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Department of Chemistry course timetable

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May 2018

Tue 29
Philosophy for Chemists new (6 of 6) In progress 13:00 - 14:00 Scott Polar LT

Science is a striking, successful and powerful feature of contemporary human cultures: it has transformed lives, enabled great technological feats and often revealed the world to be a much stranger place than appearances suggest. But what is science, really, and how and why has it been so successful? This 6 week course aims to introduce graduate students to some main themes in the philosophy of science generally, and the philosophy of chemistry in particular.

This compulsory session introduces Research Data Management (RDM) to Chemistry PhD students. It is highly interactive and utilises practical activities throughout.

Key topics covered are:

  • Research Data Management (RDM) - what it is and what problems can occur with managing and sharing your data.
  • Data backup and file sharing - possible consequences of not backing up your data, strategies for backing up your data and sharing your data safely.
  • Data organisation - how to organise your files and folders, what is best practice.
  • Data sharing - obstacles to sharing your data, benefits and importance of sharing your data, the funder policy landscape, resources available in the University to help you share your data.
  • Data management planning - creating a roadmap for how not to get lost in your data!

Refreshments are included for this course

Wed 30
FS3 Integrity and Ethics in Research [Places] 09:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied

A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research. This session will provide an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of researchers at the University, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

There are three sessions running, you need attend only one.

Thu 31
IS3 Research Information Skills [Places] 09:00 - 11:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This compulsory course will equip you with the skills required to manage the research information you will need to gather throughout your graduate course, as well as the publications you will produce yourself. It will also help you enhance your online research profile and measure the impact of research.

A short break for refreshments will be included

Molecular Imaging of Disease new [Places] 16:00 - 17:00 Todd-Hamied

Molecular imaging is a medical discipline that aims at visualizing normal and abnormal processes in living systems for the early diagnosis of disease. Clinical applications of molecular imaging include the use of nuclear medicine (PET and SPECT imaging), magnetic resonance (MRI) and fluorescent imaging (FI) and ultrasound (US). Pitfalls and remarks of these imaging modalities will be briefly discussed.

Emphasis will be put on the PET and SPECT techniques which are currently the only true "molecular" imaging methods due to their valuable quantitative capabilities. Multiple agents have been developed, predominantly for PET imaging but also for SPECT imaging. In this talk, we will overview various examples of imaging constructs, ranging from small molecules to antibodies and nanoparticles. Special attention will be given to probes for imaging thrombosis in vivo which is the underlying cause of deadly diseases such as stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and heart attack. Pre-clinical results with 64Cu-FBP8, a PET probe that recognizes fibrin and is currently in clinical studies in the US, will be presented.

June 2018

Mon 4
FS26 Minding your Health new [Places] 13:00 - 13:45 Todd-Hamied

More than a 1/4 of students in the UK report having mental health problems of one sort or another. This session is here to normalise the experience of mental health ups and downs; to empower anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, either directly or indirectly, to have the confidence to seek help and support and to play a small part in a wider culture change empowering people to take care of their mental health concerns in the same way they would take care of any other health concerns.

Tue 5
FS18 MPhil Thesis Submission and the viva Experience for Chemists new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Submission of an MPhil thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out MPhil vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

Thu 7

Submission of the PhD thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out PhD vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives

Thu 21
Master Time and Focus - Wellbeing event new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Pfizer LT

'Enhance focus, reduce stress, use time more wisely and be more productive.

Learn to:

  • Establish a method that works for you to enhance focus for the most important work (Deep Work)
  • Reduce distraction and prioritise more effectively
  • Establish 1 daily high quality mini break, to relieve stress, reduce self criticism and strengthen resilience
  • Create the space to recognise your achievements each day - increase self awareness and confidence
  • Combining proven neuroscience & mindfulness based techniques into useful daily habits.
Fri 29
FS4 Unconscious Bias [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Unconscious Bias refers to the biases we hold that are not in our conscious control. Research shows that these biases can adversely affect key decisions in the workplace. The session will enable you to work towards reducing the effects of unconscious bias for yourself and within your organisation. Using examples that you will be able to relate to, we help you to explore the link between implicit bias and the impact on the organisation. The overall aim of the session is to provide participants with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts on individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision-making processes.