Careers and Wellbeing Programme

Careers and Wellbeing Programme

The College and GCR's Careers and Wellbeing Programme comprises a series of events and activities designed specifically for St Antony's students to add value to the support you can access from University services. We work closely with the Careers Service and Counselling Service to plan the Careers and Wellbeing Programme.

This page has details about forthcoming and past events. The programme is updated frequently, and we will keep this webpage up to date with details as they are confirmed. 

As well as the programme of events, in February 2015 we launched 'From 5th week to 5th week: St Antony's supporting your wellbeing'. This is a series of emails for St Antony's students with facts and advice about maximising your potential by looking after yourself. Find all the emails here.

Identifying and overcoming the psychological challenges of academic postgraduate research

Tuesday 15 March 2016: 12.00 - 1.30pm, Nissan Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Alan Percy, Head of the University Counselling Service

In this talk, Alan will discuss the external and psychological challenges that students face, helpful strategies to improve emotional resilience, and information about seeking help when required. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend: please RSVP by Friday 11th March to

Journalism - a new part of your professional toolkit

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 12.00-14.00pm, Nissan Lecture Theatre 

Speaker: Robert Steiner, Director of the Fellowships in Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada

The current revolution in journalism is opening a unique opportunity for professionals and scholars to shape the global coverage of their fields of expertise, without necessarily becoming conventional reporters. They may wield even greater influence by developing a journalism career alongside professional or research work.

Becoming a well-regarded journalist for audiences around the world – whether full-time or part-time – demands unique disciplines, and yields unique professional and intellectual rewards.

This seminar will introduce you to some of the disciplines of global correspondence, and lead a conversation about different ways in which you might craft your own part-time or full-time journalism career. Please RVSP to by 16.00 on Monday 23 November. 

Thinking about a DPhil at St Antony's College?

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 12.00-13.30, Nissan Lecture Theatre. 

Advice and guidance on making a strong application, applying for funding, and what it's really like to be a doctoral student at St Antony's. This very popular seminar, now in its fourth year, is aimed at St Antony's Master's students but all are welcome. 

  • Making a strong DPhil application: Professor Nandini Gooptu, Associate Professor of South Asian Studies and Head of the Department of International Development
  • Funding your DPhil: Jenny Roberts, Head of Graduate Admissions & Funding, Graduate Admissions and Funding Office
  • Doing a DPhil - a supervisor's perspective: Rachel Murphy, Associate Professor in the Sociology of China and Fellow at St Antony's College
  • Being a DPhil student at St Antony's: Densua Mumford, DPhil International Relations; Abhijit Sarkar, DPhil Oriental Studies.

Places are limited. Please RSVP to by 4pm on Wednesday 4 November. 

20.10.15 What can the Careers Service do for you?

Tuesday 20 October 2015, 1.15-2.15pm, Syndicate Room, Old Main Building

During this seminar you will find out more about the University's excellent Careers Service, and how it can support both new and continuing students now and after your studies. This seminar will be led by Dr Jane Chanaa from the University Careers Service. 

28.02.15 Careers Conference 2015: Making transitions
23.02.15 Emerging markets in the MENA region - new safe havens? 
21.01.15 Journalism - a new part of your professional toolkit
03.12.14 Writing mainstream news articles

Careers Conference 2015: Making transitions

Saturday 28 February 2015, 11.00am-6.00pm, venues around College

"The careers advice I have often found has felt slightly generic. But the Careers Conference really presented the advice I've been seeking after in a more personalized way, in light of the unique challenges I'm facing as an Oxford graduate student. It really was the best career event I have ever attended, and I felt very encouraged and equipped from the program." - Talene Bilazarian, MPhil Politics: Comparative Government

The Careers Conference 2015: Making Transitions covered a range of practical career-related support for St Antony's students, from strengthening interview skills to one-to-one CV reviews with specialist alumni of the College. Panel sessions during the day featured a host of alumni speaking about their experiences of Antonians working around the world, changing careers, and options for current and prospective DPhil students in their post-study career.

Click here for details about last year's Careers Conference. Here's what participants had to say about the 2014 conference:

"The session about CVs was extremely useful, it was concise, direct and gave the audience very practical advice we can easily implement" - Helena Ferreira Santos Lopes, DPhil History

"The quality of the presentations was almost uniformly high, and was also very diverse: some panelists spoke anecdotally about their lives, while others spoke more abstractly or practically about what one would need to do enter that sector, and others gave concrete suggestions about persistence and strategies" - DPhil attendee

"I thought that what the panelists had to say was really interesting and relevant to my interests and career plans"- MPhil attendee

Emerging markets in the MENA region - new safe havens? 

Monday 23 February, 5.00-6.45pm, Fellows' Dining Room

This lecture by the Oxford Business Group (OBG) will be followed by a careers presentation on working for OBG.

Please see the Events page for details.

Writing mainstream news articles

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 5.30-6.30pm, Syndicate Room, Old Main Building

This seminar will be led by alumna Katie Engelhart (MPhil Modern British and European History, 2012). Katie is a producer/writer at VICE News. Her work has appeared far and wide, in publications including: The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Maclean's, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, Salon, World Policy Journal, Discover and BBC History.

Working whilst studying

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 5.30-6.30pm, Fellows' Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building

This seminar will feature short talks by the College’s Development Director and the GCR Bar Manager about opportunities to work in College; current students will share advice and guidance on combining work and study; and the College’s HR Manager will be on hand to offer guidance about the practicalities of working for the College/in the UK. There will also be a question and answer session.