University hotdesks – now available by phone/email/video call

With face to face hot-desking currently suspended, all of our staff are available on the phone and via email or video call. If you would like to book an appointment please contact one of the hot desk coordinators listed below. If your department doesn’t currently host a hot desk, just select the closest or most suitable.

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.

The creation of the hot desks has been achieved in collaboration with the hosting departments, and it is hoped 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.
  • Contact Kerry Antcliffe


  • Every Friday morning 9am-12 noon in the CRL atrium.
  • Contact Andrew Bowen

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 Andrew Bowen

Engineering Science & Materials

  • Every Wednesday morning in the Holder Building Café.
  • Contact Andy Robertson

Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB)

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

Pharmacology Cafe


  • Every Thursday, 10am-2pm alternately in the Denys Wilkinson Café West and the Clarendon Lab Café East.
  • Contact Amelia Griffiths

Plant Sciences (common room)

Psychiatry Cafe

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

Research Services at Worcester Street (ground floor in KEIT office)

  • Every Thursday 9am-12 noon
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Mairi Gibbs
  • Tel no. during hot-desk hours: 01865 616580

Robert Hooke building (RS area)

Sir William Dunn school of Pathology

  • Every third Tuesday of the month from 10am-12 noon in the canteen.
  • Contact Sally Sheard

The Foundry

  • Every Friday 9am-12 noon
  • Hot desk co-ordinator Catherine Spence
  • No phone number – please email or ask at reception in the Foundry.

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM)

  • Every Thursday morning 10am-12 noon, Central café in the WIMM: watch for announcements on the flat screen.
  • Contact Matt Carpenter

Wellington Square


  • 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 Amelia Griffiths


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 or call the hot desk number during its opening hours.

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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