PostDoc Affiliation


Post-doctoral workers are nominally affiliated to their department, and are not usually members of a college. However, Downing College MCR offers membership of the MCR to selected postdocs. If you’re a post-doc and feel that, through membership of our MCR, you would benefit from the facilities and social network the college has to offer as well as bringing something to the already thriving community, then Downing is the place for you!

If you wish to apply to become an affiliated post-doctoral member of the Downing MCR please contact either the College’s Tutorial and Admissions Office or the MCR President for further information. You will need to be nominated by either a fellow of college or a current member of the MCR.

Membership Benefits and Conditions

  • Downing College will offer membership of the Middle Combination Room (MCR) to selected postdoctoral workers attached to the University of Cambridge who are not already members of other Cambridge Colleges.
  • Not more than twenty five postdoctoral workers at any given time will be made members of the MCR.
  • Postdoctoral workers can be nominated for membership of the MCR either by a Fellow of the College or by a member of the MCR. Applications should be made through the Senior Tutor or the MCR President respectively and will require the approval of the General Purposes Committee and of the MCR executive before any offer is made.
  • Not more than five postdoctoral workers from any one department may be members of the MCR at any given time.
  • The cost to postdoctoral workers of membership of the MCR and of the other privileges set out under below shall be a payment of £184 per annum (cheques to be made payable to Downing College). Membership shall not commence until the fee has been paid and is renewable at the discretion of the committee.
  • Postdoctoral workers nominated for membership of the MCR shall have been awarded their PhD within the previous 10 years.
  • No postdoctoral worker shall be eligible for election onto the MCR Executive, nor are they eligible to vote in either MCR or DCAC meetings.
  • Membership of the MCR shall be terminated when the postdoctoral worker’s appointment in the University of Cambridge ends.
  • The privileges of postdoctoral workers made members of the MCR shall be as follows:
    • Use of the Middle Common Room
    • Use of the College Library
    • Use of College sports facilities on the domus; these include two tennis courts, two squash courts and a multigym (normal fees apply)
    • Use of College sports facilities off domus (e.g. river facilities)
    • Invitations to special MCR dinners (at guest rate) and all other MCR events
    • The right to dine in Hall (not at High Table) at own expense at the rate applicable to guests
    • The provision of a College pigeon hole in the Porters Lodge for the delivery of mail
  • Those postdoctoral workers who have been made members of the Downing MCR will, on the termination of their membership, normally be offered membership of the Downing Association and will then receive the Association Magazine annually.
  • Individual postdoctoral workers who have been made members of the MCR may be offered such further privileges as the General Purposes committee shall determine.