Events and Programmes for Researchers

The events listed below are either part of our bespoke researcher programme or sessions from our wider programme that will appeal to a researcher audience.

Sign up for the Careers Service newsletter via your CareerConnect account to receive a weekly summary of news and events specific to researchers during term-time, and remember that virtually all other opportunities offered by the Careers Service are open to research staff and students.

You can also take part in our skill development and career exploration programmes below, download a quick-reference summary of the services that we offer to researchers (PDF), and check CareerConnect opportunities tab for fellowship calls, job adverts, internships, and more.

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If you are a member of Oxford’s Research Staff, you can sign up by completing the New user registration form - Research Staff. Once the account is confirmed, you can simply Login to CareerConnect.

Skill development programmes

Career Design and Development: A programme for DPhil students & Research Staff

Career Design and Development combines individual, paired and group activities to stimulate thinking, explore new areas and practice new ways of self-expression on work-related topics and tools relevant to researchers. This one-term programme aims to equip you with insights and tools for developing your career with confidence. To attend, sign up on CareerConnect by 17 January 2022, then mark your diary to attend all three workshops on 19 January, 9 February and 2 March 2022

Sign up for Career Design and Development

The Researcher Strategy Consultancy

An innovative skills programme for RAs and postdocs

The purpose of the Researcher Strategy Consultancy programme is to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to develop the core employability skills required for a transition into analytical, business, or policy roles in a range of sectors. Participants volunteer some of their own time to work in small teams, over a 3 month period, to address a strategic issue or business opportunity for a client organisation. To attend, sign up by 24 February 2022.

Sign up for the Researcher Strategy Consultancy

Get consulting experience on The Oxford Strategy Challenge

Take part in the Oxford Strategy Challenge, our hackathon inspired consultancy challenge, to gain valuable employability skills. Applications for the Hilary term are now open. Current research students (DPhils and students on postgraduate research courses) are welcome to apply. On the programme, you have the opportunity to develop skills in working effectively as part of a remote team, managing a client relationship, collecting data under time pressure, reacting quickly to unexpected changes, and presenting your findings to a client.

  Sign up for the Oxford Strategy Challenge in February-March

Already completed the Challenge? Sign up for The Student Consultancy

Only those who have completed the Challenge can apply for The Student Consultancy Hilary term 2022 programme. You will work in a bigger team over the course of a term and will have more time for the thinking and doing that is involved in a client consultancy project. 

Sign up for the Student Consultancy

Hilary term events

Hilary term events will be run  online  and  in person 

The Careers Service will run a mixed schedule of events in Hilary term 2022. Whilst most sessions will take place online, a number of events will take place in person at the Careers Service building at 56 Banbury Rd, Park Town, Oxford OX2 6PA.

▶ Careers Conference for Researchers: 14-17 March 2022

We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Careers Conference for Researchers will take place from 14-17 March 2022, online and in person in Oxford.

The Conference offers Oxford University researchers the chance to join online panel talks with PhD holders and former academic researchers speaking frankly about their daily working lives in a variety of sectors, attend an in-person networking event, and take part in interactive workshops to help you identify skills and strategies for optimising your career preparedness. More details will be made available on the Conference webpage

Week 1

Tues 18/01/2022  Online  CVs and Cover Letters  12:30 - 13:30
Wed 19/01/2022  Online  Improving Your Interview Technique 16:00 - 16:45
Thurs 20/01/2022  Online  The Only Way is Ethics 17:15 - 18:30

Week 2

Mon 24/01/2022  Online  Talking to Employers About a Disability: If, When and How  14:00 - 15:00
Tues 25/01/2022  Online  Insight into Academia: Optimising Your Academic CV 13:00 - 14:00
Wed 26/01/2022  Online  Career Management Strategy Masterclass 14:00 - 17:00

Week 3

Week 4

Tues 08/02/2022  Online  Staying in the UK to Work (OU Visa & Immigration Advisers) 12:30 - 14:30
Thurs 10/02/2022  Online  Insight into Academia: Academic Jobs Outside the UK 13:00 - 14:00

Week 5

Wed 16/02/2022  Online  Cringe Free Networking – What, Why and How? 14:00 - 15:00
Thurs 17/02/2022  Online  Introduction to Sustainability Careers 13:00 - 14:00
Thurs 17/02/2022  In person  The Only Way is Ethics: Fundraising & Philanthropy 17:15 - 18:30

Week 6

Tues 22/02/2022  Online  The Future of International Development 13:00 - 14:30
Wed 23/02/2022  Online  Using Social Media to Enhance your Career Prospects 14:00 - 15:00
Sat 26/02/2022  Online  Career Management Strategy Masterclass 10:00 - 13:00

Week 7

Tues 01/03/2022  Online  Careers in International Development 13:00 - 14:30
Wed 02/03/2022  Online  Developing Resilience Now and for the Future 14:00 - 15:00


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