RCUK Digital Economy Priority Areas Update


The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. To achieve this they bring together a unique community of researchers (from diverse disciplines including social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and medical research) and users (people, business, government) to study, understand and find solutions to real problems. EPSRC leads the RCUK Digital Economy Theme on behalf of Research Councils UK.

The Digital Economy Theme is actively looking to recruit and support fellows operating in DE priority areas from October 2015. These priority areas include Social Computing, Advancing the Internet of Things for DE and Business and economic models. Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

These fellowships can be 5 years in duration, and principles of the fellowship framework include:
— Specification of the desired qualities, experience, achievements or attributes, and providing flexible support
— At transition points we will put in place mechanisms to re-focus our support on those who have the most potential, through a competitive and outcomes driven review process
— We expect to work in partnership with universities and business to both identify candidates and enhance the research environment for established and emerging leaders.
— To accelerate the development of leadership skills, we will encourage exposure to different environments and ideas, for example by encouraging mobility between different organisations and exposure to creative techniques
— Development of leadership cohorts by networking and provision of access to skills and experience

Deadline for applications 28th February 2015
More information – Click Here (PDF)

Early Career Academic Outreach Training Programme

The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) with opportunities to do outreach in Oxford and further afield, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level. By signing up to their database, you become eligible for training sessions, as well as have further potential for contact with professionals University wide who may wish to collaborate on outreach projects and activities.

This Network has organised a training programme covering various aspects of academic outreach, followed by a post-session drinks and networking opportunities. The agenda for the day is as follows:

4.30pm – Coffee and registration

5pm – Parallel sessions (choose between)
1) Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)
2) Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (For network members with some experience of outreach)

5.30pmUNIQ Summer Schools (all levels) – University’s flagship residential summer school access programme

6.00pm Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences

6.30pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak –  After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University.

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Time: 16:30-18:30 (18:30-20:00 Networking Drinks)
Location: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College

To sign up to the Early Career Academic Outreach Network database – Click here
To view the detailed agenda and book a place on the training programme – Click here


Women in Academic Science: Role Models of Success at Oxford

Women in Academic Science: Role Models of Success at Oxford.

6 November 2014

5.30 pm – 7.45 pm

Maths Institute Lecture Theatre 2

Cost: Free of charge, but registration required

Invitees: Current undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, lecturers, Fellows, early career women in science and interested alumni.

The Alumni Office and the Equality and Diversity Unit invite you to join us for an unmissable and important networking event in 4th week exploring how women can successfully navigate career paths in academic science.


Our star panel representing some of Oxford’s leading female scientists will discuss their experiences and share their advice. The discussion will be followed by drinks and networking. The event is funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and supported by Mathematics Institute.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sally Mapstone, will chair the panel which is comprised of:


Fran Ashcroft – Professor of Physiology Katherine Blundell – Professor of Astrophysics Sadie Creese – Professor of Cybersecurity Dame Frances Kirwan DBE – Professor of Mathematics Susan Lea – Professor of Chemical Pathology; Microbiology Kia Nobre – Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Irene Tracy -Professor of Anaesthetic Science


For any questions, please contact maya.evans@alumni.ox.ac.uk


Details on how to book can be found here:


Opportunities for Oxford (Early-Career) Researchers

Many researchers in department will be looking to stay here after their current funding runs out. These are competitive times when it comes to research funding and so it’s good to know of alternative internal avenues you could take when looking for your next role.

This is a quick summary of some internal opportunities and information for (mainly early-career) researchers at Oxford:

Junior Research Fellowships

These posts are generally affiliated with particular colleges, and are advertised via their websites and the Conference of Colleges WebLearn site. (They also usually appear in the Research section of the Oxford University jobs listing.)

Career Development Fellowships

Advertised on a departmental basis and on the Research section of the Oxford University jobs listing. The CDF scheme was set up to attract and retain high quality post-doctoral students to the University. All CDFs are invited to take courses at the Oxford Learning Institute.

Internal/external funding

For information about internal funding opportunities see our Internal funding opportunities and Knowledge Exchange and Impact: internal funding opportunities pages.

External funding opportunities suitable for all career stages can be found via ResearchProfessional.com. Please also see the University’s general Find Funding pages.

Workshop: Introduction to Research Funding

This is a message to researchers and new academics alike who may currently be sitting at their desk wondering the following:

a)      What does Kelly actually do?
b)      Why does she keep sending me all these emails?
c)       What does it all mean?

I regularly speak to many of you and I am aware that there is a definite need for the academic funding landscape and my role here to be clarified, so I have set up a workshop.

Taking place in 2 weeks’ time, Introduction to Research Funding will be aimed at people with little or no experience of the funding landscape or of applying for their own funding. The session will include:

  • Who I am and what I do
  • An overview of the funding landscape for Computer Scientists
  • Demystifying the jargon
  • The types of funding available to you
  • What the internal processes are (departmental and divisional) when applying for funding
  • Costings: how they’re calculated and what they look like
  • The chance to see genuine applications from department

The workshop is taking place on 7 November from 12.30-2pm in room 441 and I’ve just been told I can order lunch for everybody. Huzzah!

So, what’s not to like? You have the opportunity to learn how to further your research career AND you get lunch.

Places are limited and you must book with me via email if you wish to attend.