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The University has a Code of Practice for the Employment and Career Development of Research Staff, which is underpinned by a set of principles based on the National Concordat.

Principle Three of the Code of Practice covers career development, and states:

"Researchers must be equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment."

This document seeks to draw out the support structures in place in the Medical Sciences Division to ensure that we adhere to this principle. It is structured according to an employee lifecycle for a typical fixed-term, three-year postdoctoral post at Oxford. Please note that the particular details of training and development that you will require will vary depending on your subject focus.

A summary of the support that will be provided to you is provided in the following table, with more detail in the subsequent pages:

Arrival in Post

Departmental / Team induction

People and Organisational Development (POD) Welcome Event for Research Staff

First three months Meeting to discuss aspirations and anticipated career trajectory
First six months (or end of probationary period) End of probation meeting
Annually Personal Development Review (PDR) meeting
Time for professional development The Division expects that you will be granted a minimum of 10 days paid time off per year for professional development activities
Career planning Questions to consider whether you want to pursue an academic or a non-academic career, or are undecided
Health and wellbeing Support available in the University to support your health and wellbeing