 'fake news' research project

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:47:44 +0000

Work by Oxford researchers to reveal the extent of disinformation being shared online has been recognised with a top democracy award.

Child neglect linked to parental unemployment

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:08:34 +0000

The number of reported cases of child neglect in the United States of America increased as a result of the spike in unemployment following the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to new Oxford University research. 

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:35:36 +0000

A new study from Kyoto and Oxford universities and Indianapolis Zoo has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns to complete a number sequencing task.

Aliens may be more like us than we think

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:00:34 +0000

Hollywood films and science fiction literature fuel the belief that aliens are monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But new research suggests that we could have more in common with our extra-terrestrial neighbours, than initially thought.

Professor Stephen Hawking returns to Oxford

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:18:26 +0000

Professor Stephen Hawking, one of Oxford University’s most famous alumni, returned for a flying visit this week.

Silk could be used to repair damaged spinal cords

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:45:39 +0000

Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used in a strategy to repair damaged spinal cords, according to scientists from the universities of Aberdeen and Oxford.

UK consumers paying too much for energy, according to Oxford expert

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:33:58 +0000

A new review of the UK’s energy sector, conducted by Professor Dieter Helm, Economic Fellow and Professor of Economic Policy at Oxford University, suggests that British consumers are paying more than they need to for energy bills and for many, prices have ‘gone up, not down’.

New exhibition challenges abortion stigma through clothing

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:55:04 +0000

Oxford University researchers have teamed up with peers at the Open University to create an innovative exhibition that will challenge abortion stigma through clothing and stimulate conversation around the Abortion Act, fifty years after it was passed.

How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth's Species

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:18:48 +0000

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to new Oxford University research.

Study raises possibility of vaccines against allergies and Alzheimer’s

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:10:11 +0000

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Oxford have shown how combining the tetanus vaccine with a viral particle that normally affects cucumbers can be used to treat psoriasis and allergies, and may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

First ever Global South professor announced

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:49:32 +0000

Professor Rosinka Chaudhuri has been appointed Oxford University’s first ever Global South-Mellon Visiting Professor.

Dolphin brains show signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:33:31 +0000

Study suggests Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 2 diabetes might both be the price of a longer lifespan, with altered insulin function the common cause.

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:59:20 +0000

Certain British birds have evolved longer beaks than other species, and new research suggests that our fondness for feeding them may be the reason why.

Researchers target ‘undruggable’ cancers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:32:30 +0000

A new approach to targeting key cancer-linked proteins, thought to be ‘undruggable’, has been discovered through an alliance between industry and academia.

Breakthrough in efforts to 'supercharge' rice and reduce world hunger

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:15:52 +0000

Scientists have taken an important step in a long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice to increase crop yields and help meet the food needs of billions of people around the world.

High blood pressure linked to common heart valve disorder

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:28:58 +0000

For the first time, a strong link has been established between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder in high-income countries, by new research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford.

Is it better to remember or forget? New seminar series launches on Friday

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:26:50 +0000

The first event in a new seminar series about post-war commemoration takes place on Friday evening (20 October).

Women in science ask fewer questions than men, according to new research

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:48:12 +0000

Stereotypes suggest that women love to talk, with some studies even finding that women say three times as much as men. But, new research from a team from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, shows there is an exception to this rule: professional STEM events, which could be indicative of the wider problem of gender inequality in the field.

Gravitational waves: Oxford scientists offer exciting insights

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:58:34 +0000

Oxford scientists have provided important insights into the latest discovery of gravitational waves.

New collaboration to tackle superbugs

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:28:29 +0000

A new Oxford University collaboration will support understanding and action around one of the world’s biggest health threats, drug-resistant infections.

'Should it be illegal to run a red light in the middle of the night on an empty road?'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:49:10 +0000

The University of Oxford today releases sample interview questions from tutors who conduct Oxford interviews.

Social Sciences at Oxford named ‘world’s best’

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:13:59 +0000

The Social Sciences Division at Oxford University has been named the ‘world’s best’ in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Dual project supports understanding of climate change and astronomy

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:57:37 +0000

Scientists from the University of Oxford are to play a key role in new missions that will help to both better monitor the effects of climate change on space and understand the origin of the stars and planets.

Government apprenticeship schemes are ‘fragile’, according to new research

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:43:04 +0000

Apprenticeships remain a relatively fragile mode of vocational education, despite growing political interest internationally, according to new Oxford University research.

Apple CEO Tim Cook opens the Oxford Foundry

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:29:47 +0000

The Oxford Foundry, a new entrepreneurial hub at the heart of Oxford University, has officially opened its doors.

New plaque celebrates Oxford's first black student in 1870s

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:47:28 +0000

Oxford's first black graduate is being celebrated with a plaque at his Oxford college.

Merton College names Professor Irene Tracey as next Warden

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:48:56 +0000

Professor Irene Tracey FMedSci is to be the next Warden of Merton College, Oxford.

Trench Foot discovery paves way for new treatment

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:06:25 +0000

The physical cause of trench foot has been uncovered more than 100 years after the painful and debilitating condition was first identified in the First World War.

Scientists complete conservation 'atlas of life'

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:26:48 +0000

An international team of scientists have completed the ‘atlas of life’ - the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth.