Post Doc & Research Staff Association (PDRSA)

What does our association do?

We are an association run by Post Doc and Research Staff in the college of life sciences for the benefit of all Post Doc's and Research Staff. We aim to promote a sense of community and support each other in our research and career development. We offer social gatherings and researcher focused training.


Please see below for our next event and list of upcoming events. If you want to get in touch to suggest an event and never miss a PDSRA event, follow us on Twitter (@PDRSA1), join our what's app group, or send us an e-mail ( We want to run events which will benefit you!

Next Events:

22nd January - Lunch with the Dean 12-14:00 HWB atrium

The PDRSA and the ECRDG invite you to the College of Life Sciencespost-doc and research staff lunch with the Deans, which will take place on 22nd January 12-2pm in the HWB atrium.

All post-docs and research staff in the College of Life Sciences are invited to a lunch with the Head of College (Prof. Philip Baker) and the Dean of the Doctoral College (Prof. David Lambert), which will take place on 22nd January 12-2pm in the HWB atrium. Bring along your ideas and suggestions for how we can best support early career researchers!

There will be opportunities to meet the Dean of Life Sciences (Prof. Phil Baker) and the Dean of the Doctoral College (Prof. Dave Lambert). There will be information about training and development opportunities and the Mentor Connect scheme. There will also be opportunities for you to learn about the national Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers . We are also enthusiastic to receive your suggestions and feedback about training, opportunities and the research culture at Leicester. Department Research Directors and Research Staff Advisors are also invited. Please do put this in your diaries now!

The College is taking real steps to support ECRs, so come along and tell your concerns and suggestions to the Head of College. This way you can help make a real difference in the direction the College is going to follow.”

The PDRSA committee will be there to showcase our achievements during the past year, however the Deans want to talk personally to each and every one of you. You will have the opportunity to ask them questions on the day. You can also send your questions or feedback to We’ve also set up a slido to ask any questions in advance, which we will forward to the Deans. Slido is an app you can download on your phone or access through the web. You can join at with this code: #Lunch_with_Deans. Feel free to ask anonymous questions!

Please register your attendance and to sign up for transport from Glenfield here: If you would like to send any feedback or questions beforehand, please contact

Future PDRSA events:

PDRSA will be visiting the Glenfield hospital site on Wednesday 29th Jan. Sarah White the College of Life Sciences Academic Lead for ECRs will be visiting Glenfield to meet with Resp Sci and CVS ECRs regarding getting a sense of what ECRs in each department feel are their main challenges. Members of the PDRSA will be joining her to see how we can help you and recruit your representatives. Please find us at the Café Cardiologique room on the ground floor of the CRC at 3.15pm on Wednesday 29th Jan.

As part of Doctoral College Week the PDRSA are pleased to announce a Lunchtime Lecture entitled The Life of a PI on Friday 28 February 10.00am – 11.30am Please register here

Previous PDRSA events:

Please find below information about previous lunch time seminar series to including recordings watch:

24th October 2019 - “Do you want to explore new angles in your research?” by colleagues from the Institute of Advanced Studies

12th September 2019 - The first annual early career researcher symposium - National Space centre. The Symposium was funded by a grant from the Industry Academia Exchange Scheme (MRC Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund). Additional funding was received from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WTISSF). For pictures and information about the day please see the twitter page @PDRSA1

23rd July 2019 - "How to write your research grant and communicate your research to funding bodies"

18th June 2019 - Welcome Trust Fellows to discuss their personal journey to getting a fellowship

24th May 2019 - Athena SWAN talk

30th April 2019 - Chris Finnis, "The changing nature of academic and industry workplace"


Useful links:

The College of Life Sciences mentoring scheme was started for early career researchers including post-doctoral researchers to junior lecturer. Mentoring is an opportunity to gain insight, support and encouragement from a more experienced colleague. Mentees will benefit from unbiased, informal guidance and a listening ear.

Further information can be found here: If you would like to be matched with a mentor, please contact Mentor Connect’s administrator Michelle Bingham. The Mentor Connect team will help find a mentor for you that matches the purpose of your request.

Mentoring training for both mentor and mentee is available so that the expectations and processes are clear. Please keep an eye open for the next mentoring training and networking events which will be  widely advertised throughout the year.

Committee members





Anastasios Stavrou




Ben Warren



Vice President

Helen Collins




Laura Delfino



Treasurer (Representative for Dept. of GGB)

Currently on maternity leave

Grace Adams


gea8 MCB Webmaster and Representative for Dept. of MCB
Manosh Biswas mkb35 GGB Committee member
Alix Blockley
NPB Representative for Dept. of NPB
Charlotte Powell clp28 HS Representative for Dept. of HS
Rob Turnbull ret28 MCB Representative for Dept. of MCB
Megan De Ste Croix mdsc1 GGB Interim GGB Representative
Zeinab Ravesh zr37 GGB Social Events Officer
Marta Mangiarulo mm888 NPB Social Media Officer

Previous committee members:

Richard Haigh IIIs Representative for Dept. of IIIs
Pete Jones CVS Representative for Dept. of CVS
Chris Millard MCB Representative for Dept. of MCB


Terms of Reference

a. Develop a sense of community between research staff.

b. Provide a point of contact whenever concerns arise for individual staff or the community.

c. Share best practices between departments.

d. Provide organised communication between research staff and other academic staff in particular liaising with the College  "Early Career Researcher Development Group, the Doctoral College and the University" wider administrative structure.

e. Promote the career path of research staff through support for grants/fellowships as well as non-academic routes.

f. Follow principles that promote inclusivity and diversity in the spirit of University "Policy and the Athena Swan scheme when arranging events and activities (e.g., ensure gender balance of invited speakers).

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Contact Details

College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester
Maurice Shock Building
University Road