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Postdoc Academy

 

The Postdoc Academy is the lead organisation within the University of Cambridge with a focus on the postdoc community. Our mission is to enable Cambridge postdocs to realise their potential.

We work towards this aim through four pillars of activity:

  • Information - bringing postdocs the information they need, when they need it.
  • Community - fostering a sense of belonging for all postdocs.
  • Advocacy - working with the community to solve issues.
  • Professional Development - helping postdocs develop for their current role and beyond.

 

 

Find out more about the work we do in each of these areas:

 

Information

We deliver the most relevant information to postdocs in a timely, accessible way through a range of events and communications.

This primarly includes:

  • the Postdoc Bulletin - a weekly newsletter with links to upcoming events, opportunities and updates for postdocs
  • the Postdoc Calendar - a collated listing of all postdoc-oriented events around the University that you can search and filter to find what you're interested in
  • Twitter @Postdoc_Academy - sharing updates for and from the postdoc community, including job adverts, college affiliations, and postdoc-led initiatives
  • Postdoc Welcome Events - information events for new postdocs to help you find all the services and resources around the University that are here to help you as a postdoc.

 

Community

We provide opportunities and spaces for postdocs to create meaningful connections - at the three Postdoc Centres at Eddington, Mill Lane and the Biomedical Campus.

We work in close partnership with key postdoc societies, research networks, Colleges, and alumni.

We work with other University services to support individuals and communities with diverse needs.

 

Advocacy

We work closely with key postdoc groups, as well as with individuals and through surveys and focus groups, to understand the lived experience of Cambridge postdocs.

 

Professional Development

We create and deliver resources and programmes to support the development of researchers beyond their current research project.

This primarily includes:

 

For ideas on ways you can develop yourself while you are at Cambridge, take a look at our Professional Development Guidelines for Researchers.

 

Our history

In 2013, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs was established to better support the then 2,800 postdocs in Cambridge. A year later, the first Postdoc Centre was opened at 16 Mill Lane.

This was a recognition of the vital and growing significance of postdoctoral staff to the University’s success – and part of major commitments that the University has made to postdoc support.

Since then, we have opened two further centres and our flagship Postdoc Centre at Eddington is fully embedded in the local community, which houses over 750 University staff and their families.

We have seen our population of postdocs grow to over 4,200, a reflection of a trend across the UK, where there are now estimated to be 75-80,000 postdocs nationwide.

In 2020, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs changed its name to the Postdoc Academy.

This signifies not only the ever-expanding offerings of the Academy and its importance in the development and shaping of policy, but also the ways in which we support, alongside our national and international partners, the next generation of researchers to adapt to the challenges facing the planet today.

Find out more in our 2021 report on the last seven years of postdoc support at Cambridge.

Or watch our 2017 film about the development and importance of postdoc support here.