About The Oxford Trust

The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust that was established in 1985 by Oxford entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Audrey, Lady Wood, founders of Oxford Instruments. The Trust’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the study, application and communication of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Oxford Trust runs programmes running across three key objectives – the 3Es:

  • Enterprise – To support economic growth by encouraging innovation.
  • Education – To inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • Engagement – To encourage people of all ages to engage with how scientific research impacts their lives.

Our Education and Engagement programmes are run by our public-facing brand Science Oxford. Our Enterprise programmes are run by the Trust.

See the work of The Trust and the impact of our programmes over the last year here.


The Trust strives to place science and entrepreneurship at the heart of culture in our region.


Every great story starts with a great idea and the story of the Oxford Trust is no exception.


The Trust is run as a not-for-profit charity with a sustainability model that supports its growth.

Our People

Our Team

Our Trustees



The Oxford Trust is an exciting place to work with busy programmes of activity across our three core areas: enterprise, education and engagement. Our team currently consists of 23 full and part-time people positioned across our Central Office, Schools and LIVE functions.

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Oxford Trust Awards

The Trust’s Enterprise Awards, which have been running on and off for twelve years now, recognise and reward achievement and potential in entrepreneurship.

Oxford Trust Awards

Stansfeld Park

The Trust has just received planning permission for the development of the UK's first indoor-outdoor science education centre for primary-aged children and an adjoining innovation centre, which will provide much needed space for science and tech start-ups.

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Programmes and initiatives

Our programmes and initiatives encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise by linking businesses with the community and by showcasing the amazing scientific work that’s done across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and beyond.

Programmes and initiatives


The Oxford Trust owns the building on New Road, known originally as Macclesfield House and now generally as OCFI. It is managed for us by Oxford Innovation under operational guidance consistent with our charitable mission objectives.

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