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! Our PDRSA Blackboard site also contains recordings of our virtual events and you can self-enrol via Blackboard.


Future PDRSA events:

Tuesday 6th July 11:30-13:00. Postdoc and Research Staff Association (PDRSA) Annual General Meeting (Microsoft Teams)

If you are interested in standing for the committee, please contact for more information about the available roles or show up on the day!

As part of the nomination process, we would like candidates to send us a short summary about yourself and why you would like to be part of the committee by the 5th July. If you can't attend the meeting but would like to become a committee member, you can still nominate yourself - please send us your summary, which will be read out during the meeting.

Previous PDRSA events:

Please find below information about previous lunch time seminar series. Recordings are available to watch on the PDRSA blackboard site:

Tuesday 15th June 12:30-13:30. Marta Mangiarulo. Crash course on data visualization: the obvious and not so obvious. If you want to know how to present your data in an attractive and informative way, you will not regret logging on to the seminar!

Tuesday May 25th 1230-1330. Katrin Scionti. Thinking of starting a business related to your research?

Tuesday 4th May 12:30-13:30. Mirko Pegoraro, University of Liverpool. Transitioning from a post-doc to a Lecturer position: a first-hand experience. In the seminar you will listen to a first-hand experience of what it feels like to become a PI, with a focus on expectation vs reality. The speaker will also give some tips and advices on how to navigate bureaucracy, build meaningful collaborations, stay on top of things and deal with the teaching load, whilst still being able to do research.

23rd March 12:30-13:30. Positive Mental Health Seminar. The PDRSA invites you to our March Lunchtime Seminar on the 23rd March, 1230-1330. This month’s seminar will be given by Staff Health and Wellbeing and will focus around what is positive mental health, building resilience and stress at work. This seminar will be of interest to all members of staff and is open to all departments in the College of Life Sciences.

Tuesday 19th January 2021. ECRs meet with the Deans virtual roadshow and online Q&A event.

Monday 30th November. How can PostDocs and Research staff use their love of Science to help in student outreach and recruitment.

3rd November 2020. Online Annual Symposium

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

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

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



President (Representative for Dept. of RS)

Ben Warren



Vice President

Helen Collins



Secretary (Representative for Dept. of HS)

Laura Delfino



Treasurer (Representative for Dept. of GGB)

Manosh Biswas mkb35 GGB Committee member
Rob Turnbull ret28 MCB Representative for Dept. of MCB
Marta Mangiarulo mm888 NPB Social Media Officer (Representative for Dept. of NPB)
Gavin Morris gem8 CVS Representative for Department of CVS

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