Conference Keynote: “It’s OK to Leave" with Dr Emma Williams

Early career researchers are incredible super numerate, super literate, problem solving, project managing wonders. The wider world needs your talents! So why do so many of us find moving out of academia such a big mental leap? We will explore how to give ourselves the permission slip to make positive and proactive choices for our careers – academic and otherwise.

Keynote speaker: Dr Emma Williams is on a mission to enable researchers to take the next career step positively and proactively. Harnessing her 30+ years in and around Higher Education – from physicist to training business owner – she speaks, writes and trains on all things researcher development. Her favourite soapboxes include women’s development in Universities and encouraging researchers to investigate all things enterprising. She brings creativity, empathy and usually a large coffee to her work.

For those attending in-person, please arrive early to ensure seating. There is also an option to attend this event online.

There will be an in-person networking event with drinks and snacks immediately following the keynote talk, with your chance to meet our keynote speaker and a range of organisations across the university that can support your career development and wellbeing during your research position or PhD at Oxford.

This event is part of Careers Beyond Academia: Options and Pathways for Researchers, our careers conference for Oxford University research staff and DPhil students, 20-23 March 2023.