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Early Career

TORCH provides a range of training and development opportunities for early-career academics. Taking TORCH's research themes as their inspiration, these events comprise media training, public engagement initiatives, writing workshops, social events, and career planning workshops. Click here for the programme (requires login).

Please click here for information about the Doctoral Internship Programme.


TORCH initiatives designed specifically for early-career academics

Early Career Writers' Workshop

The ECWW offers a friendly, constructive occasion to share ideas about research and writing. Participants read a piece of work in advance (whether an article-in-progress or a book or grant proposal) to offer sympathetic, critical feedback on writing that's nearing completion or needs jumpstarting. A great strength of the workshop is its interdisciplinarity: members bring new perspectives to bear on each other's work and help each other communicate research to wider audiences.

There are usually two or three ECWW meetings a term, mostly at the Royal Oak pub opposite Radcliffe Humanities. Please get in touch with Hannah Simpson ( or Pippa Byrne ( to sign up to the mailing list and receive the work to be 'shopped' for the next session - or just to find out more.

Early career lunches and support talks

The Humanities Division and TORCH hold informal lunches with a very short talk on Tuesdays of even weeks during full term in the TORCH common room. These lunches are a great chance for academics from across the Division to meet one another in an informal setting, think about career development, and explore ways of getting the most out of your time in Oxford. Please see the 'upcoming events' tab for further details.


TORCH bake-off

Join us for tea and cake every Friday at 11, also in the TORCH common room. Each week someone brings a cake to be judged by the group and awarded an (unscientific) score out of 10. This culminates in a final bake-off between the two highest-scoring bakers.