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Who we are – some facts and figures

The 2020 THE World University Rankings placed UoO #1 for pre-clinical, clinical and health subjects for the ninth consecutive year, and the World’s #1 University, for the fourth consecutive year. Recent highlights for UoO Medical Sciences Division (MSD) include the opening of the BioEscalator – a new innovation centre for high potential, early-stage medical science companies at the Old Road Campus; the opening of a preventative healthcare clinic ‘The Oxford University Clinic’ in London in partnership with Mayo Clinic and OUH and the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to UoO’s Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, also Clinical Director at the Francis Crick Institute.

THE Young Universities Rankings placed OBU #1 in the UK for research and #2 for teaching. For the third year, OBU is the only UK university in the QS global ranking ‘top 50 under 50’. OBU has forged international partnerships with Mexico, Brazil and Ghana to support research into Global Challenges including parasitic diseases, gene therapy and vaccines.

OAHP established The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) at OBU in 2017 as a nationally unique research institute that encompasses experts across health and social care research, with a strong focus on excellence in research, patient care and health education. The Institute stimulates research in allied health professions across the OAHP, working closely with Chief Nurses at OUH and OH and includes an OxINMAHR-appointed NIHR 70@70 fellow. OxINMAHR research is now nationally or internationally leading in areas including cancer survivorship, child health and social care, substance abuse and addiction, and physical and occupational rehabilitation. OBU’s Swindon campus provides adult nursing education and celebrates its 20th year. OBU is one of only three NMC Assessment/Competency Centres for overseas healthcare workers.
UoO MSD and OBU’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences hold Silver Athena Swan Awards. OBU partners with UoO, the Royal Society, Elsevier UK and PertinaxPharma in the EPSRC funded project Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in University Spinout Companies – A Case for Action and OBU’s Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice covers all aspects. OBU has been awarded EU funding for the roll out of Athena Swan across Europe.

OAHP’s NHS Foundation Trusts provide an extensive range of local, regional and national services. OH is the designated lead provider for regional specialist mental health services for eating disorders, inpatient adolescent mental health and forensic care across central southern England. OH established Oxford Healthcare Improvement (OHI) to bring the knowledge base of improvement science to bear to achieve better safety and outcomes mental health and community care settings. OUH is one of only 5 designated Major Trauma Centres and has a significant number of tertiary services across all age groups. Examples include the Cleft Lip and Palate Service and the Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre.


Our work has been set by the plan outlined in our Application which can be found here. AHSC_NIHR201657 OAHP submitted

The work will build on the strengths of the Partners as shown above: