Research training events

  • These events are of particular interest to research staff at Brookes.

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    Upcoming events

    • University Research Induction - Part of "Your First Three Years"

      16 October 2019
      Part of the mandatory "First Three Years" university training programme for research staff. The purpose of this event is an introduction to research at Oxford Brookes University. The session will cover research strategy, policies and integrity; training and development opportunities; mentoring; institutional resources and an opportunity to meet key people across the university who provide support for research.

    •  Intellectual property - Protect your Idea & Boost your Business Growth

      Intellectual property - Protect your Idea & Boost your Business Growth

      29 October 2019
      Spark Session 4: Come along to this IP session with Edward Cole - our IP and Commercialisation Manager at Oxford Brookes University. You will look at affordable strategies that will protect your business idea from being stolen and more.

    • Branding - Design your Business Model & Align your Goals for Success

      Branding - Design your Business Model & Align your Goals for Success

      05 November 2019
      Spark Session 5: This workshop provides a holistic system to create, manage and sustain an effective brand strategy. Join Author, TEDx Speaker and Brand Strategist, Paul Hitchens as he reveals what you need to know before creating your perfect brand.

    • Pitch Perfect - Learn how to deliver an impactful pitch

      Pitch Perfect - Learn how to deliver an impactful pitch

      12 November 2019
      Spark Session 6: Welcoming Emma Zangs, a choreographer and communication coach who has extensively worked with accelerators helping start-ups to deliver impactful pitches. Her choreography background brings a fresh perspective to the way people run pitches and presentations.

    • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) & International collaboration training event

      13 November 2019
      This event will cover the GCRF, challenges, international partnerships, funding and support available. There will also be a Q&A session with an expert panel of academics who have experience and success in this area. This event is for research-active staff of all levels across the university. Bring your lunch! **THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED**

    • IP training for researchers

      04 December 2019
      To be delivered by Dr Ed Cole, IP and Commercialisation Manager, RBDO. This session includes lunch. Intellectual property (IP) plays an essential role in both the research and teaching functions of universities. This includes IP created by universities and also third-party IP used in teaching or research. Through basic or applied R&D activities, universities produce results in the form of inventions, scholarly publications, databases, new plant varieties, confidential information, computer programs that have value for impact creation, knowledge exchange and potential commercialisation. In this session, you will learn the essentials of IP, how to identify the various forms of IP, how they can be protected, and what to do when you have ideas that you think are commercialisable. You will find out about OBU IP policies and IP services available to your work and our students. You will get an overview of how to handle your intellectual property rights in consultancy work, KTP, contract and collaborative research. We will look at some case examples of IP from Brookes that have been used for impact creation and in commercial applications.

    • Researcher Career Pathways Event

      14 January 2020
      Would you benefit from the opportunity to explore how researchers effectively navigate the transition from PhD or fixed-term contract to careers both within and outside of academia? Have you been wondering how you can have the career you want and maintain that all-important work-life balance? Look no further. The University is holding a Researcher Career Pathways Event on Tuesday 14th January 2020 in the John Henry Brookes Building, Gipsy Lane Campus, from 10am to 3pm (registration from 9:30am). This event is for all research students and fixed-term research staff (Research Assistants and Research Fellows). Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The theme of this year's Researcher Career Pathways Event is “Identity”. Identity beyond the PhD; identity beyond the fixed-term research contract; identity in careers both within and beyond academia. The event will be hosted by Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden, an experienced external researcher development consultant. There will also be two Q&A panels, comprising members of a mix of academic and non-academic professions, with a focus on managing your career and managing your life. Plus there will be a fantastic free lunch! Places are limited. Secure your place now by registering now.

    • Applying for research funding - Why is this important? - Part of "Your First Three Years"

      05 February 2020
      The event focuses on why external research funding is important and includes a Q&A session with an expert panel, providing top tips on winning grants and managing rejection.

    • Managing a research grant project - Part of "Your First Three Years"

      18 March 2020
      This session looks at how to manage an externally-funded research grant project, including the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator in recruiting, managing and developing research staff and the who and where of post award support

    • Consultancy - An introduction for researchers

      22 April 2020
      Consultancy is the application of research knowledge and expertise to deliver impact for clients, and can take a variety of forms. This introduction will explore what consultancy looks like in practice, why do it, and some of the key issues to consider. It will be an interactive session which aims to build your understanding of how to develop your consultancy offer, and the support and information available. To be delivered by Juliet Bligh, Knowledge Exchange Support Manager, RBDO. This session includes lunch.

  • Further training

    There's a wide variety of additional training on offer around Brookes.


    Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. Oxford Brookes has a membership with Vitae and full access to a wide range of services. Further information can be obtained from the Research Training Co-ordinator, Susan Brooks.

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