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The MPLS Enterprise and Innovation Fellows represent and liaise with MPLS research staff (research only contract), supporting the development of our enterprise ecosystem among fellow researchers, at postgraduate and post-doctoral levels and providing an evidence base for our enterprise training provision.

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Applications for Feb 2024-Jan 2025 have now closed. 


The 2024 / 2025 MPLS Enterprise and Innovation Fellows will work together to support the creation of events building on an event piloted by previous fellows titled ‘Revolving Doors’. Revolving Doors aims to encourage Oxford researchers to explore opportunities in industry, enterprise and beyond, supporting them to examine the creative and enterprise potential of their skills and research.

The focus of these Fellowships is to provide an opportunity for MPLS research staff (research only contract) to collaborate and network, developing a programme of events for fellow researchers to explore the creative and enterprise potential of their skills and work, and highlighting the varied careers beyond academia. 

The role involves the following responsibilities:


  • Networking with the wider University's programmes and activities, including IDEA (Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities), Careers Service, Enspire and the various incubators and accelerators, especially those at Begbroke, Old Road and Osney, in order to build an awareness of support and opportunities in the Oxford ecosystem, and to foster discussions of how best to include, showcase and connect these communities.


  • Working with the MPLS Researcher Development and Training Team to organise planning and logistics for the programme of events.
  • Connecting with potential speakers and session leaders. 
  • Development of a communications and evaluation plan.
  • Development of at least one skill-building session for researchers (created in collaboration with other EIFs).
  • Cascading relevant information about the programme to and from research staff about the MPLS Enterprise programme and its partners in delivery, including OUI, EnSpire Oxford and the Entrepreneurship Centre at SBS.


  •  Delivery and evaluation of Revolving Doors (January 2025).


In return for the activities listed above the MPLS E&I Fellow will receive an amount of £1000 (payable in 2 instalments) which will be available in a departmental cost code to be used on their personal and professional development. A resource fund to support the delivery of the conference will also be available. Achievements as an MPLS E&I Fellow can be used as evidence of academic citizenship, community building and networking in future job applications.


The maximum time commitment is approximately 37hrs (roughly 5 working days per year. This will depend upon the mechanisms used for liaising with the research staff community

Applicant Criteria


  • Have an awareness of or willingness to explore the MPLS Enterprise programme, and opportunities available through the EnSpire Oxford network to support the career development of Researchers.


  • It would be beneficial if the applicant has attended some of courses/ programmes offered through the MPLS Enterprise programme or its partners, or those offered outside the University of Oxford. A commitment to supporting the development of enterprising researcher skills and experiences, and to sharing opportunities with other researchers is the most important consideration.


  • Be proactive in developing networks of opportunities to share with postdocs.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people from different disciplines.