Driving forward excellence in
research: the University of Oxford
Professor Andrew Hamilton FRS
Oxford’s size and shape in students
Oxford students by type
100% =
1 December 2009
Oxford students by division
20,927
100% =
20,927
Visiting students
2%
Visiting students
Continuing Education
Postgraduate research
(doctorate)
24%
Medical Sciences
13%
Postgraduate taught
(masters)
18%
Social Sciences
25%
Math, Physical, and
Life Sciences
26%
Humanities
28%
Undergraduate
56%
2%
6%
Source: OSS
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Development of Graduate Education
Students as of 1 December
20,076
Total=
Postgraduate
research
Postgraduate taught
Undergraduate
Source: OSS
16,588
Growth
1999-2009
5,053
65%
3,639
1,621
1,304
11,328
3,641
2,614
11,382
11,211
11,332
1999
2009
0.5%
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Increasingly International
Overseas
By nationality
EU (excl. U.K.)
Total number
international
International as a percentage of total
Undergraduates
(full-time)
1996
2009
Postgraduates
(full-time)
Academic
staff
6 4 10%
8
1,050
6 14%
1996
34
2009
43
2003
17
2009
20
1,633
16
50%
20
14
2,549
63%
31%
20
4,781
1,188
2,015
40%
Source: OSS for students; OpenDoor database for academic staff. Student data as of December 1; staff data as of July 31.
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A significant Collegiate University Budget
Revenues 2008-9
100% = £1.7 billion
Oxford Colleges
•38 colleges
The University of Oxford
•60+ departments
•Numerous centres
£281m
£579m
£863m
Oxford University Press
•Academic, ELT, U.S., International
•Present in over 50 countries
Source: annual reports/accounts of respective units
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Collegiate Experience
Four academic divisions
38 colleges
Humanities
Social Sciences
Math, Physical & Life Sciences
Medical Sciences
including over 60 departments
Smaller communities
Every Oxford student belongs to a
department and to a college
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Strategic Plan: Research
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Retain and recruit researchers of the highest distinction and
quality
Support divisions and departments in the development and
implementation of their research plans
Provide and develop a supportive research environment in which
scholars, at every stage of their career, can flourish
Maintain research strength across the disciplinary range and
encourage further interdisciplinary research initiatives
Participate...in national and international debates on future
research assessment exercises.....
Enhance administrative services and support designed to
facilitate research excellence and knowledge transfer
Support international research and collaboration
Ensure that research is carried out in accordance with applicable
ethical standards
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Expansion of our research enterprise
External research income, 2008-09
External
research
income,
£m
Compound
annual growth
rate since
2003-04
Rank
University
1.
University of
Oxford
341
15%
2.
Imperial
287
11%
3.
University of
Cambridge
260
8%
UCL
249
4.
9%
Increased research income
brings
• Exciting expansion of
academic horizons
• Growing number of researchonly staff
– 700 in the 1970s
– Over 3,000 today
• Hunger for research students
and post-docs
• Need for different kinds of
administrative support
Source: HESA; University of Oxford Research Services; Personnel Services
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Main source of Research Funding: Government
University research income 2008-9
Government
Industry
60%
25%
UK charities
8% 7%
100% =
£451
million
Other sources
UK
• HEFCE block grant
24%
• Research Councils
23%
• Government departments/ 8%
National Health Service
Europe
• European Commission
4%
Source: University of Oxford Research Services
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External research
External research funding 2000/01 to 2009/10
Year
Value (£K)
% increase
00/01
142,430
01/02
149,744
5%
02/03
162,894
9%
03/04
173,496
7%
04/05
183,569
6%
05/06
213,139
16%
06/07
248,233
16%
07/08
285,289
15%
08/09
340,540
19%
09/10
367,048
8%
External Research Income from FY 2000/01 to FY 2009/10 (£K)
340,540
367,048
285,289
248,233
213,139
183,569
162,894 173,496
142,430 149,744
00/01
01/02
02/03
03/04
04/05
05/06
06/07
07/08
08/09
09/10
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External Research
External Research Income by Sponsor Type FY 2009/10:
Total £367.0M
UK Govt /
UK Charity (£112.7M)
31%
NHS (£38.1M)
10%
EU Govt (£24.4M)
7%
UK & Overseas
Industry (£39.0M)
10%
Research Councils
(£112.9M)
31%
Other UK & Overseas
Sources (£40.0M)
11%
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Wellcome Trust
FY 2005/06 FY 2006/07 FY 2007/08 FY 2008/09 FY 2009/10
Wellcome Trust
43.4
45.4
46.2
60.7
59.0
Research Income from Wellcome Trust: FY 2005/06 to FY 2009/10
£M
70.0
60.7
60.0
50.0
43.4
45.4
59.0
46.2
40.0
30.0
20.0
10.0
0.0
FY 2005/06
FY 2006/07
FY 2007/08
FY 2008/09
FY 2009/10
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Oxford’s research funding from international sources
has grown strongly in recent years
Research Income (International Sources)
2003/04 – 2008/09
£47.7M
£72.5M
£53.5M
•
Income from international
sources now accounts for
>20% of Oxford research
income
•
Average annual growth 21%
pa - compared to 13% pa
for domestic sources
£36.4M
£27.6M
2003/04
£27.9M
2004/05
2005/06
2006/07
2007/08
2008/09
Some of the major drivers for this growth
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Investment in Interdisciplinary and Cutting-edge Research
Investment in Interdisciplinary and Cutting-edge Research
“I’m on the verge of a major
breakthrough, but I am also at
that point where chemistry
leaves off and physics begins,
so I’ll have to drop the whole
thing”
Oxford Future Energy
Chemistry for Energy
Nuclear materials
Offshore
energy
Laser plasma
interactions
Solar /
Photovoltaics
Transport
Lower Carbon
Futures
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Oxford Future Energy
Plant Sciences
Chemistry
Mathematics
Materials
Physics
e-Research
Centre
Engineering
Science
Oxford Martin
School
Smith School for
Enterprise & the
Environment
Environmental
Change Institute
Transport Studies
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Organic
Photovoltaics
Nuclear &
Energy Materials
Future of Cities
Future of
Humanity
Globalising
Tidal Power
Oxford Martin
School
Carbon & Energy
Reduction in
Transport
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Transport
Catalysis
Lightweight
electric motors
New materials
Thermo-fluids
Policy
Fuel efficiency
Low carbon
infrastructure
Futures
modelling
Scenarios
Institute for Carbon & Energy Reduction in Transport
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Solar and photovoltaics
Synthesis
Thermo
photovoltaics
Catalysts
Transparent
conducting
oxides
Scale-up
Electronic
properties
Device
development
Modelling
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Markets &
policy
Real-world
testing
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Investment in Technologies to Support the Research Effort
Interconnectivity
Plant Sciences
Chemistry
Mathematics
Materials
Physics
e-Research
Centre
Engineering
Science
Oxford Martin
School
Smith School for
Enterprise & the
Environment
Transport Studies
Environmental
Change Institute
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Plant Sciences
Chemistry
Mathematics
Materials
Physics
e-Research
Centre
Engineering
Science
Oxford Martin
School
Smith School for
Enterprise & the
Environment
Transport Studies
Environmental
Change Institute
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Chemistry
Chemistry for Energy
Plant Sciences
Physics
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics
(incl. modelling)
e-Research
Centre
Materials
Solar/PV
Offshore
Engineering
energy
Science
Oxford Martin
School
Transport
Smith School for
Enterprise & the
Environment
Transport Studies
Low Carbon Futures
Environmental
Change Institute
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The Humanities: a research success story
£10,000,000
£9,000,000
£8,000,000
Plus, the total value
of awards in 09/10 is
35% higher than in
08/09*
£7,000,000
£6,000,000
£5,000,000
HUMANITIES RESEARCH INCOME
£4,000,000
£3,000,000
£2,000,000
*09/10 income data still
subject to final audit
£1,000,000
£0
FY 2003/04
FY 2004/05
FY 2005/06
FY 2006/07
FY 2007/08
FY 2008/09
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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.
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Oxford University & Isis Innovation Ltd
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Isis Innovation Ltd, established in 1987, 100% owned by the University
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Isis helps researchers who wish to commercialise the results of their
research
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Three business divisions:
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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
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Supported by Networks – Oxford Innovation Society, Isis Angels Network
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Income last year £7.5m; Isis has 65 staff in total
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Since 2000 - 55 spin-outs raising £270m & 500 licensing/option deals
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Some of our success factors (1)
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Centuries-old tradition of scholarly enquiry and academic culture
within the Collegiate University
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Grouped into learning communities, with a teaching-research
nexus

Vibrant international character
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Ability to attract or recruit the best researchers and faculty

Ability to attract and retain the best students at graduate and
undergraduate level
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Some of our success factors (2)
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Multi and cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship and research
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Infrastructure - capital investment, Oxford’s libraries, museums
and collections, maintenance and refurbishment programme
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Inspired and inspiring academic leadership

Capacity to win competitive peer review funding

Good levels of independent funding through development activity
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Some of our success factors (3)
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A “light touch” central management regime
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High quality administration/academic-related support services
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Long tradition of knowledge exchange and technology transfer

Promotion of academic values: academic freedom, subsidiarity,
collegiality, parity of esteem, and disciplinary diversity
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Isis Innovation Ltd
Extracts from Isis Annual Report 2010
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Things you may not know about the
University of Oxford
The Oxford you hear about –
it is real
• The oldest university in the
English-speaking world,
based around colleges
The Oxford you may know
less well
• A dynamic research-intensive
university with many
departments and centres
• Renowned for its strengths
in the humanities, its libraries
and museums
• Home to a medical sciences
division that on its own would
rank as 5th largest UK
university by research income
• Educator of British leaders:
26 British Prime Ministers
• Educator of world leaders: over
30 overseas presidents and
prime ministers
• A British university
• An international university
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What are Colleges?
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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)
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Ancient and modern
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Growing collaboration: across disciplines and with
industry
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 21st century challenges
• Including: environmental change, migration, emergent infections, the future of humanity
Opened 2007
• £13.75 million, 5 year agreement with Man Group Plc, world’s 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
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Launch of major fundraising campaign
Priorities
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
•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
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Oxford’s international collaborations in Tropical Medicine
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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
2010
Pathways to Drug Discovery, Digital Humanities: workshop
on images, Digital Humanities: linking data
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