The Oxford Trust set up the first innovation centre in the UK over thirty five 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: Enterprise, Education and Engagement.
Our enterprise strategy
Our enterprise strategy is delivered directly by the Trust. We own the Oxford Centre for Innovation in central Oxford, which is home to 20 plus high-tech start-ups employing over 200 people and the Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington, which provides much-needed office, R&D labs, workshops and networking space for science and tech start-ups in the Oxford region. Find out more about how the Trust helps start-ups via our Escalator Support Programme. The Trust also aims to create and support projects that put science and enterprise at the heart of our region, including the 2021 Covid Innovation Heroes Awards, Venturefest Oxford and Advanced Oxford.
Our education and engagement strategy
Our education and engagement programmes are delivered by the 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 thousands of young people every year. In 2019, we opened the Science Oxford Centre which is the UK’s first integrated indoor-outdoor science education centre for early years and primary-aged children. We also run a club and event programme to engage people of all ages in science and technology, including Family Days every Saturday at the Science Oxford Centre.