Graduate School Training Week - Hilary Term 2020

graduate school training

To book any of the below sessions, click here.


Post-induction and progress review aimed at new starters

Monday 10 February 11:00am - 12:00pm

Tutor: Vlad Mykhnenko

Location: Rewley House

This informal session is a chance for new DPhil students, especially those who went through Induction in October, to meet with their peers over coffee for a facilitated discussion around their experience during the first few months on the doctoral programme. It is an opportunity to share with your colleagues any initial practical difficulties, to offer mutual encouragement and support and to continue building your network with your fellow scholars.

Core Research Techniques "Humanities '

Tuesday 11 February 11:00am - 1:00pm

Tutor: Angela Carritt

Location : Rewley House

This workshop, which focuses on the humanities, will look at some of the core information skills needed to underpin the effectiveness of your research. Topics considered will include finding articles, papers, conferences and theses, keeping up to date with developments in your field, locating highly cited journals, managing references, avoiding plagiarism and preparing your thesis for the Oxford Research Archives (ORA). Whilst primarily aimed at those in the earlier stages of their doctoral research, the session is relevant for all those conducting research in the humanities. Similar sessions for medical and social sciences will be included in subsequent training weeks.

Creative Thinking

Tuesday 11 February 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Tutor: Delia Lloyd

Location: Rewley House

This workshop introduces participants to a variety of different tools for innovative thinking. The class is based on the premise that academic writing hinges as much on clarity and coherence as it does on creativity. Participants will be introduced to a variety of tools for stimulating creative thinking, both individually and in groups.


Wednesday 12 February 10:00am - 11:30am

Tutor: Katrin Micklitz

Location: Rewley House

Mindfulness taster session

Do you find yourself overwhelmed at times handling your DPhil and numerous other commitments? Do you find yourself overly self-critical about your academic work and progress? Perhaps neither of the above but you are just interested in learning more about the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness? This introductory session will explore how mindfulness might be a valuable resource for you during you DPhil. We will do some brief exercises and discuss possible options for taking things forward.

Communication Skills

Wednesday 12 February 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Tutor: Delia Lloyd

Location: Rewley House

Doctoral students need to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders including supervisors, editors, peers and funding bodies. But sometimes that communication can be difficult. This workshop will explore some practical tools for how to assess someone's communication style and how to flex your own style to get the most out your professional relationships as a student. We will also look at how to effectively challenge when you disagree with advice you have been given on your thesis, and different strategies for getting your advisor's attention when you need it.

Open Research

Thursday 13 February 10:00am - 12:00pm

Tutor: Louise Bezuidenhout

Location : Rewley House

The Open Science/Research movement advocates that the products of academic research should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish. In particular, it aims to remove restrictions arising from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. In this way, the Open Science/Research movement enhances transparency in research practices, promotes justice in resource distribution, and offers new ways of collaborating, sharing and disseminating research across the globe.
The Open Science/Research movement is best understood as an umbrella term for a number of related areas of activity. These include Open Access publishing, Free and Open Source Software, Open Data, Open Educational Resources. All of these areas offer important tools and practices that are changing the research landscape.
This two-hour workshop will include a brief overview of Open Science/Research and the different areas of activity. It will highlight recent regulations in the different areas (such as Plan S) that are of importance to researchers. It will also discuss some Open Research tools that will be of use to researchers wishing to enhance their openness.

Preparation for submission, examination and the Viva

Thursday 13 February 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tutors: Adrian Stokes and AlistaIr Beecher

Location: Rewley House

This session will consider the regulations, processes, forms and outcomes associated with the preparation for thesis submission, examination and Viva. During the session there will also be an opportunity to meet a  colleague from the Exam Schools, who will discuss some of the practical issues around submission and presentation etc.

Student Exchange

Friday 14 February 10:00am - 12:00pm

Tutor : Alistair Beecher

Location: Rewley House

This is an opportunity to meet informally with fellow students to discuss each other’s projects, update on status and share any difficulties encountered, progress made and next steps.

Doctoral Research Seminar 

Friday 14 February 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Chair: Alistair Beecher

Speakers: Keith Johnson, Adrienne Mckenna, Shuwen Zhu

Location: Rewley House, Lecture Theatre

Further infromation can be located here


To book any of the above sessions, click here.