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!

One off Events:

March 23rd 12.30-1.30 GDC 1.25. Next week the PDRSA have a lunchtime seminar on “Fellowships and how to apply”. Learn how to identify fellowships relevant to you and how to start the process of applying. The seminar will include an overview from Sarah White (CLS Academic Lead for ECRs) and personal example from Ben Warren (Royal Society Fellow). There will be an opportunity to ask questions and network after the talks. Please bring your own lunch.

Regular events:

The PDRSA Committee would like to invite you to our new Coffee Mornings, beginning this month on the 11th February (Tuesday) at 10 am at the IV Café (MSB). We will be rotating the location so that we come to your building every once a while! This is in addition to our usual Payday Friday event. Our social events are therefore every two weeks (every second Tuesday of the month - Coffee Morning, and every last Friday after work - Payday Friday) so feel free to come to the one you prefer!

Future PDRSA events:


Previous PDRSA events:

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

The Life of a PI on Friday 28 February 10.00am – 11.30am in the Astley Clarke Building Ground Floor Lecture Theatre.

PDRSA visited the Glenfield hospital site on Wednesday 29th Jan

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

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).

Contact us:

If you have any questions or suggestions for events please contact:

Share this page:

Contact Details

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