Are you interested in joining the PERCAT reps committee?

We are looking to expand our team of PERCAT Postdoc Reps, particularly in Cancer and Cardiovascular Sciences.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to be involved in developing the support for Postdocs within the College.  You will gain some very useful contacts, gain first-hand experience supporting and helping to organise events such as the Research Gala and Masterclasses, and it looks excellent on your CV!  

If you are interested in taking up the role, or if you have any other questions, please get in contact me Lesley Bodenham, or one of the current Postdoc reps


Professor Bryan Turner, FRS

You may have seen the recent message from our Head of College congratulating Bryan Turner on his election to the Royal Society.  This is a fantastic accolade that reflects Bryan’s scientific standing and achievement, it is richly deserved.   I would just like to add without Bryan, PERCAT would not exist!  Back in 2009 Bryan pushed with the then Head of College, Lawrence Young to facilitate a scheme to support Postdocs in their career development and training.  With Bryan’s enthusiasm and dedication to the postdoc community, PERCAT was founded, and has become a model other colleges across the university have followed.  Therefore on behalf of PERCAT I would like to add our congratulations to Bryan on this tremendous achievement.

Roy Bicknell, Head of PERCAT

Women in Academic Medicine (WAM)


The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) charter was established in June 2005, and encourages the advancement of female academics in UK Higher Educational institutions.

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences was recently awarded the Silver Award, which is a very significant achievement. The Award recognises the College’s success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in academia.

To align with the goals of the Athena SWAN charter, the College of MDS has practices and guidelines in place to support and nurture female academics across all of our disciplines. We aim to encourage the growth and progression of women in medicine and science, creating an establishment of excellence that attracts and retains the brightest women in medicine and science. The group are now pursuing the Athena Swan Charter silver award. This is essential for the college in light of the NIHR announcing that funding will not be given to any institute not holding the Athena SWAN silver award.