Researcher Training


About the Humanities Researcher Development and Training Programme

Our Researcher Development and Training Programme is a comprehensive programme of events, opportunities, workshops and resources to support and develop Humanities researchers at all stages of their career from postgraduate level upwards. Some of these opportunities are bespoke and developed in-house; others are provided through external partners, student support services or in partnership with faculties. All workshops and events are free and open to Master's and DPhil students and postdoctoral researchers (including teaching-only and college-only appointments).

Our programme is organised via six 'training pathways', designed to foster virtuous circles between research and personal development. Pathways give participants the flexibility to construct their own training programmes by combining several pathways over the course of their time at Oxford. The pathways are flexible, with multiple points of entry, intersection and exit, and open up further opportunities across and beyond the University.

The pathways are: 

  • Preparation for Academic Practice: resources to support all aspects of your development as a researcher, from writing book proposals to preparing for the DPhil viva, and from fellowship applications to academic CVs.
  • Entrepreneurship: information and resources to encourage and support entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking amongst Humanities researchers
  • Heritage: lectures, workshops and site visits led by expert practitioners, providing researchers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage effectively with partners in the heritage, museums and cultural sector, whether through research collaborations or as a career choice. This pathway is delivered by the Heritage Partnerships Team and the National Trust PartnershipHeritage Pathway is also open to undergraduates and visiting students.
  • Teaching: courses and workshops on all aspects of teaching, from pedagogy to teaching philosophies. This pathway is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum.
  • Public Engagement with Research: skills and tools to enable researchers to communicate, collaborate and inspire beyond the academy. Workshops include podcasting, storytelling, and a termly introductory session for researchers wishing to write for The Conversation.
  • Career Confidence: designed and delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford Careers Service, this pathway provides resources and opportunities tailored to the interests, skills and preferred career destinations of Humanities researchers.


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