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1 Driving forward excellence in research: the University of Oxford Professor Andrew Hamilton FRS

2 Oxfords size and shape in students 1 December 2009 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 2 Source: OSS Visiting students Postgraduate research (doctorate) Postgraduate taught (masters) Undergraduate 100% = 20,927 Oxford students by divisionOxford students by type Visiting students Continuing Education 100% = 20,927 Social Sciences Medical Sciences Math, Physical, and Life Sciences Humanities 2% 24% 18% 56% 2% 6% 13% 25% 26% 28%

3 Development of Graduate Education Students as of 1 December 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 3 1,304 2,614 Source: OSS 11,21111,332 Total= Postgraduate research Postgraduate taught Undergraduate 1,621 3,641 11,32811,382 5,053 3,639 16,588 20,076 19992009 Growth 1999-2009 0.5% 65%

4 Increasingly International By nationality 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 4 Academic staff Postgraduates (full-time) Undergraduates (full-time) 2003 2009 1996 2009 1996 2009 20 1714 4320 3416 86 64 International as a percentage of total 10% 63% 14% 50% 31% 40% 1,050 1,633 2,549 4,781 1,188 2,015 Overseas EU (excl. U.K.) Total number international Source: OSS for students; OpenDoor database for academic staff. Student data as of December 1; staff data as of July 31.

5 A significant Collegiate University Budget Revenues 2008-9 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 5 Source: annual reports/accounts of respective units Oxford University Press Academic, ELT, U.S., International Present in over 50 countries 100% = £1.7 billion Oxford Colleges 38 colleges £863m £281m £579m The University of Oxford 60+ departments Numerous centres

6 Collegiate Experience 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 6 Humanities Social Sciences Math, Physical & Life Sciences Medical Sciences including over 60 departments Four academic divisions Smaller communities 38 colleges Every Oxford student belongs to a department and to a college

7 Strategic Plan: Research 1. Retain and recruit researchers of the highest distinction and quality 2. Support divisions and departments in the development and implementation of their research plans 3. Provide and develop a supportive research environment in which scholars, at every stage of their career, can flourish 4. Maintain research strength across the disciplinary range and encourage further interdisciplinary research initiatives 5. Participate...in national and international debates on future research assessment exercises..... 6. Enhance administrative services and support designed to facilitate research excellence and knowledge transfer 7. Support international research and collaboration 8. Ensure that research is carried out in accordance with applicable ethical standards 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 7

8 Expansion of our research enterprise 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 8 RankUniversity External research income, £m Compound annual growth rate since 2003-04 1.University of Oxford 34115% 2.Imperial28711% 3.University of Cambridge 2608% 4.UCL2499% Source: HESA; University of Oxford Research Services; Personnel Services External research income, 2008-09 Increased research income brings Exciting expansion of academic horizons Growing number of research- only staff –700 in the 1970s –Over 3,000 today Hunger for research students and post-docs Need for different kinds of administrative support

9 Main source of Research Funding: Government University research income 2008-9 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 9 100% = £451 million 60%25%8%7% UK HEFCE block grant 24% Research Councils 23% Government departments/ 8% National Health Service Europe European Commission 4% UK charities Industry Other sources Source: University of Oxford Research Services Government

10 External research 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 10 00/0101/0202/0303/0404/0505/0606/0707/0808/0909/10 142,430 149,744 162,894 173,496 183,569 213,139 248,233 285,289 340,540 367,048 External Research Income from FY 2000/01 to FY 2009/10 (£K)

11 External Research 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 11 Research Councils (£112.9M) 31% UK Charity (£112.7M) 31% UK Govt / NHS (£38.1M) 10% EU Govt (£24.4M) 7% UK & Overseas Industry (£39.0M) 10% Other UK & Overseas Sources (£40.0M) 11% External Research Income by Sponsor Type FY 2009/10: Total £367.0M

12 Wellcome Trust 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 12 43.4 45.4 46.2 60.7 59.0 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 70.0 FY 2005/06FY 2006/07FY 2007/08FY 2008/09FY 2009/10 £M Research Income from Wellcome Trust: FY 2005/06 to FY 2009/10

13 Oxfords research funding from international sources has grown strongly in recent years 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 13 2003/042006/072005/062008/092007/082004/05 £53.5M £47.7M £72.5M £27.9M£27.6M Research Income (International Sources) 2003/04 – 2008/09 £36.4M Income from international sources now accounts for >20% of Oxford research income Average annual growth 21% pa - compared to 13% pa for domestic sources Some of the major drivers for this growth

14 Investment in Interdisciplinary and Cutting-edge Research

15 Im on the verge of a major breakthrough, but I am also at that point where chemistry leaves off and physics begins, so Ill have to drop the whole thing

16 Oxford Future Energy Solar / Photovoltaics Chemistry for Energy Nuclear materials Offshore energy Transport Laser plasma interactions Lower Carbon Futures 07/04/2014 Page 16 Driving forward excellence in research

17 Oxford Future Energy Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment Chemistry Physics Plant Sciences Materials Engineering Science Mathematics Oxford Martin School Transport Studies Environmental Change Institute e-Research Centre 07/04/2014 Page 17 Driving forward excellence in research

18 Globalising Tidal Power Nuclear & Energy Materials Carbon & Energy Reduction in Transport Organic Photovoltaics Future of Cities Future of Humanity Oxford Martin School 07/04/2014 Page 18 Driving forward excellence in research

19 Transport Institute for Carbon & Energy Reduction in Transport Catalysis New materials Lightweight electric motors Low carbon infrastructure Fuel efficiency Policy Thermo-fluids Futures modelling Scenarios 07/04/2014 Page 19 Driving forward excellence in research

20 Solar and photovoltaics Synthesis Catalysts Thermo photovoltaics Device development Electronic properties Scale-up Transparent conducting oxides Markets & policy Modelling Real-world testing 07/04/2014 Page 20 Driving forward excellence in research

21 Investment in Technologies to Support the Research Effort

22 Interconnectivity Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment Chemistry Physics Plant Sciences Materials Engineering Science Mathematics Oxford Martin School Transport Studies Environmental Change Institute e-Research Centre 07/04/2014 Page 22 Driving forward excellence in research

23 Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment Chemistry Physics Plant Sciences Materials Engineering Science Mathematics Oxford Martin School Transport Studies Environmental Change Institute e-Research Centre 07/04/2014 Page 23 Driving forward excellence in research

24 Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment Chemistry Physics Plant Sciences Materials Engineering Science Mathematics Oxford Martin School Transport Studies Environmental Change Institute Transport Solar/PV Chemistry for Energy Nuclear Materials Low Carbon Futures e-Research Centre Offshore energy Applied Mathematics (incl. modelling) 07/04/2014 Page 24 Driving forward excellence in research

25 The Humanities: a research success story 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 25

26 Humanities With the support of its specialist Research Facilitators, Humanities has developed a culture of applying for research grant funding Sharp increase in research income and the funding of research overheads Diversification of its pool of funders, increasing the number of different award sponsors from 24 to 34 in the past year The Division entered in 15 units of assessment in RAE 2008, ten of which were top in the UK according to the Research Fortnight power table: French, German, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Asian Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Classics, Theology, and Music. 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 26

27 Oxford University & Isis Innovation Ltd Isis Innovation Ltd, established in 1987, 100% owned by the University Isis helps researchers who wish to commercialise the results of their research Three business divisions: Technology Transfer for Oxford - identify, protect, market, licence, spin-out, seed funds, Oxford University Consulting - access to Oxford academic expertise Isis Enterprise - access to our expertise in technology transfer & innovation management Supported by Networks – Oxford Innovation Society, Isis Angels Network Income last year £7.5m; Isis has 65 staff in total Since 2000 - 55 spin-outs raising £270m & 500 licensing/option deals 07/04/2014 Page 27 Driving forward excellence in research

28 Some of our success factors (1) Centuries-old tradition of scholarly enquiry and academic culture within the Collegiate University Grouped into learning communities, with a teaching-research nexus Vibrant international character Ability to attract or recruit the best researchers and faculty Ability to attract and retain the best students at graduate and undergraduate level 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 28

29 Some of our success factors (2) Multi and cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship and research Infrastructure - capital investment, Oxfords libraries, museums and collections, maintenance and refurbishment programme Inspired and inspiring academic leadership Capacity to win competitive peer review funding Good levels of independent funding through development activity 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 29

30 Some of our success factors (3) A light touch central management regime High quality administration/academic-related support services Long tradition of knowledge exchange and technology transfer Promotion of academic values: academic freedom, subsidiarity, collegiality, parity of esteem, and disciplinary diversity 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 30

31 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 31

32 Isis Innovation Ltd Extracts from Isis Annual Report 2010 07/04/2014 Page 32 Driving forward excellence in research

33 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 33 Things you may not know about the University of Oxford The Oxford you may know less well A dynamic research-intensive university with many departments and centres Home to a medical sciences division that on its own would rank as 5 th largest UK university by research income Educator of world leaders: over 30 overseas presidents and prime ministers An international university The oldest university in the English-speaking world, based around colleges Renowned for its strengths in the humanities, its libraries and museums Educator of British leaders: 26 British Prime Ministers A British university The Oxford you hear about – it is real

34 What are Colleges? 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 34 Real communities: academic, residential, social Intellectual communities students and academics majority both undergraduate and postgraduate; 8 graduate only most cover all subjects, though some specialised Big enough for diversity, small enough for connection: ~300-750 students (jointly admitted) ~30-70 academics (jointly appointed) Ancient and modern

35 Growing collaboration: across disciplines and with industry 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 35 Opportunity. Risk. Innovation. Impact. Tackling the toughest challenges of the 21st century. Founded 2005 with $100 million gift from Dr James Martin; new $50 million challenge fund Goal: formulate new concepts, policies, and technologies that will make the future a better place to be 15 interdisciplinary institutes focused on major 21 st century challenges Including: environmental change, migration, emergent infections, the future of humanity £13.75 million, 5 year agreement with Man Group Plc, worlds largest publicly traded hedge fund Endows a professorship and funds research programme In addition: Man has located its internal R&D laboratory on the floor below the Institute Leads to formal (seminars) and informal (lunch) exchange between academics and practitioners Opened 2007

36 Launch of major fundraising campaign 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 36 Aim Raise the funds to liberate Oxford people to achieve their greatest aspirations Scope Joint campaign across the Collegiate University: universities, departments, libraries, museums… Global in reach Priorities Supporting students and the life of the University Supporting academic staff and programmes Supporting infrastructure and buildings Target Min. of £1.25 billion Launched in May 08 with £575 million committed; just passed £1000 million Significant gap to close vs. American peers

37 Oxfords international collaborations in Tropical Medicine 07/04/2014 Page 37 Driving forward excellence in research

38 Collegial and interdisciplinary – Research Fora 2007 Security, Energy, Cancer, Democracy 2008 Climate Change, Forced Migration, Global Health, Materials Characterisation, Water, India 2009 The Material World, The Islamic World, China, North American Studies, Integrated Quantitative Biosciences, Economic Impact of Research, Research Integrity, Medical Physics 2010Pathways to Drug Discovery, Digital Humanities: workshop on images, Digital Humanities: linking data 07/04/2014 Driving forward excellence in research Page 38


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