About Us

Researcher Development is a team within the Social Sciences Division (SSD) responsible for delivering transferable skills training and development opportunities to SSD doctoral researchers and early career researchers. We complement and supplement discipline-specific training within departments.

What we do?

  • Deliver a termly programme of training and development activities
  • Serve as a hub for promoting other relevant divisional training and development activities
  • Signpost opportunities with other training providers in the university, and further afield
  • Facilitate connections between divisional researchers, by supporting researcher-led initiatives


Dr Eleanor Pritchard - Researcher Development Coordinator

Eleanor Pritchard - October 2018

I’m responsible for the Division’s Researcher development programme, delivered throughout the academic year for doctoral researchers and research staff. I develop courses, deliver the termly Introduction to Learning and Teaching, and Draft your Elevator Pitch, and co-host the Pint of Ethics dicussion series.

I’m also the division’s first point of contact for strategic issues around Researcher Development, convene our Training Leads working group, act as secretariat for the Division’s Reseach Staff Forum, and sit on the University’s Research Staff Working Group.

I am a mentor with the University’s Careers Support Network; in addition to the straight professional development its remit covers, I’m always happy to be contact directly by colleagues to chat about juggling work and family, and mental health.

I am actively engaged in developments in national policy and practice through, for example, membership of the South East Network of Researcher Developers (SERD), AdvanceHE, and the Vitae Researcher Networks Working Group.

I have a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies (Faculty of Law) and, immediately before this post, worked for a Russell Group university for eight years as a lecturer. I’m a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Associate Fellow of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

Outside of work, I host The Thriving Researcher meetups and blog. It’s  an online space open to all, where researchers share experiences, resources, and practical tips and tools.

Contact Eleanor




Amber Juffkins - Researcher Development Support Officer

Amber Juffkins - October 2018

I work with the Researcher Development Coordinator to administer, promote and ensure the smooth-running of divisionally organised doctoral and early career researcher training.


Contact Amber