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Introduction to the University and the Division

There is a very large range of information and support available from across the University and Division, whether you are in your first research staff position or you have had several; and whether you are new to Oxford or have studied / worked here before.  While these pages aim to include as much as possible, you are encouraged to explore for yourself what else is available.

The University

The best place to start exploring how the University is organised, and the information and support available, is the Staff Gateway. This includes links to:

Working at Oxford

Structure and Organisation

Research and Teaching, including Research Services

Services and Tools

Lists of A to Zs 

See also the University HR pages

University Support for Researchers

If you a new member of research staff, the University provides a termly Welcome Event.

The University’s Support for Researchers page includes lots of information and links specifically for research staff.

The Oxford Research Staff Society represents research staff, and facilitates social and intellectual networking and communication.  

The University's Careers Service offer a variety of services to help you develop your career, including information resources, one to one sessions and a range of workshops. 

The MPLS Division

The MPLS Divisional website includes information about its departments, its research, its activities and much more, including dedicated research staff pages.

Each department in the Division has an HR contact who will be able to help you with matters relating to your employment. 

Your rights and responsibilities

Your rights and responsibilities are set out:

1. In the national Researcher Development Concordat 

2. In the University’s Code of Practice for the Employment and Career Development of Research Staff 

3. On the Vitae website

4. Also on the Vitae website, another look at Researchers's responsibilities

Vitae and Other Resources

Vitae is a national organisation who supports and promotes the professional development of researchers. You can explore some of their resources on their website:

For research staff

Ideas and guidance for professional development

Other advice sheets based around the Researcher Development Framework.

What Every Postdoc Needs to Know is an invaluable guide on all things posdoc.

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