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Postdocs in the UK Higher Education Landscape

The OPdA’s aims and activities are aligned with the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

This is an agreement between funders and employers to improve employment and support for researchers. It is based around these key principles:

 

  1. Recruitment and Selection
  2. Recognition and Value
  3. Support and Career Development
  4. Support and Career Development
  5. Researchers’ Responsibilities
  6. Diversity and Equality
  7. Implementation and Review

 

These principles also form the basis of the University’s submission to the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

The award demonstrates a university’s commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will in turn improve the quality, quantity and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The University of Cambridge has held the award since 2011.

Organisations that hold the HR Excellence in Research Award are required to undertake an internal self-assessment of their progress in achieving the actions/outcomes set out in their action/implementation plan at least once every two years.

Download the University’s submission from 2014.

 

National organisations

Researchers14 - the OPdA 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.

UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) – this is a group of research staff representatives from a broad range of UK universities, acting as a collective voice for research staff. The UKRSA is involved with research staff issues on a national and international level. They are supported by Vitae.

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

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Upcoming events

Focus Group with BME Researchers

May 23, 2018

Seminar Room G, Second Floor on 17 Mill Lane

Let’s Talk Commercialisation – An Intro for Postdocs

Jun 05, 2018

Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, 105 Eddington Place

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ESRC New Investigator Grants: apply by 25 June

May 21, 2018

The ESRC have announced their New Investigators scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience.

Inaugural Fellows of the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme announced

May 18, 2018

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is proud to announce the first nine recipients of the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship programme.

Canada UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - apply by 25 June 2018

May 16, 2018

Applications are now open for a new Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on developing and strengthening the skills required for postdoctoral researchers to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs, by embedding them in internationally leading centres of excellence both in the UK and in Canada.

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