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Connecting with other researchers
Making connections with other researchers, whether professionally or socially, is an invaluable opportunity while at Oxford; but it may not be easy if you're working on your own, or just within your group, focusing on your specific area of research. The University offers a range of mechanisms to help you make these connections both within and outside your department.
- Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) connects researchers from across the University socially and professionally
- Many departments have their own researcher societies, networks or committees
- Some departments and divisions have set up mentoring schemes for research staff
- Research@Oxford is an online search and discovery tool that enables University staff to find researchers with specific expertise from across the University. (You will need to be signed on to the University’s internal network.)
Other Oxford networks
There are other networks that provide links beyond the research community, such as:
- Academic LGBT network
- BME staff network
- Disabled staff network
- University and College Union
- Newcomers Club - for partners of University members
- Oxford Talks - events listing of all talks across all disciplines occurring across the University of Oxford
- Ashmolean Museum - LiveFridays enable researchers to take part in a night of performances, creative workshops and lively talks after-hours at the museum.
- Museum of Natural History - families can explore the collections, take part in interactive activities and meet the University's scientists.
- Oxfordshire Science and Ideas Festival - annual event to engage audiences with research in Oxford
- Oxford Festival of the Arts - a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature
- TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) engages wider audiences with research activity that transcends traditional boundaries