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Postdoc Academy


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.

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


The Postdoc Academy

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.


Our work

With its unique overview of the postdoctoral community in Cambridge and beyond, the role of the Postdoc Academy is to enable each individual postdoc to realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole.

We do this through professional development, policy advocacy and pastoral services, as well as the provision of physical community-building spaces across the city.


Our work covers:

Policy and Research Culture

Leadership Fellowships

Innovation and entrepreneurship training

Researcher development


Supporting postdoc networks and societies

Provision of the Postdoc Centres



Latest news

Postdoc representatives needed for Public Engagement Advisory Group

20 October 2021

The Public Engagement Advisory Group is looking for a number of postdoc representatives to help shape how the University engages with external audiences.

Academic Writing Month 2021

6 October 2021

This November, join early career researchers from across the UK to participate in Academic Writing Month with a range of writing and publishing events and resources.

Paid teaching opportunities available with Cambridge Advance Online

5 October 2021

Cambridge University Press and Assessment and the University of Cambridge are now recruiting for online course tutors for their new partnership, Cambridge Advance Online.

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