University OUI Hot Desks

Bringing Oxford University Innovation closer to researchers….

Oxford University Innovation staff regularly attend hot desks in Oxford University departments. These hot desks serve as easy access points for Oxford researchers, students and support staff to talk to us about intellectual property, licensing and venture formation including social enterprises, software commercialisation, academic consultancy or entrepreneurial activities more generally.

Creation of the hot desks is done in collaboration with the hosting departments, with the aim that the presence of our staff at the hot desks will make it easier for staff from both hosting and nearby departments to access our expertise and advice.

Some OU researchers and staff also act as OUI Innovation Champions in departments and can be contacted to answer your questions about innovation and enterprise. Find out more about this here.

The departments and locations currently hosting Oxford University Innovation hot desks are as follows:

Begbroke Science Park (CIE, Thames Room)

Big Data Institute

  • Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month 12-2pm, in the BDI cafe.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Richard Auburn

Biochemistry (Café)

  • Every first Tuesday of each month from 10am-12 noon.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Dinali de Silva

NDORMS at Botnar

  • Fortnightly, 9am-5pm, in the ground floor admin office.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Kerry Antcliffe


  • Every Friday morning 9am-12 noon in the CRL atrium.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Cath Spence

Computer Science, Wolfson Building

  • Every Thursday afternoon (1-4pm) in common room.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Sandeep Singh

Earth Sciences

  • Second Tuesday of every month, 11.30am-1pm in the Researcher Common Room.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Vasco Szymanski

Engineering Science & Materials

  • Every Wednesday morning in the Holder Building Café.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Andy Robertson

Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB)

  • Fortnightly, 11.30am-1.30pm in the café area.
  • Hot desk coordinator Susan Campbell

Pharmacology Cafe

  • Second Tuesday of every month, 10am-12pm.
  • Hot desk co-ordinators Dinali De Silva


  • Every Thursday, 10am-2pm alternately in the Denys Wilkinson Café West and the Clarendon Lab Café East.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Serena de Nahlik

Plant Sciences (common room)

Psychiatry Cafe

  • Fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon, 1-4pm. Any other dates publicised within the Dept.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Emily Morris

Robert Hooke building (RS area)

Sir William Dunn school of Pathology

  • Every third Tuesday of the month from 10am-12 noon in the canteen.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Dinali De Silva

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM)

  • Every Thursday morning 10am-12 noon, Central café in the WIMM: watch for announcements on the flat screen.
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Susan Campbell


  • Every Friday, 9.30-11.30, café area (Ground Floor).
  • Hot desk coordinator Andrew Chan

Maths Institute (Cafe)

  • On a Monday, once every two months, café area.
  • Hot desk coordinator Paul Gass


If you have any questions about the hot desks please contact Oxford University Innovation’s University Relationship Manager, Dr Fiona Story. If you would like to book an appointment please email the relevant co-ordinator.

We are keen that we optimise the use of these hot desks and welcome feedback from researchers on all aspects of their operation. If you are interested in establishing one of our hot desks in your department please email Fiona Story – we would be pleased to hear from you.

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