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Human Resources


Learning and development opportunities 

The University offers many learning and development opportunities, as listed below:

Below is further information about the main University training providers:

University Computing Service (UCS) – The UCS exists to help you get the most out of your computing. Facilities are free and available to all staff, provided your computer use is connected with University work. The Computing Service also provides a wide range of training courses for all categories of staff.

Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) – The ICE offers a wide ranging and flexible programme of part-time courses to everyone over the age of eighteen, whether they are looking to develop or change their career, or just increase their level of knowledge on a particular subject.

Personal and Professional Development (PPD) - PPD facilitates learning opportunities for all university staff enabling them to achieve their potential and contribute to the provision of excellent teaching and research in the University. Their purpose is to support you in the professional and personal development of your skills, attitudes and knowledge in the areas of teaching, research, support services, management and leadership development, to help you achieve University objectives and departmental priorities.

University of Cambridge Personal and Professional Calendar of Training September - December 2017

PPD Researcher Development Programme - PPD has developed Researcher Development programmes specifically for research staff and students. The programmes include training in teaching, as well as managing research projects, writing and developing personal strengths in communicating and working with others, amongst others.

University Language Centre – The Language Centre offers members of staff language-learning and teaching services if their work requires them.

Lectures and Seminars - Staff and students may attend any of the University lectures and seminars organised by various internal institutions.

Concordat to support the career development of researchers - The Concordat is a statement of principles for the support and management of researchers' careers issued by Universities UK, the Research Councils, and other major research sponsors. It covers the responsibilities of research staff, your managers, employers, and funders. More detailed information can be found on the Concordat website:

Employment and Career Management Scheme for Researchers - The Employment and Career Management Scheme for Researchers draws on the framework of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. It sets out clear, fundamental standards and has been designed to be adaptable to the needs of researchers, principal investigators, supervisors of researchers, and departments, faculties, institutes and centres.

The Scheme describes full policy but shorter reference resources are available which may be sufficient information for your immediate purposes, including a career management tool which provides a practical guide for researchers to managing careers.

University Careers Service - The University has a dedicated careers advice service for post-docs and research staff covering academic, industry and other career options: Liz Simmonds and Madelaine Chapman are the post-doc careers advisers for the School of Physical Sciences which includes the Department of Chemistry. They offer regular appointments for career guidance discussions, application feedback and mock interviews as well as hosting and organising a range of events and workshop.

To arrange an appointment email:

You are also encouraged to register with the post-doc careers advice service to receive information and updates that would be relevant to you and your career progression.

Job Opportunities - Job vacancies are advertised on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. In addition, some posts are advertised in the Cambridge University Reporter (the official journal of the University of Cambridge), the local and national press, specialist publications and job sites.

Consultancy Opportunities - Any member of University staff may undertake consultancy through Cambridge Enterprise, including academic, academic-related and assistant staff, as well as PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Intellectual Property Rights - The University has a policy on the ownership of intellectual property which includes a generous revenue share for inventors. Further information is available from University of Cambridge Enterprise.

Promotion - Promotion is the appointment of existing members of staff to another post or office at a higher grade than the one previously held. This may be the result of either a successful application for an advertised vacancy, or, where appropriate, personal promotion.

When a member of University staff is promoted to a higher grade, the salary will increase by either two additional increments or will become the first service point on the new grade, whichever is the greater. The maximum possible scale point on promotion is the highest point on the scale below the discretionary points, that is, discretionary points on scales are not available on promotion.

The University Training Booking System provides a central point for staff and students of the University and its Colleges to search for and book onto a variety of training courses run by participating University training providers:

Staff review

Staff review and development (SRD) is an essential part of the University’s commitment to developing staff and to delivering a high quality service, providing a way of balancing your personal needs and ambitions with the University’s overall objectives.

The review process should enhance work effectiveness and facilitate career development by encouraging staff to discuss their achievements, address challenges, set targets and consider their training and personal development requirements. it should ensure that members of staff are clear about their responsibilities and that they have a formal regular opportunity to discuss any help they may need in meeting them.

The reviewer is normally the line manager/supervisor. This process does not replace good management practice, nor is it used as a disciplinary tool or a means of determining pay. For contract research staff, the first review will be conducted 12 months after appointment and thereafter annually. Assistant staff reviews are usually every two years after the contract start date.

The University’s Staff Review and Development Scheme provides further guidance and is a useful source of information.

For queries regarding SRD, you should speak with your line manager or contact Marita Walsh, Support Services Manager or Kathleen Pickett, Welfare, Training and Development Adviser.