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Children are our next generation of researchers and as an audience for Research Engagement, they can be both rewarding and challenging. More than ever, online content plays an important role in reaching and inspiring children of different age groups for research. With so much content already out there how to make new and relevant content online? What are parents and teachers looking for? What safeguarding considerations should you have? This course will aim to answer these and other questions and provide guidance in creating content.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to producing engaging online content with children and instructions on how to develop the project throughout the week Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase of the projects

This training is for those whose research involves the use of animals in research, and who want to feel more confident to talk about it with those outside the lab. This training will be run by Understanding Animal Research.

Time Management: Online Self-taught Bookable

It is anticipated that it will take around 25 minutes to go through the online materials plus additional time to complete the exercises.

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.


  • 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:

Cambridge University Library is one of the top research libraries in the world and holds over 8 million items. If you are a member of Library staff at a college, department or faculty library and would like to give your students introductory tours of the UL, then we would love to help you gain the knowledge and confidence to do that.

Email us today ( to get started. We can give advice via email or by telephone (including sharing our tour notes and guidance) or we can organise a one-to-one tour for you with an experienced member of UL staff. We will guide you through the orientation tour route that we use for our own tours and can answer any questions that you may have.

An introduction to the questioning techniques 5 Why's and 6 honest men which can be used to understand processes and why things happen in a particular way.

Understanding Unconscious Bias Self-taught Bookable
  • This module introduces Unconscious Bias and the impact it can have

A microbiological safety cabinet (MSC) is a vital piece of equipment that helps to prevent exposure to biological hazards. All containment laboratory users and their supervisors should know how to use MSCs effectively, what the standards are for the different levels of containment, and how the facilities are managed. This course will help both users and managers understand their responsibilities in creating a safe working area and provide both theory and practical knowledge on the safe and effective use of tissue culture (Class II) cabinets.

A short course designed to raise the awareness of the proper selection, use, and maintenance of ionising radiation monitors. The capabilities and limitations of each monitor type will be described and practical demonstrations given of how monitors respond and how they should be used, and what and how records must be kept.

Using the Ensembl Genome Browser (ONLINE TRAINING) Tue 1 Sep 2020   09:30 [Places]

PLEASE NOTE The Bioinformatics Team are presently teaching as many courses live online, with tutors available to help you work through the course material on a personal copy of the course environment. We aim to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

The Ensembl Project provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of, mainly vertebrate, genome sequences. This workshop offers a comprehensive practical introduction to the use of the Ensembl genome browser as well as essential background information.

This course will focus on the vertebrate genomes in Ensembl, however much of what will be covered is also applicable to the non-vertebrates (plants, bacteria, fungi, metazoa and protists) in Ensembl Genomes.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

This session covers the theory and practice of budgeting in the University, how to interpret department budget reports and understand the causes of overspends (and underspends) against budgets. The course refers closely to Chapter 3 of the Financial Procedures Manual

Note: This session does not cover the detailed budgeting and rules relating to individual research grants.

Virtual - Cognos Introduction Mon 20 Jul 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

Cognos is a reporting tool that utilises data from CUFS to provide users with additional reports and options. This introductory course is designed for new reporters - covering everything from running a report successfully as well as a number of useful tips and shortcuts.

Note: This course is mandatory in order to attend either of the following two courses below.

What this introductory course does not do is go through in detail the outputs of each individual report. Report outputs are explained in further detail in the courses above.

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Mon 24 Aug 2020 10:00 [Places]
Virtual COVID Q&A for Postdocs Tue 7 Jul 2020   12:30 [Places]

Representatives from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Human Resources, the Researcher Development Programme and the Careers Service are hosting another Zoom session to address your questions as the coronavirus situation continues to develop. ​We have already been fielding questions about contract / funding extensions and furlough, life after lockdown, balancing working from home with parental duties, how to work effectively from home and many other topics, so please ask us anything that you would like to know.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we welcome your questions via slido (, event code #V0100) between now and 7th July, as these will give us valuable insight into how our postdoc community is coping during the current situation and whether we can be providing further clarity, reassurance and support.

Virtual - Fire Safety Managers Training new Wed 15 Jul 2020   10:00   [More dates...] [Full]

This course will provide clear instruction of what is expected of fire safety managers to assist responsible persons to comply with current fire safety legislation.

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Wed 29 Jul 2020 10:00 [Full]
Wed 12 Aug 2020 10:00 [Full]

This course enables users to learn the basics of how the General Ledger module works, how to run online account enquiries and how to process journals.

It is run as two webinars with some pre-course reading

Webinar 1: For everyone

Webinar 2: Optional, if you are not going to be using journals it is not compulsory but may be of interest

Virtual - GL 2: Reporting in the General Ledger Wed 22 Jul 2020   09:30 [Places]

This course provides users the opportunity to run General Ledger reports and how to interpret them when managing departmental funds.

Virtual - Grants Part 2: Grant reports in Cognos Tue 14 Jul 2020   10:00 [Places]

This course will concentrate on how to use the Cognos reporting tool to help manage departmental research grants. These reports can be divided into three main categories:

  • Summary financial information for Projects
  • Detailed expenditure analysis
  • Management reports for Grants due to close

In this course we will not access the Grants module in CUFS.

The course material will be split across 2 webinars on consecutive days

Virtual - Grants Part 3: Viewing Grants in CUFS Tue 21 Jul 2020   10:00 [Places]

This course provides an overview of the Grants module in CUFS. The course will cover how you can view your projects and awards, check budgets, perform on-line queries and run some CUFS reports.

The course material will be split over 2 webinars on consecutive days

This course will enable the participants to practice existing spreadsheet skills and develop more advanced skills within the context of UFS data. There will be the opportunity to extract data from the system and learn to manipulate, analyse and use it for reporting purposes. The course runs over two sessions and participants will need to attend both of these sessions.

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Tue 14 Jul 2020 09:30 Not bookable

This course covers the various month-end processes that need to be completed within the iProcurement module.

Virtual - Year-end for New Users Thu 9 Jul 2020   10:30 [Places]

This virtual new users course will consist of a number of explanatory videos for each module which will be available before this Q&A webinar session.

This session will cover year end processes in more detail than the road shows and will include:

  • Outline of the year end timetable to be followed
  • Specific procedures and tasks for each module
  • Guidance on journals especially accruals, prepayments and transfer codes
  • Making better use of the Cognos reporting tool
  • Exploring areas that often cause problems
  • Practical advice on how to prioritise during key periods
Web of Science: CPD Webinars (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

These are free webinars to enable you to stay current with developments of the Web of Science abstract and citation database, created by the professional trainers at Web of Science and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

You can access the training here

Use your Raven password to access the Web of Science reference database

Web of Science: Get Started (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is free introductory training on using the Web of Science abstract and citation database, created by the professional trainers at Web of Science and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

You can access the training here

Use your Raven password to access the Web of Science reference database

Welcome to Key Travel Wed 8 Jul 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

Key Travel is the University’s preferred supplier for travel services and has recently linked up with This webinar is a great opportunity to find out more about how Key Travel can support you with your travel booking needs, how you can get the best out of their Online Booking Tool and the savings you could achieve.

What is Lean? new Self-taught Booking not required

This short video provides an overview of the history and high level principles of Lean as a process improvement methodology.

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