Research Assistant Review

by University of Oxford


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • On a daily basis, I would consult with my manager to get through day to day tasks. This would normally include systematically reviewing papers for an overall data extraction. There would be multiple projects at a time so much of my day would revolve around meetings and talks of next steps for projects.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I understood the true meaning of time management and making the most out of your day. At University I would fit in a couple of lectures and other bits, but now as I come back to my 3rd year, I am prepared for the work that the dissertation demands. By focusing and efficiently planning your time, your day ends up being far more productive, only being in real world industry would have achieved this.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, a lot. After a couple of weeks showcasing my skills, my manager allowed me to have a mini intern of my own which was great. I learn't how to manage my time whilst dedicating important bits to another. Although this person was my peer, I was able to learn how to have difficult conversations and still get tasks done efficiently.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I would say, a lot of the time, it was my manager providing tasks, and me delegating how long I wanted to spend on them. With this, if help was needed I would ask, but most of the time you must have been able to exercise your common sense and puzzle pieces together importantly.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • It was really nice being surrounded by so many working women. It definitely pushed me to work further and understand more about the working life and culture. The atmosphere was mainly positive but as I was surrounded by researchers, everyone was working at 100 mph so although it was great to be a part of, it was stressful coming out of 2nd year and being thrown into working at this pace too.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement, not just for the experience, but I met some amazing individuals.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at University of Oxford
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend University of Oxford to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to University of Oxford
  • Don't be scared, you don't have to be the smartest person getting all A's. You need to prioritise common sense, and thinking on your feet. This world needs problem solvers not people who stick to the book.

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Placement (10 Months+)


North East

October 2023

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