Researchers are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the University and their department, research group, or relevant academic network. Researchers are encouraged to attend appropriate departmental staff meetings, or become staff representatives on a range of committees, such as faculty or departmental boards and health and safety committees. Researchers are encouraged to support and contribute to departmental seminars and similar events, take up networking opportunities and forge links with departments operating in related areas.

Cambridge is a collegiate University and there are opportunities for researchers to gain affiliation to one of the colleges. In addition to teaching opportunities (including college lecturerships that may carry common room rights) and junior and senior research fellowships, some colleges provide attachment schemes for small numbers of post-doctoral researchers. Such schemes enable researchers to make appropriate and valued contributions to the college's academic and social life.