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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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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biomedical Sciences and Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 2019 call for applications now open

Jan 08, 2019

Two postdoctoral fellowship schemes managed by the OPdA are open for the 2019 round of applications - the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme and the Canada-UK Postdoctoral Fellowships for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Access to the Postdoc Centres during holidays

Dec 17, 2018

The OPdA offices and email accounts will not be monitored from 20 December, but the Postdoc Centres will remain open for hot-desking.

Consultancy opportunity - apply by 14 December

Nov 22, 2018

Applications are invited for developing an efficient and effective assessment tool which can measure cognitive diversity and cultural alignment across teams. This will be a short-term consultancy project with the potential for a long-term consultancy relationship.

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