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Upcoming Events for Researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on 08/11/2018.

Academia or Beyond? Keeping your options open

When: Tuesday 13 November, 09:00 – 12:30
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford

Are you considering a career change? Wondering if you are employable and/or what you might be giving up?

In this workshop we will explore your understanding of the pros and cons of staying in academic research, whether and how you prepare to move to another sector (or combine aspects of academia with another role) and what you feel you might be risking in making this move.

Attend the session to become familiar with an evidence-informed framework for assessing a potential career move, think about how to use this in your current roles, and develop some practical strategies to assist decision-making.

Register for the workshop here.

Insight into Academia: How do REF, TEF and KEF affect an academic career?

When: Tuesday 13 November, 13:00 – 14:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford

A seminar offering an overview of what the Research Excellence Framework, Teaching Excellence Framework and the proposed Knowledge Exchange Framework mean for early career researchers and the type of skills and experience they will need to thrive in the changing academic landscape.

For more information and to register for a place, click here.

“Smart people work everywhere”: using your research skills outside academia

When: Wednesday 14 November, 16:30 – 18:30
Where:  St Cross College lecture theatre, 61 St Giles, Oxford

Research degrees: what are they good for? Can you use the skills you have acquired during your DPhil in a career outside academia – and why would you want to?

Carole Souter, Master of St Cross College and ex CEO National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, invites you, whatever your age/stage as a student or postdoc, to join a stimulating panel to hear how Humanities scholars have built rewarding working lives using their research skills, plus tips on entry and progression.

You will then have a full hour to talk over drinks with other researchers, the panel members plus members of the Careers Service and Divisional researcher development teams. This is a great opportunity to explore ideas you’ve been nurturing and to identify support available.

Find out more and book your place here.

Alumni + Researchers@ Jobs for Mathematicians

When: Tuesday 20 November, 15:00 – 16:00
Where: Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

Get the most out of your time at the fair by attending this pre-fair session, which aims to help you think about employer perceptions of researchers, and considers the most effective ways to present your skills and experience to the exhibiting companies. Click here to book a place.

Effective jobsearching, networking and your digital identity

When: Thursday 22 November, 13:00 – 16:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford

Bring your laptop along to this interactive workshop, which looks at the best ways to:

  • review and enhance your online academic and professional profile
  • utilise your existing digital networks and develop new networks for new career opportunities
  • maximise your profile and networks to find exciting job opportunities.

Further information and booking here.

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Hong Kong Law Fair

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on 07/11/2018.

When: Monday 12 November, 2018, 17:00-18:30
WhereOxford Town Hall

Meet major international and local law firms and law schools to learn about student internships and graduate opportunities in Hong Kong on Monday, 12 November 2018 at the Oxford Town Hall from 17:00-18:30. See CareerConnect for details of participating firms.

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Our second round of micro-internships is now LIVE!

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/11/2018.

Are you interested in a two to five day placement at the end of Michaelmas term?

Sign in to CareerConnect to view all the micro-internship placements available in 9th or 10th week. The deadline is midday, Monday 12 Nov 2018.

Students are allowed one additional application for this late round, so if you have already made two applications this term, you are welcome to submit another! For full programme information, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

Any questions? Email us at

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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Endorsement – apply now!

Blogged by Elleanor Thornton on 07/11/2018.

All applications must be emailed to by Monday 3 December at 12 noon.

If you have an idea for a business, have a venture currently in development, or are piloting a new concept, you may be eligible to apply for our endorsement under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa scheme, which allows non-EEA nationals who are graduates or post-doctoral researchers to reside in the UK in order to develop their business.

Previously endorsed businesses have included:

  • Social enterprises and not-for-profits
  • Technology start-ups
  • Funding generation and investment organisations
  • Digital education tools
  • Energy research

The University of Oxford can endorse up to thirty applicants per year. Calls for applications are held four times a year: once in each term, and once during the Long Vacation. The next deadline for applications is Monday 3 December at 12 noon. Applications are now open, and you can apply by email to

You can find more information and details of how to apply on our visa page or on CareerConnect. Alternatively, you can email

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Thursday 13 December at Careers Service (date and location are subject to change).

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Legal Case Study Workshop

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on 07/11/2018.

When: Tuesday 13 November, 14:30 – 16:30
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Clifford Chance will be here at the Careers Service on Tuesday, 13 November at 14:30 to run a legal case study workshop.

This session is will be based around a legal case study of the sort that you may encounter when applying for vacation schemes or training contracts. It will focus on how to prepare for and then tackle a case study exercise/interview and also offer tips on developing commercial awareness.

All students are welcome – you don’t have to be applying to Clifford Chance to come along but spaces will be limited so please book your place on CareerConnect.

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