Insight into Academia: Using Your Research for Freelance Consulting 

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Wed 4th Nov, 2.00 – 3.00 pm (MS Teams)

Early career researchers have skills and expertise to offer the wider world. Understanding how you might do this can help inform your career choices, expand your professional sphere and/or enable you to earn while you finish a project. Yet the worlds of consulting and freelancing can be daunting…

This session will look at forms of consulting that typically work well for researchers and how to take practical steps towards these.

Book your place here via CareerConnect.

Build Back Better - Hackathon


The Build Back Better Hackathon is bringing like-minded people together virtually over one weekend to solve social and environmental challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused shockwaves around the world and exposed cracks in our systems. From the breakdown of supply chains to mass unemployment and racial disparities, things need to change.

The event themes include: Build Healthier Society for All, The Future of Work, Sustainable Communities, Housing and Homelessness, and more.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Fair Share for Children Summit

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The impact of COVID-19 will reverberate for years to come, but none will feel it as painfully as the world’s most marginalised children. The Fair Share for Children Summit will bring together Nobel laureates and global leaders to push for urgent action to prevent a child rights disaster in the wake of the pandemic. 

Registration is free. The summit will take place on 9 and 10 September 2020. 

For more information and to register, please visit:

UN SDSN Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development

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This year's virtual conference is free for all participants and will dive into Cross-Cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action with 200+ presentations across multiple time zones. The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The conference is organised by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The deadline for registrations is 16 September 2020 and the conference will take place on 21 and 22 September 2020. For more details, please visit:


Oxford Minds

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Oxford's Social Sciences Division is launching a new digital curriculum enhancement programme for postgraduate students. 

Serving as a graduate enrichment programme during extraordinary times, Oxford Minds is built upon three eight-week pillars: themes, theory and methods. The series will unfold on a fortnightly cycle. Four times per terms, a globally recognised speaker will give a public lecture on a specific topic. In each subsequent week, this will be followed by both an inter-disciplinary panel discussion and small, interactive discussion groups jointly facilitated by senior academics and doctoral students.  

Please see the Social Sciences website for further details. 

The Oxford Strategy Challenge

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Get real-world client work experience on this Careers Service programme. The Oxford Strategy Challenge (TOSCA) is a hackathon inspired consultancy challenge.

You will work with a small team providing consultancy to an organisation. The project you will work on will be important to your client. It is a chance to gain hands-on client work experience and make a real contribution to an organisation. For more information, please visit:

Policy Internship Scheme - open for applications


The scheme is available only to doctoral students funded by UKRI research councils and provides an exceptional opportunity to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. The host partners of the scheme include organisations such as the Home Office, the Department of Education, Public Health England, and the Committee on Climate Change.

Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners; doctoral stipend and fees should continue to be paid throughout the three-month internship period.

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020. Please visit here for details about the scheme and the application process.

Ingenuity - Impact through Enterprise

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Ingenuity helps create start-ups and initiatives within organisations, that deliver sustainable social impact across the UK. The programme is delivered via an online insight and learning platform, regional Challenge summits and a national business plan competition with significant investment and support. The challenge pathways for this year are:

  • Create prosperity
  • Build community
  • Improve health
  • Tackle climate change

Ingenuity is a partnership of academic, commercial, public and third sector organisations. Visit here to find out more about Ingenuity and the program.

Comparative Economics Webinar


An exciting opportunity has come up for DTP students to attend a number of webinars scheduled throughout May and June, covering relevant topics across the Social Sciences and sponsored by the ESRC Incubator Fund. The webinar series will feature a different speaker each week with opportunity for Q&A. Visit here for additional details on the programme.

Oxford Development Talks


The Department of International Development has organised a series called the 'Oxford Development Talks' to showcase the best of Oxford thinking on international development and to make it accessible to a wider general public. The talks will take a variety of forms, from lectures to interviews, and will take key ideas from research and explain them in an accessible way. All the talks will be live on Zoom at regular points during Trinity Term 2020. Please visit here for full programme details and access to register.

Grand Union DTP - Placement Opportunities


There are a number of placement and internship opportunities currently available to DTP students. Please visit our Current Placement Opportunities page to view the various internal placement schemes, application details, and relevant deadlines. 

PhD Innovation Placements

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Want to make a difference by working on today’s global challenges? Interested in getting work experience in the fields of green growth, automation, healthy aging, artificial intelligence, new models of education and many more? A PhD Innovation Placement could help with employability and give you the soft skills and networks for potential future collaborations. The call for applications is now open through March 2020; visit here for more information. 

ESRC New Investigator Grants - call open

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The ESRC is pleased to invite proposals for the New Investigator Grants. The scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. Visit the ESRC's website for more information.