It’s been a busy year since we launched the project in October 2016! So far, we have ran four Software Carpentry workshops, one Data Carpentry workshop β€” the first to be held in Oxford! β€” and we have hosted the first Oxford-based Software/Data Carpentry instructor training. Details are on our events page. So far, we have provided training to upwards of 100 learners from across the University who attended our workshops, in addition to 12 Oxford-based trainee instructors.

And we have some exciting news to share! ELIXIR-UK, the UK node of the European infrastructure for life science information, have identified a small number of institutions in the UK that they wish to support in delivering training in effective research computing. To this end, they are sponsoring a partnership between these institutions and Software/Data Carpentry for one year. We are one of three institutions to be offered sponsorship. We are extremely grateful to the Software Sustainability Institute for facilitating this opportunity!

Extending our partnership with Software/Data Carpentry through October 2018 will enable four additional Software/Data Carpentry workshops open to staff, researchers, and students across the University (catering to upwards of 120 learners). It will also enable the training of an additional six instructors based in Oxford. This will help consolidate the local capacity built over the first year of the project, ensuring that activities are self-sustaining in the future.

We are now planning a series of workshops for the coming months, and coordinating instructor training β€” as usual, check our events page, subscribe to our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @RR_Oxford for announcements!