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Sunlight goes through autumn green and yellow leaves.


As summer approaches and lockdowns ease, you may wish to explore local opportunities to meet people, have fun, contribute and/or get some support

Here are some ideas...

Meeting others and getting involved

Enjoy arts, music, heritage events via

Sports, exercise and outdoors


Making friends in your community

Research Staff Hub weekly open office

Rachel and others in the Hub Team are keen to meet you, hear your ideas and discuss the Hub's work. We host open office hours on Teams on Thursdays between 3pm and 4pm, if you would like to join us please email -

Oxford Research Staff Society

The University of Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) organise social and professional networking activities across departments and divisions. They host regular interesting events and sessions, find out more here.

Looking after yourself; personally and professionally

Oxford’s broad range of support for employees; see the HR Wellbeing pages.

Space for reflection and a practical introduction to the links between body, mind, emotions and wellbeing, with signposting for further resources: A 6-session series called Being for Beginners

  • Humanities Division series starting June 1st @5pm, register here
  • Medical Sciences series starting June 2 @4pm, register here
  • If you are a researcher in Social Sciences, GLAM or MPLS interested in this course, please email

This course is free and offers audio and video catch-ups, plus access to feedback from Oxford researchers.

Understanding academic culture to address any low confidence, or a sense of academic failure


  • Qualified coaches offering four 60 – 90 minute sessions

Writing support through writing partnerships and sessions (currently for Humanities researchers only) - find out more here.

Career Confidence

The Careers Service is offering two short workshops

  • Learning resilience: Honest experiences of rejection, failure and success after a PhD, 15th June
  • How to become a fabulous networker - a guide for research staff, 6th July
  • Book these and other events for researchers - here.

Work/Life Balance; Oxford’s support for flexible working, annual leave, family leave and childcare via HR pages.

COVID Rebuilding Research Momentum Fund: Apply for financial support if your research has been significantly disrupted by the pandemic and related personal circumstances. Applications are due by 9 June 2021.

Mental health support 

Free Counselling for you and your (adult) family members.

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