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How to be an Effective Researcher Wed 16 Jan 2019   10:00 Finished


This interactive and intensive one-day course, based on the programme developed by Vitae, is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor
How to be an effective researcher (Engineering RDC) Wed 15 Jan 2020   10:00 [Places]

This interactive and intensive one-day course, based on the programme developed by Vitae, is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

Looking at your PhD as a project Working with other people Managing your relationship with your supervisor

How to design posters (Engineering RDC Division A: Fluids) new Fri 24 Apr 2020   14:15 Not bookable

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

How to publish with IEEE new Thu 14 May 2015   14:00 Finished

An overview of publishing with the IEEE which sets out the process for having papers approved, so can be really helpful for publishing generally. Topics covered:

  • Overview of IEEE, technology areas and quality of content
  • Activity of publishing by authors affiliated to the University
  • Publishing choices with IEEE
  • Choosing an audience
  • Paper structure
  • Ethics
  • Where to publish - options
  • Open Access options
  • Impact factor
  • Preparing the manuscript, submission process, and peer review
  • Tools available to support publishing
  • Tips
  • Key contacts and support

Please note the venue is Holger's office, Room BE2-03.

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Introduction to Pecha Kucha Presentations (+ presentations from experienced researchers).

Introduction to the "Pecha Kucha Challenge" new Mon 29 Jan 2018   13:00 Finished

For PhD students interested in presenting their research topics in the Department of Engineering's two Science Festival events this year which will be on the dates below:

Pecha Kucha Challenge March 17th Saturday, 12-2pm, main site. March 24th Saturday, 2-4.00pm, IfM.

In this event, postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD in Engineering will take on the challenge of sharing their research with a science festival audience in just 6min 40 sec, using the Pecha Kucha technique which involves presenting using 20 slides, each showing for just 20 sec.

Participants on previous events commented:

"Speaking dynamically during 6m40s is a great experience. Translating complex concepts to a general public helped me to access my research through a more tangible perspective. I definitely learnt a lot during this project."

"The exercise of communicating my research to a non-technical audience was a very useful one to undergo. It forced me to think differently about my research, and that experience has helped me to do a better job of presenting in a technical setting as well."

IP and commercialisation (Engineering RDC Division E) new Fri 29 Nov 2019   11:00 Not bookable

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The university is about to start a six month trial of Knovel, an online service for discovering reference information, interactive content and properties data for engineers and scientists. This session will be hosted by Jason De Boer from Elsevier, who will give an overview of the trial, provide a live demonstration of Knovel to show how it can support your teaching, coursework and research, and answer any questions you may have.

Feedback from students at the Department of Engineering:

"Just tried using the website and found it to be very useful. I instantly found a resource that I was looking for (but didn’t find online) yesterday about Sampling Theory. I could have found this information in a physical book, but as a quick reference for things that do not justify making a trip to a specific library this is great." [Undergraduate]
"I had a look on Knovel, and was quickly able to find exactly what I was looking for." [Undergraduate]
"I [...] think the Data Search in Knovel will be very useful [...] In general, I'd be interested to use Knovel (or similar database) more as part of my workflow [...] I think it could be quite useful in undergraduate teaching in project courses, or in student teams like CUER, Formula Student, and Eco-House." [Postgraduate]

Access to this resource is provided for six months with funding from ebooks@cambridge and the Department of Engineering Library.

Library drop-in: Designing conference posters new Thu 1 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

We’ll cover principles, techniques and tools for planning, designing and creating a conference poster. We’ll also look at some examples and critiques. Feel free to bring along your own examples – finished or in progress – for feedback.

Library drop-in: Introduction to reference managers new Thu 15 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

An overview of reference management tools. How you can use them to efficiently record, organise and annotate the sources you find, and use them to quickly add citations and generate bibliographies in your work.

Literature Review for 4th year projects (Engineering) new Mon 14 Oct 2019   13:00 Finished

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.

Taught by Jean-Luc Doumont in Lecture Theatre 1 - LT 1.

A managing your data session for Energy Tech / Nuclear Energy MPhil students

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

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

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data.

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

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division A - Energy) Fri 24 Jan 2020   14:15 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division A-Energy), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division A - Fluid) Fri 31 Jan 2020   14:15 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division A-Fluid), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division B) new Mon 27 Jan 2020   14:30 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division B), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division C) Tue 4 Feb 2020   15:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division C), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division D) Mon 20 Jan 2020   14:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division D), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

This session will take place in the Civil Engineering building.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division E) Fri 17 Jan 2020   11:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division E), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

Managing your data (Engineering RDC Division F) Fri 17 Jan 2020   14:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division F), Department of Engineering.

Learn how and why to keep your information and data organised, stored and accessible by creating a Data Management Plan. The session will cover: What data are you using?, Creating vs reusing data, Storage, organisation and version control, Data safety and backing up, Sharing your data. Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. Slides from the session will be made available on Moodle.

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Outreach 1 (Engineering RDC Division B) new Mon 28 Oct 2019   14:30 Finished

We are trying to recruit more CUED undergraduates to study electrical engineering in their 3rd and 4th years! So, we are planning an outreach activity to enthuse 2nd year undergraduates about electrical engineering. The outreach activity will take place in Lent term and complement the “options” talks given to the 2nd year undergraduates.

Outreach 2 (Engineering RDC Division B) new Mon 11 Nov 2019   14:30 Finished

In your teams, planning the outreach activities that were decided in Michaelmas term (e.g. lab tours, video and social media).

Graphene CDT aligned students cannot attend due to a clash.

Planning your Personal Skills Development new Tue 26 Nov 2019   11:45   [More dates...] [Places]

A 40min discussion with Sue Jackson, to discover which researcher development activities would be best for you whilst at the University of Cambridge.

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Tue 26 Nov 2019 09:30 [Full]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 10:15 [Full]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 11:00 [Full]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 13:30 [Full]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 14:15 [Full]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 15:00 [Places]
Tue 26 Nov 2019 15:45 [Full]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 09:30 [Full]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 10:15 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 11:00 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 11:45 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 13:30 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 14:15 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 15:00 [Places]
Tue 4 Feb 2020 15:45 [Places]
Postdoc Mentoring Training (Engineering) new Wed 27 Nov 2019   14:00 [Places]

Postdoc mentoring training with Steve Joy, Head of Researcher Development at the University.

Poster Design (Engineering) Fri 7 Feb 2020   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A poster design session for undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering

Find out how to create effective posters to illustrate your research. This session will cover: Design basics, Readability and layout, Planning and editing your poster, and presenting with your poster.

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Tue 25 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Practice presentations (Engineering RDC Division A: Fluids) new Fri 15 Nov 2019   16:00 Not bookable

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

Practice presentations (Engineering RDC Division D) new Mon 4 Nov 2019   14:00 Finished

Each student to present for 5 minutes on a technical topic of interest to them.

The presentations will be recorded and one-to-one feedback sessions arranged individually with Sue Jackson.

A Preparing for your 4th year project session for Undergraduates at the Department of Engineering.

An introduction to searching and managing information, the ethical process, and organising your time to prepare you for your 4th year project.

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Mon 1 Jun 2020 13:00 [Full]
Fri 5 Jun 2020 13:00 [Full]
Preparing posters (Engineering RDC Division A: Energy) new Fri 22 May 2020   14:15 Not bookable

Session run by Cambridge Enterprise

Presentation Skills (Engineering) Thu 20 Feb 2020   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A session for undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering.

Learn how to communicate your key messages clearly and concisely.

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Mon 11 May 2020 13:00 [Places]
Wed 20 May 2020 13:00 [Places]
Tue 26 May 2020 13:00 [Places]

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

Presentation skills (Engineering RDC Division C) new Tue 29 Oct 2019   15:00 Finished

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You will bring with you a 5 minute presentation on your research. In the supportive environment of the face-to-face workshop, you will deliver your 5 minute talk to rest of the group. Later in the day you will receive 25 minutes 1-2-1 coaching with the trainer to work on one or more specific aspects of presenting, linked to the pre course material and the feedback you receive from the group.


So, you’ve got an important presentation coming up and you want make the right impression.

Whether you’re new to presenting, looking to speak at your first conference, or wanting important tips to finesse your delivery or presenting to a wider audience, this is the course for you.

The course is in two parts:

The pre-workshop information covers: how to prepare an effective presentation: the essential questions that guide all good talks; different, appropriate methods to structure it; tips for making the most of powerpoint; ways to overcome nerves and present with confidence. As you go, you will apply this learning to create a 5 minute presentation.

In the supportive environment of the face-to-face workshop, you will deliver your 5 minute talk to a group of 10 people in the first session. Then in the second session you will receive 25 minutes 1-2-1 coaching with the trainer to work on one or more specific aspects of presenting, linked to the pre course material and the feedback you receive from the group.

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

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RDC Introduction (Engineering RDC Division C) new Tue 22 Oct 2019   15:00 Finished

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REF and Ready new Wed 20 Nov 2019   11:00 [Places]

Intimidated by Open Access publishing? Frightened by funder requirements? Reticent about REF? Worried about author accepted manuscripts? It’s okay, we’ll show you how to ensure your research outputs are REF-ready! We will also live demo Symplectic Elements and provide troubleshooting advice. Best suited for: All engineering researchers and those administrative staff who are involved in using Symplectic Elements.

Referencing (Engineering) Mon 3 Feb 2020   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A referencing session for Undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering.

Understand the importance of academic referencing and learn how to use different referencing styles in your work.

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Tue 11 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Wed 13 May 2020 13:00 [Full]

Have you ever upset/ or been upset by someone and been left wondering why? Culture and background influences both how we behave and communicate. This session will help you to understand why people of different nationalities behave as they do, as well as increasing your own self awareness.

Scientific writing (Engineering RDC Division A: Energy) new Fri 29 May 2020   14:15 Not bookable

Session run by Cambridge Enterprise

Reflect on your research experience, relationship with your supervisor and effective working practices.

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division A - Energy) Fri 15 May 2020   14:15 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division A-Energy), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division B) Mon 18 May 2020   14:30 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division B), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division C) Tue 19 May 2020   15:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division C), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division D) Tue 12 May 2020   14:30 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division D), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences.

This session will take place in the Civil Engineering building.

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division E) Fri 1 May 2020   11:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division E), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences.

Sharing your research (Engineering RDC Division F) Fri 24 Apr 2020   14:00 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division F), Department of Engineering.

Explore different ways to share your research outputs with the wider world, including publishing, Open Access, and engaging with different audiences.

Student presentations (Engineering RDC Division C) new Tue 19 Nov 2019   15:00 Not bookable

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Symplectic Refresher Training new Mon 7 Sep 2015   11:00 Finished

Symplectic Elements is the University's research information management system and feeds the Department's publications lists.

This refresher session covers keeping profiles up to date; managing and adding publication information; and refining the search terms to match publications and other activity with your account.

Delivered by Juergen Wastl of the University's Research Information team.

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

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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

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A training session for Engineering for Energy Tech/Nuclear Energy MPhil students in the Department of Engineering.Develop your organisation and prioritisation skills and discover tools to manage your time effectively. This session will cover: Being SMART with your time, Prioritisation techniques, Tips and Tools for managing your time.

Time management (Engineering ESD Mphil) Unscheduled Not bookable

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

Develop your organisation and prioritisation skills and discover tools to manage your time effectively. This session will cover: Being SMART with your time, Prioritisation techniques, Tips and Tools for managing your time

Time Management (Engineering RDC Division A - Energy) Fri 31 Jan 2020   14:15 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division A-Energy), Department of Engineering.

Develop your organisation and prioritisation skills and discover tools to manage your time effectively. This session will cover: Being SMART with your time, Prioritisation techniques, Tips and Tools for managing your time.

Time Management (Engineering RDC Division B) new Mon 25 May 2020   14:30 Not bookable

An RDC session for 1st year PhD students (Division B), Department of Engineering.

Develop your organisation and prioritisation skills and discover tools to manage your time effectively. This session will cover: Being SMART with your time, Prioritisation techniques, Tips and Tools for managing your time

Time management (Engineering RDC Division E) new Fri 22 Nov 2019   11:00 Not bookable

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Using Moodle for Teaching - Beyond Lecture Notes new Thu 17 Mar 2016   14:30 Finished

Moodle can be much more than just a home for lecture notes. In this 30 to 45 mins session we will look at some of the other tools in Moodle that you could make use of: collecting and grading assignments, encouraging collaborative working between your students and scheduling events and supervisions. Come with questions, the participates will direct what we look at.

Using Moodle for Teaching - Getting Started new Mon 11 Apr 2016   14:00 Finished

Thinking of using your Moodle course to supplement your teaching? We will look at course structure, how to add people, how to add content and how to talk to your students. We will also offer a refresher on copyright and Moodle. Come with questions, we will tailor the session to what you want to know.

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

Welcome and introduction (Engineering RDC Division F) new Mon 14 Oct 2019   15:00 Finished

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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

Please note that this session takes place in Holger’s Office, BE2-03.

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 (http://edpc.eng.cam.ac.uk/) 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.

Working Effectively new Wed 3 Jul 2019   10:00 Finished

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.

Writing for reports (Engineering) Wed 20 Nov 2019   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A session for Undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering.

Learn to identify the characteristics of a good report. From an accurate, concise and persuasive writing style to a well organised, well-presented layout and format.

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout. It will also offer 'good advice' on what you should (and should not) do.

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 13:00 [Places]
Mon 17 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Wed 26 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Mon 2 Mar 2020 13:00 [Places]
Fri 8 May 2020 13:00 [Places]
Writing skills (Engineering ESD Mphil) Thu 7 Nov 2019   11:00 Finished

A Writing skills training session for Engineering for Sustainable Development MPhil students.

The session will cover: How to plan, structure and edit your academic writing for reports, dissertations and papers

Writing Your First Year Report (Engineering) Tue 14 May 2019   14:15 Finished

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.

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