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October 2015

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Welcome to another exciting academic year!

The OPdA is delighted to be launching into its second year with a full schedule of activities. We will be hosting an exciting range of Courses, Talks and Events alongside activities from EPOC, PPD, Careers and many more. We are delighted by the response to our new starter Induction Programme and look forward to meeting many of you in the term. If you haven't signed up to an Induction Event please click here.

If you're new to Cambridge or yet to visit the Postdoc Centre we are located in the Basement 16 Mill Lane - we have FREE coffee and biscuits! You can also borrow books and CDs from our well-stocked library and    book rooms FREE of charge.

Finally, the OPDA has two new members of staff! Emma Sherlock is in  charge of our Communications and Kristen Klebba who will be working with us on the Colleges Engagement Project.

We have a big agenda for the coming year - make sure you keep up to date via this newsletter!

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Postdocs of Cambridge Society (PdOC)



Newcomers and Visiting Scholars (NVS)

Careers Service


Personal Professional Development (PPD)


Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC)

New Developments in Equipment Sharing 2015

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The PdOC Society is your Society, run by postdocs for postdocs. This past June, PdOC held its 3rd Annual General Meeting where we revised our constitution, elected a new committee and discussed current policy issues.

You can meet the newly elected 2015-16 PdOC Society committee and find out more about PdOC on our website Keep up to date about funding opportunities, College membership, conferences, networking and training opportunities, as well as PdOC social events via our weekly newsletter. Register at If you have any questions for the new committee please get in touch via

PdOC Formal Hall at Churchill College
PdOC invites all postdocs and their guests to a PdOC Formal Hall at Churchill College on Wednesday 28 October. Come along to dine in the largest College Hall and meet members of the College and postdocs from across the University. Tickets cost £37.50 for a 3 course meal with wine. For full details and how to buy your ticket click here.

A Postdoc ‘Voice’
The PdOC Society represents postdocs from all faculties, schools and departments at the University of Cambridge and Partner Institutions. PdOC, in collaboration with the OPdA, leads the Departmental Postdoc Committee Chairs Network (DPCCN) to represent your views and needs. The network meets once a term to focus on specific postdoc needs and make recommendations. You can see a full list of members here.

The priorities chosen for this year are:
(1) support for strategic career plan and progression
(2) leadership and teaching opportunities for postdocs
(3) access to personal and professional development opportunities

The next meeting of the DPCCN is on Thursday 22 October from 6-8pm. If you are a member of a departmental postdoc committee that is not currently represented, or would like to establish a new postdoctoral committee in your department please email The OPdA and PdOC Society can offer you support and training to establish a new committee.

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Follow us on twitter @CamPostdocs.

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars have appointed a new Director - Jane Luzio, Senior Member of St Edmund’s College and wife of the former Master, Prof Paul Luzio.

Jane will be responsible for a programme of Talks, Events, Tours and Outings for the spouses, partners and families of academics associated with the University, who are new to Cambridge.

The first meeting will be held on the 6th October at 10.30am in The University Centre, Mill Lane, CB2 1RU for Registration and Introduction to NVS activities.

A vibrant and enthusiastic group of volunteers offer a warm welcome, a place to meet others and an opportunity to join a variety of groups. Topics for the groups include; discussion, arts and craft work, reading, singing, cookery, walking and children’s activities as well as providing informal English language classes and a chance to experience traditional Afternoon Teas.

For full details please see our website.jane photo


“It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to join such an important group within Cambridge University, providing caring support to the families from around the globe. Whether our members are here for a short or longer period, they are always welcome."

Jane Luzio


This term we are covering all career areas.

Briefing sessions and workshops include: Using LinkedIn As a PhD, Writing a Research Statement, Understanding the UK Academic Landscape, CVs for group leader and lectureship positions, CV for R&D in industry, CVs for non-research roles, alternative (non-research) career options for postdocs.

Find out about these and all our events under 'What's On'

DON'T FORGET we can see you for individual confidential careers appointments, including practice interviews at any stage. Just see our website for details.

For more information register here.

- Do you want to invest time in your personal and professional development but don’t know where to start?

- Do you recognise that professional development planning (PDP) is a key component of your career progression?

If you have answered yes, click here to sign up for this FREE online PDP programme.
[Note: you can access this online course but remember to sign up first using the login button at the top right of the screen using your @cam email address]

Once you have identified your personal and professional needs, check out what you can access for FREE through the University of Cambridge at PPD.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you select a hyperlinked course or programme, you will be taken to the bookings page. If the workshop or programme is showing as full, please click again on the name of the workshop or programme to be taken through to the link which allows you to put yourself on the waiting list. Please do take the time to complete this extra step so we can anticipate and meet the needs of postdocs/research staff for our future workshops and programmes.

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) is a new club founded by postdoctoral researchers at the University of Cambridge. With support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA), Judge Business School (CfEL), Cambridge Enterprise, and other prominent partners, the club's aims are to:

- Create awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities

- Support members in their pursuit of entrepreneurial careers

- Foster a multidisciplinary network of entrepreneurial Postdocs within the University

For more information please see EPOC website.

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EPOC is delighted to announce the following events taking place this term:

Marc Warner from The ASI
'Lab Rat to Fat Cat: My switch from Academic to Entrepreneur'

Bradley Hardiman from Cambridge Enterprise
'Commercialising your ideas as a Cambridge Post-doc: What you Need to Know'

Simon H. Bittleston from Schlumberger
'From Research to Engineering to Mergers & Aquisitions and Back Again'

Amy Weatherup from i-Teams
'Evaluating the Potential of an Academic Discovery: Making the Entrepreneurial Leap'

Preparing for the new academic year has seen the completion of a number of projects under the umbrella of Equipment Sharing. The database currently holds 2420 individual items of equipment available for researchers and students across Cambridge, with 70 new items added over the summer period alone.

You too can search the Facilities held by Cambridge and the Science and Engineering South (SES) Consortium, by selecting ‘Facilities’ from the “Type” drop-down menu on the Cambridge Equipment Sharing Website

For More Information, please contact the Equipment Sharing Project Manager, Dr Christopher R Wilkinson.

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