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Postdoc Academy


We offer two training courses for postdocs looking to develop their leadership skills - Leadership Coaching and Leadership in Action.

Places are limited and we select participants through an application process for each course.

If you have any questions, please contact


Leadership Coaching

This 6-week group coaching programme for University of Cambridge postdocs provides an opportunity for personalised learning in a supportive and confidential environment.

Through group discussions, exercises and reflection, you will:

  • gain a better understanding of leadership styles (and define your own)
  • work on your emotional intelligence, communication, conflict resolution, goal setting and time management
  • assess your current leadership strengths
  • create a personal development plan to improve your skills and achieve your goals.

Regular meetings with like-minded people will enhance your motivation and accountability – key aspects needed for sustainable change.

The six workshops will take place on Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm:

  • 25 April - Postdoc Centre at Mill Lane
  • 2 May - Online
  • 9 May - Online
  • 23 May - Postdoc Centre at Mill Lane
  • 30 May - Online
  • 6 June - Online

To apply, please complete the application form by Friday 31 March.


Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action is a nationally recognised, practical training programme delivered online in collaboration with several other institutions (including hosts King's College London and University College London).

This programme offers a unique opportunity to reshape your ideas about being a leader and expand your leadership skills, supported by experienced coaches and fellow researchers from different disciplines and institutions.

The programme will also help you to:

  • understand the impact of leadership styles on those being led
  • influence people towards a common goal/purpose
  • receive feedback on your own leadership styles and identify how these can be developed further
  • engage with researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages.

Applications for the Spring 2023 course closed on Wednesday 18 January.

If you would like to be notified when this course opens again for applications, please register your interest here.