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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Teaching has taken place at Oxford since 1096. Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country, rating top in the REF power rankings published by Research Fortnight. Oxford’s research involves more than 70 departments, almost 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,000 research and research support staff, and more than 5,600 graduate research students. The University has 38 independent colleges to which undergraduate and graduate students belong. Oxford has the highest research income from external sponsors of any UK university: £478.3m in 2013/14. The University has pioneered the successful commercial exploitation of academic research and invention, creating more than 100 companies, and files more patents each year than any other UK university.


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The upokororo, or New Zealand grayling (Prototroctes oxyrhynchus) Te Papa CC BYNC-ND 4.0

From fertiliser to phantom: DNA cracks a century-old mystery about New Zealand’s only extinct freshwater fish

Historical accounts show the upokororo was once common in rivers across the country. It’s now officially extinct, but is there a chance survivors could still be found in remote waterways?
As periods of drought become more common, the consequences of an ill functioning water sector will be severe. malgosia janicka/Shutterstock

The UK’s water industry is broken – here’s how to fix it

Unless action is taken, the UK will be unable to supply its own water needs in the future – we should look to water-scarce regions such as California for inspiration.
Les fortes chaleurs altèrent nos facultés, que l'on soit atteints de troubles mentaux ou pas. Maxim Ibragimov/Shutterstock

Comment la chaleur perturbe notre santé mentale

L’impression est connue : quand il fait chaud, on serait plus irritable, moins patient… La science le confirme, et prouve que les effets de la chaleur sur notre santé mentale sont bien plus graves.


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