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Learning & Development Programme

As part of the Department’s commitment to improving training and development provision for staff, we have created a programme of workshops, courses and information sessions open to all Department of Oncology staff. The aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for members of the department to take advantage of courses and workshops that will enhance their professional development and attend sessions that will provide useful information. We will aim to run events once per month and many will be short lunchtime sessions. Further details of upcoming sessions can be found on the Seminars and Events page.


The Department is an active participant of the Mentoring Scheme for Postdoctoral and Early Career Researchers across the Medical Sciences Division. Researchers become part of peer mentoring circles which meet regularly with a senior mentor. Mentoring in this way aims to support their development by:

  • Encouraging self-reflection
  • Increasing networking opportunities through peer circles
  • Providing access to senior staff members outside of the researchers’ home department

The Department has both mentors and mentees participating in the scheme.


Personal Development Review (PDR)

The Department of Oncology’s Personal Development and Review (PDR) Scheme is in place for everyone who has completed their probationary period, whatever their role or grade, whether they work part-time or full-time or on fixed-term, permanent or open-ended contracts.

Participating in an annual PDR provides an excellent opportunity to receive, and give, feedback and enables staff to review their progress over the past year and to discuss what additional support they might need over the coming year to undertake their work. It also enables staff to understand how their work contributes to collective aims.

Where appropriate, staff can discuss further career plans and what support might be available from the Department or Central University to help them fulfil their goals.  

Researchers Toolkit

A new section on the divisional website, aimed at research staff, the Researchers' Toolkit (, has been launched.  This project was initiated in response to feedback from researchers about the difficulty finding information on the resources and support available to them. This information tends to be scattered around a variety of university, divisional and departmental websites, making it confusing to find the correct and/or the most current version. These new webpages provide researchers with up-to-date lists of divisional and central resources and support services, and we hope that by providing information in this easy to browse format (and including an A-Z list), we can improve access to and awareness of these services.


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