Oxford is committed to sharing the exciting research it does with the world and to maximising the benefits of its research by contributing to, among other things, social cohesion, international development and a better quality of life. To this end, the University disseminates, applies and commercialises research in numerous different contexts.
The University’s Press Office deals with more than 6,000 queries a year from media outlets all around the world, including many about newsworthy research findings. The Press Office provides media training to researchers who are leading research projects likely to be of interest to the media; it puts journalists looking for experts in touch with the right researchers and has a broadcast studio with links to major broadcasters. It also proactively promotes newsworthy research in written and multimedia form.
The Oxford German Network is one example of impact on the wider public. It is an initiative by the Faculty’s German department dedicated to productive cross-cultural cooperation involving schools, cultural organisations, businesses, and policy-makers.
A series of French-language cultural events are organised each year under the heading ‘La Culture et le cinéma français en fête à Oxford’. These are organized from within the University to promote French language and culture, and to make it possible for students and Oxford residents to meet leading personalities from the worlds of French cinema, literature and music.
The Oxford French Graduate Seminar is a fortnightly seminar held on Wednesdays of even weeks of term. The seminar provides a forum for graduates of French, both within and outside of Oxford, to present their research to other graduates in an informal setting.
The University of Oxford has a free iTunesU site which features lectures by Oxford academics and famous visitors. New audio and video files and e-publications are added each week, and Modern Languages examples include ‘Freemasons versus Jesuits: Conspiracy Theories in Enlightenment German’ by Professor Ritchie Robertson and ‘Your Virtues Are Your Faults’ by Christian Aliaga.