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The Academic Career Development Working Group focuses on developing and optimising the support given to research staff to develop their careers. This includes organising events within the department as well as signposting to University-wide initiatives. 

Our working group assesses, consults, prioritises, plans, and implements actions within topic areas, identifying survey items and reviewing responses. We deliberately consider how academic careers can be inclusive and represent diversity. Our working groups sit underneath the People and Culture committee. We meet at least termly.

Academic Career Working Group members

DPhil Verena Hinze - Postdoctoral Research FellowDPhil, MBiochem Nicola Hall - Postdoctoral researcher

Verena Hinze and Nicola Hall co-chair the group.

Valerie West - Research ManagerPhD MRCPsych Ivan Koychev - Senior Clinical ResearcherDClinPsych Rebecca Murphy - Senior Research Clinician and Hon Clinical PsychologistPhD Galit Geulayov - Senior postdoctoral researcherMA, BM. BCh, DM (Oxon), FRCPsych Paul Harrison - Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Head of Department (Research)BSc MSc DPhil AFHEA Patrick Pflanz - Postdoctoral Research Assistant Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)BA Hons, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, CPsychol Sarah Bauermeister - Associate Professor of Cognitive NeuropsychologyEmily Lloyd PhD Emma Soneson - Senior Postdoctoral Researcher BASc, PhD Raihaan Patel - Postdoctoral ResearcherBA (Oxon), MRes Emma Osborne - Research Assistant

Chloe Hooper

Action Plan

Our group aims to provide support in a number of ways:

  • Signposting events at the University and/or division levels – there are lots of events/programs happening, but sometimes they are hard to keep track of.
  • Increasing awareness of different career paths – the range of possibilities, academic and non-academic, can be overwhelming and you may not know where to begin. We try and highlight concrete examples to give you some ideas on where to begin
  • Provide access to job seeking skills – we provide access to training on certain skills which can improve your job search (e.g. CV workshops) via workshops/events.
  • Promote a consistent process – thinking about your next step often gets pushed aside. We try to promote the ongoing planning and consideration of your career to help you be ready when an opportunity arises.


November 2022 saw us host “Find your path” month in the department, delivered jointly by the Academic & Professional Support Staff Career Development Working Groups. 

Throughout November we highlighted a number of individuals with career paths across different sectors and roles in order to help you brainstorm possible routes for your own career. You can view these here (internal only).

We also hosted a talk on career development resources for researchers from the university’s Researcher Hub. Dr Chris Jeffs joined us in the common room to give an overview of services available to research staff and DPhil students. You can view the slides here (internal only).