The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust that was founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, co-founders of Oxford Instruments, the University’s first spin out company. Our mission is to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.
The Trust runs activities across three connected programmes – the 3Es – enterprise, education and engagement. While the Trust focuses on the enterprise strategy, our education and engagement programmes are delivered through Science Oxford.
Our enterprise programmes support economic growth by encouraging innovation. We own the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) in central Oxford and have just opened the Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) at Stansfeld Park in Headington to support local science and tech start-ups by providing flexible office and networking spaces. We have helped hundreds of tech companies to develop and flourish thanks to the time they spent at one of our innovation centres including Mirada Medical, Perspectum Diagnostics, Natural Motion and Oxford Computer Consultants. We also create and support a wide range of Oxfordshire-based projects that put science and enterprise at the heart of our region, such as IF-Oxford, science and ideas festival, the Enterprise Awards, Make Oxford and, of course, Venturefest Oxford.
Our Science Oxford education programmes inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths. We show young people that science can be cool, can lead to an amazing career, and can change lives. Adjoining our new innovation centre, we have just opened the Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park in Headington. Surrounded by 15 acres of woodland, it is the UK’s first indoor-outdoor education centre for primary-aged children and will allow us to increase our reach and impact.
We also encourage people of all ages to engage with how science impacts their lives. We run a vibrant year-round programme of family and adult events, including interactive workshops, theatre shows, film nights, talks and summer holiday science camps.