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Who to contact for help

If you need advice or help, we are here for you and would strongly encourage you to talk to someone as soon as possible to ensure that it is dealt with quickly.

At NDM any of the following people are happy for you to contact them about any issues that you may have, academic or otherwise and if they can't help, will be able to advise you on who would be able to:

You can also access all of the central University services.

Complaints and appeals

Please email graduate.studies@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you would like to make a complaint or appeal.


Student societies

When you start at NDM you will be added to local mailing lists where you will receive information about local events, clubs and societies. The central University has a guide and an A-Z of clubs and societies wider afield.


Policies and regulations

Ethical Clearance
All students conducting research involving human participants are expected to apply for Ethical Clearance.

Data Protection and Confidentiality Policy
NDM DPhil students are bound by the Data Protection policies of the Units where they are working. Students should discuss data protection and confidentiality policies with their supervisors, and ensure that they are aware of the policies that govern their research.

Health and Safety Inductions
NDM Students should attend a Health and Safety induction for each Unit where they will be working. The inductions are set up by your supervisor or Unit Administrator and are usually completed within the first month of your degree. If you have any issues with inductions or building access, please contact the Graduate Studies Manager in the first instance.

University Policy on Conflict of Interest
The University has a policy to address conflicts of interest so as to ensure that its activities and those of its staff and students are seen to be conducted to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Maternity and Paternity Policy
DPhil students are automatically entitled to suspend their studies for up to 3 terms (1 year) of maternity leave. Terms of maternity leave do not have to be taken consecutively when sharing parental leave, but do have to be taken within 12 months of the birth and any unused terms may not be taken at a later date.


Students who hold Research Council or other sponsoring body awards must align their periods of University and funding body leave. Where there is a conflict of interest between the two policies, the sponsoring body's policy will be followed.


Students based in NDM whose sponsor does not allow for payment of stipend during maternity leave are entitled to up to two terms' stipend from the Department.


Students should contact the Graduate Studies Manager for more information.

MSD Teaching Courses and Opportunities
Guidelines on teaching opportunities for DPhil students in the Medical Sciences Division.