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May 2019

Tue 14
Writing Your First Year Report (Engineering) Finished 14:15 - 16:15 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5

Aimed at 1st year PhD students this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on your end of first year report. How do you start? What’s expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this session.

Engineering Div D RDC Information Skills: Communicating and Sharing your Research Finished 15:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Baker Building Board Room

This session will introduce you to communicating and sharing your research in the context of academic publication and wider society, considering publishing, peer review, open research, intellectual property and having an impact outside of academia.

Wed 15
Engineering UG: Report Writing Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room 18

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

If you are in need of some guidance on how to create an Engineering Report, this may be for you. This session will focus on:

  • Identify key characteristics
  • Understand structure
  • Guidance on writing style
  • Using tables and figures effectively
  • Editing with an eye for improvement

You do not need to bring anything with you to the class as everything will be supplied.

Thu 16
Engineering UG: Presentations - Planning and presenting your work new CANCELLED 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, 1st Floor, Meeting Room 18

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Designing and delivering a presentation or poster is not always something that people are comfortable with. This class will take you through the process from beginning to end and look at:

  • Deciding on content and structure
  • Slide design
  • Remembering what to say
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Presenting a good image of yourself
  • Dealing with disaster and questions

There is also the option to arrange a session practice your presentation in the future. You do not have to prepare for this session, but we will be tailoring it to the needs of the class, so you will be asked about your experiences and upcoming presenting engagements.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Fri 17
Engineering Div E RDC Information Skills: Communicating and Sharing your Research Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Institute for Manufacturing, Seminar Room 1

This session will introduce you to communicating and sharing your research in the context of academic publication and wider society, considering publishing, peer review, open research, intellectual property and having an impact outside of academia.

Engineering FIBE CDT: Critical Reading new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

Explore strategies for structural and active reading and how to take notes effectively

Tue 21
Designing Conference Posters (Engineering) new (2 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Department of Engineering, Baker Building Board Room

An RDC session for first year PhD students (Division D)

This session will look at key design principles and useful resources for creating a visually appealing conference poster that will stand out from the crowd, engage your audience and tell your story. With real-life examples, you can learn what to do and what not to do when making your conference posters.

Wed 22
The basics of graphic design for engineering researchers - An illustrated talk by Steve Caplin new Finished 12:00 - 13:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 1

This workshop will cover the importance of graphic design, both in general and with reference to presentations and research posters for conferences and display.

Engineering UG: Planning Your 4th Year Project - Time Management & Prioritisation Finished 13:15 - 13:45 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage your time and your project during your 4th year project. Topics covered will include time management tips, advice on prioritisation, tools for project management and an introduction to monotasking.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Tue 28
Engineering UG: Planning Your 4th Year Project - Literature Search Finished 13:15 - 13:45 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage a literature search for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include reading tips, how to get the most out of a database and reference management software advice.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Engineering Div B RDC Information Skills: Communicating and Sharing your Research Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Department of Engineering, Seminar Room 124 (CAPE)

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

A handout for the session is available on Moodle if you would like to bring it with you, but it is not necessary.

Wed 29
Engineering UG: Planning Your 4th Year Project - Ethics & data management CANCELLED 13:15 - 13:45 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at the importance of research ethics and good data management for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include departmental guidance on research ethics, advice on good data management and the importance of disaster planning.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

June 2019

Mon 3
Engineering UG: Planning Your 4th Year Project - Time Management & Prioritisation Finished 13:15 - 13:45 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage your time and your project during your 4th year project. Topics covered will include time management tips, advice on prioritisation, tools for project management and an introduction to monotasking.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Tue 4
Engineering Div C RDC Information Skills: Communicating and Sharing your Research Finished 15:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Oatley Meeting Room 1 (Seminar Room)

This session will introduce you to communicating and sharing your research in the context of academic publication and wider society, considering publishing, peer review, open research, intellectual property and having an impact outside of academia.

Fri 7
Engineering UG: Planning Your 4th Year Project - Literature Search Finished 13:15 - 13:45 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage a literature search for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include reading tips, how to get the most out of a database and reference management software advice.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

Engineering Div A Energy RDC Information Skills: Communicating and Sharing your Research Finished 14:15 - 15:45 Department of Engineering, Hopkinson West Meeting Room

How and why do we share knowledge? How can you communicate your research? This session will introduce key concepts for sharing and communicating your research to different people using different formats. Topics include:

  • Academic publishing and peer review
  • Open Research
  • Impact
  • Communicating with different audiences
  • Your online academic identity

July 2019

Tue 2
Finishing your PhD and Moving On (Engineering) new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3


Why this course might make a difference:

This course is designed to enable participants to finish their PhD successfully and move on to the next stage of their careers. By the end of this course you will know:

  • what you need to do to submit
  • how to prepare for your Viva
  • how to plan for life after the PhD

Topics covered:

  • PhD submission process
  • Viva: What to expect and how to prepare
  • Careers: How to do decide what to do, different career options
Wed 3
Working Effectively new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3

Too much work and not enough time to do it? This session covers how to prioritise what you do, manage your time better and keep stress levels low.

Delivered by Jen Wade a highly experienced trainer who has been leading her own business for more than ten years, working with a diverse range of organisations across the academic, public, and commercial sectors.

For PhD students in all years.

October 2019

Wed 9
Finding what you need and managing your data (Engineering Graphene Technology CDT) Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Department of Engineering, Cambridge Graphene Centre Seminar Room

A session for Graphene Technology CDT students in the Department of Engineering.

Develop your information searching skills and learn the best ways to find relevant and useful resources. Find out why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan.

The session will cover:

  • Search strategy and methods
  • Staying up to date
  • Managing your references
  • Creating vs reusing data
  • Storage, organisation and version control
  • Sharing your data.

Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. The session slides will be made available on Moodle.

This event will take place in the Cambridge Graphene Centre Seminar Room.

Welcome and introductions (Engineering RDC Division D) new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Department of Engineering, Civil Engineering Building, Seminar Room (1-33)

RDC sessions play a crucial role in helping graduate students develop the skills they need to successfully complete their PhD and prepare them for their future careers. These sessions are a vital opportunity for students to learn about the research of others in related fields and thus gain an awareness of the activities in their own research group and the wider Department. They also play a critical role in improving the students’ ability to write and present their research in English which is essential to success at their first year assessment.

All first year students in Div D are expected to participate in all sessions, unless they are attending an RDC run by another division in agreement with their supervisor. Attendance for each session will be logged and recorded as part of students’ individual training records

Thu 10
Finding what you need (Engineering ESD Mphil) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3A

A training session for Engineering for Sustainable Development MPhil students in the Department of Engineering.

Develop your information searching skills and learn the best ways to find relevant and useful resources.

The session will cover:

  • Search strategy
  • Search methods
  • Where to search
  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Staying up to date
  • Managing your references

Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. The session slides will be made available on Moodle.

Participants should have attempted a keyword search in a database of their choice (e.g. iDiscover, Google Scholar etc.) and made a note of their results, and any thoughts/problems they encountered.

Mon 14
Literature Review for 4th year projects (Engineering) new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 0

A session for Part IIB undergraduates in the Department of Engineering.

As part of your 4th Year Project, you will be expected to do a literature review surrounding your projects topic. This session will explain what a literature review is and how to do one, looking at how to decide what you should be looking for, where to look for it, how to read it and how to take useful notes. This is a lot to cover in an hour so if you have any follow up question check our Information Skills page on the website and get in touch library@eng.cam.ac.uk.

Getting to know you (Engineering RDC Division B) new Finished 14:30 - 15:30 Electrical Engineering, Seminar Room

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Welcome and introduction (Engineering RDC Division F) new Finished 15:00 - 16:00 Department of Engineering, Baker Building, CBL meeting room, BE4-38

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Tue 15
Finding what you need (Engineering Energy Technology/Nuclear Energy Mphil) new Finished 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Engineering, Hopkinson MPhil Centre

A training session for Energy Tech / Nuclear Energy MPhil students in the Department of Engineering

Develop your information searching skills and learn the best ways to find relevant and useful resources.

The session will cover:

  • Search strategy
  • Search methods
  • Where to search
  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Staying up to date
  • Managing your references

Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. The session slides will be made available on Moodle.