An animated review of some of the University's finest work over the past year.
This past year at Oxford, there’s been a lot of ribbon-cutting going on. The opening of a new centre for big data and drug discovery, the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter has seen new centres for the humanities, while down the road a newly restored Ertegun house has welcomed its first cohort of fully funded humanities scholars. The Weston library has been topped out, and Oxford has even seen a new bridge, the first of its kind since the Bridge of Sighs in 1914.
Of course, what often puts Oxford on the map is the quality of its research: this year, for instance, we’ve developed a way to allow livers to survive outside the human body; given scholars online access to more than 100,000 entries of a bibliography of ancient Egypt, and we’re working to improve IVF to give couples extra help in having a baby.
We’ve been making our own maps: of the genomics of the UK, learning more about where we’re from, and of the genome of malarial parasites, so we can understand the spread of the disease… and work to stop it. Then, there’s our car that builds its own maps of familiar routes, and is can drive itself at the touch of an iPad screen.
Helping people separated by all kinds of borders, there’s our forced migration unit, whose influential journal on the subject marked its 25th birthday this year. And there’s our groundbreaking work on the difference Oxford humanities graduates make to the economy ,
The strength of our research is reflected in six new fellows of the royal society, eight of the British academy, twelve awards in the Birthday and New Year honours lists… and one of our academics even won a Turner Prize for contemporary art. All helping to keep Oxford at the cutting edge.
We’re on track to raise three billion pounds to safeguard research and teaching far into the future, and we passed the halfway point this year. You may have seen the headlines, such as a 75 million pound gift to the Rhodes Trust. But much of the success of the Oxford Thinking campaign is based on more than 35,000 individual gifts, half from the UK, half from abroad, which allow us to build the Oxford of the future.