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There are many career development opportunities available to departmental staff and students.  Additional information on these schemes is available from the links below, or by contacting administrative staff or the Athena SWAN team.


There are many mentoring schemes available to students and staff members at all levels within Oxford, e.g. via OxFEST, Ad Feminam, Springboard, the Oxford Learning Institute and the Colleges.  Within the Department, mentoring is expected to be provided in the first instance by each staff member's line manager.  In addition, the Department offers mentorship to individual staff members and students, via one-to-one mentoring and via the new cross-departmental 'Mentoring Circles' scheme (details here: link only available internally).  Individuals interested in having a mentor should contact Philly White (for the one-to-one scheme) and Jennifer Anderson (for the 'Mentoring Circles') scheme.

Personal Development Reviews

All staff members have an annual Personal Development Review (PDR) with their line manager, to ensure that they have the resources required for their role and to reflect on their longer-term career development.  The focus is on individual development, rather than performance management.  The paperwork for the PDRs, including information about the aim and logistics of the scheme, is located on the Department's P Drive (accessible to Department members only).

Training and career development opportunities

University staff and students have access to a wide range of training courses and career development opportunities provided by the Oxford Learning Institute, the Oxford University Careers Service and Oxford University Computing Support. Training and career development opportunities are also advertised via email.


Staff members can apply for merit awards, or the title of University Research Lecturer or Professor via the Recognition of Distinction (RoD) exercise.  The RoD exercise is advertised to all staff vby email, and individuals are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with their supervisor or senior members of staff.  In addition, staff members can move between pay grades to reflect changes in their responsibilities via the re-grading process.  Staff members who believe that they should be re-graded are encouraged to contact Pam Taylor, the Departmental Administrator, at any time.  Details of the different salary scales can be found here.