About The Oxford Trust

The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust that was established in 1985 by Oxford entrepreneurs the late Sir Martin Wood and Lady Audrey Wood, founders of Oxford Instruments. The Trust’s mission is to encourage the pursuit of science. To do this, The Oxford Trust runs programmes running across three key objectives:

Innovation – to support the innovation ecosystem in our region.

Education – to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths.

Engagement – to engage public audiences with science as an important part of our culture.

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

Our Strategy

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

Our History

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

Our Sister Charities

The Oxford Trust, Sylva Foundation and Earth Trust were all set up by the late Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood.

Our People

Our Staff

Our Trustees

Our Alumni


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 22 full and part-time staff positioned across our central office, education and public engagement.

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Accessing Science Fund

The Oxford Trust’s Accessing Science Fund has been set up to improve access to science learning for all.

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Escalator Support Programme

Our Escalator Support Programme offers cost effective space in our innovation centres, including a discounted fee structure, business support, and access to the angel investment.

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Science Oxford Centre

Our Science Oxford Centre is the UK’s first indoor-outdoor science education centre specifically for early years and primary-aged children, their teachers and families.

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STEM Careers Programme

Our Science Oxford STEM Careers Programme for secondary school students encourages positive choices about careers in science and tech.

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