Securing the future of UK research and innovation through collaboration and connectivity

Thursday, 12 March 2015

UA research impact

Excellent research carried out by Oxford Brookes University will be showcased in a new campaign launched by University Alliance today (Thursday 12 March).

The resource - which can be found at - contains more than 60 impact case studies submitted by Alliance universities to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise.

This unique collection of impact case studies will be launched at a high-profile event attended by parliamentarians, businesses and researchers in the Royal Institution, London.

The case studies illustrate the excellent research happening in Alliance universities and its impact both here in the UK and around the world. Alliance universities like Oxford Brookes are finding new ways, especially through collaborations with a wide range of local, national and global partners, to overcome socio-economic challenges: growing industries, improving healthcare, building sustainability and shaping society.

Oxford Brookes has three case studies published in the resource. They are:

University Alliance produced a special film ‘Real World Impact’ for the campaign about research excellence in their universities. The video, which can be viewed below, was filmed in the University’s award-winning John Henry Brookes Building earlier this year and features Artie the robot.

At the launch event Oxford Brookes, along with other Alliance universities, will also be showcasing some of the excellent research taking place in their institution through an interactive science fair. The fair will feature robots, including Artie, Oxford Brookes’ famous robothespian humanoid robot, as well as turbocharger engines, the world’s largest marine conservation area and 3D animations.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor for Oxford Brookes University, said: “We are proud to be a part of this new campaign from University Alliance. It will give us the opportunity to demonstrate the thriving, world-leading research happening at Oxford Brookes, but will also raise greater awareness of the overall importance of university research and its impact across the world.

“Collaboration and knowledge sharing is vital to increasing our ability to tackle some of the major challenges in society today, and this campaign will help strengthen and support that collaboration.”

At the event a new report from University Alliance entitled ‘Evolve. Connect. Succeed. Funding a healthy research and innovation ecosystem’ will be launched. It concludes that collaboration and connectivity are essential for the UK to continue to lead the world in excellent research and innovation.

Collaboration and knowledge sharing is vital to increasing our ability to tackle some of the major challenges in society today

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor

Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: “This is an important report. A world-class research and innovation ecosystem is critical to the UK’s competitiveness and well-being.

“The challenge is to ensure it remains excellent through responding and adapting to fast-paced change and increased competition. This requires not only continued investment in universities but also efficient and effective use of the existing excellence and capability in the system.”

As part of REF 2014, 94 % of Oxford Brookes’ research was judged to be ‘internationally recognised’, while 59 % was found to be of ‘world leading’ quality or ‘internationally excellent’.

Find out more, including articles on research making a real impact in the world in our dedicated REF 2014 webpages.