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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Post Docs,

We hope you are all staying safe, staying busy and staying positive.

It has been said a lot before but bears repeating to everyone, to be kind to themselves and their colleagues and their circumstances during this difficult period of transition and uncertainty.

We are aware there are a number of initiatives and communications from central University, the Department, and respective Division, over the last two weeks, so rather than add to the load we choose to collate all relevant to our Post Docs and create a space that we can all easily access.

We would strongly encourage you to read the two emails from our senior colleagues, Professor Eilis Ferran and the Vice Chancellor in this link below:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/university-statements 

We would also recommend visiting the University's webpage surrounding coronavirus (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus) as it covers many questions and areas. This webpage is being regularly updated. 

We also appreciate the concerns in terms of impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research, more information is being updated on a regular basis.

HR Guidance surrounding COVID19-related matters can be found here: https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus-hr-guidance-institutions - (this covers sickness absence, managing working from home, pay and recording absence, TES workers, financial difficulties and annual leave).

For those whose contracts may be nearing an end, we would like to draw attention to the  Contracts Extension Scheme.

As well as the CUED’s intranet for help with practical IT support to aid your working from home transition: https://help.eng.cam.ac.uk/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-av-services/

This is a time when you may find yourself feeling anxious and not sure what to do next so please feel free to reach out to edpc-enquiries@eng.cam.ac.uk, you can also find information (updated daily) on the University FAQs pages.

Social groups

PdOC – Post Docs of Cambridge Society

To aid with the transition, PdOC have launched a Slack community for Cambridge postdocs to connect with, and support, each
other.

The Slack community can be found at:
https://join.slack.com/t/cambpostdoccom/shared_invite/zt-d358vnow-0t0JU2Q0ypoqKb90jBikbw

 

Virtual events and webinars

Women in Innovation Programme - Building Success webinar series 

Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Talks

 

Wellbeing and welfare

Wellbeing and mental health advice can be found here:https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus_wellbeing_mentalhealth

Active Coping Calendar for April 2020

  • Mindfulness

Weekly Monday session organised in Division D at noon

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/601395152

 

Staying healthy from home

Resources from the University Sports Centre

  • Running

University Staff Online Running Community

https://www.sport.cam.ac.uk/clubs-activities/university-running-groups/university-staff-online-strava-community

  • Online Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

https://www.youtube.com/user/doyogawithme


Opportunities to engage in COVID19-related research or volunteer

Find out how University of Cambridge researchers and experts are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register with the COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database

Respond to the Royal Academy of Engineering call for expertise

Engineers for Doctors

Register as a volunteer at Helpful Engineering

Send offers of support for local and national health services to covid-response@cam.ac.uk

Online continuing professional development opportunities

University of Cambridge Training  

  • Free online courses

https://www.coursera.org/ Options for accreditation

https://www.futurelearn.com/

 

E-resources

Access to additional e-resources during COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.libraries.cam.ac.uk/access-additional-e-resources-during-covid-19-outbreak

 

 

Finally to stay up-to-date with events and developments relevant to Post Doc community please consider the:

OPdA - Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

or Sign-up to the OPdA newsletter

 

Keep well,

Engineering Department Postdoc Committee