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Staff Survey highlights 2023
2023 was a transformative year for our Department, and together, we have made significant strides towards fostering a workplace that celebrates differences and embraces the strength found in our diverse perspectives. This progress is evidenced in the results of the 2023 Staff Survey, conducted by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, and highlights of which are now available via the link below. (Go to the Quick Links panel and click on EDI 2023 Staff Survey Highlights to download the document). 

The data indicates an improved uptake of Personal Development Reviews, a better work-life balance for staff, and more social events for Early Career Researchers amongst other things. The committee is planning to deliver further events over the course of 2024 and to continue its mission to build a cohesive, inclusive and diverse community. 
Read the survey results
In the news
First in-human trials for Nipah Virus
The University of Oxford has launched a new clinical trial to test a vaccine against the deadly Nipah virus. This is the first-in-human trial of the ChAdOx1 NipahB vaccine, being developed by researchers at the University's of Pandemic Sciences Institute. Fifty-one people aged 18 to 55 will participate in the trial, which is being led by the Oxford Vaccine Group within the Department for Paediatrics, and funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
Read more here
Talks and Events
Open Access meeting
17 January 2024 | Online | 12pm
The University is looking to update its Open Access Publications Policy to incorporate rights retention -  a legal mechanism that allows researchers to make author accepted manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings available open access, at the point of publication, when other routes to open access are not available. This meeting aims to discuss the proposals ahead of a request to ratify the change to University Statute XVI .
Read more & register
OxPop Global Maternal and Perinatal Health Symposium
31 January 2024 | Richard Doll Lecture Theatre | 12pm
The primary aim of the symposium is to disseminate the work undertaken by the Oxford-India collaboration called MaatHRI over the past 6 years.
Read more & register
Hilary Town Hall meeting with guest speaker Frances Parkes
9 February 2024 | IDRM | 12pm
This town hall meeting will feature an update from senior management and guest presentation from Frances Parkes, Wellbeing Programme Manager for the University of Oxford. Frances will talk about the employee assistance programme designed to help staff deal with personal and professional problems that might affect their home or work life, health and general wellbeing. 
Go to the Thriving at Oxford website
An inclusion ecosystem approach to building equitable cultures
9 February 2024 | IDRM | 3pm
Dr Doyin Atewologun, Dean of the Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford, will be the guest speaker for the second IDRM EDI Seminar. She is an expert on leadership, diversity, intersectionality and organisational culture.
Read more & register
Demystifying regrades and University contracts
21 February 2024 | IDRM | 12pm to 2pm
What do you need to do to get promoted/regraded? How can you move from a fixed term contract to an open-ended externally funded contract? The ECR committee are here to address your questions and hear any concerns you have.
Read more & register
For a full list of seminars, conferences and events organised by the Department of Paediatrics, please click on the button below.
Click here for more talks organised by the Department
Clinical trials listings
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Clinical Trials page on our website, dedicated to showcasing the ground-breaking research happening across the Department of Paediatrics. This page serves as a comprehensive resource for staff and visitors to our site, providing easy access to information on ongoing and forthcoming clinical trials. 

By centralising this information, the aim is to foster collaboration, streamline communication and enhance our collective efforts to advance paediatric healthcare. Click on the link below to visit the page and to stay informed about our cutting-edge research projects. Please email if you would like your trial listed. 
Visit the Clinical Trials page
Essentials of people management in research
This workshop will introduce managers of research staff (including principal investigators and academics) to key people skills needed to underpin a healthy and productive research environment. It is part of The Confident Manager series, a flexible programme to support the development of skills essential to become a successful leader, in academia or beyond. Bookings are now live for Hilary Term. 
Click here for more information and to book your place
Join the University PA and EA Group

Oxford PA and EA Communities of Practice Group is where best practice is shared and support offered to PAs and EAs across the University. This is a friendly and enthusiastic community and we warmly welcome new joiners. We have our own Teams site and regularly post and solve queries related to all aspects of our role. We have held an annual conference for the past two years and hold occasional social events too.  

Email Lucy Curtin for more information and to sign up
Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2024
Nominations are now open for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2024.

These awards recognise the achievements and celebrate the success of staff across Oxford University – from our academics and researchers to professional, technical and support staff; whether they are in colleges, divisions, departments, central services, libraries, museums or elsewhere. Nominations close at midday on Monday 19 February and winners will be announced at a special ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor at the Sheldonian Theatre on 8 May. 

For more information and how to enter click here
Green Action Week- Call for Collaboration

19 to 23 February 2024
Join in with this festival of environmental inspiration and optimism! The week aims to offer a full and exciting programme of environmental events and engagement opportunities.  You are invited to collaborate with this initiative by offering an event or other engagement opportunity during the week. 

More information, examples of events & registration of interest
Join us for free Bootcamp every Wednesday at the IDRM!
Starting 12pm, Wednesday 31st January 2024

Sign up for Jim's Bootcamp: Free fitness sessions at the IDRM every Wednesday lunchtime, designed to push you to your limits in a friendly and encouraging environment. No weather, no matter how bad, stops these sessions. Come sun, rain or snow you are still pushed to keep moving and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

The sessions will last one hour and are tailored for all fitness levels: from athletes keeping fit and mixing-up their training, to those who wish to start or returning to exercise. Jim uses equipment such as; tyres, sand bags, cargo nets and more. The goal is to get your whole body working.

Have a look at Jim's website to find out more and click on the link below to join the Whatsapp group and join the sessions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join the Whatsapp group for more information and to register for each session
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