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Many services and departments across the University have created online development opportunities for postdocs which can be accessed remotely at any time. You can find details of each of them below. See the "New content" section to quickly link to our latest offerings.

We welcome your ideas for new professional development training and opportunities. You can submit these or vote on ideas submitted by other postdocs via slido.


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Services providing online professional development training

The Postdoc Academy (PdA)

The Postdoc Academy has been adapting its traditionally in-person activities for online delivery. Be sure to check the weekly Postdoc Bulletin for the latest offerings or visit the Postdoc Calendar for upcoming scheduled events.

  • We have moved our Postdoc Welcome Event for new postdoctoral research staff online. If you haven't previously attended one of these sessions, be sure to sign up to learn about the range of services, resources and benefits available to you as a postdoc at the University of Cambridge.
  • We are also hosting regular Q&A sessions to address postdocs' questions and concerns about the impact of the current COVID-19 situation. 
  • The Postdoc Academy is a leading partner of the Postdocs to Innovators (p2i) consortium. This international partnership between Higher Education Institutes and global companies was created in recognition of the increasing need to enhance postdoctoral researchers' entrepreneurial mindset and a key set of skills they can use that will be personally and professionally meaningful both within and outside of academia. Applications are now open for the p2i Network's 2 new FREE online courses for postdoctoral researchers from the University of Cambridge and partner Institutes who want to learn to innovate and/or to pursue venture creation. Find out more about the courses and how to apply here. There are many more opportunities to explore entrepreneurship in Cambridge – find out more here.


Researcher Development

The Researcher Development team provides development opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and research staff. There are many ways that you can engage in Researcher Development remotely online, and we are actively developing more.

  • Listen to RD Audio at our new YouTube channel, including podcasts on Procrastination, Resilience and Communicating Remotely.
  • Online Researcher Development Coaching for all postdocs, tailored to individual need. These provide opportunities to consider and discuss topics relating to learning, skills and personal development.
  • Linkedin Learning is widely used by academic and business institutions across the world and is now available to all University students and staff. The Researcher Development team has evaluated and curated a series of Researcher Development learning collections on the topics of research expertise, personal effectiveness, engaging with others, and career progression to help you with your research and to contribute to your professional development.
  • The “Successful Researcher Roadmap” online training course is a self-paced workshop best suited for early career researchers with a specific research project or career goal to plan. The course will introduce you to a tool which has been specifically adapted to enable you to comprehensively map out your project plan in a structured way. By the end of the course you will have a “roadmap” with all the aspects of a successful project, as well as lifetime access to course materials. To determine whether this workshop is right for you, we encourage you to learn more by visiting the course website. If you would like to register your interest in participating in this online training, please complete this form.


Postdoc Careers Service

During this period the Postdoc Careers Service is operating an online provision. You can schedule a virtual appointment with a postdoc careers adviser or access online workshops and other content by signing up for a Handshake account, which will also give you access to the Handshake career management and networking platform.  


Cambridge Centre for Teaching & Learning (CCTL)

CCTL’s introductory Teaching Remotely Guides identify some challenges arising from starting to teach (and learn) online, and offer some ideas and examples of ways to address them. This includes support and advice on conducting supervision and lecturing online.


Personal & Professional Development (PPD)

PPD delivers practical and relevant online development opportunities to all staff of the University of Cambridge.

PPD on demand are short, high impact resources to enable skills and knowledge to be developed quickly and easily and complement the more in-depth online courses


Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC)

In collaboration with Cambridge University Libraries, OSC offers regular training for early career researchers.

Virtual training is available online at Library Guides: Research Skills Training.


Public Engagement

The public engagement team provide a wide range of training and bespoke advice on applying for funding, building partnerships, and evaluation. 

The University of Cambridge Engaged Researcher Training is now running an online edition.

The specially developed online format of the workshops allows participants to mainly work in their own time while receiving training sessions, mentoring and hands-on activities to develop their own ideas and materials. 


Wellbeing support and E&D

Prioritising your wellbeing is essential for professional success. There is a range of resources available for postdocs via the HR Division's Equality & Diversity Office, including training and events and links to a range of diversity networks, many of which provide support related to COVID-19.

If you are finding the current situation particularly difficult and need to speak with someone confidentially about how you are feeling, the HR Division also offers free 24/7 anonymous online support for mental health wellbeing via access to The Big White Wall.


Other resources

You may also wish to explore the University's list of learning and development providers on the Staff Professional Development homepage for a range of other training providers and opportunities. 

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