Courses and training for University staff

Induction events

There is a Welcome Event for Research Staff each term which is an excellent way to meet colleagues across the university. New academic staff are invited to attend a one-day Oxford Essentials course which provides an introduction to teaching and learning at Oxford.



You may develop your professional and personal skills whilst at Oxford by taking advantage of a wide range of courses, workshops and seminars. University employees in professional administration and support and technical roles can gain professional qualifications as part of the Work Learn Develop scheme. There are also administrative and technical courses available for researchers, and the popular personal development programmes: Springboard (for women) and Navigator (for men). 
Other courses can be found on the following pages:

Online Resources

  • Free online lectures on Oxford University Podcasts and video courses on (the latter is free for University staff)
  • The Open University offers distance learning and adult education courses, as well as some free online courses
  • Online courses are available from well-known universities on EDXFuturelearnCoursera (fees payable)
  • TED Talks, a large online YouTube library of previously broadcast lectures, covering a wide array of topics including careers advice
  • EURAXESS UK is a British Council managed hub which aids researchers in their career development, supporting mobility and acting as a support mechanism for researchers moving abroad or moving to the UK

Locally in Oxford

  • The Department for Continuing Education offers many classes that staff and dependants may attend
  • Oxford Talks publicises lectures that take place at the University and are open to the general public
  • The City of Oxford College run a variety of part-time and evening adult education courses 
  • Oxfordshire County Council offer part-time and evening adult education courses in partnership with Abingdon & Witney College
  • The Knowledge Project offers affordable evening courses in exciting subjects and their profits go to a local charity  
  • Oxford Speakers Club meets in the amazing environment of Oxford Town Hall and gives you the opportunity to improve your public speaking skills
  • Blue Badge Guides operate tourist guide training courses, enabling speakers of all languages to become qualified and listed in the Blue Badge Guide database