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Giving presentations is an essential skill for a researcher, be it in your department, at a major conference, or in your next job interview! You know your subject but sometimes issues of performance and clarity stop you being your best. Perhaps you can't project your voice, perhaps you are terrified of the Q&A, perhaps you feel your slides let you down, or perhaps you just don't know what to do to get better.

This is a highly interactive workshop that requires you to throw yourself into the activities. Everyone will be involved as we apply some of the material from the online Presentation and Performance toolkit and try it out in a safe and supportive environment.

The workshop is especially designed for those who feel less confident with the performance aspects of giving presentations. If you are comfortable standing up and talking in front of others then we recommend starting with the online materials.

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Wed 4 Jul 2018 14:00 [Places]

Managing a project is a key skill for an effective researcher, yet project management is often poorly understood.

This can lead to projects running out of time or money, or overworking people. This online course gives you the foundational project management knowledge needed to complete your research project successfully, as well as the opportunity to implement and thereby embed this knowledge.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to define, plan and implement a project
  • Know how to manage yourself and others effectively
  • Be able to identify and plan for risks and cope with challenges
Postdocs: How to Achieve Productive Collaborations new Wed 27 Jun 2018   14:30 [Places]

We hear a lot lately on the benefits of collaboration for researchers. International collaborations look good on your CV, being collaborative helps generate higher impact publications, and participating in collaborations leads to creating professional networks you can call on throughout your career.

If we know that collaborations are good for research and career progression, it follows that we should learn how to collaborate well. This workshop looks at the practices of productive collaborations exploring the ways of thinking and doing that will contribute to successful teamwork. We will consider the importance of give-and-take within professional relationships, the benefits and challenges of bringing people together, and the stages collaboration goes through. We will also explore how working with others leads to personal growth.


Outcomes:

  • Learn the skills and ways of thinking that lead to productive collaborations.
  • Understand the challenges of teamwork and the typical stages of collaboration.
  • Consider the links between working collaboratively and personal growth.
Postdocs: Leading Others new Thu 21 Jun 2018   10:00 [Places]

Are you ready to lead others confidently in whatever leadership position you may find yourself in?

This workshop draws on insight gained from Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership and Postdocs: Self-Leadership and considers how to apply different skills, strengths, and styles of leadership as well as the strategies of self-leadership to enable you to thoughtfully and self-assuredly lead others. This workshop will help you cultivate a more profound and extensive portfolio of leadership capabilities and a deeper understanding of how to motivate people and to get the best out of them.

It is possible to attend this as an individual workshop, although we would recommend that you try to attend the series starting with Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership and Postdocs: Self-Leadership.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key components of being led and leading others.
  • Expand and extend your skills, strengths, abilities and style in detail so that you can lead others now and in the future.
  • Apply self-knowledge, awareness and techniques in the deployment of your leadership skills with others.
Postdocs: Setting Up Group Coaching new Thu 5 Jul 2018   14:00 [Places]

Would you like to learn the skills and techniques of group coaching and see how it can support postdoc development, productivity and progression?

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about and experience group coaching within a supportive, safe environment alongside other postdocs. We will use tools and techniques first introduced in Postdocs: Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring and Postdocs: Self-Coaching for Professional Development to support and facilitate you to coach others and be coached to progress your ideas. This workshop is intended for those wishing to set up peer group coaching in their own professional contexts.

This can be attended as an individual workshop but we strongly recommend that you attend it as part of a series starting with Postdocs: Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring and Postdocs: Self-Coaching for Professional Development.

Outcomes:

  • Discover how the model of coaching in group situations can support postdoc development.
  • Experience a short term group coaching situation.
  • Identify when a group coaching situation could be useful in your specific context and how to set one up successfully for you and your colleagues.
Presentation Skills Toolkit: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

Presenting your research is an essential skills for a researcher, be it to your peers, at a major conference, or even to a room full of schoolchildren. This online toolkit covers a whole range of performance and presentation techniques for you to work through and incorporate into your presentations, in your own time. From crafting a story to handling the dreaded Q&A, there’s guaranteed to be something there to help you improve your presentations.

If you particularly struggle with the performance aspects of giving a presentation and don't feel comfortable talking in front of others, then you may also like to attend the Better Presentations workshop.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to create a compelling presentation
  • Know some practical tips for giving an engaging performance
  • Understand how to continue improving with each presentation


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol for the Presentation Skills Toolkit, you will need an enrolment key.


Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Life Sciences: GSLS-pst17
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-pst17
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-pst17

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=129841

A good poster is worth a thousand words... but a bad poster is just a messy bit of paper.

When it’s time for you to present your research, how are you going to make the most of the opportunity? Aimed at second-year PhD students preparing for conferences, this session considers why we use posters to present our research, what makes a good poster, and some common mistakes. Through critiquing real examples and providing useful tips, this course helps you to present your research in style.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the purpose of a research poster
  • Know what contributes to making a poster good
  • Feel more confident in presenting your work effectively
Scientific Writing new Thu 28 Jun 2018   09:00 [Places]

This one-day course focuses on the structure of good scientific writing. Including writing exercises as an integral part of the workshop, we will look at the practical process of writing, the nature of scientific publishing, and the importance of editing. The day will finish with a group editing session in which you apply the ideas you have learnt by editing each other's work.

For the group editing session you will need to write a 300-word abstract about your work in advance, and bring it with you as a printout (see 'Prerequisites' below for details).

REGISTRATION starts at 9.00am on the day. Please ensure you arrive on time as latecomers may be refused entry.


Outcomes:

  • Develop skills for producing high-quality scientific papers aimed at the world's top journals
  • Understand the structure of good communication at the level of sentences, paragraphs, abstracts and entire papers
  • Apply these ideas to your own work

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, designed to help you assess your existing skillset and identify target areas for improvement.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also complete the survey each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


The online course, hosted on Moodle, includes:

  • A Skills Analysis Survey to help you assess your own skillset
  • A Personal Development Plant to help you consider your answers to the survey and plan your future personal development
  • Useful information on researcher development, training courses within the University, and other skill-development opportunities


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: AHSS-sas17

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

Skills Analysis Survey (Life Sciences) new Self-taught Booking not required

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, designed to help you assess your existing skillset and identify target areas for improvement.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also complete the survey each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


The online course, hosted on Moodle, includes:

  • A Skills Analysis Survey to help you assess your own skillset
  • A Personal Development Plant to help you consider your answers to the survey and plan your future personal development
  • Useful information on researcher development, training courses within the University, and other skill-development opportunities


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: GSLS-sas17

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, designed to help you assess your existing skillset and identify target areas for improvement.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also complete the survey each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


The online course, hosted on Moodle, includes:

  • A Skills Analysis Survey to help you assess your own skillset
  • A Personal Development Plant to help you consider your answers to the survey and plan your future personal development
  • Useful information on researcher development, training courses within the University, and other skill-development opportunities


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: SPST-sas17

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

Speed Reading: Online new Self-taught Bookable

Are you completely overwhelmed by the reading that you have to do? Would you like to be able to scan long documents for the important points?

This online course can help you to make the most of the time available to you by ensuring that your reading isn't slowing you down, and that you are reading strategically. You can complete the course at your own pace.


Outcomes:

  • Identify your personal needs for speed reading
  • Practice different speed reading techniques
  • Improve your reading speed while maintaining comprehension
Time Management Toolkit: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

Being able to manage your time is a key skill for a researcher. You might already be the most effective person you know, or you might instead be struggling under a pile of to-do lists and missed deadlines. Whatever your background, this online 'toolkit' of time management techniques will give you some new ideas to think about and try out.

Each tool will take about fifteen minutes to work though, and will provide some information on how it can help you, as well as examples so that you can see how to put it into practice. You will then be challenged to try it out for two weeks before reflecting on whether it made a positive impact on your time management.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to use several different time management techniques
  • Identify which of these help you to be more effective
  • Feel more in control of your time


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol for The Time Management Toolkit, you will need an enrolment key. Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Graduate School of Life Sciences: GSLS-tmt17
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-tmt17
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-tmt17

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=128701

Writing an Academic Report (Life Sciences) Wed 20 Jun 2018   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Your research is going well, you feel you are making progress, but looming on the horizon is the write up...

Aimed at those in their first year of study (PhD / Masters / Rotation students), this workshop is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on writing up your research. How do you start? What is expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this half-day session that will help you start to learn and apply the habits of a productive writer.

This course replaces "Writing Your First Year Report" and is designed to be more inclusive of the various programmes of study in Cambridge

Outcomes:

  • Understand the standard forms and functions of academic reports
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and providing feedback on writing

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Wed 26 Sep 2018 10:00 [Places]
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