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May 2018

Wed 9
Engineering: Referencing "And then they said..." new CANCELLED 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of referencing and how to do it easily. By the end of the hour you will be able to:

  • Understand why we reference
  • Recognise what information makes up a reference
  • Know how to incorporate references into your work
  • Know about difference referencing styles

This is a beginner's class but can be used to refresh your memory on basic referencing.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Fri 11
Engineering: Report Writing Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Learn to identify the characteristics of a good report. From an accurate, concise and persuasive writing style to a well organised, well-presented layout and format.

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout. It will also offer 'good advice' on what you should (and should not) do.

There will be a pre-course questionnaire and you will find it helpful to bring along a previously written report Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Mon 14
Engineering: Planning and presenting your work (One to one) new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Come along to a one to one session where we will talk you through the process of designing and performing a presentation of your work.

We will ask you to book a follow up session where you present something to us in a safe space using the tips and techniques discussed in the one to one and we will offer feedback.

These sessions are tailored to you and we will cover the issues that are most important to you. Come with all of your questions.

By the end of the sessions you will be more confidant on:

  • Structuring your presentation clearly and sensibly
  • How to design useful slides
  • How to give a good performance

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Tue 15
Finding information for your dissertation (Engineering) new (1 of 2) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Institute for Manufacturing, Lecture Room 1

A one hour session for MPhil Engineering students starting their dissertation.

This session will look at tools and techniques for finding information for dissertations. Including:- Strategies for finding what you need Search methods and techniques Resources you can use Evaluating academic literature Referencing and Reference Managers

You may find it useful to bring a laptop to this session, but it is not essential.

This will be followed by a one hour drop-in for questions about searching and using reference managers.

Finding information for your dissertation (Engineering) new (2 of 2) Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Institute for Manufacturing, Lecture Room 1

A one hour session for MPhil Engineering students starting their dissertation.

This session will look at tools and techniques for finding information for dissertations. Including:- Strategies for finding what you need Search methods and techniques Resources you can use Evaluating academic literature Referencing and Reference Managers

You may find it useful to bring a laptop to this session, but it is not essential.

This will be followed by a one hour drop-in for questions about searching and using reference managers.

Engineering: Planning and presenting your work (One to one) new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Come along to a one to one session where we will talk you through the process of designing and performing a presentation of your work.

We will ask you to book a follow up session where you present something to us in a safe space using the tips and techniques discussed in the one to one and we will offer feedback.

These sessions are tailored to you and we will cover the issues that are most important to you. Come with all of your questions.

By the end of the sessions you will be more confidant on:

  • Structuring your presentation clearly and sensibly
  • How to design useful slides
  • How to give a good performance

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Conference poster design 2 (Engineering Division D RDC) new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Department of Engineering, Oatley Meeting Room 1 (Seminar Room)

An RDC session for first year PhD students (Division D)

This session will look at key design principles and useful resources for creating a visually appealing conference poster that will stand out from the crowd, engage your audience and tell your story. With real-life examples, you can learn what to do and what not to do when making your conference posters.

Part two of two.

Thu 17
Engineering: Referencing "And then they said..." new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of referencing and how to do it easily. By the end of the hour you will be able to:

  • Understand why we reference
  • Recognise what information makes up a reference
  • Know how to incorporate references into your work
  • Know about difference referencing styles

This is a beginner's class but can be used to refresh your memory on basic referencing.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Mon 21
Effective Listening - the Art of Influence new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room

An interactive workshop for developing your negotiation skills, designed and delivered by Richard Mullender, an ex hostage negotiator and Former Lead Trainer at the National Crisis & Hostage Negotiation Unit in Scotland Yard.

Tue 22
Engineering: Report Writing Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Learn to identify the characteristics of a good report. From an accurate, concise and persuasive writing style to a well organised, well-presented layout and format.

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout. It will also offer 'good advice' on what you should (and should not) do.

There will be a pre-course questionnaire and you will find it helpful to bring along a previously written report Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Managing Information and Data (Engineering Division D RDC 3) new Finished 15:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Baker Building Board Room

An RDC Information Skills session for first year PhD students (Division D)

This session will help you understand the ethics and practicalities of managing information and data throughout PhDs and research projects. Whether you are creating your own data through experimental research or reusing data from other sources, we'll tell you what you should think about in order to manage, use and share data responsibly.

Please bring a laptop or web enabled device with you to the session. All slides and notes will be available on the RDC Information Skills Moodle site.

Wed 23
Engineering: Planning and presenting your work (One to one) new CANCELLED 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Come along to a one to one session where we will talk you through the process of designing and performing a presentation of your work.

We will ask you to book a follow up session where you present something to us in a safe space using the tips and techniques discussed in the one to one and we will offer feedback.

These sessions are tailored to you and we will cover the issues that are most important to you. Come with all of your questions.

By the end of the sessions you will be more confidant on:

  • Structuring your presentation clearly and sensibly
  • How to design useful slides
  • How to give a good performance

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Tue 29
Engineering: Planning and presenting your work (One to one) new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Library

Come along to a one to one session where we will talk you through the process of designing and performing a presentation of your work.

We will ask you to book a follow up session where you present something to us in a safe space using the tips and techniques discussed in the one to one and we will offer feedback.

These sessions are tailored to you and we will cover the issues that are most important to you. Come with all of your questions.

By the end of the sessions you will be more confidant on:

  • Structuring your presentation clearly and sensibly
  • How to design useful slides
  • How to give a good performance

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

June 2018

Fri 1
Engineering: Preparing for the 4th year project Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room

This session will look at ways to plan your 4th year project, manage your time, and tips on conducting a literature search.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Mon 4
Engineering: Preparing for the 4th year project Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, 2nd Floor, Meeting Room 18

This session will look at ways to plan your 4th year project, manage your time, and tips on conducting a literature search.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Wed 6
Intercultural Communication: how culture may affect your everyday communication new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Department of Engineering, Oatley Meeting Room 1 (Seminar Room)

Have you ever struggled with colleagues' styles of communication, wondered why some people seem to use more formal language, or be more direct than others?Culture plays a big part in how we communicate, and in Cambridge's diverse and multicultural environment, we constantly communicate with people whose cultural communication norms differ from ours. It is all too easy for misunderstandings to arise. This session will help you to work effectively across countries and cultures, in international teams and in leadership /managerial roles, in academia and beyond.

Tue 26
Finishing your PhD and Moving On (Engineering) new Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room


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 prepare for your Viva
  • how to plan for life after the PhD

Topics covered:

  • PhD submission process
  • Viva: What to expect and how to prepare
  • Careers: How to do decide what to do, different career options
Understanding Leadership (PhD students in Engineering) new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room


Why this course might make a difference: It will help you to understand what leadership involves and enable you to talk fluently about the challenges involved and how you would meet those.


"By the end of this course you will know" how to be a (better) leader The skills and qualities of leaders

July 2018

Wed 4
Intercultural Competence new Finished 11:30 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, Language Unit Meeting Room

Being part of such an international community, it is useful to know more about how people's culture and background affects how they behave and communicate. This session will give you a better understanding of why people behave as they do as well as increasing your self awareness, so you can look at yourself from other people's perspective as well as understanding better where they are 'coming from'. Individual coaching/mentoring sessions with the session leader will be offered for those who need a solution to a problem they are currently encountering.

October 2018

Fri 12
Engineering UG: Writing Your 4th Year Project - Project & Time Management Finished 13:00 - 13:30 Department of Engineering, Library

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage your time and your project during your 4th year project. Topics covered will include time management tips, advice on prioritisation, tools for project management and an introduction to monotasking.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Mon 15
Engineering Div F RDC Information Skills: Searching the Literature Finished 14:45 - 15:45 Department of Engineering, Oatley Meeting Room 1 (Seminar Room)

This session will help prepare you to begin your first literature review for your PhD. You will learn how to search for sources in your discipline, how to save your references and how to stay up to date. The following topics will be covered:

  • Literature searching
  • Strategies for finding what you need
  • Tools you can use
  • Techniques to help you search
  • Staying up to date with advances in your discipline
  • Using a reference manager to keep track of what you find

If you are already comfortable with these, you might consider taking Information Skills 1B instead, which covers troubleshooting searches when you get stuck, knowing when to stop searching, notetaking and critical reading.

Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. A handout for the session is available on Moodle if you would like to bring it with you, but it is not necessary.

Tue 16
Engineering UG: Writing Your 4th Year Project - Literature Search Finished 13:00 - 13:30 Department of Engineering, Library

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage a literature search for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include reading tips, how to get the most out of a database and reference management software advice.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Thu 18
Engineering UG: Writing Your 4th Year Project - Ethics & data management Finished 13:00 - 13:30 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at the importance of research ethics and good data management for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include departmental guidance on research ethics, advice on good data management and the importance of disaster planning.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Fri 19
Engineering UG: Presentations - Planning and presenting your work new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, 1st Floor, Meeting Room 18

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Designing and delivering a presentation or poster is not always something that people are comfortable with. This class will take you through the process from beginning to end and look at:

  • Deciding on content and structure
  • Slide design
  • Remembering what to say
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Presenting a good image of yourself
  • Dealing with disaster and questions

There is also the option to arrange a session practice your presentation in the future. You do not have to prepare for this session, but we will be tailoring it to the needs of the class, so you will be asked about your experiences and upcoming presenting engagements.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Mon 22
Engineering UG: Presentations - Planning and presenting your work new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, 1st Floor, Meeting Room 18

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Designing and delivering a presentation or poster is not always something that people are comfortable with. This class will take you through the process from beginning to end and look at:

  • Deciding on content and structure
  • Slide design
  • Remembering what to say
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Presenting a good image of yourself
  • Dealing with disaster and questions

There is also the option to arrange a session practice your presentation in the future. You do not have to prepare for this session, but we will be tailoring it to the needs of the class, so you will be asked about your experiences and upcoming presenting engagements.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk