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Sources of Advice. Guidance and Support

Within the department, you can seek advice and guidance on a number of topics linked to supporting your development from your Business Manager, your Human Resources team, your Group Leader or your peers. Your local grants team can help you with planning and submitting an application. The university has substantial provision for the support of researcher careers. The list below identifies the key sources, but there will be others. Some groups arrange events for their staff, and self-help groups blossom every now and again.

Support for researchers is the main page on the university website for all things to do with researcher support. You will find links to many of the other sources linked below on this website, as well as information on a number of key areas. Bookmark this page as it will help you at various times in your career.

People & Organisational Development (POD) is the main central provider of courses and workshops on topics relating to managing, leading and personal effectiveness. POD also leads the provision for learning & development opportunities for Research staff  as well as running programmes and workshops on a wide range of topics. The Institute’s events are free.

IT Services offers a range of support on topics relating to the use of technology in research, from how to store data securely to using high performance computing power to choosing software use to data visualisation.

Finance division run a number of courses linked to research. Often, our department administrator will help researchers understand the financial aspects of research and support research groups, but if you want to develop your own knowledge base in relation to finance you could consult the training offered by Finance.

Medical Sciences Division provides a range of support for researchers and signposts other provision. The division offers skills training for researchers in both general and technical areas.

Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) acts as a hub for researchers at Oxford. It provides researcher representation on a number of key bodies as well as organising social and networking events and keeping researchers informed.

Careers Service offers support to researchers through one-to-one guidance and various events.