The community of postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, in Cambridge numbers over 4,000 and is responsible for much of the research that underpins the University’s world-leading reputation. At University level the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs looks after the interests of this large group, whilst Hughes Hall was the first college appoint a Research Convenor to help build a sense of community and co-ordinate activity. This post is now being replicated in other Colleges as best practice for engaging postdocs.
The College currently has a number of Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) and Research Fellows (RFs), and we are steadily increasing the numbers appointed. This is a vibrant and energetic group of academics, forming a key contact point with Departments and Faculties in Cambridge and with other institutions beyond the city, and around the world.
Postdoctoral researchers at Hughes Hall engage in a variety of academic and social activities. RFs and PDRAs have regularly showcased their academic work to the Hughes Hall community. Researchers are frequently published in top ranking academic journals, are invited to prestigious conferences, and have had many awards granted to them.
The strength of this community is enhanced by lunches, dinners and formal meals organised at the College. New RFs and PDRAs are welcomed to the College through induction sessions which explain the collegiate system and Hughes Hall itself, followed by a dinner allowing new members to get to know each other.