Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

It’s Postdoc Appreciation Week from 21st – 25th September 2020! Join us and celebrate the contributions and achievements of our postdoc community.  We are pleased to be part of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week organised by participating Universities across the UK.


“National Postdoc Appreciation Week is more important than ever as we begin to restart research after the lockdown, so please do take part in any way you can. Come along and hear about the fantastic research being carried out across the University and some of the stories about Postdoc career journeys so far.” Professor Phil Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

“National Postdoc Appreciation Week provides a chance to share and celebrate the huge diversity of achievements across our Postdoc research community. Please do take part in the University’s activities as part of NPAW: amidst current pressures it provides a particularly timely opportunity to support, encourage and champion our truly excellent research.” Professor Deborah Wilson, Faculty Research Director, Social Sciences and Law; Chair of the Research Staff Working Party

University wide events

“Academic Journeys – Postdoc Special Edition” 23 September 14:00 – 15:00 
Academic Journeys is a series of events that focus on our academic staff at the University of Bristol. We hear their real-life stories about the people who have helped, influenced, and inspired them along the way. Join us for this Postdoc Special Edition and hear from our Co-Chairs of the Research Staff Reps Committee when they share about their highs and lows, and what helped them along the way. The event will be opened by our key note speaker, Professor Phil Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. There will be opportunities to ask questions, so come along to celebrate being part of our unique academic community and acknowledge the fact that no one does it alone! Sign up here

Supporting Research Careers: The University’s action plan
Come and join us for a workshop which will focus on our future plans for supporting Research careers. We will share our new action plan for implementing the Concordat to support the career development of researchers and we will invite you to contribute to this session by helping us identify practical ways forward.

“I wholeheartedly recommend that you participate in any way that you can in the University’s activities as part of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week. We all have huge pressures on our time and there are many challenges on early-mid career researchers in particular, but the value of celebrating achievements and improving the networks of researchers across the University that this initiative enables is in my view to be hugely welcomed. So please join in, share your experiences, learn about some of our plans regarding the Concordat and enjoy reflecting on.” Professor Tim Peters, Faculty Research Director, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Associate PVC (Research)

School based events

Are you organising any events at your school? Tell us about your events so we can advertise them for you! In previous years, participating universities organised local school-level events which included themed talks, social events (e.g. postdoc pizza and beer, postdoc coffee morning, postdoc picnics, etc.) or had postdoc appreciation awards. During Covid-19 restrictions, we imagine that possible events could include a virtual coffee morning, a socially distanced picnic, or a dedicated school staff meeting where contributions of postdocs are celebrated.

The SCEEM RA Reps have organised a few events for the Faculty of Engineering:
  • Achievement Padlet: please use the following link over the course of the week to share your recent achievements – big or small.  Let’s celebrate together!  
  • Zoom coffee social Friday 25 September 10.00-13.00:please join the RA reps and your fellow postdocs for a relaxed coffee and chat. 
  • Teaching forum Zoom Friday 25 September 14.00-15.00:  Please join us to discuss the recent changes to the sharing of teaching opportunities within SCEEM and any other teaching related issues.  

National Postdoc Appreciation Week events 

Join the National Postdoc Appreciation Week events which are jointly organised between participating organisations across the UK:
Monday 21st September, 1pm, online: Recognition of Research Talents
Tuesday 22nd September, 10am, online : PostdocChat - Careers in Academia and Beyond