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Transfer & Confirmation Procedures

Students must complete their Transfer of Status by the end of their fourth term; and DPhil students must complete their Confirmation of Status (MSc(R) students do not need to do this) before the end of their ninth term but it is strongly recommended that they apply for confirmation during their eighth term. The deadlines are when the processes must be complete - i.e. approved by the divisional board. More detailed information about the processes can be found on the Medical Sciences Graduate School weblearn site.


> Guidelines for Selection of Transfer of Status Assessors 

> Guidelines for Transfer of Status Assessors

> Guidelines for Confirmation of Status

 Please remember that at least one of the assessors should have supervised a student to completion at Oxford. Current members of the department who fulfill this criterion are:


Jeffrey Aronson
Paul Aveyard
Clare Bankhead
Chris Butler
Tom Fanshawe
Andrew Farmer
Trish Greenhalgh
Anthony Harnden
Carl Heneghan
Lisa Hinton
Richard Hobbs
Susan Jebb
Kamal Mahtani
Emily McFadden
Richard McManus
Jason Oke
Rafael Perera
Annette Plüddemann
John Powell
Suman Prinjha
Sara Ryan
Sara Shaw
James Sheppard
Richard Stevens
Sarah Tonkin-Crine
Katherine Tucker
Kay Wang
Sue Ziebland

Student Disability Information

The university's Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability issues at Oxford and facilitates support for students with disabilities. This includes, for example, students with sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties. View the university's Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students here.

The Disability Lead for students in our department is our Director of Graduate Studies; however if you have any questions please contact the Departmental Disability Coordinator, Clare Wickings or the Postgraduate Training Officer, Daniel Long in the first instance.

Paid Work Guidelines

University policy on research degrees states that students are advised that any paid work should still allow them to spend at least 40 hours per week for a minimum 44 weeks of the year on their studies. This means that students who are part of a funding application can work on the study and be enrolled full-time as a DPhil student as long as their work is their DPhil.

Harassment Advice

If you have experienced, or are experiencing, harassment, you may want to discuss the matter with your college dean, or another college officer with pastoral responsibilities. At a common room level, the Welfare or Equal Opportunities Officer may be a good person to talk to. OUSU’s Student Advice Service also provides a confidential and impartial listening and advice service. Alternatively the University has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems.

You may, however, prefer to make use of the University’s confidential harassment advisor network. There are approximately 370 harassment advisors within the University, with two (one of either sex) appointed within each department and faculty. The advisors in our department are: Clare Wickings and James Sheppard. There are also confidential advisors appointed within the colleges.

The University recommends that you discuss the situation with a harassment advisor before taking any other steps in response to the alleged harassment. Talking through the events and your feelings with the advisor will help you decide on the best way to deal with the behaviour and will clarify the options available to you.


> The university’s harassment procedure flowchart for students

Further information:

> Harassment Advice, University of Oxford 


Postgrad Careers

Advice and information about options available to you after you complete your DPhil can be found on the Careers Service website:

The Careers Service also has a nominated contact for students in our department to discuss career options with: Dr Rachel Bray (

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