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29th April 2024
REF 2029 consultation policy

The four UK higher education funding bodies for Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2029 have launched their consultation on the Open Access Policy. This policy will outline open access requirements for the exercise which have been revised for journals and conference proceedings. There are new requirements for longform publications. The purpose of the consultation is to gather a deeper understanding of sector perspectives on key issues and impacts in relation to the policy proposals. The University will be developing an institutional consultation response; individuals and sector groups are also able to submit responses. 


  • The consultation opened on Monday 18 March 2024 and will close at midday on Monday 17 June 2024
  • Following this consultation, the REF funding bodies will develop and implement the final REF 2029 open access policy. 
  • The final REF 2029 open access policy will be published in the summer/autumn of 2024. 
  • It is proposed that the new policy will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings published from 1 January 2025, and longform outputs published from 1 January 2026. 

Click here for full details and to share your perspective

MSD Bridging Salary Scheme 
Following discussions at the Finance, Research and General Purposes Committee (FRGPC) about the MSD Bridging Salary Scheme pilot, the MSD team has updated the scheme guidance and eligibility criteria. To be eligible, applicants are now required to have submitted the external funding application that will fund their salary after the bridging period.
View the guidance here
Safety training courses
Booking is now available for a range of safety training courses for Trinity term 2024. These can be booked online via the link below and are generally free of charge. Training will be delivered via a combination of classroom teaching and e-learning. Topics include facilities safety, fire prevention and safety in labs and fieldwork.
Book here on Training A-Z page
Join the BOM!
The 'Business and Institute Managers' (BIM) Network has been renamed to BOM - the 'Business and Operations Managers' Network. It is open to everyone in an operations role across the University (irrespective of rank, grade and seniority) and creates a safe and inclusive space, with a focus on people who are new to Oxford or their role, and connecting them with their peers. An initial socialising event will take place on Wednesday, 12th June at 1pm at the Institute of Developmental & Regenerative Medicine (IDRM), in the front garden (weather permitting). Please sign up via the link below. 
Sign up for the social
Teaching Excellence Awards
The 2024 MSD Teaching Excellence Awards are open to Collegiate University Staff, whether or not they are, or have previously been, a recipient of an award(s) in another category or categories.
Applicants can apply for awards of up to £5,000 in funding. Projects of any theme are invited to apply, please see our website for full details on eligibility and to download the application form. You can read about previous successfully funded projects on the Teaching Excellence Awards website. If you have any questions, please email Julia Leung and Elena Martin via the link below.
Applications close on Friday 24 May
Email Julia Leung & Elena Martin
Precision proteomics broadens MultiOmics repertoire and enables biomarker discovery
2 May 2024 | Online | 12pm
Olink Proteomics is a Swedish company with strong global presence that enables high-plex protein biomarker discovery and development. Olink’s platform currently has the ability to measure ~5,400 analytes. It’s been used in different settings due to its scalability and actionability and in this seminar, Dr Sarantis Chlamydas, Scientific Affairs Director for MultiOmics, will delve into a series of case studies on the power of its capabilities including:
  • How Olink technology enables biomarker identification, precision medicine and multiOmics approaches.
  • Examples of Olink technology applied in specific human disease areas.
Register here
Bannister Community Mile
6 May 2024 | Christchurch Meadow | 9am to 11am
Join staff and students across the department for a new event taking place in Oxford exactly 70 years since Sir Roger Bannister’s four minute mile. Organised by Oxford University’s cross country and athletics clubs and supported by the university, the community mile is a mass event, open to all abilities and ages from six and above and a Department of Paediatrics group has already be established. Joining the department group is straightforward. Once on the Community Mile entry page, follow these simple steps:
  1. Click the 'register in group' option.
  2. Join the 'Paediatrics' group by entering the group password, 'Paediatrics20'. 
  3. Once you have joined the group, click the 'sign up' button at the top of the page and enter yourself individually. 
By joining the same group, departmental colleagues will get to start together in the same wave. Later in the day, there will also be a series of track races, including a new World Athletics event - the Mile Steeplechase - which will have past Olympians involved. Top UK para-racers have also been invited to attend and there will be lots of food and drink stalls on site too.
Read more & enter here
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
Trinity Town Hall meeting
9 May 2024 | IDRM Seminar Rooms and Cafe | 12pm to 2pm
Please join colleagues from across the department for our first hybrid town hall event which will be followed by lunch in the IDRM café. As well as an update from senior management, Associate Professor Caroline Hartley, PI in the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, will discuss the newly formed Paediatric Analysis Network: a Departmental network that has been established to capitalise on our analysis strengths, share techniques and discuss analysis problems. Caroline will give some examples of the multidisciplinary nature of the work, focusing on the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, and demonstrating how to develop novel analysis techniques for the advancement of child health research. You are welcome to join in person or online. If you’d like lunch, please do let us know by clicking the link below. 
Register for lunch here
Student committee pottery painting and pizza!
10 May 2024 | IDRM | 4pm
The Student Committee is running a pottery painting and pizza event on Friday May 10 at 4pm. Come along to get creative while you chat to old friends and make new ones. Sign up via the link below. 
Register here to avoid diappointment
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
MPLS Mental Health Awareness Week
13 to 17 May 2024 
MPLS is running a Mental Health Awareness Week of activity which is open to anyone across the University who wants to get involved. Activities include a workshop on the menopause, a Multaka Tour at the Pitt Rivers Museum, a Thriving at Oxford showcase and a panel discussion on the importance of a thriving research group. This year’s theme is ‘moving for your mental health’ and a full programme and registration is available via the link below. Sign up now and prioritise your mental health. 
Sign up now!
Communication, Narratives and AMR Workshop
16 May 2024 | Merton College and online | 9am to 6pm
The World Health Organisation has declared Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as one of the ‘top global and public health development threats.’ This one-day workshop will approach the problem from a Humanities perspective. It will focus on the power of narrative and communication in discussions around antimicrobial resistance. 
Find out more and register here
Newton-Abraham Lecture 2024
21 May 2024 | Maths Institute | 5pm
Listen to Professor Johannes van den Anker  M.D., Ph.D., who holds the Evan and Cindy Jones Professorship in Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology at the Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C, talk about How clinical pharmacology can take pregnant women and their neonates to its bosom. A drinks reception will follow the lecture. 
Read the abstract and sign up here
Bridging the divide: Translational research with a canine model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
22 May 2024 | IDRM | 12.30pm
There is no cure for the fatal and devastating childhood onset, X-linked disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Many groups, are evaluating novel and sometimes sophisticated treatments, either with a view to replace the absent protein, dystrophin, or to mitigate against the deleterious effects of its loss. Richard Piercy, Professor of Comparative Neuromuscular Disease at the Royal Veterinary College, will discuss the founding of the DE50-MD canine model of DMD, maintained at the Royal Veterinary College, studies conducted that make this arguably the best characterised large animal model of this disorder and our use of the model in clinical veterinary trials, including in gene editing and gene therapies. Students/postdocs can sign up for lunch immediately following the talk here -
Read the abstract and sign up here
Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and BRC Open Day
30 May 2024 | Westgate Centre | 10am - 3.30pm
Step into the future of healthcare at this Open Day event where you can experience interactive stands showcasing the ground-breaking research that is driving change for NHS patients. Learn more about new diagnostics and revolutionary treatments, and discover how YOU can play a part in shaping the future of medicine by participating in our research.

The directors of the two BRCs: Professor Helen McShane and Professor John Geddes, will officially open the event.

Read more here
Wearables in mega-scale biobanks - are there some learnings for rare disease research?
10 June 2024 | Richard Doll Lecture Theatre | 11am 
Professor Aiden Doherty, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Oxford, will discuss the story behind the collection of wrist-worn accelerometer data in over 150,000 research participants across the UK and China, while also describing efforts to collect complementary open human activity recognition validation datasets to further enhance these resources. 
Read more here
New Therapeutic Approaches in Translational Mental Health
16 September 2024 | Maths Institute | All day
This in-person conference is hosted by the Oxford Health BRC and sponsored by the UK Mental Health Mission. The event aims to bring together industry, academic & clinical researchers, the regulator and government research funding organisations to discuss the current challenges facing therapeutic development. The overall objective is to forge collaborations that can increase capacity and capability through partnerships to deliver paradigm changes in translational mental health research. The event includes keynotes, lightning talks, roundtable discussion and industry led workshop sessions by Angelini Pharma, Big Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Karuna Therapeutics and Reckitt Benckiser.
Click here for more information and to register
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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