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Support for graduate students

We run a range of research and professional skills training for doctoral students, designed to support you in successfully completing your doctorate, developing your skills to become an independent researcher, or pursuing a career in other another field.

Support for researchers

The division provides a range of support for research staff.

The University has a dedicated set of webpages for researchers where you can find information on finding funding, teaching, engaging with the media, career planning, managing data, personal development and much more.

The University has issued a code of practice, articulating Oxford's aspiration, as a world-leading research-intensive university, to continue to provide a supportive environment for research and research careers at an international level.

A Researcher's checklist has been produced by the University's Research Staff Working Group. The checklist has a series of questions for consideration at the start, during and towards the end of your research contract. It is intended to be used as a tool both for internal reflection and as a framework for further discussions with your supervisor. It should be used in combination with the parallel document 'Researchers' careers', which has more detailed information and provides links to sources of further advice.

The Oxford Research Staff Society provides a collective voice for researchers employed by the University, and organises social and professional networking opportunities.

Support for all

The Oxford Learning Institute provides courses for University and College staff and students. They have excellent developmental programs for Academic leaders, Administrators and Managers, Principal Investigators & DPhil supervisors, Lecturers/teaching staff, Research Staff, Support Staff, Women (in particular Springboard and Ad Feminam) and courses designed to help you Manage Yourself.

IT Services offers over 200 classroom based and over 1000 online IT courses that can help you with your studies, research and future careers. Any IT Learning Programme course can be booked by all current members of Oxford University.

The Careers Service has courses for research staff and students (searchable through the CareerConnect pages) as well as many other talks and workshops.

The Oxford University Language Centre offers three main programmes of language courses, Languages for Study and Research (LASR), the Oxford Programme in Languages (OPAL) and English for Academic Studies (EAS).

university Mentoring schemes

Pivot is a mentoring scheme for any member of staff at the University who identifies as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). People have different reasons for choosing to have a mentor, so rather than try to cover them all within one scheme Pivot offers two different pathways to make sure everyone gets the support that they are looking for.

Ad Feminam mentoring is intended to encourage women to explore their leadership potential within academic life, or within an administrative career, for example as leaders of departments and divisions, or in university governance. The scheme is expected both to benefit individual mentees and to contribute to culture change within the University. Mentees will have demonstrated an aptitude or potential for leadership and will normally meet one of the following criteria:
•    An academic having completed her first five-year term of office;
•    A researcher holding a fellowship of at least five years duration;
•    An administrator employed at Grade 9 or above having at least five years' service.