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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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Joe Biden is the oldest person to be sworn in as US president. New research shows politicians are likely to live longer than the populations they represent. BiksuTong / Shutterstock

Politicians live longer than the populations they represent: new research

The public expects transparency about politicians’ earnings, but it’s not the only area where elite groups have an advantage.
Over the past 25 years, lion numbers have decreased by 43% throughout Africa, as their range has declined by more than 90%. Shutterstock

Trophy hunting will not save Africa’s lions – so the UK ban on imports is a positive step for wildlife conservation

An Africa-based conservation expert explains why trophy hunting has not delivered for wildlife in most parts of Africa, and that local communities benefit next to nothing from its continued practice
Recovery team members Mark Campbell, Guilherme Pessoa-Amorim and Leon Peto photographed at the Big Data Institute in Oxford. Photograph: Adam Gasson/UKRI

The inside story of Recovery: how the world’s largest COVID-19 trial transformed treatment – and what it could do for other diseases

Two years ago, the Recovery trial transformed COVID treatments around the world with a landmark finding that may have saved a million lives in just nine months

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