Career Support and Development
Any employee taking up a new role has a formal probation period to establish constructive communication with your new line manager and provide the necessary training and support to ensure you fulfill the requirements of the role.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT REVIEW
Once probation is completed, annual Personal Development Reviews (PDRs) are conducted with your line manager (or peer-to-peer for PIs) to communicate career ambitions and receive guidance and identify training and/or mentoring needs.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
We encourage staff to allow time for formal learning and development, which may include internal training as well as internal or external conferences and workshops. Internal training is available through the Oxford Learning Institute, free access to Lynda.com, Finance, IT Services, the Language Centre, and Medical Sciences Division.
The Medical Sciences Division runs a peer mentoring scheme for all staff, which involves the formation of mentoring circles comprising 3-4 members of staff and one more senior member of staff.
Promotion / Reward and Recognition
Oxford does not have a formal promotion process. Promotion is achieved by applying for an advertised post at a higher grade or taking on new responsibilities that meet re-grading criteria. The University runs an annual Awards for Excellence which recognises employees who have performed well in all the key areas of their job and have demonstrated exceptional performance above that expected for their grade. There are also annual Recognition of Distinction Schemes where research staff can apply for the title of University Research Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor.
The University has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for supporting gender equality. This process provides a valuable framework for introducing organisational changes that improve experiences for all our staff. Our Department currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, and this is a vital part of our Department activities.