Research support and training

For a university-wide searchable database of training opportunities, see ‘the Skills Portal’: www.skillsportal.ox.ac.uk. This brings together a range of information about transferable skills development and has details of skills training courses, seminars and workshops offered throughout the university in a searchable database. There are links to online resources and tips on subjects such as project management and teaching skills. It also gives advice on getting the most from your time at Oxford and putting yourself in the best possible position to succeed in your career, whatever it might be. The Skills Portal Forum is the place to ask questions, discuss issues with other researchers and make your views known to the people who organise the training.

Information on training organised by or for the History Faculty is provided through WebLearn Announcements, and in the termly Lecture List: http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/events/.

Some handouts, further contact information, and exercises for further familiarization with electronic resources are routinely mounted as graduate training and induction resources on WebLearn.

History graduate students are encouraged periodically to assess their own training needs, and make them the subject of discussion with their supervisors. For the faculty’s training self-assessment forms, see Useful forms.

Some further information on some forms of training of interest to historians is provided below. For training to teach, see the Professional Development section.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/academic/default.htm?source=ddmenu_re - academic research guidance of the National Archives

http://www.ahds.ac.uk/about/index.htm - guides to creating and using digital resources (see both their Guides to Good Practice, which focus on the creation of digital resources, and their ICT guides, more oriented to beginners, which give examples of projects and discuss their use)

http://www.tall.ox.ac.uk/plagiarism - Oxford University's graduate guide to good practice in avoiding plagiarism; includes self-assessment test


Research training opportunities outside Oxford

Training offered at the Institute of Historical Research, London: http://www.history.ac.uk/research-training/

While much of what is offered here replicates the kind of provision also available in Oxford, the Institute does offer some distinctive training courses. Some funding is available to support attendance by students holding AHRC or ESRC awards: http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/current_students/graduates/information_for_ahrc_award_holders.

Free research advice for Readers at the British Library, London: http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/inrrooms/stp/refteam/refteam/refcontacts.html