Breakout sessions

Details about the workshops, training sessions, presentations and tours can be found under each of the following breakout sessions.

Breakout Session 1
10:10–11:20

Breakout Session 2
11:50–13:00

Breakout Session 3
14:00–15:10

Breakout Session 4
15:30–16:30

Breakout Session 4: 15:30–16:30

Oxford Literary Festival

60m Workshop
Presenters: Tony Byrne (Special Advisor to the Festival) and internationally renowned author Joanne Harris
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 

Discover the growing link between the University and the Oxford Literary Festival (now in its 21st year) and find out from Joanne Harris what it’s like to be involved in this high profile event. The festival, running from Saturday 25 March to Sunday 1 April, includes the Vice Chancellor’s Lecture and the award of the Bodley Medal. Staff can claim a 20% discount off festival events by using the code OUOXLIT17 when purchasing tickets online.

Race awareness workshop (4,094kb)

60m Workshop
Presenters: Dr Laura Hodsdon and Dr Machilu Zimba (Education and Diversity Unit)
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 
The Equality Diversity Unit and the Oxford Learning Institute are running a project to train facilitators to deliver workshops in departments on implicit bias and race awareness. This session is an abbreviated version of the race awareness workshop, including an introduction to issues around advancing race equality, establishing a terminology that we can use to talk about it, and practical steps that individuals and teams can take to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Oxford University Innovation: an interactive workshop (3,855kb)

60m Workshop
Presenters: Fiona Story, Roy Azoulay, Andrew Bowen, Mark Mann, Jane Jin and Sally Sheard (Oxford University Innovation)
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: All staff
 
From invention and ideas to products, services and businesses. How can researchers create impact with their innovative ideas? Oxford University Innovation (OUI) supports all staff and students wishing to engage in commercialisation of research or develop their business ideas through their incubator. Learn more about the services OUI offer, including protection of intellectual property, academic consultancy, service contract arrangements, licensing and new venture creation, as well as access to translational funds and investor networks.

Coaching taster session

60m Workshop
Presenters: Anna Sanders (Oxford Learning Institute), Alison Trinder (MPLS Division) and Philippa Crowley (Faculty of Classics)
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 
Coaching is viewed as a highly effective development process, increasingly used across a range of workplace settings. In this session, you will take part in a short 1:1 coaching session with a trained coach. You will also find out more about how coaching works, the benefits of coaching and when it can be used. To participate in this session, please come with a situation to discuss.

St John’s College tour

60m Tour
Tour Guide: Michael Riordan (St John’s College)
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
Limited accessibility
Take a glimpse inside the historic buildings of this college founded in 1555 and enjoy a potted history of the college’s journey through the centuries.

Museum of Natural History – History of the Museum tour

60m Tour
Tour Guide: Chris Jarvis (Museum of Natural History)
15:30–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 Limited accessibility
A look at the history, specimens and architecture of the museum from its foundations to the present day.

The UniForum Project at Oxford

25m Presentation
Presenter: Mary Fridlington (Planning and Resource Allocation Section)
15:30–15:55
Target Audience: all staff
 
Oxford’s submission to the UniForum Project has for the first time provided a clear understanding of where activity that supports the University’s academic endeavours occurs, and how it compares to that of a number of Russell Group peer institutions. This session aims to share some initial findings of how the University’s professional and administrative services are structured, and how they compare to the sector. It will also describe some of the approaches that are being launched in response to the information.

Making videos that work on social media (2,311kb)

25m Presentation
Presenter: Tom Wilkinson (Public Affairs Directorate)
15:30–15:55
Target Audience: all staff
 

In this whistle-stop tour of planning, shooting, editing and promoting your work, experienced filmmaker Tom Wilkinson will share some practical examples and clear pointers to help you make the most of video for social media and the web.

Oxford and the local community (1,529kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Jimi Slattery (AAD, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach) 15:30–15:55
Target Audience: all staff
 

Whilst the University of Oxford is synonymous with world-class learning and teaching, rates of participation in higher education vary considerably across the city. This session introduces some of the programmes that the University is currently running to support children, teachers and families in communities where participation is low.

Blavatnik School of Government tour

45m Tour
Tour Guide: Andy Darley (Blavatnik School of Government) 15:30–16:15
Target Audience: all staff
 Fully accessible
Take a tour around this stunning building to discover more about the school's mission and what it offers, and to learn what inspired the building’s architects.

Podcast! From idea to published in 30 minutes

25m Presentation
Presenter: Stephen Eyre (IT Services)
16:05–16:30
Target Audience: anyone with an interest in creating their own podcast
 
This session will demonstrate the easy steps required to digitise an idea and edit it for global consumption as a podcast. Using readily available and free tools, join Stephen Eyre as he makes a podcast using Oxford tools from inception to a finished and published project.

Fostering collaboration: the Africa Oxford Initiative (1,985kb)

25m Presentation

Presenters: Anne Makena (Africa Oxford Initiative) and Nina Tomlin (International Strategy)

16:05–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 
This session will introduce the Africa Oxford (AfOx) Initiative, including its concept, creation and ongoing development. AfOx aims to work in four key areas: developing sustainable research collaborations, scholarships and grants, contributing to teaching excellence and strengthening leadership capacity in African universities. This session will include information on how work in these areas is progressing, as well as how to engage with the initiatives.

Research data management at Oxford (1,745kb)

25m Presentation
Presenters: John Southall (Bodleian Social Science Library) and David Tomkins (Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services) 16:05–16:30
Target Audience: all staff
 

This session will provide an overview of the services available to Oxford researchers to support them in meeting their University, funder and publisher requirements for managing research data. Topics will include the Research Data Oxford (RDO) network, data management plans, data archiving and citation, funders’ data management policies and ORA-Data, the University’s research data repository.

Introduction to the Conference of Colleges (1,292kb)

25m Presentation
Presenter: Judith Finch (Conference of Colleges Secretariat) 16:05–16:30
Target Audience: all staff  
The session will introduce the role of colleges in the collegiate University and how the Conference of Colleges enables them to work together collectively. It will also cover the Conference committee structure and joint working with the University, as well as key issues facing the colleges. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.