The Oxford Trust set up the first innovation centre in the UK over thirty years ago and has helped build the foundations of the successful science economy we see in Oxfordshire today. We support this vibrant economy through our ongoing mission to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.
The Trust strives to place science and entrepreneurship at the heart of culture in our region so that everyone, irrespective of age or background, can develop their scientific and technological knowledge and understanding and science and tech companies can flourish and grow. We do this through delivering activities for three key objectives –our three E’s:
Our enterprise strategy
Our enterprise strategy is delivered directly by the Trust. We own the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) in central Oxford, which is home to 20 plus high-tech start-ups employing over 200 people. In April 2019, we will open the Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) at Stansfeld Park in Headington to provide much-needed additional office and networking space for science and tech start-ups in the Oxford region. The Trust also aims to create and support projects that put science and enterprise at the heart of our region, including the annual Enterprise Awards, Venturefest Oxford, IF Oxford science & ideas festival, and more recently Advanced Oxford.
Our education and engagement strategy
Our education and engagement programmes are delivered by our Science Oxford team. Our aim is to switch young people on to science; to show that science can be can cool, can lead to an amazing career and can change lives. We do this by running an extensive outreach programme in schools that reaches of 13,000 young people every year. In September 2019, we will open our new Science Education Centre at Stansfeld Park. The centre will be the UK’s first integrated indoor-outdoor science education centre for primary and early years children and allow us to increase our reach and impact and inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators.