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Engineering Department Postdoc Committee


This page provides resources of use to PostDocs new to the Engineering Department. It complements the Useful Links found elsewhere on this site.


The Rental Deposit Loan Scheme

The University has launched a new employee benefit called the Rental Deposit Loan Scheme.  This is an interest free loan to put towards the costs of renting privately and may be used for the initial security deposit, the first month’s rent and/or administration fees.  The attached documents give further details but the main points are:

- This is an interest free loan for 10 months to cover the initial security deposit, first month’s rent and/or admin fees.  

- You can borrow the equivalent of one month’s net pay, up to a maximum of £3,000, whichever is the lesser amount.

- Open to existing employees and new starters and to qualify you must be looking to rent within a 20 mile radius of the City centre.

- The loan is paid back through payroll deductions over a 10 month period.

 The scheme will be publicised widely in November 2017 but is available now.  Further details will be posted on the Department’s HR websiteand any queries/completed applications can be directed to the HR office for academic, academic related and assistant staff, and the Research Office for research staff.


College Affiliation

The Cambridge colleges remain an integral part of the University, but many postdocs are not affiliated with a college during their time in Cambridge and do not get to experience this part of Cambridge life. However, recently there has been a push by various parties to integrate postdocs with the college system and PdOC - the Postdocs of Cambridge Society - are working hard on this front. To help you navigate the often complex path to becoming affiliated with a college, PdOC have put together this useful guide that explains the different college affiliations available to postdocs and how to find opportunities, as well as a comprehensive summary for each college of available positions, their benefits and how to apply!


PDoC Society Information for New Postdocs

The Postdoc society's guide for new Postdocs can be found here.


Departmental Safety Induction Form