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The Schools of the Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences have organised this event to help you settle into the Cambridge research environment, identify essential providers of advice and guidance, and make a positive start to your new research project. To hit the ground running, you need a sense of where you’re headed, so the theme of this induction is being strategic right from day one.

You will have chance to hear about information management from the Library, career support from the Careers Service, and personal development opportunities provided by the Researcher Development Programme.

This event is designed to complement other departmental and College inductions which you may have had.

Introduction to Research Integrity at Cambridge new Tue 3 Mar 2020   14:00 Finished


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 and explore issues of good research practice, research integrity and research misconduct. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

The course will:

  • explore the issue of research misconduct in academia and facilitate discussion of why and how it occurs
  • explain the University and national expectations around research integrity and examine how this effects researchers
  • discuss some of the challenges to the integrity of research and ask what individuals, groups and institutions can do to tackle them
  • introduce the University’s research ethics system


The course will be delivered by the Research Governance Team in the Research Strategy Office.

Managing a Research Project: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

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


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol onto Managing a Research Project, you will need an enrolment key. Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Graduate School of Life Sciences: GSLS-mrp19
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-mrp19
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-mrp19

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=135202

Mindfulness Workshop: Better Sleep Thu 5 Dec 2019   15:30 Finished

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.

View complete timetable: https://universityofcambridgecloud.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/AD/CCTL_RDP/EYJcHMg6NslFq2huR8CfpwMB0Nrlcht5sPphj8xsmxJqSA?e=oWnvBc

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness for Exams 1: Keeping Calm
Mindfulness for Exams 2: Improving Attention
Mindfulness for Exams 4: Productive Decisions

Mindfulness Workshop: Improving Attention Thu 5 Dec 2019   17:30 Finished

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.


View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness for Exams 1: Keeping Calm
Mindfulness for Exams 3: Better Sleep
Mindfulness for Exams 4: Productive Decisions

Mindfulness Workshop: Keeping Calm Wed 4 Dec 2019   16:30 Finished

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.


View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness for Exams 2: Improving Attention
Mindfulness for Exams 3: Better Sleep
Mindfulness for Exams 4: Productive Decisions

Mindfulness Workshop: Productive Decisions Tue 3 Dec 2019   17:30 Finished

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.


View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness for Exams 1: Keeping Calm
Mindfulness for Exams 2: Improving Attention
Mindfulness for Exams 3: Better Sleep

Presentation Skills Toolkit: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

You've got interesting research to share, but is anyone listening?!

Presenting your research is an essential skills for a researcher, be it with 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-pst19
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-pst19
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-pst19

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

Putting your Research into Context new Thu 30 Jan 2020   09:00 Finished

Do people tune out when you talk to them about your research? Can you explain why your research is worth their attention? Do you know how to make your research better and enable its impact by gathering external perspectives from its downstream beneficiaries, including industry?

This half-day workshop gives you the tools to articulate the broader context of your work. It will help you explain the relevance and anticipated impact of your research to people who need to know about it, but are not part of your immediate community. Practice discussing your work among peers so that you can crystallise your message, and make it relevant. This will maximise the value of your next opportunity to talk about your research to external experts and future users of your research outcomes.

It is particularly relevant if you are preparing for a workshop, conference or poster session where you can engage with potential industrial partners, or look for further sponsorship for your research, preparing for its commercial uptake, or even if you are considering a job outside academia!

This workshop adds to what you may already know about general science communication and presenting. It goes beyond Research Commercialisation 101, and dives deep into how to derive value from conversations with specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Organised by: Maxwell Centre (www.maxwell.cam.ac.uk)

Reading Efficiency Toolkit: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

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 what holds back your personal reading speed
  • Practise techniques for improving your speed
  • Learn how to read articles strategically


How to Access the Course

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

Graduate School of Life Sciences: GSLS-ret19
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-ret19
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-ret19

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=134122

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

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 each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


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-sas19

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, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

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 each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


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-sas19

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, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

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 each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


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-sas19

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

Time Management Toolkit: Online new Self-taught Booking not required

Time management is just something you do... who would spend precious time on getting better at it?

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 will give you some new ideas to think about and try out. Each tool provides some information and examples, and then sets you the challenge of seeing if it works for you in real life.


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-tmt19
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-tmt19
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-tmt19

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

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