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The Shining Star Apprentice Award 2023 goes to...
Caitlin Beane, our very own HR Apprentice who joined the Department of Paediatrics in January 2022, has been presented with the 'Shining Star Apprentice 2023' award by Oxford University. 

Charlotte Walber, HR Manager, said: "We are so pleased that Caitlin's hard work and tremendous effort over the last year has been recognised by the University with this award. It is so well deserved. We hope her example will inspire other young people to begin their own apprenticeship journey with the University. These awards are an important way to recognise and reward our staff and they continue to shine a light on the great work happening across the University, delivered through apprenticeships.”

Caitlin said: "I have loved my apprenticeship in HR, as it has given me invaluable hands-on experience alongside the support of an amazing team. Receiving the Shining Star Apprenticeship Award is one of my proudest achievements and I am overjoyed to be staying in the Department of Paediatrics, and excited to continue my career in HR!"

University of Oxford Apprenticeships offer young people and current members of staff an opportunity to earn while they learn in a world-leading research and academic institution. The University is committed to providing apprenticeships across all of its departments, where apprentices of all ages train alongside experienced staff, developing their professional skills whilst growing the university’s workforce talent.

Find out more about University apprenticeships
Requirements for clinical trials
MSD has asked that the following proposals, relating to clinical trials be brought to the attention of all staff working in the area:

Costing model for commercially-funded clinical studies and trials

A model for charging a sponsorship fee to commercially funded trials has been developed, through consultation with individuals within clinical trials units and benchmarking with equivalent fees charged by comparable institutions. This ‘Sponsorship Fee’ will be calculated by RGEA, at the early stages of discussion with the relevant industry funder and then included in the study costing and contract. The model is based on the characteristics of the proposed study or trial, including such factors as its scale, phase and number of sites. 

The department will make payment of the fee to Research Services at the point of sponsorship review. It is not intended that subsequent charges would be made. The exceptions to this would be where there were an excessive number of complex amendments to the trial, that have not been accommodated by any of the criteria involved in the initial calculation, and initiated at the request of the industry partner.

This applies to all studies with a commercial funder.

Use of clinical trials units external to the University

In June 2018 FRGPC required that all Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMP) and Clinical Investigations of Medical Devices (regulatory device trials), sponsored by the University be run through an Oxford UKCRC-accredited clinical trials unit (CTU).

There have been a number of researchers who have been unable to find an Oxford CTU with capacity to take on the oversight of their trial. This may be due to resource issues within the Oxford CTU or, in some instances, a lack of specific expertise relevant to the proposed study being present amongst Oxford CTUs.

Where no Oxford CTU is available to host a University-sponsored CTIMP or regulatory device trial, the University will allow an external UKCRC-accredited CTU to manage the trial. The Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance Team in Research Services (RGEA) will develop a pragmatic process for oversight of external CTUs and their management of University-sponsored CTIMPs. A sponsor oversight fee will be required, to resource this activity in RGEA. It is anticipated that this will be incorporated into the grant application costings in the same way as the CTU costs.

The effectiveness and acceptability of these arrangements will be evaluated after the first year of operation. It is to be hoped that the capacity and scope of Oxford CTUs will expand over time, to address this capacity deficit. However, this would need departments who aspire to increase their trial activities being able to invest to create this additional capacity.
Further information can be obtained by emailing this contact
Workshops for staff
Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace
The following workshops on mental health are available for staff to attend. They are aimed at staff who would like to understand more about mental health issues in the workplace and to support colleagues. The fee for attending will be subsidised by the Department and the course content includes:
  • Understanding the spectrum of mental health
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health difficulties
  • How to have a wellbeing conversation
  • The importance of boundaries
  • Managing confidentiality and its limits
  • Taking care of yourself when supporting others

Title: Mental Health Awareness, Supporting Students in Distress

When: Tuesday 30th January 1.00 to 4.00pm

Where: In person, 3 Worcester Street, OX1 2BX
Fee: £60 per person


Title: Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

When: Tuesday 20th February 10 – 1pm

Where: In person, 3 Worcester Street, OX1 2BX
Fee: £60 per person

For further information or to book a place, please email
Talks and Events
31 January 2024 | IDRM | 12pm

Free fitness sessions at the IDRM every Wednesday lunchtime, designed to push you to your limits in a friendly and encouraging environment. 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. 

Join the whatsapp group for more information and to 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
OX5 Run 2024
24 March 2024 | Blenheim Palace | 9am to 2pm
The OX5 RUN is a five mile run, jog or walk around the beautiful Blenheim Palace. It is also the biggest annual fundraiser for the Oxford Children's Hospital, providing support to Children’s Services throughout Oxford University Hospitals. This includes Children’s Intensive Care, Emergency areas, and the Horton General Children’s Ward. Your invaluable support helps make a significant impact on the lives of the thousands of young patients treated in our hospitals each year. Sign up to the Oxford Vaccine Group team using the button below. 
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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 Page
List your trial on the Department Website
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. 
Go to the Clinical Trials page
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