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Both the University and our department provide a wide range of free courses to help you in your professional development as a scientist.

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Sign up to the mailing list and browse the websites regularly for opportunities.

Please note the Springboard and Ad Feminam programs for female researchers and academics and the Navigator program for men.

NOW OPEN: Springboard and Navigator

Springboard (for women) and Navigator (for men) are personal and professional development programmes designed to help you take control and make better decisions in life and work. If you are looking for change, these programmes are an opportunity for you to take ownership and shape the change you want. You can expect to: 

  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Assess your skills and competencies
  • Develop skills to build productive relationships, develop your profile and progress your career
  • Make connections and build communities
  • Explore what is important for you individually in your life and work, make decisions and take action
  • Set goals and plan the future direction of your life and career

Find out more and register here

Departmental training

  • Grant writing workshop - periodic, advertised in NDORMS Bulletin Postdoc Corner
  • Career events - periodic, advertised in NDORMS Bulletin Postdoc Corner
  • How to supervise and examine- run in the Botnar by OLI and compulsory if you want to co-supervise or examine graduate students - contact Sam Burnell
  • Hands-on practise with Chairing conference sessions in the NDORMS PG Student Termly Seminar series - contact Dr James Edwards 
  • Hands-on practise giving feedback to PG students on their research presentations - contact Dr James Edwards
  • Opportunites to teach for the Dept - see Teaching link and contact Prof Nikki Horwood
  • NDORMS scientific writing, scientific reviewing courses - contact Sarah Snelling 
  • Specialist modules including statistics - you are welcome to attend the NDORMS DPhil Training program Core Lecture series in October or Specialist Modules including statistics (runs Nov-June) -contact Sarah Snelling 

Enhancing Teaching Programme - Sciences

Interested in gaining a nationally-recognised teaching qualification?

The Enhancing Teaching Programme (ETP) is aimed at early career academic staff and teaching staff with typically with 1 to 5 years of teaching experience in higher education. It provides a structured, time-conscious pathway to a nationally-recognised teaching qualification aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 2. Professional recognition of teaching is becoming increasingly important in higher education policy and is often sought by those hiring for academic posts in the UK.

The ETP aims to help participants develop their teaching practices in the Oxford setting as well as to think about teaching in other settings (UK and international). It does not promote the idea that there is only one way to teach well, but rather encourages participants to form their own opinions through discussion with peers and mentors, getting feedback from students, and exploring a range of educational approaches.

The closing date for applications to the ETP-Sciences is Friday 25 November 2016, 12 noon, for the January 2017 programme.

More information here.

Professional networks

Looking for potential collaborators or to get your name and work out there so that people can find you? Build your profile using free networking sites like ResearchGate or ResearcherID.

For example, they link your publications from different workplaces to your name, perform analyses of your citations and impact over time, provide geographical/network maps of co-authors (useful if you're trying to find an expert that someone in NDORMS might know!) or ResearcherID provides a profile link button that you can stick on your work or personal websites.

other university resources

Staff Gateway

IT Learning program


The Oxford Learning Institute

Teaching courses

Medical Sciences Division skills portal