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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.

 

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 plant 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

Communication

Supporting postdoc networks and societies

Provision of the Postdoc Centres

 

 

Latest news

The Proactive Postdoc

18 January 2021

Our new podcast series showcases former Cambridge postdocs to shed light on how they maximised their time to learn and develop while working in the University.

Remembering Professor Chris Abell FRS FMedSci (1957-2020)

28 October 2020

A tribute to Professor Chris Abell, a kind and compassionate man who went out of his way to champion the postdoc community.

Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 Round-up

25 September 2020

Highlights from the celebrations for Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 at Cambridge.

Tweets from the Postdoc Academy