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Careers in HE Policy – panel talk 28th February

Blogged by Abby Evans on February 23, 2018.
  • When: Wednesday 28 February, 17:15-18:45
  • Where: Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Questions of social mobility, access to higher education and funding of students and their universities are on the agenda in many countries around the world. At the same time, universities are expected to be increasingly accountable to their students, staff and funders (public and private). It is not surprising therefore that higher education institutions rely on a core of professional staff to enable them to operate effectively and make their voices heard in national political debates about the future of their sector.

In this panel discussion, you can find out about careers in higher education, hearing about different routes and options:

Confirmed speakers: Nicky Old and Andrew Boggs

Introduced by: Helen Carasso

Nicky Old is Director, Communications and External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK, she was Chief of Staff for the CEO and Head of Corporate Communications for the Education Funding Agency, part of the Department for Education. She also led on public affairs for the Building Schools for the Future programme. Before working in government, Nicky was a Head of Press and Information for the University of Oxford. She originally trained and worked as a print journalist.

Andrew Boggs is Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow with the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies at New College. Prior to joining Oxford, he held roles as: Policy Lead with QAA; Project Director of the Higher Education Better Regulation Group; and Head of Policy with the Russell Group. Before coming to the UK, Andrew worked in the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Canada, on policy issues ranging from university tuition to the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Helen Carasso is Pathway Convenor for the MSc Education (HE) in the University’s Department of Education. She moved into teaching and research in higher education policy after completing her DPhil in 2010, and also works as a consultant and interim manager in universities. She recently appeared as an expert witness in front of the Treasury Committee’s Inquiry into Student Loans.

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Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference, July 2018

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on February 23, 2018.

To mark its 350 year anniversary, Merck has organised Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference from July 16-18, 2018 in Germany (Darmstadt) which will allow scientists, technology pioneers and entrepreneurs from all over the world to come together and present their work and discuss the future of science and technology.

If you would like to participate at the conference, you can apply for a free ticket (travel and accommodation costs aren’t included). Further information including a detailed description of the conference, a listing of the speakers, as well as opportunities to participate is available at Curious2018

Application deadline: 1 May 2018

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Careers Conference: Linking you to more opportunities

Blogged by James Salas on February 22, 2018.

Just three weeks to go…until we open our doors for an exciting day exploring options for researchers beyond academia. This year’s Careers Conference for Researchers will include panels to learn where doctoral graduates go and what they do, skill-building and support sessions, as well as time to network with organisations actively seeking research talent.

  • When: Saturday 17 March, 10:00-16:00
  • Where: Examination Schools
  • Book: via CareerConnect (search ‘Events’)

And, the icing on the cake is a chance to connect with initiatives in Oxford that promote researcher interests and offer opportunities  – whether you are already exploring alternative ways to pursue a career that forefronts aspects of research that you know you love, or are curious to expand your horizons. These include:

    • Profiles of researchers who moved on from academia and their employers
    • Meet the team of Oxford DPhils/postdocs running this fast-growing project
    • Ask about joining the team – giving you networking opportunities in whatever work sector attracts you, plus editorial skills for your CV. Write to

If you can’t come, don’t panic! You can engage with these initiatives at any time.

Although all places at this conference have been booked, please register via CareerConnect and you will be added to the waiting list. Spaces that become available will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have booked, but are now unable to attend, please cancel your booking so someone else can have the place.

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Making the Most of Your Internship

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on February 22, 2018.
  • When: Wednesday 7 March, 12:30
  • Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

If you are participating in the Micro-Internship Programme this term or planning another internship, there are a few things that you could be thinking about beforehand. Securing a placement is the first step, but how can you make the most of the opportunity? How can you impress your employer? What can you do to develop your skills? Many of our previous micro-interns have commented that five days goes by very quickly, so it’s best to be prepared.

Join the Internship Office on Wednesday 7 March to find out more. During this workshop, we’ll explore what you can be doing before, during and after your placement, and how you can maximise your opportunities. We’ll look at the experiences of past micro-interns and there will be a chance to ask any questions you might have.

Although this event is particularly suitable for those undertaking a micro-internship, all students are welcome to attend. Booking is essential on CareerConnect. Please send any queries about the event to Rosanna at

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British Ecological Society Summer School

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on February 22, 2018.

The British Ecological Society (BES) is running its 4th Ecological Summer School, taking place  from 16-20 July 2018 at Malham Tarn, Yorkshire. There are 50 fully funded places for 1st or 2nd year undergraduate students to immerse themselves in ecology and get access to extensive careers sessions, fieldwork and networking opportunities.

For further information, including how to apply, see BES Summer School

Closing date: 2 March 2018

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