Personal and professional development

The University is committed to supporting and developing its staff. Listed below are some of the University departments which offer training and development opportunities to university staff. Staff are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities to enhance their personal and career development.

Oxford Learning Institute

The Oxford Learning Institute provides a range of development opportunities for staff, including a programme of seminars and courses in areas as diverse as time management, assertiveness, tutorial teaching and writing research papers. The Institute offers a part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. It houses a small library of resources which can be borrowed by university staff. These include books and journals, and a selection of videos. Information about external courses is also held at the Institute.

Further information
Tel: (01865) (2) 86808

Work Learn Develop

Work Learn Develop is a new programme of fully funded professional training and development opportunities for University staff. The Work Learn Develop training courses cover a wide range of skill areas that are core to University administration as well as covering more niche skills areas. All of the courses are accredited and offer professional, job-related qualifications.

Whilst these courses are funded via the apprenticeship levy, they are available to staff of all ages and grades. The training does require a significant time commitment over a minimum of a year and as such both staff and their managers need to consider this and commit to completion.

Interested? Then find out more and find an information session on our website at:

Jobs at Oxford

Employees wishing to seek new challenges or development opportunities should consult the University job vacancies on the University website.

Language Centre

Oxford University Language Centre provides courses and resources for staff who need foreign languages for their research or personal development.

Further information
Tel: (01865) (2) 83360

Oxford University IT Services

Courses and Certification

More than 200 teacher-led courses in IT skills are provided, at very low cost, by IT Learning Programme (ITLP) at Oxford University IT Services. If you can't attend an ITLP course in person, you can download the course materials at any time, free of charge, from the ITLP Portfolio at: Free access is also available to all University members to - a huge library of high quality video courses available on demand.

Computer Breakdown Service

A very economically priced breakdown service for PC and Apple Macintosh personal computers, printers, etc., is available for University owned and privately owned equipment. An engineer will visit you anywhere in mainland UK and repair or even replace your hardware.


Low cost, site licensed software from the online shop plus downloads of some free software such as Sophos antivirus and Open Office.


Secure on and off site back up of your data for senior members, postgraduates and staff.


OUCS Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection provides your computer with "virtual" connection to the campus network - it then behaves exactly as it would if you were actually on-campus, e.g. to access restricted web pages from home.

Further information
For information on available courses telephone (01865) (2) 73200
Further information on IT Services is available at:

Careers in administration at Oxford

Working in administration at Oxford means providing responsive and effective support of high quality to enable the University to deliver excellence in learning, teaching, and research, and through this to enrich society. Our administrators support the work of academic departments and divisions, colleges, as well underpinning the central administration. Oxford employs talented people with generalist administrative skills as well as specialists in areas such as finance and personnel.

Further information

Visit Careers in administration to find out more about some of the people who currently work at Oxford: what attracts them to come and work here, what they do, and how they got to these positions.

University Careers Service

The University Careers Service provides careers information for the University's academic-related contract research staff. The service is free and consists of a variety of elements, including careers discussions, access to information held at the careers service, computerised careers guidance and psychometric testing and career development workshops. Contract research staff who are interested in using these facilities and information need to register with the service and are eligible to use the service up to one year after their contract with the University has expired.

Department for Continuing Education

The Department for Continuing Education offers upwards of 800 courses. These range from open-access evening, day and weekend courses, on-line courses and summer schools, to part-time postgraduate taught and research degrees. Courses encompass about 50 subjects; some can result in Oxford qualifications including DPhils, Masters degrees, and undergraduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas. Many of our courses can be funded under the Staff Learning Scheme.

Oxford University Consulting

Service to academic staff/researchers and departments to market their consultancy expertise and services. OUC offers a range of benefits to staff wishing to engage in consultancy work. These include: managing all contractual matters, providing insurance cover, securing competitive rates, addressing University administrative requirements, handling invoicing and payment, and helping to identify and develop consultancy opportunities.