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So what happens after your postdoc? If “another postdoc” gives you mixed feelings, come and hear how to segue from academia to a more industrial or commercial career. Cambridge Enterprise will talk about translational funding, to take your current research one more step towards being used in industry, and about different ways to get involved in a spin-out. CE inhabit the space between academia and industry, covering all aspects of commercialisation of university research. This talk will provide lunch and is free of charge.

This session will develop skills that will help you with your first literature review of your PhD. From a foundation of knowing how to search for academic sources, you will learn about what to do if your search isn’t working out well, when you can stop searching and how to quickly get information from the sources you find. The following topics will be covered:

  • Troubleshooting your search
  • Knowing when to stop searching
  • Using a reference manager
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Critical reading

If you haven’t done a literature search before or would like a refresher, you might consider taking Information Skills 1A instead, which covers how to search for sources using academic databases.

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.

How do we build up knowledge in Engineering? What is your PhD contributing to? This session will introduce you to where your PhD fits in the context of academic publishing and wider society, considering academic integrity, peer review, open research and having an impact outside of academia. The following topics will be covered:

  • Placing the First Year Report and PhD in the context of the academic landscape
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Academic publishing and peer review
  • Metrics and Open Research
  • Impact
  • Communicating with different audiences
  • Your online academic identity

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.

Division C Graduate Conference new Mon 6 Jul 2015   08:30 Finished

This conference is an opportunity for Division C students, researchers and staff to find out more about the research that is going on in the department. First year students will be presenting posters during lunch, which is provided, and second years will be giving presentations about their work. There will also be four external speakers including Richard Mullender, an ex-hostage negotiator, and Matt Clifford, CEO of Entrepreneur first. Transport to and from the engineering department has been arranged.

Division C Postdoc Lunch and Termly Update new Mon 21 Mar 2016   12:15 Finished

Head of Division, Robin Langley, will update Division C postdocs on divisional and departmental happenings over lunch, followed by the mentoring training, organised by the Engineering Postdoc Committee.

Division C Postdoc Mentoring Training new Mon 21 Mar 2016   13:00 Finished

Division C Postdoc mentoring training, organised by the Engineering Postdoc Committee.

Editing your work new Wed 23 Sep 2015   12:00 Finished

This session is designed to provide tools and resources to help you edit your own writing. Its aim is practical – to provide participants with concrete methods for improving the quality of their writing as they move from first drafts to finished, professional-level, work.

The methods can also be applied to the editing of other people’s writing – for example, that of co-authors.

Besides that, the session will introduce other editing resources and discuss when and how to work with professional editors.

Effective Listening - the Art of Influence new Fri 23 Jun 2017   14:00 Finished

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.

Effective Researcher Wed 17 Jan 2018   09:30 [Places]


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
Engineering: Copyright for Administrators new Wed 26 Aug 2015   11:00 Finished

Students frequently ask for lecture materials and to be made available to them through Camtools or Moodle to help them prepare for lectures, solve problems or revise at a later stage. What are the copyright implications of this?

This one-hour session will take you through legitimate ways to upload course materials and provide a case study of the issues encountered by an administrator in the Department when sorting out an existing Camtools site. The session will focus particularly on how we can use images within lecture materials online and provide tips and tricks for ensuring that uploaded materials comply with copyright requirements.

Engineering: Crash Course: Resources for Part II new Thu 15 Oct 2015   13:15 Finished

We will show you how best to locate books and articles in print and online (include Librarysearch and Librarysearch+).

Engineering: Designing conference posters new Wed 25 Feb 2015   16:00 Finished

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Theis course will provide a brief overview of what the library can provide for researchers in engineering, together with key information on how to access technical reports, theses, e-journals/e-books and how to making efficient and targeted use of databases. Start how you mean to go on - get to grips with exactly what is available and how you can best use it.

Engineering: Document Preparation using LaTeX Fri 27 Oct 2017   15:00 Finished

An introduction to LaTeX's concepts and related learning material. Further information available at http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/talks/latexintro.html

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Tim Love, tl136@cam.ac.uk.

Engineering: Essay-writing skills Mon 17 Oct 2016   13:00 Finished

This one-hour session is aimed at students taking qualitative 3E modules who would like guidance on how to structure, write and present reports or essays in that context.

Engineering: LaTeX for report-writing Fri 3 Nov 2017   15:00 Finished

More advanced LaTeX for longer documents. If you have a question about this talk, please contact Tim Love, tl136@cam.ac.uk.

This briefing covers managing publication lists, Open Access requirements and funding, copyright issues and about how the library can support your teaching and research within the Department of Engineering.

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Engineering Library drop-in: Your online profile new Thu 22 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

There have never been so many ways that you and research can be represented online. This session will give you some tips and guidance to make the most of the tools and services available.

We’ll look at identifying you and your work with Symplectic and ORCiD ; discovery through databases and repositories, like Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and Apollo; and sharing through networking and social media sites like Researchgate, Linked in and Twitter - and how all of this this can increase and demonstrate the reach and impact of your research.

Engineering: Library Space and Resources Fri 13 Oct 2017   13:30 Finished

Welcome to the Department of Engineering Library! We will give you a quick introduction to the print and electronic resources that are available to you in the different libraries in Cambridge. We will also give you an idea of some of the topics we can help with, from literature searching and referencing to Open Access and more.

Engineering: Literature Searching for Part IIB Fri 16 Oct 2015   13:00 Finished

In preparation for your IIB project, this one-hour session will take you through the process of literature searching, where to look for literature, how to look after your references, and how to critically appraise what you have found.

Engineering: MBTI Workshop new Tue 16 Sep 2014   14:00 Finished

The post-doc committee is proud to present this workshop for research staff, to be held in LR 11 on Tuesday 16th of September, 2-5.30pm.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality instrument worldwide, based on over 50 years’ research and development. It presents a framework for understanding yourself and others and how you can use that understanding to develop personally and our relationships with others.

This workshop is run by Katie Hewitt, a qualified MBTI practitioner, and will include:

  • completion of the MBTI questionnaire
  • investigating the four areas of preference covered by MBTI
  • self-assessment of type with group exercises
  • looking at your best fit type and investigating how it could help you at work.

Learning about your personality type can help you to understand your role within your team and the role of others. It can also help you to cope with organisational change, deal with stress effectively and develop your emotional intelligence.

Surveys in CUED have revealed that Mentoring is a key area where teaching and research staff would like to see improvements.

As part of an ongoing development process, the CUED Post-Doc Committee is delighted to present this workshop on Mentoring, for both post-docs and faculty.

Mentoring is frequently requested but rarely implemented. The practice of being a mentor and/or mentee can be hugely beneficial for both sides and something that can be brought in to many professional relationships. This session will introduce you to what mentoring is and is not, how to set up a mentoring relationship and how to get the most out of it. Come along ready to get involved and start using some tools and strategies in the workshop including how to contract, get the most out of conversations, and be a good mentor or mentee.

Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Engineering: One-to-one Library Consultations new Fri 12 Sep 2014   09:00 Finished

Consultations on topics such as Resources for Engineering, Open Access, Reference Management Software, Literature Searching and more.

To book an appointment, visit our West Cambridge Appointments Calendar

This lunchtime briefing will introduce issues relating to Open Access as they relate to doctoral researchers, including its significance for university research evaluations, the differences between Green and Gold Open Access, funder and publisher requirements, electronic deposit for PhD theses at the Department of Engineering and services that are available to you.

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