Hilary Term Training

Our Hilary Term training took place on Tuesday 16th February (5th week) 2016. See below for a summary of the afternoon’s programme, and keep an eye out for our training in Michaelmas Term!

The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect interested D.Phil. students, fixed-term teaching and research staff from any discipline with opportunities to engage with schools outreach projects run across the collegiate University.

4.30-5pm – Coffee, registration and networking time

5-5.10pm – Welcome

5.10pm-5.50pm – Collaborating with Cambridge: the Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network and Cambridge Admissions
Speaker: Eva Dring, Oxford & Cambridge Network Officer
There are many similarities between the admissions processes at Oxford and Cambridge but also a number of differences. The Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network encourages cross-institutional communication and sharing of resources in order to reduce duplication of effort and encourage schools and colleges to make the most of the outreach opportunities on offer to their brightest students. This session will give an overview of the Network’s activities and provide a (former) Cambridge insider’s insight into the main differences between the institutions that we should be aware of in our outreach and communications work. It will also cover how early career academics can get involved in the development of the new Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach website and e-resources.

5.50pm-6.30pm – Improving outcomes for local young people through developing teachers’ professional knowledge: the work of the Oxford Education Deanery
Speaker: Dr Katharine Burn, Director of the Oxford Education Deanery, Associate Professor of Education and Fellow of St Cross College
The Oxford Education Deanery is a research-engaged professional learning partnership between the University of Oxford and local schools. It was formally launched in November 2013 with the aim of drawing on the expertise of university-based specialists to support local teachers’ professional learning and so improve outcomes for pupils in local schools. This talk will introduce the work of the Oxford Education Deanery and focus on the ways in which members of the Early Career Academic Outreach Network might contribute to one of its specific objectives; that of providing access for teachers to subject knowledge expertise for curriculum development and to research-informed responses to the particular subject-specific pedagogical challenges that they face.
6.45pm-8pm Networking drinks at The Victoria Pub, Jericho

To book a place for the training session, please fill in the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TGOVBICEEKfL7u6-FGNosPjUOWu40P8TkVLzWvVjGXQ/edit#

After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Victoria, Jericho from 6.45-8pmto network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University. Whether or not you are able to come to the training session, please do come along and share your outreach and public engagement experience and find out more about how you can connect with schools outreach work across the University.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be directed to the coordinators at earlycareeroutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk or via eleanor.parker@admin.ox.ac.uk.


Booking now open for Hilary Term training session (Weds 5th week)!

Book now for our Training Programme, Hilary Term 2015

Wednesday February 18th (5th week), 4.30-6.30pm, Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College


4.30pm – Coffee and registration

5-5.10pm – Welcome

5.10-5.50pm – Parallel sessions

Introduction to the UK education system and Oxford undergraduate admissions

(For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)

Caitriona Woolhouse, Head of Student Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Office, University of Oxford


What motivates the higher education decisions of widening participation learners?

(For network members with some experience of outreach)

Anne-Marie Canning, Head of Widening Participation, King’s College London

5.50pm-6.30pm – Engaging researchers in outreach: Lessons and top tips from The Brilliant Club (all levels)

The Brilliant Club: www.thebrilliantclub.org

6.45pm-8pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak

To book a place for the training session, please fill in the form HERE.  After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road from 6.45-8pm to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University. Whether or not you are able to come to the training session, please do come along and share your outreach and public engagement experience and find out more about how you can connect with schools work across the University.

Hilary Term 2015 Training Update (and other things!)

We are delighted to announce that next term’s training session will be held on Wednesday 18 February, from 4.30-6.30pm, kindly hosted once again by my fabulous co-coordinator Foteini Dimirouli at Somerville College. Save the date! Booking will open in the New Year.

The programme will include an introduction to the UK education sector and Oxford undergraduate admissions (for our beginners) and for our improvers,  a research-informed look at what motivates students to make their Higher Education decisions.

As I introduced our Office for Fair Access agreement at this term’s training session, we discussed the impact of fee waivers or bursaries vs. outreach activity and we look forward to exploring next term the most effective ways to break down barriers for underrepresented groups to enter Higher Education. We will be joined by an expert in the field, the Head of Widening Participation at KCL, Anne-Marie Canning, who will lead us through this important set of issues and some recent published research on these questions.

We will also hear from the Brilliant Club on their programme of working with researchers and schools.

In terms of other things going on in 8th week, I will be at the TORCH Humanities Postdoc Lunch from 1-2pm on Tuesday 2 December (at the Humanities Division Building on Woodstock Road) chatting about the network, so do come along and share your experiences and help to spread the word about the value of public engagement and schools outreach 🙂

Finally, good luck to all network members involved in undergraduate admissions interviewing in the next few weeks. For anyone balancing academic, administrative and admissions commitments (myself included!), it has certainly been a hectic time. My personal highlight was getting to train some of our thoughtful and wonderfully engaged new admissions interviewers with the Oxford Learning Institute last week.

Keep in touch as always; I need guest bloggers to post about their outreach experience, so if you have an event coming up that you would like to blog about, please contact me:


Eleanor (Network Co-Coordinator)

Book now for our training event on 13 November

Hello and welcome to our brand new blog!

The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) at the University of Oxford 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. The network is intended to complement current training provision elsewhere within the collegiate University.

We’re delighted to announce that the first training session of the academic year will take place on Thursday 13th November.

Kindly hosted by Somerville College, the event, which will take place from 16.30 – 18.30, will cover

  • An Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (for beginners or those relatively new to outreach)
  • Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (for those with some experience of outreach)
  • UNIQ Summer Schools: How to get involved with the University’s flagship residential summer school access programme, including sample taster content used by early career academics in the project
  • Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences

Following the success of previous sessions, we have once again arranged for post-training networking drinks from 18.30 at the Royal Oak.

Sign up to the training event now at http://bit.ly/1FVHNZr and if you haven’t already done so, feel free to add yourself to our database, which provides advance notice of future training events and outreach opportunities: http://bit.ly/ZCGU6x

We hope to see you at an event before too long! Do get in touch if you have any questions.

Dr Eleanor David and Dr Foteini Dimirouli