Advanced Oxford's work and research focuses on six key priority areas relevant to the Oxford region.
Skills and education
Advanced Oxford will work with key educational partners to find ways to support our young people to have the aspiration, skills and opportunities to pursue a career in science and tech within the region. We also want to ensure that we build the right networks, collaborations and partnerships so that we can attract and retain the best people to work within our innovation sector.
Through research, Advanced Oxford will build a picture of the long-term housing needs and wants of people working in our region’s growing innovation economy and communicate these to the planners and policy-makers who can orchestrate change and development.
Our region’s leading-edge status needs to be supported by an effective transport system for the Oxford region. Advanced Oxford will contribute to the debate around transport and accessibility, with progressive ideas and solutions that address the needs of our communities, people and commuters as well as our knowledge-intensive businesses.
Advanced Oxford will support Oxfordshire’s local authorities and public bodies in their development of policy and plans by providing a clear, cogent and dispassionate voice, reflecting the needs of the people who work for the region’s knowledge-intensive businesses.
Quality of life
Advanced Oxford will work with relevant organisations to express the need for growth and development to be balanced against the equally important need for green spaces, fresh air and cultural enrichment in our region. See below for more information about our recent research.
Research infrastructure and commercial space
Advanced Oxford will seek continued support for the elements that underpin the region’s scientific assets: a world class research base and suitable spaces for all knowledge-intensive businesses, whether they are a small start-up or a global corporation.
Read our research into Quality of Life
Advanced Oxford has undertaken research into the factors affecting employees' decisions to work in Oxfordshire. The research, undertaken at the end of 2018 and early 2019 is now available. Participants in the survey work for the members of Advanced Oxford, with data collected using an online survey. The survey asked a range of questions of the employees of Advanced Oxford members, so we could better understand the issues that affect their decision to work and live, or commute to Oxford and Oxfordshire. The results are presented in a report, available from Advanced Oxford (for a full copy of the report, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org). 66% of the survey participants work in professional occupations and a further 15% are managers, directors or senior officials within their organisations. 84% of respondents have worked for their organisations for more than 6 months and 37% have been with their organisation for more than 2 years. The vast majority, 95%, are working in Oxford/Oxfordshire because of the specific job or role that they hold. Participants also valued the ease of getting to work (42%); working near other high skilled industries was considered to be important by around a third of respondents. Just over a half spend more than 30 minutes travelling from home to work. Survey respondents appreciate access to jobs, location, easy access to green spaces and the countryside, as well as the cultural life of Oxford/Oxfordshire as the best features of being a resident in the region. However, the worse aspects of life are dominated by issues around the cost of housing, poor transport links, congestion and the cost of living in Oxford/Oxfordshire, when compared to other areas within the south east of England.