Lectures and seminars

Every year the department organises series of seminars at which distinguished academics are invited to speak and present their work to the department. These seminars offer superb opportunities to hear from renowned international scholars, and to network with experts in the field. Visit our events page for information about current and previous seminars.

In addition, the department holds a weekly colloquium at which research groups based in the department present their work. These are a great opportunity to present material, network with staff and other students, and gain a broader understanding of research ongoing in the department.

The department holds the annual Sidney Ball Memorial Lecture. These lectures were first established after World War I in memory of Sidney Ball. Leading figures in social policy and intervention are invited to deliver these public lectures. More information and texts or podcasts of the lectures can be found on the Sidney Ball Memorial lectures page.

As a student at the University of Oxford, you also have the opportunity to attend public lectures and seminars arranged by other departments and by colleges. Specialist seminars are regularly run across the University, and attending these offers superb opportunities to hear from a range of speakers and to broaden your network.