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The tenth round of the Returning Carers' Scheme.

Applications are invited from academics, researchers and employees whose primary role is undertaking research for funding to support career development following a career break or a period of leave for caring responsibilities.

Examples of activities that have been funded by the Scheme include:

· Attendance at conferences in the UK and overseas

· Short-term research support, for example to generate preliminary data to support research grant applications

· Teaching 'buy-outs' for college or departmental teaching

· Travel and accommodation costs of research collaborators coming to Cambridge (to reduce the need for the returning carer to travel and to support work-life balance)

· Indirect childcare expenses, for example, the travel and accommodation expenses of the person looking after an accompanying child while the researcher/academic attends a conference overseas

· Secondments or short term research assignments (for example to an external laboratory)

· Training to support career development

· Support for assistance in grant writing

· Training to support career development

· Equipment purchase to support independent research

The updated guidance and application form are available on the HR Division website, as follows:



National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future

DATE/LOCATION: 19-20 September 2017, The Postdoc Centre at Eddington, Cambridge

National Postdoc Meeting is hosted by the Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society and the University of Cambridge. The meeting aims to bring together representatives from research staff associations (RSAs) from around the UK and all interested postdocs.

The meeting will give postdocs from all different disciplines and research institutions in the UK a chance to meet and network with each other and with invited guests and speakers from the academic and research policy world. Additionally the meeting will fall during what is known in the US as the Postdoc Appreciation Week which will be celebrated!




EPSRC Physical Sciences Early Career Researcher Workshops

DATE/LOCATION: Thurs 5th October (Bristol), Tues 17th October (Manchester)


The EPSRC Physical Sciences theme will be holding 2 one day workshops for ECRs in October. The purpose of these events includes to communicate EPSRC policy changes around the transition from First Grants to New Investigator Awards, changes to our Fellowship priority areas and to facilitate career development and contact with colleagues. Engagement with a broad range of ECRs is part of the theme mission and goals.

The workshops are being held in Bristol and Manchester on 5th October and 17th October 2017 respectively.  An expression of interest form is being used to aid selection of attendees. Applications to express interest in attending are open until 18th August 17.00. The link to the EOI and further information can be found here:


Information on Applying for Housing at North West Cambridge

Postdocs employed by the University, Colleges, and Partner Institutes can now apply to rent accommodation on the North West Cambridge (NWC) site, which is due to be completed from spring 2017 onwards.

Here is some information about what is available, how eligibility and priority on the waiting list is calculated and how to apply.

* The first phase of accommodation is due to be available from Spring 2017. This will consist of around 700 furnished 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.  Maximum occupancy is a household of two adults and one child.

* Rents on the NWC site are subsidised and will vary for each individual or household - they will be calculated based on 30% of household income.

* To be eligible for NWC accommodation you must have a contract of at least 18 hours/week with the University, College, or Partner Institute - and you must have at least 12 months remaining on your contract.

* You can apply now via the Accommodation Service website - you can find more info on how to do this and some things to bear in mind when applying for NWC housing here.

* Applicants are placed on the waiting list for NWC accommodation in one of eight categories, with the highest priority given to those new to Cambridge.

The Accommodation Service website:

If you have questions, you can contact Ruth Mann, Area Housing Manager, at