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International Staff Training Week, 2017

Oxford’s first International Staff Training Week will run in March 2017, for staff from universities around the world who would like to attend a week of lectures and workshops in Oxford.

This Staff Training programme has been designed to give attendees an introduction to the University of Oxford (and to British universities more generally), and to provide a forum for colleagues from other universities to share best practice, to discuss issues facing higher education today, and to make connections with others working in similar fields.

Each day will have a range of sessions on the University’s administration, including introductions to Oxford’s collegiate system, its student support and its central administration. Each theme will be examined through a series of presentations and workshops held in Balliol College. On the second day, trainees will attend the ‘University Administration and Services Conference’ alongside Oxford administrative staff. There will be an opportunity to participate in leading a workshop on a topic related to higher education administration (topics to be decided at a later date, and will depend on the institutions and background of attendees).The week will include a welcome dinner and cultural activities.

The first Oxford Staff Training Week will take place from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March 2017.

The full programme will be available in December 2017, but the preliminary programme is as follows:

Sunday 26 MarchArrival & check-in, welcome dinner at Balliol College.
Monday 27 MarchRegistration and introduction to Oxford, sessions on structure of the University & central administration. College tour.
Tuesday 28 MarchUniversity Administration and Services Conference (Attendees will be able to choose which sessions they would like to attend, and will also participate in running a workshop on the day).
Wednesday 29 MarchSessions focused on students and teaching, colleges and pastoral support.
Thursday 30 MarchSessions focused on research, divisions and departments. Farewell dinner.
Friday 31 MarchLibraries and museums, tour of Oxford.


The programme costs £450 for the week, and includes bed and breakfast accommodation from Sunday night to Friday morning, lunches for all five days, and the welcome and farewell dinners. Attendees will need to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Oxford. Erasmus partners may be able to apply for Erasmus+ funding from their own universities to cover most of the cost.


Accommodation in single en-suite student rooms in Balliol College will be provided for all attendees from Sunday 26 March until Friday 31 March. Those attendees who would like to stay in Oxford for longer will need to find and pay for their own accommodation.


Applications open on 6 November 2016 and close at 17.00 (GMT) on Friday 6 January 2017. If you have an internal funding deadline before this, please get in touch with us - we can make an earlier decision in this case.

This programme is aimed at administrative staff who work in Higher Education institutions in any country, and especially those who work in international offices, admissions offices, and those who coordinate study abroad and exchange programmes. Applicants should fill in the application form on the right and email this, along with a copy of their curriculum vitae, to

We will accept approximately 20 people for this programme, and, while we will primarily consider your reasons for applying to the programme in evaluating applications, we also aim to have a good balance of nationalities and institutions. To this end, we will offer places to a maximum of two applicants per institution.

Decisions will be announced after Friday 20 January 2017 and attendees will be required to pay the programme fee by Friday 10 February 2017 at the latest.

Any queries should be addressed to Oxford’s International Strategy Office by email at:

Please note that the International Strategy Office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year break from 19 December 2016 to 4 January 2017.

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