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 The Departmental Postdoc Committee Chairs Network was formed in May 2014 to form a University wide voice for postdocs.  At the inaugural meeting a list of 13 postdoc needs were identified and prioritised. In May 2016 a 14th need was added.

Each of the identified priorities will be explored in depth at the termly DPCCN meeting and the outcomes reported to the OPdA Management Committee, PdOC Society and any other relevant committee e.g. Researcher Development Committee.

  1. Postdocs have the opportunity and resources to achieve research excellence and recognition for contributions to their research community.
  2. Postdocs have support for their strategic career plan and progression; transition to becoming an independent researcher; progression within Cambridge.
  3. Postdocs have access to leadership development opportunities.
  4. Postdocs have access to teaching development opportunities.
  5. Postdocs are represented at a departmental and University level.
  6. Postdocs have access to appropriate and timely mentoring support, including postdocs on short term contracts.
  7. Postdocs have a meaningful, timely and regular professional review e.g. with PI or line manager.
  8. Postdocs have access to personal and professional development opportunities, including a centrally managed listing for all training opportunities.
  9. Postdocs are supported when moving to careers outside academia.
  10. Postdocs have networking opportunities (both professionally and socially).
  11. Postdocs have a timely induction and are welcomed to Cambridge, both at a University and departmental level.
  12. Postdocs receive 'alumni' benefits on leaving Cambridge.
  13. Postdocs have access to Collegiate Cambridge i.e. College affiliation.
  14. Postdocs have access to services and activities to enhance their well-being as well as identifying sources of family support.


Minutes / Presentations

6 March 2019

28 Nov 2018

13 June 2018

24 October 2016

18 May 2016

17 February 2016

22 October 2015

19 May 2015

26 February 2015

08 October 2014

29 May 2014



PMC Recognising & Evaluating Researcher Development March 2018

DPCCN Consultation on the OPdA mentoring pilot scheme Oct 2015

DPCCN Consultation on 'access to Personal and Professional Development Opportunities Oct 2015

HR Committee Jan 2015

RDC Committee July 2014

OPdA Management Committee Feb 2014