College affiliation for postdocs

Trinity College is the first Oxford college to offer college membership to all the postdoctoral researchers of the college’s academics.

Now in its second year, the programme offers affiliated membership of Trinity college for dining, social spaces, access to college facilities and use of college rooms, as well as membership of the Middle Common Room (MCR) for the duration of their postdoctoral contracts.

The college currently has 57 postdoctoral affiliates, including 8 who joined the college this year.

Trinity’s President, Dame Hilary Boulding, says: ‘We realised that postdoctoral researchers were a missing link in the chain of our academic community within Trinity and realised that it would be very simple for us to invite this distinctive community of academics to have a college affiliation. Everyone benefits. Those early-career researchers working with our academics can be integrated more fully into college life, and the college benefits from their perspective and the advice that they can offer to our graduate students. We’re proud to be the first Oxford college to offer this affiliation and even within the first year we discovered how much it has been valued by everyone.’

Nick Phillips is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with college lecturer Professor Felix Hoffman, and says: ‘Shortly after arriving in Oxford I became affiliated with Trinity College and was welcomed into the stimulating, diverse and engaging community that makes up the MCR. Whether over a coffee in the MCR or a conversation at an exchange dinner, it is great to be surrounded by such friendly faces. I’ve enjoyed discussing my own research, as well as the path that I took to get to where I am now, a path where some members of the MCR will undoubtedly find themselves shortly.

‘Aside from the great friendships and networks I’ve formed at Trinity, being a member of Trinity has also given me a much better understanding of the University and College system which differs from what I experienced during my own studies. This has helped me in the supervision of a DPhil student and in supporting the other students within my research group. As the academic year draws to a close, I find myself congratulating new friends on completing their studies and know that I’ll be staying in touch with many of them over the years to come. Finally, some advice to other postdocs out there. If possible, find a college affiliation and join in as wholeheartedly as you can. It is richly rewarding and I am very grateful of the time I’ve had at Trinity.’

Posted: 28 November 2019

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