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December 2022

Mon 5
Postdoc Academy Workshop: Creativity in Research new [Places] 09:30 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Creativity is a critical part of research, helping people look at old problems in new ways.

In this practical workshop for postdocs, we will explore:

  • creativity as a way of operating rather than a talent
  • tools and techniques to boost your creative confidence
  • how to apply creative thinking to your own research questions.

To get the most out of the session, think of a particular problem or challenge in your research that you would like to work on creatively in the workshop. You might find the breakthrough you’ve been looking for!

About the facilitator: This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Geraint Wyn Story. After completing a PhD in the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge, Geraint worked in a biotech company and as a researcher development consultant, before founding his company Cambridge Training Associates.

Tue 6
Speed Group Networking for Postdocs new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Would you like to make professional connections with postdocs across the University of Cambridge?

Join our facilitated speed networking event to build your own network and make interdisciplinary connections with fellow researchers around the University.

This session will include:

  • advice and guidance on networking
  • allocated groups to allow participants to meet each other
  • ice-breaker themes and conversation-starters at each networking station
  • time to talk afterwards with people you have met during the session.

There will also be the opportunity to have a tour of the Postdoc Centre and information about other Postdoc Academy events and resources.

Thu 15
Postdoc Academy Masterclass: Negotiation and Influencing Skills [Places] 15:30 - 17:00 Online / Webinar

Do you know when it is appropriate to negotiate, and how to do this effectively? Would you like to improve your skills in communicating with influence?

This interactive session will introduce you to key principles of influencing and negotiation that can be applied in workplace situations.

In this 90-minute session, you will:

  • explore key principles of negotiation
  • identify the difference between asking and negotiating
  • gain practical techniques for communicating with influence
  • identify the appropriate negotiating style for your context.

You will have the opportunity to practice some of these skills in the session. To make the most of this session, we recommend that you come prepared to participate in discussions and activities.

January 2023

Tue 17
Immigration Info Session for Postdocs [Places] 14:30 - 16:30 Online / Webinar

With ever developing complexities in the UK’s immigration system, Graeme Ross, the University’s Head of Immigration for staff matters, conducts termly briefing sessions for non-UK postdocs holding UK visas.

These commonly cover the ‘basic’ work visas, such as Skilled Worker and Global Talent, and how to switch into or extend these in order to remain in the UK.

However additional guidance on applications for dependents and Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement is also covered.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about other immigration matters; not all of these may be answered on the day but would be followed up individually as needed.

Wed 18
Pensions Explained for Postdocs [Places] 12:00 - 13:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

In this session, you will learn about:

  • The State Pension system in the UK
  • Private Pensions in the UK
  • The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

The session will be delivered by Head of Group Pensions at the University of Cambridge, and there will be ample opportunity for asking questions.

February 2023

Tue 7
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Online / Webinar

A must-attend virtual session with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge
  • You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.

April 2023

Thu 20
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

A must-attend in-person session with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge
  • You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.

May 2023

Fri 12
Immigration Info Session for Postdocs [Places] 11:00 - 13:00 Online / Webinar

With ever developing complexities in the UK’s immigration system, Graeme Ross, the University’s Head of Immigration for staff matters, conducts termly briefing sessions for non-UK postdocs holding UK visas.

These commonly cover the ‘basic’ work visas, such as Skilled Worker and Global Talent, and how to switch into or extend these in order to remain in the UK.

However additional guidance on applications for dependents and Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement is also covered.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about other immigration matters; not all of these may be answered on the day but would be followed up individually as needed.

July 2023

Wed 5
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Online / Webinar

A must-attend virtual session with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge
  • You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.

September 2023

Wed 13
Postdoc Welcome Event [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

A must-attend in-person session with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about:

  • Your contract
  • Professional development and the Careers Service
  • How to connect to the wider postdoc community at Cambridge
  • You will also meet representatives from various University services who may be helpful to you while you are working in Cambridge.