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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Michaelmas edition of the RDM Newsletter, which will now be published on a termly basis. I would like to start by welcoming all our new DPhil students to the department. I hope that you enjoy your time here in Oxford. The University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic careers and we wish you every success – at both an academic and personal level.

We have had a number of outstanding achievements over the last few months. In particular, I would like to congratulate the 2017 Graduate Prize Winners: Huw Colin-York, Quentin Ferry and Thomas Riffelmacher. You can read more about their successes in this newsletter.

Preparations have begun for our annual symposium (19 March 2018) and we will be opening registration in the New Year. Please do register to take part in the day as it is a unique opportunity to interact with colleagues across the department and forge new collaborations.

Within this newsletter you will also find details of our new RDM Learning and Development programme, which we launched in mid-October. We are committed to enhancing the professional development of all our staff and students and this programme is part of a suite of initiatives we are rolling out to meet this goal. The sessions have been designed on the basis of feedback from staff and students about their learning needs and we encourage you to make time for professional development within your working week.

Please get in touch with Dr Emma O’Brien if you have any news you would like to share with the department – from fundraising and athletic feats to poster prizes and awards, we want to hear your stories.

I wish you all a wonderful break over the festive season.

Best wishes,


Prof Hugh Watkins, FRS

Head of Department