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January 2019

Wed 16
How to be an Effective Researcher [Places] 10:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room


This interactive and intensive one-day course, based on the programme developed by Vitae, is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor

February 2019

Tue 12

This session given by Philip Guildford (Director of Research) and Cambridge Enterprise will provide you with the basics of what you need to know about intellectual property (copyright, patents, confidentiality agreements) in the context of University Research. A useful starting point, which could prevent you making costly mistakes in the future.

Tue 19
Engineering Research Skills lecture series: Reviewing the Literature [Places] 16:00 - 17:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5

This session aims to help you develop your literature review. Alongside learning how to find academic sources from the online course "Learning to Search" (https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=74621) in this session you will find out how to transform your sources into a coherent argument and cover:

  • The key aims of a literature review
  • Critical reading
  • Note taking
  • Reference managers
  • Structuring your review
  • Knowing when you can stop searching
Tue 26
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: 'Getting Published’ new [Places] 16:00 - 17:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 6

In this popular talk given by Prof. Tim Wilkinson, you will get all the essentials for understanding the full process of getting your papers published from submission to publication. Recommended for all graduates.

March 2019

Fri 8
Writing Your First Year Report (Engineering) [Places] 14:15 - 16:15 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3B

Aimed at 1st year PhD students this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on your end of first year report. How do you start? What’s expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this session.

Tue 12
Research Skills lecture series: Intercultural Competence new [Places] 16:00 - 17:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5

Have you ever upset/ or been upset by someone and been left wondering why? Culture and background influences both how we behave and communicate. This session will help you to understand why people of different nationalities behave as they do, as well as increasing your own self awareness.

Wed 13
Finishing Up and Moving On: FUMO (Engineering) [Places] 09:30 - 17:30 Peterhouse, Upper Hall


Why this course might make a difference:

This course is designed to enable participants to finish their PhD successfully and move on to the next stage of their careers. By the end of this course you will know:

  • what you need to do to submit
  • how to be a (better) leader
  • how to prepare for your Viva
  • how to plan for life after the PhD

Topics covered:

  • PhD submission process
  • Leadership: Skills and qualities of leaders
  • Viva: What to expect and how to prepare
  • Careers: How to do decide what to do, different career options