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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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Jun 28, 2018

On 14th June 2018, nine early career researchers embarked on the new Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme to work on major challenges facing the modern world. The programme will support these outstanding researchers in seeking to shape the future for the betterment of society.

i-Teams call for projects 2018-19

Jun 18, 2018

Are you thinking about commercialising your research, or interested in investigating new uses for it? Then i-Teams can help!

Entrepreneurship trip to Argentina - apply by 25 June

Jun 18, 2018

Are you a PhD student or a postdoc running a successful technological startup? Global Shapers will cover a trip and accommodation to share your entrepreneurial experience in Argentina.

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