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Events

 |  Tuesday 20  |  Wednesday 21  |  Thursday 22 

To celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week we warmly invite all fixed-term researchers to a series of events running from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 September, hosted by the Researcher Hub in collaboration with colleagues and partner teams.

Our intention is to open the doors to lesser-known opportunities available to fixed-term researchers; some to boost your wellbeing, others to support your research, your professional network or your career thinking. And, of course, celebratory socials to meet researchers and supporting colleagues in some of Oxford’s friendly and beautiful settings.

In response to your feedback, we have prioritised in-person events in both central Oxford and Headington locations. Online coaching tasters are also available; see below!

Please review our daily programme and book now as places are limited. You will see that our events booking platform (Oxford’s CoSy AccessPlanIt) refers to all sessions as ‘courses’ – do not worry, you are booking on our event!

We look forward to meeting and celebrating with you.

The Researcher Hub team

Please note: We are postponing our events on Monday 19 September given the public holiday for the Queen's funeral, and are looking at rescheduling during the coming term.

Coaching is a precious opportunity to reflect and grow, both personally and professionally.

Keen to try it out? Please email pod@admin.ox.ac.uk to book a short ‘Appreciation Week Taster’ with a coach from the University network.

If a suitably-timed slot is not available, please follow the steps on ‘how to apply’ to this free provision on the coaching information page - Coaching | People and Organisational Development (ox.ac.uk).

Monday 19 September

Introduction to Data and Digital Research Support @Oxford

Postponed, new date to be confirmed

The Digital Scholarship @Oxford (DiSc) Team - Digital Scholarship at the University of Oxford | Digital Scholarship @ Oxford  - invites you to join us for brief introduction to what support we offer to all researchers and specifically fixed term researchers 

Whether you are an emerging expert in digital research techniques, or curious to learn more about the ways in which you can enhance and share your research data outputs to the wider world - we hope this brief and friendly welcome to the DiSc world at Oxford will be a warm one and help point you in the right direction to get your digital research projects underway.  

Please note this session will take place in the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Weston Library, where access to this area in restricted.  

Therefore, we ask attendees to wait to be greeted by a member of the DiSc Team near the Reception (on the right-hand side) as you enter the Western Library Building / Blackwell Hall. 

 

Explore your wellbeing

Postponed, new date to be confirmed

Acknowledge your personal and professional challenges, identify your wellbeing goals and launch your wellbeing journey. 

The session is led by members of the new Thriving at Oxford's programme team and includes:  

  • Why is wellbeing important? 

  • What is the University’s strategy for wellbeing? 

  • Identify your wellbeing goal. 

  • Visualise success. 

  • Learn about the resources available to enable you to achieve your goal.   

(Optional: discussion around departmental initiatives to improve wellbeing.) 


Ice Cream and Cake at the Cricket Pavilion

Postponed, new date to be confirmed

Join us for delicious ice cream, cake and coffee at the historic Cricket Pavilion. 

This event is to celebrate Postdoc Appreciation Week with friends and colleagues. It’s a superb opportunity to meet other researchers and members of the Researcher Hub. 

Bring a picnic blanket and frisbee!! 

 


Tuesday 20 September

College associations for fixed-term researchers: What, why and how?

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm 

Venue: Riverside Pavilion, St Hilda's College - map to St Hilda's College

The Researcher Hub is working with colleges towards further expanding opportunities for fixed-term researchers to join colleges.

In this informal event, you will hear from:   

  • Tim Hitchens, president of Wolfson College, on what colleges aim to offer researchers through a light associateship, and how researchers can contribute to the college 

  • Researchers with college associations on the experience of applying and joining a college   

There will be time for discussion and for you to ask questions.

Refreshments and time for networking will follow the talk.

Book your place here - College associations for fixed-term researchers: What, why and how?


Explore your wellbeing

Postponed, new date to be confirmed

Acknowledge your personal and professional challenges, identify your wellbeing goals and launch your wellbeing journey. 

The session is led by members of the new Thriving at Oxford's programme team and includes:  

  • Why is wellbeing important? 

  • What is the University’s strategy for wellbeing? 

  • Identify your wellbeing goal. 

  • Visualise success. 

  • Learn about the resources available to enable you to achieve your goal.   

(Optional: discussion around departmental initiatives to improve wellbeing.) 

Refreshments and time for networking will follow the talk.


Ice Cream and Cake at St Hilda's

Postponed, new date to be confirmed

 Join us for delicious ice-cream, cake and coffee by the river at the lovely St Hilda’s College. 

 This event is to celebrate Postdoc Appreciation Week with friends and colleagues. It’s a superb opportunity to meet other researchers and members of the Researcher Hub. 

 


Wednesday 21 September

Innovation & Engagement: An introductory workshop for all researchers

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Venue: Researcher Hub, Keble Road, OX13NP

Stuart Wilkinson, Oxford DPhil graduate (2004) and Assistant Director of Oxford’s Innovation & Engagement Team, will give you a taster of research-based innovation and engagement across a wide range of disciplines 

His interactive workshop will include  

  • examples of innovation initiated by Oxford researchers   

  • steps taken and skills developed along the way  

  • pointers on how to develop your interest and expertise in these areas, whether for independent projects or for future roles in an innovative organisation 

  • signposting to resources available within Research Services and the wider university 

Refreshments and  a great chance to continue conversations from the workshop and meet more researchers from across the University

Book your place here - Innovation & Engagement: An Introductory workshop for all researchers

 
Tulip Tree Café Takeover with OxRSS

Time: 3-5pm

Venue: Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus - map to Richard Doll Building

Join us a lovely light meal and drinks, we will have the entire café and outdoor courtyard for your enjoyment! 

This event is to celebrate Postdoc Appreciation Week with friends and colleagues. It’s a superb opportunity to meet other researchers, members of the Oxford Research Staff Society - Oxford Research Staff Society | University of Oxford - and the Researcher Hub. 

Book your place here - Tulip Tree Café Takeover with OxRSS 


Thursday 22 September

Explore your wellbeing

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm 

Venue: BioEscalator, Innovation Building, Old Road Campus - map to BioEscalator

The session is led by members of the new Thriving at Oxford's programme team and includes: 

  • Why is wellbeing important? 

  • What is the University’s strategy for wellbeing? 

  • Identify your wellbeing goal. 

  • Visualise success. 

  • Learn about the resources available to enable you to achieve your goal.   

(Optional: discussion around departmental initiatives to improve wellbeing.) 

Refreshments and time for networking will follow the talk.

Book your place here - Explore your wellbeing


Researcher Hub Open Office 

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Venue: Researcher Hub, Keble Road, OX13NP

An in-person or online session focussing on exploring professional development opportunities and your interests with Researcher Hub lead Dr Rachel Bray. 

All are welcome and to join please book a place by emailing - researcherhub@admin.ox.ac.uk

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