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2nd April 2024
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Vice Chancellor's Awards
HR team shortlisted for VC's Award

Many congratulations to our departmental HR team which has made the shortlist for this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.

The team, which includes Charlotte Walber, Mary Macaulay, Sorcha Morrissey, Lucy Cornish, Caitlin Beane and Noor Shahazad, was nominated for Enhancing Oxford's Professional Services Award for their work on a collaborative HR service review which they undertook jointly with NDORMS. 

HR Manager Charlotte Walber, said: "Working with NDORMS on the HR Service Review has been a very valuable experience: Being able to compare processes with another department and to work closely with their HR team has been very insightful; and we are very grateful to the department for their feedback on things that may (or may not) work well in our HR service. The process has enabled us to reset our priorities and develop our team. 

"It has been a few busy months, and the nomination for the VC's Award was a lovely sign of appreciation for the time and effort that everyone involved has invested. We hope that everyone will start to see and feel the benefits of the review very soon."  

The VC's Awards are a University-wide celebration of our outstanding people. They celebrate excellence, dedication, courage, ambition and inspirational contributions to Oxford’s mission. There were 250 award entries across the 11 categories this year, representing 1,500 individuals.The winners and highly commended nominees will be announced at a ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre in May. We wish them every success on the night!

Find out more on the Awards page here

Gender Pay Gap report
Oxford University has published its latest Gender Pay Gap Report, measuring the difference between men’s and women’s average earnings across the institution. In line with legal requirements, this report is based on data from a ‘snapshot date’ of 31 March 2023. Highlights of the report include: 
  • The median gender pay gap has decreased from 13.6% to 11.1%, compared with the previous year.
  • The mean gender pay gap has decreased from 19.6% to 19.1%, compared with the previous year. With one exception in 2022, it decreases every year since the gender pay gap reporting was first introduced in 2017. 
  • The median bonus pay gap remains at 0%. The mean bonus pay gap has decreased from 61.6% to 30.9% compared with the previous year.
Read more here
University EDI report
The University has also released its latest Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report online. This report provides a snapshot of staff and student diversity data for the 2022-23 academic year and highlights the breadth of activity relating to EDI across the University during that period.
Its findings include:
  • During 2022-23 and since, the University has strengthened its commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – including through governance, senior staff appointments, investments in the Equality and Diversity Unit and support for staff networks;
  • Progress has made towards the University’s Equality Objectives in numerous areas; and
  • Plans are in development or in place to accelerate progress in areas where focused attention is needed.
Read more here
Returning Carer's Workshop

Childcare Services will be hosting a Returning Carers' Workshop on Wednesday 8 May. This in-person event is available to staff across the University, with a particular focus on those returning to work following a period or periods of maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave or parental leave. The goal is to provide recent returners with the information, tools, support and networks they need to ensure a smooth and successful return to work. It is an ideal event to include as part of a keeping in touch (KIT) day.

Visit Childcare services for more detail
New system for ethics applications
Worktribe Ethics is an online, workflow-based system to support the preparation, review and approval of research ethics applications. It will replace previous offline and email processes.  Once implemented, researchers requiring ethics approval for research involving human participants and/or personal data will submit an ethics application via Worktribe Ethics. Review and approval will take place within the system. University research ethics policies and requirements will remain the basis of ethics review.  
How to apply for ethical review
Running Club
Following on from the success of the OX5 run last week, we'd love to keep the momentum going and invite anyone from across DOP to join our new DoP running club. Everyone is welcome regardless of fitness level, pace or experience. Lace up your trainers and join us for group runs, where we'll explore local routes, boost our fitness, and meet new people from across the research groups. Frequency, distance and timing of the runs are to be determined and we plan to include a few social gatherings too. Sign up via the link below!
Sign up using this link
Wear Orange for Azaylia
Our Childhood Leukaemia Research group has a partnership with the Azaylia Foundation which runs an awareness campaign - Wear Orange for Azaylia - to inspire children towards the world of STEM. Along with their founder Safiyya, PhDs and researchers they have funded offer to attend schools to hold fun, interactive demos and inspire the doctors of tomorrow. If you are a parent, please do reach out to your local school - whether preschool, primary or secondary - and share the link to the video below. For more information email:
Watch this video to learn more
A Celebration of DPhil Research 
Registration closing tomorrow Wednesday 3 April!
19 April 2024 | Maths Institute | 9am to 4pm
One of the unique features of the Department of Paediatrics is the incredibly broad range of research topics that are housed within it. The admin team has organised an all-day event dedicated to discovering and celebrating the research that our groups undertake. A Celebration of DPhil Research will be held off site at the Maths Institute on 19th April. It will be a whole day of presentations, posters and shared information about the myriad of projects that our researchers and students are working on. Registration closes on Wednesday 3 April. Book your place now via the link below to avoid disappointment.
Click here to register
IDRM Book Club
11 April 2024 | IDRM Cafe | 5pm
Join colleagues for a fun evening talking about books you love and would recommend. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and swap stories. There is no assigned reading and everyone is welcome. 
Email for more information
Multiple Roads to the Heart and Head Muscles
12 April 2024 | IDRM Seminar Rooms | 3pm
Dr. Fabienne Lescroart, from the University of Aix-Marseille, will be discussing her research which focuses on understanding mammalian organ development, with a focus on the development of the heart and head muscles. Read more about her work here:  F. Lescroart: MMG - Marseille Medical Genetics ( and register for the seminar and networking lunch, via the link below.
Register for the seminar and lunch
Congenital disorders of autophagy and intracellular trafficking
25 April 2024 | George Pickering Education Centre & Online | 10.30am
This is one of a series of MDUK seminars which will discuss congenital disorders of autophagy and intracellular trafficking - a novel class of neurometabolic disorders linking aberrant neruodevelopment and neurodegeneration. The seminar is hosted by Dr. Sithara Ramdas and will be given by Prof Heinz Jungbluth, who is Professor of Paediatric Neurology at King’s College London and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Read more & register
The Power of Personality Diversity
8 May 2024 | IDRM and Online | 11am (workshop); 3pm (seminar)
Richard Etienne, the award-winning personal branding coach and Director of Global Internal Communications at Elsevier, will be delivering a workshop and seminar centred on personality diversity in academia.
Workshop (fully booked)
The workshop is designed to help you boost your self-confidence and teach you how to master the art of voicing opinions, from presenting at meetings and conferences to effective networking in smaller groups. This will be an interactive workshop format that will include role plays, networking and practical exercises. Register for the workshop waiting list here
The seminar will focus on unlocking the power of confident communication. Learn how to navigate challenging academic environments, attract diverse talent, and create relationships that stand the test of time. Find out more and register for the seminar here.
Networking lunch
There is also a networking lunch being held in the IDRM Cafe at 1pm which is open to everyone. Please register here.
Read the abstract on OxTalks
MDUK Town and Gown 10k race
12 May 2024 | University Parks | 10.30am
Sign up to run in the Town & Gown 10k race in support of MDUK. We would love you to join the “MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre” group during registration. If you would prefer to lend your support in other ways, we are looking for volunteers on the day. Please email Chelsea Larabee for more details. 
Read more & register for the race
Department of Paediatrics Garden Party
5 July 2024 | St. Hilda's College | 1pm
Save the date for our 2024 departmental garden party. This promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of food, drink, and games as well as an opportunity to relax, unwind and mingle with your amazing colleagues. Stay tuned for further details. 
Email for more information
Can you help? 

Phase 1 Nipah virus vaccine trial
OVG is looking for healthy volunteers to investigate a new vaccine against Nipah – a viral illness which causes outbreaks. The World Health Organization recognises Nipah as a priority disease to develop vaccines because there are currently none available. The trial vaccine has been developed by the University of Oxford and the study is taking place at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine at the Churchill Hospital. If you are aged 18 to 55 years old, in good health and live in the Thames Valley area, then you may be eligible to take part. We will provide reimbursement of £1,020 - £1,380 for your time, inconvenience and travel. The total study participation time is 12 months.
If you would like to find out more, please read the Participant Information Sheet and if you are interested in joining the study, please visit the website via the link below where you can access the screening questions and register your interest. If you would like any further information regarding the study, please contact us on:
Email, Tel: 01865 611400
Visit the prescreening page here
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