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Postdoc Career Progression

Teaching Programmes 

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - The PGCLHE is offered by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

This 12-month part-time course is open to Cambridge staff (academics, postdocs and professional staff) who teach / support learning of Cambridge students and who have a minimum of three years’ experience of teaching in higher education. To participate fully in the PGCTHLE, you should expect to dedicate the equivalent of 50 days over the course of the year to take part in a small number of day schools (4.5 days in total), online learning, independent study and developmental exercises and to prepare a portfolio of 10,000 words; you will also connect your PGCTLHE studies with your own teaching commitments. The programme is structured flexibly to support you in integrating your studies into your busy schedule. Course participants develop enquiry-based approaches to engaging with educational challenges and contributing to improvements in the education of students at Cambridge and at tertiary level more broadly. In particular, you will develop your understanding of how students learn; extend your repertoire of teaching, learning and assessment methods; critically consider the aims and outcomes of higher education curricula and courses, and develop a cogent personal philosophy of education drawing on understanding, use and critical awareness of educational research methods and reflective practice. This Master’s-level course is equivalent to 60 credits at Level 7. 

Teaching Associates’ Programme (TAP) - TAP is offered by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aimed at early-career researchers and academics who teach Cambridge students and who have at least 20 hours’ experience of teaching in higher education, TAP provides an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in HE. This 9-month course is designed to help you to explore different aspects of teaching practice and to develop your personal philosophy of teaching and learning, through a series of short workshops, online resources and individual developmental projects. To participate fully in TAP, you should expect to dedicate the equivalent of 10 days over the course of the programme, to take part in core sessions (2.5 days in total), independent study and practical teaching development exercises. TAP is offered by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning and is accredited by the Higher Education Academy at Descriptor 1 (Associate of the HEA). The course is open to Cambridge early-career researchers and academics who teach Cambridge students. There is no course fee.

ECR Teach - This course is offered by the Institute of Continuing Education.

The course is designed specifically for Postdoctoral Early Career Researchers. ECR-Teach will train participants in the key skills sought after by Higher Education Institutes in course design, teaching, assessment and evaluation. It will provide the opportunity to develop, and potentially deliver, a short course suitable for adult learners. ECR Teach will be taught at postgraduate FHEQ level 7 by the University’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). The course will combine intensive day-schools, short workshops, online learning resources, Tutor-facilitated discussions and peer-supported learning. Participants will be taught the core principles of course design – Audience, Content, Delivery, Technology, and Evaluation & Assessment. Working in cross-discipline teams these skills will be used to design short courses on a topic of your choice targeted at adult learners. Teams will pitch their course proposals to ICE who, for courses of an appropriate standard and rigour, will offer the opportunity for teams to deliver their courses to an adult audience. The ECR-Teach programme will run for approximately 15 weeks with the delivery of successful courses occurring 6-12 weeks later. Participants will be required to: attend two day schools and five workshops; engage with the online learning resources; participate in reflective practice; and contribute to the course design process in their allocated team.

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge

EPOC exists to maximise the entrepreneurial and business potential of Cambridge’s world-leading research community. EPOC develops and delivers initiatives to support Cambridge researchers in their pursuit of business and entrepreneurial ventures.

PPD Personal and Professional Development

This site 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. 

University Training Booking System

Researcher Development Programme

The Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF) helps you to prepare yourself in fifteen competencies that will be valued by both academic and non-academic employers in an increasingly interdisciplinary and international context.

Training Booking System 

Funding Opportunities

Funding schemes for Postdoctoral Fellowships

EPSRC

BBSRC

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme

Newton International Fellowships

The Royal Society

EMBO

Human Frontier Science Program

The Branco Weiss Fellowship 

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme

Careers Support 

You can find a wide range of specific information and support for postdocs in science

Vacancies & opportunities 

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