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Sanctuary Seekers STEM Seminar: Career and Professional Development

Friday 23 February


Following a series of successful online Maths sessions, we are delighted to welcome you to our first in-person STEM seminar for Sanctuary Seekers. The seminar is led by Professors Ian Griffiths and Samuel Cohen from the Mathematical Institute and Dr David Levy from Politics, complemented by several guest speakers. Our sessions are mainly focused on career and professional development issues with plenty of time for group discussion. We also hope to offer some brief parallel sessions on more specialist areas of maths, and have designed the schedule to provide space in the breaks for informal exchanges.

Venue and travel

  • The venue of the workshop was Mansfield College. The workshop took place in the Old Hall of Mansfield College.


  • 9:30-10:00: Arrival and registration. Teas and coffees available
  • 10:00-10:20: Introductions, seminar goals and hopes for the day
  • 10:20-11:00: Session 1 - Academic and industry jobs for STEM researchers
11:00-11:15: Break

  • 11:15-12:00: Session 2, part 1 - CV Workshop with Niamh Walsh from Oxford University Careers Office. Chair: Sam Cohen
  • 12:00-12:30: Session 2, part 2 - CV Clinic (opportunity for 1:1 slots) with Niamh Walsh and Suzi Black from Oxford University Careers Office. Please bring a printed copy of your brief CV (1-2 pages max) or have it visible on a laptop. Chair: Sam Cohen
12:30-13:30: Lunch. Welcome from Helen Mountfield, Principal of Mansfield College

  • 13:30-14:30: Session 3 - Research talks:
    • Dr Nick Gill, Open University. Working in Academia and Industry.
    • Dr Timothy La Rock, University of Oxford, Representing Higher-order Phenomena in Network Science.
14:30-15:00: Break

  • 15:00-15:40: Session 4 - Open Q&A with panel
  • 15:40-16:00: Conclusions and closing remarks
  • 16:00: End


We express our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support in making this event possible.

  • The Mathematical Institute
  • Mansfield College
  • Jan Saxl Fund
  • The Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara)
  • Isaac Newton Institute