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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).

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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.

Academic Writing Group

A group for postgraduate students and early career researchers to come together and write for three hours twice a week. The group meets on Monday afternoons (2-5pm) and Friday mornings (9.30-12.30pm) in Radcliffe Humanities. There are two writing sessions in each meeting and you can come along for one or for both. The group provides a structure and peer support help you meet a short-term writing deadline or to work on a longer-term project.

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. 

TORCH Bake-Off

Join us for coffee and cake every Friday at 11am during term-time, also in the TORCH Common Room. Each week a member of TORCH brings along a homemade bake for the delight of the rest of us. There is a light-hearted competitive element, as each cake is awarded an (unscientific) score out of 10 by tasters. At the end of the term the baker with the highest score is the named the winner. It’s a great way to for social bonds across TORCH and to taste some delicious baked goods.