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Welcome to New Staff Wed 17 Jun 2020   09:00   [More dates...] [Places]

The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle into your new role quickly
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • integrate into the University
  • understand how the University works

The second stage is a Welcome to New Staff presentation event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Welcome event aims to provide a broad introduction to all University staff, providing information about the University to enable you to get the most out of your time here. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff.

The half-day event comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction to the University from a senior member of the University
  • A presentation on the benefits of being part of the University of Cambridge
  • A presentation by a senior academic providing an insight into the role of the Colleges and their relationship with the University
  • An exhibition of professional services sections, departments, support and welfare services that are available to you as a member of University staff (exhibitors list).

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Tue 24 Mar 2020 09:00 [Full]

This event explores the experiences of managers within the University who support their teams to work flexibly. You will hear how flexible and agile working practices can mutually benefit both employee and employer.

WellCam: How to Sleep new Wed 24 Jan 2018   12:30 Finished

This event will highlight the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing and teach essential tools to achieve great quality sleep on a regular basis.

This lunch time session from Macmillan Cancer Support charity will give information about the Charity, its services and supporting those with cancer.

WellCam: Master Time and Focus new Wed 25 Apr 2018   12:30 Finished

To learn the techniques set out in the briefing, to understand the neuroscience and acknowledge which of our current habits help us and which hinder us. Overall, to feel confident about what we need to change and how we can change it.

WellCam: Mental Health and the Workplace new Mon 20 Nov 2017   12:30 Finished

The session will provide an insight into the extent of anxiety, stress and depression in workplaces today.

WellCam: Positive Thinking and Meditation new Wed 7 Feb 2018   12:30 Finished

A session providing a brief introduction to meditation and how to access the deep reservoir of positive qualities that are in all of us. The meditation process can help support your general wellbeing and develop your thinking to its full potential. The session will include short meditations as well as a chance for discussion and questions.

WellCam: Presentation Skills new Mon 12 Mar 2018   12:30 Finished

The briefing will focus on effective presentation techniques to ensure a positive impact and hold the attention of an audience in a variety of settings, including in an academic environment.

WellCam: Stress and Resilience new Wed 21 Feb 2018   12:30 Finished

This short session will provide information and advice on stress awareness and management in relation to workplace and personal factors.

WellCAM: Supporting Disabled Staff in the Workplace new Thu 7 Jun 2018   12:00 Finished

This session will explore how we can foster an environment which supports disabled staff. This will include an investigation of the attitudinal elements that effective mangers and colleagues can demonstrate as well as highlighting how to navigate reasonable adjustments.

West Forvie Building: Chemical Safety Tue 12 Jun 2012   09:30 Finished

A safety course for anyone either directly working with chemicals or who is responsible for persons working with chemicals including PIs, Post Grads, Post Docs and technicians.

This evening seminar will focus on what it takes to be a good leader and team manager in a research group – from recruiting the right people, through communication skills, building professional relationships and motivating others, to problem and conflict resolution. Researchers at different stages of their career will share their own experiences and Sharon Saunders will describe training available for University members as well as sharing preliminary findings of what advice new group leaders give to postdocs. The questions and discussions will be followed by a drinks reception, providing the opportunity for ongoing discussion with the speakers and attendees.

Where Do You Draw the Line ? new Wed 18 Mar 2020   12:30 [Places]

Delivered in a safe and supportive environment, this session offers individuals the opportunity to learn about the different factors that might create and perpetuate a work environment in which harassment and bullying occur, and strategies for how to address this.

Where Do You Draw The Line? new Thu 24 Jan 2019   12:00 Finished

Delivered in a safe and supportive environment, this open session gives individuals the opportunity to learn about the different factors that might create and perpetuate a work environment in which harassment and bullying occur, and strategies for how to address this.

Who Can You Really Trust In Science? Fri 25 Oct 2019   10:00 Finished

There are lots of "experts" out there in science but how do you know who you can trust and who should be taken with a pinch of salt?

This session will enable participants to develop critical evaluation skills around trustworthiness in scientific disciplines by evaluating different indicators of perceived quality such as seniority, funding, publishing records and even celebrity status. Participants will work through anonymised case studies in groups as well as being introduced to concepts such as publishing, open science and reproducibility, fake news, and effective science communication.

This course covers state-of-the-art tools and methods for NGS RNA-seq and exome variant data analysis, which are of major relevance in today's genomic and gene expression studies.

It is oriented to experimental researchers, post-doctoral and PhD students who want to learn about the state-of-the-art of genomic variant and transcriptomics data analysis methodologies and carry out their own analysis.

Further information is available here.

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

If you are thinking of applying for a career development fellowship – one that pays your salary, as well as supporting costs to set up your own research group – then don’t miss this event.

The Department’s Director of Research, Philip Guildford, will give his tips and advice for potential applicants, followed by a number of current fellowship holders (including EPSRC, RAEng, Leverhulme, Marie Curie), who will share their own experiences.

Topics include how to apply for, manage and use fellowships, how to be successful and top tips. Lunch will be provided.

This event is organised by the Engineering Department Postdoc Committee ( and is open to all postdocs and any PhD students nearing completion and thinking about applying for such fellowships.

Please register to confirm your booking for catering purposes: the event will be limited to the first 50 that sign up.

Are you a post-doc (or a PI) at Chemistry applying for grants? Do you need to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of your grant application but don't know how? Are you a post-doc (or PI) who is just interested in learning about writing data management plans? If so, this session is for you.

You will increasingly be required to write a DMP as part of your grant applications, but it is also useful to write one whenever you begin a research project, to help you plan how to manage your data effectively from the start.

During this session you will learn everything you need to know about data management plans:

  • What they are
  • Why they are increasingly required as part of grant applications
  • What to include in data management plans
  • Tools to help writing data management plans
  • See example data management plans

Refreshments will be provided (tea, coffee, and biscuits).

Do metrics really add up?

Metrics have long been used as an indicator of academic success and as a way to make key decisions. As the measurement of impact becomes increasingly important within academia there has been something of a backlash against trusting purely quantitative methods of assessment. The Responsible Metrics movement aims to ensure that metrics are used fairly alongside other measures to gather a true assessment of impact.

This webinar will discuss what the Responsible Metrics movement is, why it was developed, its importance and how library staff can best educate their research staff.

Word 2016: Introduction (Self-paced) Tue 16 Jun 2020   09:30 [Standby]

This self-paced practical course covers the most commonly used features of Microsoft Word and is suited to complete beginners or those with limited experience of using a word processor.

This course is mainly aimed at students writing their thesis. It is a task-focused version of the Word: Mastering Advanced Features which is aimed at staff creating reports. Please do not book yourself on both courses. It is designed to give a overview of the advanced features of Microsoft Word that are most relevant to producing dissertations, theses and other long documents.

Working Across Cultures new Fri 29 Sep 2017   09:30 Finished

Working Across Cultures: A Practical Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Have you considered how culture may be influencing your professional relationships and interactions? Do you know which factors to consider when dealing with other nationalities? Are you using to your advantage what you may have already noticed or experienced? The workplace today is truly international in composition and intercultural competency is an invaluable and positive addition to your skill set.

This half day session is an introduction to the field of intercultural communication with an emphasis on practical application and developing self-awareness. It is a fun, engaging, relevant topic that will enable you to work more confidently and effectively with any nationality. You will become familiar with key variations across national cultures, so that you can recognise if/when and why cross-cultural misunderstandings are occurring, as well how to be more flexible in your approach.

You can expect a mixture of trainer-led content, as well as interactive exercises in pairs and small groups

Working at Height: Basic Ladder Safety Tue 25 Feb 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

Falls from ladders and other height access devices continue to cause injuries to people at work in the University. The new Work at Height Regulations (April 2005) have implications for the University because the emphasis has changed to any fall from any height. Anyone who uses ladders or who supervises work with ladders should attend this session.

Available to deliver in departments and colleges, see Unscheduled events for more details.

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Wed 11 Mar 2020 09:30 [Full]
Thu 30 Apr 2020 09:30 [Places]
Thu 9 Jul 2020 09:30 [Places]

To discuss possible onsite training please contact Neil Stanford for further details.

Working at Height: Safe Use of Mobile Towers Tue 10 Jan 2012   11:00 Finished

This course is for staff who regularly use mobile towers. It focuses on updating staff on the health and safety issues associated with this specific item of equipment used for accessing height. It will remind participants about Work at Height and the correct and safe use of mobile towers. It is assumed that staff attending this course will be regular users and have had equipment assembly training either internally or from the supplier when the tower was purchased.

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