Research staff support

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the major funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. You can find further information about it on the Vitae website. In the light of this Concordat, the University developed the University’s Code of Practice for the employment and career development of research staff.

General advice and guidance

Oxford University's Research webpages include advice and guidance whether you’ve just arrived and want to find your way around, need help applying for or managing grants, want to get in touch with other researchers, or are thinking about the next step in your career.

The University launched the Research Staff Hub in April 2021, in line with our commitments to the Researcher Development Concordat. The mission of the Research Staff Hub is to welcome, support and equip researchers and teaching staff employed by the Collegiate University on fixed term contracts, in ways that will enable you to be and feel your best at Oxford, and to facilitate your chosen next career chapter; for example, by supporting representation and advocacy for research staff.  Alongside the new Hub, each Division will continue to offer development opportunities to research staff and to connect staff into cross-Divisional activities. 

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is for you if you are doing a doctorate, are a member of research staff, pursuing an academic career or thinking about applying the skills developed during your PhD in another career.

Oxford research staff societies

The University of Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) is a collective voice for researchers at the University of Oxford which also organises social and professional networking activities across departments and divisions. It is open to all research staff across the University.

Researcher development and training

Bodleian iSkills is a series of free information skills workshops designed to help postgraduates and researchers find and make effective use of scholarly publications and other materials, covering topics such as information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, sourcing and using archival materials, and using Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies, open to all GLAM staff. The Bodleian also offers other research skills and subject based workshops and classes via Oxford LibGuides.

The Humanities (TORCH) Researcher Development and Training Programme is a comprehensive programme of events, opportunities, workshops and resources to support and develop Humanities researchers at all stages of their career from postgraduate level upwards. Themes include career confidence, digital humanities, business and entrepreneurship, heritage, preparation for academic practice, creative industries; open to all GLAM staff.

The Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division (MPLS) Researcher Training & Development team offer researcher career development and training covering a wide range of skills including careers, communications, enterprise, public engagement, research integrity, time management and resilience; open to all GLAM staff.

The Social Sciences Division (SSD) Researcher Development team provide training, opportunities and resources to divisional research students and staff, including a termly programme of events and training courses; open to all GLAM research staff and students if courses are not oversubscribed by SSD researchers.

Oxford University's Career Service provides practical workshops each term, plus many more events and opportunities. The website includes a 'What's next for you' section for those considering their next steps in or beyond academia.

Guides to research and PER funding

The GLAM guide to research and PER funding contains helpful advice about how to find funding and develop project ideas, the application process and sources of help with your application, as well as a useful list of different funder types.