We are the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows of McGill. We are postdocs, and represent the 650+ current PDFs at McGill, and the over 1000+ PDFs that pass through McGill every year.
We aim to address the issues that postdocs face at McGill, as well as nationally and internationally. Whilst all postdocs are part of the PGSS, we face some fundamentally different challenges – definition of our status, taxation, and career development, to name but a few. Our aim is to keep McGill postdocs informed of relevant information, in addition to advocacy work and acting as a voice of PDFs within the McGill community, and at large.
THE REFERENDUM IS COMING!
Postdoctoral Fellows are currently offered very few dedicated services at McGill University. Postdocs are in limbo between staff and student status and are offered the services/benefits of neither. Many Postdocs will agree that after years of training they should be afforded staff status as is the situation in many countries. However this decision comes from the government and is not something that we can change easily. What we can do however is gain access to Student Services at McGill.
Currently, Postdocs have no access to services tailored to meet their needs. This includes no access to specific careers services, health services (including mental health and counselling), no orientation is offered for new McGill Postdocs, no help is given for international Postdocs and no support is offered to Postdocs at a crisis point. Voting YES in this referendum will change all this.
Disclaimer: If any of the information here is untrue, derogatory towards other candidates, or against election rules, notify the Chief Returning Officer (email).
THE APF NEEDS MORE MEMBERS!
A postdoc position is a busy and critical stage of our career, and so the running of the APF needs to be spread amongst a number of people. We're working to keep the website up to date, and make sure PDF representatives sit on designated committees within the university. There's also plenty to be done in terms of events, sharing information and expertise, and career development opportunities. If you'd like to get involved - please contact an executive member! We also have an email address. We'd love to hear from you!