Frequently Asked Questions

Privileges (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)

Will I be allowed to bring guests through the College?

As members of the University, members of the Society will be allowed to bring two guests in as usual.

How do I get to the Deighton Room?

Access is via the member’s card, that will give access through the blue door on 12 Trinity Street, on the corner with Green Street. The Deighton Room is on the first floor, on the left. See The Deighton Room for details.

How do I gain access to Trinity College Gym and Sports Grounds?

The College Gym and Sports Grounds, including squash, badminton, and tennis courts, are located in Old Field, on Grange Road. For full details concerning registration and usage, see Membership.

Can I park my bicycle at Trinity?

You are welcome to use the parking spaces for bicycles at the front and back of Trinity. However, there is an periodic cull of disused bicycles, usually some time in Michaelmas, of which you will be notified by email. During this time it is not advisable to leave your bike in College.

What College facilities are NOT available to me?

  • Booking of Guest Rooms
  • College accommodation
  • Computing support
  • Governing Body membership
  • High Table rights and use of the Fellows’ Parlour
  • Parking on College premises

Events and Dining

How do I pay for meals in College?

For our regular formal dinners, payment is managed through signing up via UPayChilli. For items at the bar or cafeteria, pay at the till with your postdoc card, which will be linked to your UPayChilli account; click here for full instructions on using UPayChilli.

When are the Servery and Bar open?

See Membership for details.

How do I book for dinner? What about my dietary requirements?

Booking for dinner is managed through your account on UPayChilli, where you can also look at menus and register dietary requirements. You will have received an email invitation to create an account on UPayChilli when you were accepted as a member of the Society; click here for full instructions on using UPayChilli.

Will wine be permitted/provided? Can I bring my own bottle?

The cost of dinner does include wine.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can bring the same guest to dinner?

Not at all.

Is there a requirement that I come along to events and dinners organised by the society, or can I just use College’s facilities?

There is no requirement to attend events or dinners, but members are strongly encouraged to make the most of the opportunities provided by the Society.

Status and Academics

Can I represent my membership of this society on my CV in any way?

You can write on your CV that you are a ‘Member of the Postdoctoral Society of Trinity College’, or ‘Postdoctoral Affiliate of Trinity College’.

How often should I expect to have contact with my nominating fellow? Does this fellow have formal responsibility for my welfare and intellectual development in either the Society, the University, or both?

Nominating Fellows act as a familiar face for those new to Cambridge or the College. The Society does not place any formal responsibility upon them, although of course your nominating Fellow may be involved in your career in their own right.

Will the Society offer a forum for me to present my work to other postdocs in a cross-disciplinary context?

The Society runs talks and lectures that may involve presentations from members, or pair a member with a visiting speaker. Let the Events Officers know if you would like to give a talk, and the Committee will be in touch when such opportunities arise. In the meantime, a chat over coffee in the Deighton Room is the best forum of all.

Administrative

For administrative questions, please contact [email protected].

Can my payment be renewed by Direct Debit?

No. Renewal notices will be sent out annually towards the end of the year, containing a link through which you will pay online.

Help! I have lost my membership card!

Please notify [email protected] as soon as possible.