Personal and Professional Development

Working with our students we help you make the most of your time at Green Templeton College and get the skills and confidence to go out into the world of work.

Below is a list of opportunities for Green Templeton students offered as part of the college’s Academic, Personal and Professional Development (APPD) programme in 2019-20

Registration forms, where required, will be promoted to students via email in the weeks leading up to events. Keep an eye on the Senior Tutor Bulletin for reminders of what’s coming up and when so that you don’t miss out on the chance to register.

Michaelmas

Heads Up on Careers

Monday 14 October
17:30 to 19:00
Barclay Room

The peak recruitment period for graduate employers is October/November, and the first careers fair is on 19 October as “top” organisations want to tie the best students to a start date almost a year later. Dr Mike Moss from Oxford Careers will be ready to answer your questions on career management strategy and how to put together applications that lead to interviews. He will also share tips on how to use the Oxford University Careers Service most effectively.

Shut Up and Write!

Wednesday 30 October
12:00 to 17:00
Barclay Room

Join Associate Fellow Professor Nancy Puccinelli for a workshop designed to make progress on your research. Ideal for students who have any research deliverables such as a transfer document, their thesis write-up, fellowship application.

Individual Coaching

  • Do you want to enhance your personal and professional development?
  • Do you face challenges you would like to explore?
  • Would you like some help unlocking your full potential?
  • Would you like to work individually with a qualified coach in a confidential environment?

If so, then please consider joining the Green Templeton College Coaching Programme. Full details here.

If you are interested, you must attend one of these briefings and, following this, submit an application:

  • Monday 28 October, 12:00 – Kawasaki Room
  • Tuesday 29 October, 17:30 – Kawasaki Room
  • Wednesday 6 November, 18:30 – Kawasaki Room

Group Coaching workshop 1: What are my values?

Thursday 31 October
16:00 to 19:00
Barclay Room

The workshop will be led by Heather Kirkup. Heather is a Career and Business Coach who has worked with Green Templeton students for over eight years. In the workshop participants will explore: Why are values important? What is essential for me to feel fulfilled and happy? What motivates and energises me? Challenges we face in upholding our values. Clarity around life choices.

Academic Support Workshop: Planning your DPhil project and engaging with supervision

Thursday 7 November
12:00 to 16:45
EP Abraham Lecture Theatre

This workshop, led by Senior Research Fellow Professor Alan Silman, is aimed at newly registering DPhil students to provide some insight into how to achieve a successful and stress-free DPhil programme. The workshop focuses on generic skills, applicable across all academic areas of research. The aim will be to build on these skills at further events later on in the academic year.

Shut Up and Write!

Tuesday 12 November
12:00 to 17:00
Barclay Room

Join Associate Fellow Professor Nancy Puccinelli for a workshop designed to make progress on your research. Ideal for students who have any research deliverables such as a transfer document, their thesis write-up, fellowship application.

Engaged Scholarship seminar with Professor Andy Van de Ven

Wednesday 13 November
10:00 to 12:00
Barclay Room

Professor Andy Van de Ven from the Carlson School of Management is a leading expert on organisational management and he is visiting Green Templeton College to deliver this year’s Richard Normann Lecture. On the same day, he is offering research students and fellows the chance to participate in a two-hour seminar on Engaged Scholarship, a topic on which he authored the seminal work. Interested participants will be asked to register for the seminar by providing a short statement on interests them and what they would like to learn from this seminar.

1st year DPhil dinner with Research Fellows

Wednesday 27 November, led by Senior Research Fellow Dr Mary McMenamin
17:30 to 19:30
Presentations by Research Fellows followed by formal college dinner

To support a community of research activity in college, new DPhil students are invited to attend a series for talks by some of our Research Fellows, followed by drinks in the Common Room and dinner in the Radcliffe Observatory. We hope this event will give you the opportunity to meet other research students and Research Fellows at Green Templeton. Please note you are not required to prepare anything for this event and the dinner is free of charge.

Group Coaching workshop 2: Relating to others: self-awareness for professional success

Thursday 28 November
16:00 to 19:00
Barclay Room

This interactive workshop will help participants to explore how to cultivate emotional intelligence; valuing other perspectives; intercultural communication and dealing with conflict. It will be led by Heather Kirkup, a Careers and Business Coach who has worked with Green Templeton students for over eight years.

Shut Up and Write!

Wednesday 11 December
12:00 to 17:00
Barclay Room

Join Associate Fellow Professor Nancy Puccinelli for a workshop designed to make progress on your research. Ideal for students who have any research deliverables such as a transfer document, their thesis write-up, fellowship application.

Help with quantitative research methods

Are you planning a survey/questionnaire as part of your research? We have an expert in survey design and statistical analysis in college. Discussing your survey before you send it out will help you to avoid common errors and will maximise the analytical potential of your data. Once you have collected your survey data, you may want to discuss your proposed analysis, to ensure that you are getting the most out of your data. For stats help, please contact Associate Fellow Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis (coral.milburn-curtis@gtc.ox.ac.uk). Coral has also created a set of resources for students which can be accessed via the college intranet.

Hilary

Group Coaching workshop 3: Tame your inner critic to gain greater confidence

Wednesday 5 February
16:00 to 19:00
Barclay Room

Learn how to master your inner critic and deal with perfectionism and imposter syndrome in this interactive session. We will look at practical techniques to release your innate wisdom and harness your own resources for greater confidence and personal and professional success. It will be led by Heather Kirkup, a Careers and Business Coach who has worked with Green Templeton students for over eight years.

Academic Support Workshop: Developing your academic writing (for Medical Sciences students)

Thursday 6 February
13:00 to 17:00
Barclay Room

This exercise-led half-day workshop is to provide an introduction to producing high quality academic writing outputs from your research and is suitable for students both for whom English is, and is not, their first language. Using in-class feedback and model answers, attendees will learn how to write concisely and how to structure an article.

Academic Support Workshop: Developing confident presentation skills (for all students)

Thursday 20 February
13:00 to 17:00
EP Abraham Lecture Theatre

This workshop is intended to develop confidence in giving a short presentation about research-in-progress. Attendees should expect help and guidance on:

  • How to structure a presentation on your research
  • Role of PowerPoint in supporting your talk
  • What makes for effective slides
  • Good practice in engaging an audience

Final year DPhil “thank you” dinner

The dinner is intended to congratulate established DPhil students on their progress so far and also serves as a way for the college to thank supervisors and supporters for their invaluable work. In recognition of the network of support upon which research students draw, we would like you to invite a guest who has been particularly supportive of your studies; you can certainly invite a supervisor or College Adviser, but a departmental/University administrator or mentor would be equally welcome. The college will provide dinner (both for you and your guest) free of charge, but places are limited and so please register as soon as possible.

Trinity

Green  Templeton Student Research Presentations

17:15 to 19:30 on:
Wednesday 6 May
Wednesday 20 May
Wednesday 3 June
Wednesday 17 June

In weeks two, four, six and eight of Trinity Term we are offering students the opportunity to give a short presentation on their research. This opportunity may be particularly beneficial to second year DPhil students, but is open to all students undertaking research, whether on a Masters or DPhil programme. Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and should be aimed at a general academic audience – i.e. students and fellows who understand research but are not all from the same discipline. The purpose of these evenings is to give students the opportunity to develop their presentation skills by delivering a talk in a semi-formal but supportive environment. The presentation may cover some aspect of your own research, or could provide an overview of your research journey so far – problems, barriers and successes included.

Other opportunities

The Human Welfare Conference

The annual Human Welfare Conference at Green Templeton College brings together leading student-scholars from Britain and Europe to debate important welfare issues that have real-world ramifications.

The conference seeks to encourage and recognise original work in human welfare, foster dialogue on current research and develop scholarly networks both within and outside the University.

The conference committee is made up entirely of Green Templeton students, who get the opportunity to plan and deliver a major conference including budget management, programme planning and project management.

Find out more about the Human Welfare Conference here.

GCR Personal & Professional Development Officer

Each year, a member of the Graduate Common Room (GCR) is elected as a Personal and Professional Development Officer. The P&PD Officer has a budget to develop their own programme of events. In the past this has included workshops on leadership, mindfulness, CV writing, influencing people, interview skills, and much more.

Management in Medicine Shadowing Programme

The shadowing element of the Management in Medicine Programme provides medical students, doctors-in-training in the Thames Valley area, postgraduate students and others with an interest in healthcare management, with an opportunity to shadow a senior manager in healthcare, or social services for approximately two half-days.

The purpose of the shadowing is to give an insight into the activities of managers, how they go about them and the issues on which they work.

Find out more about Shadowing Programme here.

“Thank you for the amazing opportunity and resources to organise this conference. We got to know inspiring professionals, academics and fellow students from a multiplicity of different disciplines and discuss issues that matter to us and the college community as a whole.”

Human Welfare Conference Chairs 2017

“Coaching was one of the highlights of my year at Oxford. My coach was so talented at helping me think through the areas where I needed work and at helping me challenge myself to create new ways to reach my goals. “

A Green Templeton College Coachee 2016