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Researchers at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

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Research is a core component of the Department of Engineering Science, and therefore we highly value the opinions and well-being of our research community.

Use these links to find out more about life as a Researcher in the Department and at Oxford.


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The Researcher Committee is chaired by the Associate Head of Research and one Postdoctoral Research Associate.

The Committee serves as a forum for queries, ideas, support relating to PDRAs’ careers and experience of being part of the Department. In addition, the committee organises events for career development and networking, helping to bring researchers together to support each other and foster interdisciplinary research.

The committee membership reflects the broad nature of engineering research undertaken within the Department.

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Events and Public Engagement

We organise regular events for the research community, including networking dinners and researcher lunches which focus on different areas of interest. Recent lunches have focused on spinouts, mentoring, mental health, and academic career progression. 

As part of our Public Engagement with Research (PER) programme, we encourage researchers to get involved in science communication opportunities such as Science Festivals, Spotlight Engineering and Pint of Science, and provide training and support to researchers involved.

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Career development

We recognise that career development is an area of importance for research staff, and the Department aims to help with guidance on various aspects.

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Training opportunities

Research staff are entitled to a minimum of ten days per year for their professional development and training. The Department fully supports this commitment and actively encourages research staff to explore constructive and meaningful developmental opportunities. 

The University has many options for additional training for members of research staff, to aid in their personal and professional development. Please follow the links from the below site to find the course that is right for you.


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The University's Researcher Hub supports all researchers on fixed-term research or teaching contracts at Oxford.

The Researcher Hub plays a key coordinating role in Oxford’s efforts to meet our commitments to the national Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, signed by the University in April 2021.

The Women in Engineering (WiE) network was established in 2012 with the goal of fostering a supportive community for women engineers across various disciplines such as civil, mechanical, biomedical, electrical, and more. Their vision includes organizing engaging and inspiring events like the Lunch & Learn series and panel discussions on topics of importance such as leadership and promoting gender diversity in academia and industries.