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Course Details

Come and spend these three days being challenged and challenging yourself. You’ll get the opportunity to assess and audit your skills and motivation, develop new skills, and think about your future career and what your next steps towards it are going to be.  If you take up the challenge, you will go away with more than you expect.

 You can expect to:

  • Meet, network and work with DPhil students from other departments and divisions
  • Tackle a range of activities and exercises, mostly in a group of about 10 students led by a tutor
  • Be stretched intellectually and interpersonally
  • Experience peer coaching
  • Review where you are and plan what comes next

Go away with:

  • An increased awareness of your skills and abilities
  • New and enhanced skills
  • Clarity about what your next steps will be

GRAD Challenge is designed to take an experiential or 'learn by doing' approach. While there is some element of presentation and information giving, for most of the time you will be actively participating in sessions and activities.

When registering for the course, you will be asked to commit to attending for the full 3 days.

Testimonials from Past Participants

"Reinforced my passion for research”

"Fun as in academically useful and challenging at the same time……a platform for sharing concerns regarding the DPhil"

"I realised I had skills I didn’t know I had"

"The best bit was the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and work with unfamiliar people on unusual scenarios"

"I was really blown away by the clarity I gained from the course"

89% of respondents to the last course said they would recommend the course to other students

87% of respondents to the last course said it was useful working with students from other departments and divisions.

Intended For

Graduate research students in their second year or above at the University of Oxford

Number of Places

TBC for 2017-18

course leader

TBC for 2017-18

Date / Time

TBC for 2017-18

RDf Skills 

A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, D1

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


Dates and booking details TBC.

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.