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The training we offer in MPLS is further complemented by training offered by other University services and Divisions.

The Radcliffe Camera building

The training we offer in MPLS is further complemented by training offered by the Careers Service, The Language Centre, Research ServicesIT ServicesBodleian Libraries, People and Organisational Development (POD) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Researcher training is also provided in the other academic divisions: Medical Sciences DivisionSocial Sciences DivisionHumanities Division, and by the Continuing Education Department.

The  Research Skills Toolkit explores IT and library tools, tips and techniques to support researchers in their work.

The Research Staff Society (OxRSS) is a collective voice for researchers employed by the University of Oxford. It also organises social and professional networking activities across departments and divisions.


A selection of relevant online courses and podcasts are listed below.



Online Courses

The University has a number of free online courses designed to support you in your research which you can complete at your own pace.

Research Integrity (online courses)

Understand the key responsibilities you have as a researcher, identify the challenges you could face in meeting these responsibilities, and learn strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Self-paced online courses relevant to specific research fields - single-sign on required

The Balanced Researcher

This talk describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

One three hour recorded lecture.


The Imposter Syndrome


How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud?

One three hour recorded lecture.

Avoiding Plagiarism

This online skills course for members of Oxford University provides an introduction to the issues surrounding plagiarism. This is the certification course recommended by the Education Committee and the divisions.

How to plan your PhD

This online talk introduces the PhD Planning Toolkit.

The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

This workshop describes the key habits that research shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your DPhil.

One three hour recorded lecture