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Information for new research staff

Welcome to the University of Cambridge and the Department of Plant Sciences.

Starting a new position can be a daunting experience, particularly in a new place. We have therefore put together a list of useful resources which we hope will ease the way for new starters.

Moving to Cambridge and settling in

  • If you are moving from a foreign country, you will be instructed by a Department administrator as to what you will need to do to apply for a work visa. Information about UK visas can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
  • The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society has created an invaluable 'Starters Guide' containing just about everything a new researcher might want to know when moving to Cambridge, starting work in the University, and beyond. Here, you will find links to websites related to accommodation, childcare, healthcare, pensions, etc. You may also wish to sign up for the PdOC weekly newsletter, which will keep you up-to-date on a wide range of professional and social activities for postdocs.
  • Once you have arrived in Cambridge, be sure to stop by the Postdoc Centre at 16 Mill Lane, which is the physical home for the OPdA, NVS, and the PdOC Society. Staff there will help answer your questions about Cambridge - the city and the University!
  • The structure of the University of Cambridge can be a bit of a mystery to many newcomers. Therefore, it is worthwhile to spend some time perusing this handy website 'About the University'.
  • There is also a page of information specifically for research staff on the Human Resources website.

Information for partners and families

  • If you are moving to Cambridge with a partner or family, the OPdA has put together a useful website, which includes information about relocation, medical / dental services, and child care: 'Families and practical information'.

What to expect when you arrive at the University

  • Most likely, you will have arranged with a Departmental administrator for a Departmental Induction upon your arrival. Making good use of the induction materials will help you to settle in to your new job.

  • In addition, the University offers a number of induction courses throughout the year, as well as a very useful on-line induction.