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Postdoc Academy


Newcomers and Visiting Scholars (NVS)

NVS is a volunteer group that welcomes all those who are new to the University, as well as their families.

While postdocs are settling into their new working life, supported by colleagues, NVS is here to help their partners and families.

NVS organises social meetings every Tuesday morning, which include English Language Conversation, coffee and a children's play area, and a weekly talk on a range of topics.

They also organise groups which all members are welcome to join, around the following interests/activities:

  • Art
  • Cookery
  • Craft
  • Crochet and Knitting
  • Storytelling
  • Walking
  • World Women Writers
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Tea Parties
  • English Conversation

Find out more about the group and their programme of activities on the NVS website.


Finding work in the University

If your partner has permission to work in the UK, they can register with the University’s Temporary Employment Service (TES). TES provides temporary work opportunities throughout the University and its Colleges.

These are typically short-term cover for staff absences or temporary additional work, and can be in the areas of secretarial, administrative and library work, IT, finance, event planning, catering, cleaning and general maintenance.


Volunteering in the University

Volunteering means working unpaid by giving your time and skills for free. Voluntary work can be a good way to learn new skills, gain experience for your CV and be involved in something worthwhile in the local community.

The University of Cambridge hosts a wide range of volunteering opportunities, including:


You can find further information about support for families, including schools and childcare, on our Moving to Cambridge page.