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Postdoc Academy


There are now estimated to be 75-80,000 postdocs nationwide in the UK. To put this in perspective, the entire US boasts between 80-100,000 postdocs. The UK is clearly a hub for young talent - something we must work hard to maintain in the years to come.

There are a number of organisations around the UK and Europe which bring together and give voice to postdoc representatives.



The Postdoc Academy is a founding member of Researchers14 – a group of UK universities interested in promoting and developing provision for postdoctoral researchers.

Together, these universities represent 65% of the research staff community in the UK. 

With this group of researchers as its sole focus, Researchers14 provides a strategic view of the people, culture and issues surrounding this researcher community, and shares good practice in researcher development.


UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA)

The UKRSA is a group of representatives from a broad range of UK universities, acting as a collective voice for research staff.

Established in 2010, they aim to support the careers of research staff and to promote interactions between researchers in different institutions. The mission of the association is to “empower research staff to take control of their career, and contribute to policy”.



Vitae is a membership organisation aiming to strengthen institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers.



The European Network of Postdoctoral Associations was formed to bring together postdoctoral associations and individual postdoctoral scientists currently working in Europe.

Latest news

Registration open for the 2021 National Postdoc Conference

20 July 2021

This virtual conference is an opportunity for UK postdocs to engage with funding agencies, policy influencers, researcher developers, career development professionals, and stakeholders across the research sector.

Cambridge Climate Action Coalition - call for speakers

7 July 2021

Cambridge Climate Action Coalition are seeking three postdocs to talk about sustainable finance tools and sustainable transport at a series of workshops in September.

July Postdoc Masterclass Sessions

30 June 2021

The final two sessions of this academic year deal with intercultural communication and navigating uncertainty.

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