Postdoc Appreciation Week

Read about the background to Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW), see the events and activities taking place this year and access on-demand content from previous years.



Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) acknowledges, recognises and celebrates all of the hard work that postdocs and researchers dedicate to research, teaching, mentoring, outreach and so much more!

Originating in North America, UK research institutions have started to take on this celebratory practice in recent years.

As well as events organised specifically for TUoS postdocs, following on from the successful inaugural National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) events held in 2020, postdocs and researcher development managers from different institutions across the country come together to hold events open to researchers from across the country. You can find further details about NPAW through their website and social media accounts below. 

Visit the UK NPAW website

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Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022

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Please click on the event titles to find out more about events running this Postdoc Appreciation Week (19th - 23rd September). All events are being held online and you can book on to as many events as you'd like. We look forward to seeing you there! 

REARRANGED: The Postdoc Toolbox // Online, Wednesday 21st September, 10:30 - 12:05

Career progression beyond a postdoc position, whatever shape it takes, relies on postdocs using the range of tools at their disposal that they knowingly (or unknowingly!) acquired. In this event, each of our guest speakers will highlight a different item from the ‘Postdoc Toolbox’.

Steve Cross will discuss the ups and down of postdoc life, what he has in his own personal toolbox, and how you can equip your own. Sarah Ashworth will provide useful information on developing an effective CV, and tips on how to avoid common mistakes. And finally, we will have sneak peeks of the new ‘Prosper’ portal, designed to enable postdocs to reach their career potential, and discuss key findings and take-home thoughts based on knowledge gained from the initial cohorts. More info can be found on the NPAW website

This event is organised by the National Postdoc Appreciation Week team and is open to researchers across the UK.

Register here

Develop your creative thinking skills with CLEAR IDEAS // Online, Wednesday 21st September, 10:00 - 12:30

This online workshop will be led by Professor Birdi and aims to provide an interactive and engaging introduction to using the CLEAR IDEAS model. More details of the CLEAR IDEAS model can be found here.

In this event, we will particularly focus on the IDEAS creative solution generation part of the model where participants will work on solving real-life challenges for postdoctoral researchers.

By the end of the session you should:

  • Be able to explain how to apply the ten steps of the CLEAR IDEAS process to a complex problem
  • Have enhanced your analytical and creative thinking techniques 
  • Better understand strategies for implementing creative solutions in the workplace
  • Have improved your collaborative team-working skills

This session will be examining the challenges postdocs face in balancing their research with professional and career development. Discussing the challenges of upskilling whilst being a busy researcher. However, the skills used in the session can be applied to many other challenges you face or may face in the future.

Register here (only open to UoS researchers)

Open Research: What do postdocs need to know? // Online, Thursday 22nd September 13:00 - 13:30

Open research is a vital part of enabling and promoting research excellence but what do we need to know about open research and what is our part in promoting a culture of open research? In this seminar session, Adam Partridge will be speaking about open research, open research community building and answer any questions you may have about open research. 

Register here (only open to UoS researchers)

Intentional Careers: How to accelerate your career even if you don't know 'what's next?' // Online, Friday 23rd September 14:00 - 15:30

Working longer and harder than everyone else is not the route to fulfilment and backfires as a strategy to kickstart your career. During this 90-minute workshop, you will be guided through the 6-step Career Pivots Compass™ methodology to find balance, confidence and fulfilment. Each step of the compass will elevate your career to give you clarity on 'what's next?' and make it happen.

Trainer Bio: Dr Hannah Roberts is an award-winning career coach with clients spanning 6 continents, a top 10 UK podcast host and a member of the Forbes 2022 coaches council.

Register here (only open to UoS researchers)

National showcase of postdocs // all week

Showcasing the profile of Postdocs and Postdoc Developers who are doing an amazing job across the UK & Ireland through the National Postdoc Appreciation Week Instagram account, starting Monday 19 Sep 2022. You can showcase yourself or encourage a colleague to do so! 

If you would like to be showcased through this initiative then please email and include:

  • a picture of yourself
  • your name and affiliation as you want it to be shown
  • a short description of your research work (3 lines)
  • a short description of yourself as a person (interests, hobbies, etc) (3 lines)
Nominate an outstanding postdoc // Open until 5pm 30th September

An annual tradition of encouraging people to nominate a postdoc who excels in what they do, who goes the extra mile in their research, for their contribution to the life of the University, for their contribution to Public Engagement, for supporting their group and colleagues or for any other reason they felt a postdoc they know deserved a ‘shout-out’ and recognition! You can read the 2020 and 2021 nominations at the bottom of this page.

Nominate a postdoc as part of Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022 here!

Previous events and on-demand videos

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

As part of NPAW in 2021, several events were run and recorded so they could be accessed after the event. 

These sessions included;

  • Celebrating successes - exploring diverse careers in the Postdoc afterlife
  • Recognition of Research Talents
  • Careers in Academia and beyond

View on-demand videos from the event

UK National Postdoc Conference (NPDC21)

Overview: Hosted by the University of Liverpool, the wholly virtual NPDC21 was an opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to engage with industry stakeholders, funding agencies, policy influencers, researcher developers and career development professionals.

The NPDC21 keynote was given by the CEO of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser. A panel on Collaborative Research Practices included Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Former President of Universities UK.

All registrations were free of charge.

See the full programme and on-demand videos here.

NPDC21 poster competition

Postdocs were invited to either create a new poster or re-share an existing one, showcasing what they research or an aspect of the conference theme "New Realities, Stronger Connections, Successful Futures".

Find out more about the poster competition


Outstanding postdoc nominations

See the University's 2021 outstanding postdoc nominations

See the University's 2020 outstanding postdoc nominations

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