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Thursday 5 December 2019

09:30
An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

This course provides a practical introduction to the writing of Python programs for the complete novice. Participants are lead through the core aspects of Python illustrated by a series of example programs. Upon completion of the course, attentive participants will be able to write simple Python programs and customize more complex code to fit their needs.

Course materials are available here.

Please note that the content of this course has recently been updated. This course now mostly focuses on core concepts including Python syntax, data structures and reading/writing files. Concepts and strategies for working more effectively with Python are now the focus of a new 2-days course, Data Science in Python.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

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.

Unix: Building, Installing and Running Software (2 of 3) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

It is common for a student or researcher to find a piece of software or to have one thrust upon them by a supervisor which they must then build, install and use. It is a myth that any of this requires system privilege. This course demonstrates the building, installation and use of typical software ranging from trivially easy examples (the "configure, make, install" scheme) through to the evils of badly written Makefiles. Common errors and what they mean will be covered and by the end of the course the student should be able to manage their own software without needing to pester their system administrator.

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.

Web Authoring (Level 3): CSS - Cascading Style Sheets Responsive Web Design Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This is a practical-based course for anyone with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS and follows on from the Web Authoring (Level 1): HTML For Beginners and Web Authoring (Level 2): CSS - Cascading Style Sheets for Beginners courses. The course shows how to implement a Responsive Web Design using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and basic JavaScript. The course teaches how to write CSS Media Queries from scratch using a basic Text Editor. By the end of the course participants will have adapted a small website consisting of four pages so that it is styled using a single Cascading Style Sheet and JavaScript to make it responsive on both computer screens and mobile devices. Course participants will have the opportunity to publish their web pages using DS-Web.

Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

The Research Computing Infrastructure as a Service (RCIS) provides instant high performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other data centre infrastructure. It enables IT practitioners and research groups to build their own scalable platforms that fit their exact needs and requirements. Departmental IT or Research Groups are able to submit an application here to rent a portion of the available cloud resources, on which to build their own research computing platforms without needing to first provision physical hardware in their home department.

Please register your interest in the course and we will be in touch when we have finalised dates.

CHRIS - An Introduction Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

This course is an introduction to the system and will cover the following topics:

  • Additional guidance relating to searches and exporting information out of CHRIS into Excel or Word
  • An overview of how personal details are recorded
  • An overview of how the system is used to record absence (sickness, maternity, paternity etc) for individuals
  • Employment details for individuals including items such as grade, salary, hours and limit of tenure
  • Costing details
  • How your department is structured on CHRIS and the posts it contains
  • A quick update on reporting

This course does not cover any training on update access.

10:00
LaTeX: Introduction to Text Processing (1 of 2) Finished 10:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

LaTeX is a powerful document description language built on top of TeX. It is available on Unix, Windows and Macintoshes. It can be used for the presentation of plain text (including accented characters and letters outside the English alphabet), the typesetting of mathematics, the generation of tables, and producing simple diagrams. It is particularly suited for the writing of theses, papers and technical documents.

Postdocs: Leading Others new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Are you ready to lead others confidently in whatever leadership position you may find yourself in?

This workshop draws on insight gained from Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership and Postdocs: Self-Leadership and considers how to apply different skills, strengths, and styles of leadership as well as the strategies of self-leadership to enable you to thoughtfully and self-assuredly lead others. This workshop will help you cultivate a more profound and extensive portfolio of leadership capabilities and a deeper understanding of how to motivate people and to get the best out of them.

It is possible to attend this as an individual workshop, although we would recommend that you try to attend the series starting with Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership and Postdocs: Self-Leadership.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key components of being led and leading others.
  • Expand and extend your skills, strengths, abilities and style in detail so that you can lead others now and in the future.
  • Apply self-knowledge, awareness and techniques in the deployment of your leadership skills with others.
Medicine: Research Data Management (for University and NHS) Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

There is an increasing emphasis in research on the management and sharing of data. Many funding bodies that support research undertaken at Cambridge require not only open access to any publications based on that research, but also to the data underlying it. This course will help you understand funders’ requirements for management and sharing of research data, and will provide opportunities to create your own data management plan and test out resources that will make the data management process easier.

Advanced Presentation Skills (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a

Presenting is a crucial skill for researchers, yet it is often something that even experienced scholars struggle with. This interactive workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of presenting and the basic principles involved, but would like to develop their skills in this area to a higher level.

This workshop provides the opportunity for practical experience of presenting within a supportive environment. During the workshop, you will be given time to design and deliver a short (5-10 minutes) presentation to a small audience comprised of your fellow researchers.


This course is designed for students with some presentation experience. It is possible to attend this course as an individual workshop, although we would recommend that you try to attend the series starting with the Basic Presentation Skills course.

Research Effectiveness and Efficiency – A One-Day Tune-Up new Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Success as a researcher is as much about managing your process and resources as it is about intellectual brilliance. What’s more, there is no ‘correct’ way to operate – everyone has to find approaches that work for him or her and fit with their own circumstances. So, what does it mean to be efficient and effective, and how can we fit these simple tools and strategies to aid our effectiveness in the context being a researcher?

This one-day immersive workshop will help you to build personal effectiveness tool-kit.


Specifically we’ll focus on six theme areas (which complement the short bite-sized modules and online offerings from the Cambridge Researcher Development programme). These themes are:

Self – Manage your personal development and growth
Project – Consider your research as a project to be managed and draw on some simple project management practices
Integrated – Reflect on your overall approach to research and fine you’re your work-life balance.
Relationships – Get the best out of the team (inc. supervisor) around you
Information - Develop some strategies for handling the papers, articles and data that cross your desk
Time – Learn some simple tools to ensure you make the most out of the most precious resource you have

Within these themes, the exact nature of the session on the day will be tailored to the needs and questions of participants and there will be a small amount of preparatory work to aid your reflection prior to the session.


The workshop will be led by Steve Hutchinson, a former academic who is now a consultant, author and coach.

New Online Career Development Tool new Finished 10:00 - 11:00 Judge Business School, Castle Teaching Room

This is a chance to see a demonstration of the new Online Career Development Tool.

During its pilot phase, the new tool is available to participants on the Professional Services Career Development Programme https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cppd/event/2998518

The CDP is designed to support career development and progression, and particularly welcomes women, BAME staff and other under-represented groups.

After evaluation of the pilot, it is intended that the tool will become available to other Professional Services staff.

Booker Briefings for All Staff new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room

On the 30th September, the University Libraries began using Booker as the new booking system for meeting rooms across the Libraries.

To walk staff through the new system and to answer any questions, Rob Smith from UIS will be hosting a Booker Briefing for All Staff on Monday 25th November at 2pm - 4pm in the Milstein Room, and Thursday 5th December at 10am - 12pm.

These sessions are drop ins, so please pop along between these times as most suitable for you!

Both Briefings will be the same and are open drop in events.

11:00
JTC: Study Abroad Advice Finished 11:00 - 11:30 John Trim Centre

A 30 minute appointment with a Language Adviser to explore intensive language courses abroad for your specific requirements. We can offer pointers for evaluating the options available and share information gleaned from students' feedback on courses that they have attended.

11:15
English: Grammar for Speaking & Writing: Articles Finished 11:15 - 13:15 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

Workshop to revise and improve understanding of the definite and indefinite articles in English.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
11:30
CULP: German Advanced Plus charged (7 of 15) In progress 11:30 - 13:30 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

The concept underpinning this course is one of fostering the learning of higher Advanced German language through listening (mainly films), reading (mainly literature), speaking and writing (both film and literature).

Every session will offer a choice of extracts either from the German* literary canon or from critically acclaimed films, or indeed both, which illustrate the session’s theme. These passages will be analysed by means of listening, reading and communicative exercises and will lead to a discussion about their aesthetic, wider cultural, historical and political implications and relevance today.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre website.

12:00
Business Improvement at Cambridge - Knowledge Sharing Seminar 6 new Finished 12:00 - 13:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium
  • Dan Ford and Elin Davies will share their "take aways" from the LeanHE England Event held in Cambridge on 4th September
  • There will be an open discussion about the shape and format of these seminars moving forward, including ideas for future content/speakers
  • There will be an opportunity for informal networking with other members of the Business Improvement at Cambridge community
13:00
MMLL Library: Time management for effective studying new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Teaching Room 336

This session is designed to introduce first year MMLL undergraduates to the best tools and techniques for managing their time more effectively, getting organised, identifying how they work best, and learning to prioritise their workload. It includes online tools and strategies for effective time management.

13:30
Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service (2 of 2) Finished 13:30 - 16:30 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

The Research Computing Infrastructure as a Service (RCIS) provides instant high performance compute, storage, network resources and other functionality. It helps avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other data centre infrastructure. It enables IT practitioners and research groups to build their own scalable platforms that fit their exact needs and requirements. Departmental IT or Research Groups are able to submit an application here to rent a portion of the available cloud resources, on which to build their own research computing platforms without needing to first provision physical hardware in their home department.

Please register your interest in the course and we will be in touch when we have finalised dates.

14:00
Chemistry: CT8 Electron Microscopy CANCELLED 14:00 - 15:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This lecture will provide an overview of the Department’s electron microscopy facility. It will cover the theory of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), including cryo-TEM and tomography, as well as analytical techniques Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS). Examples of how these techniques can be used to characterise a range of samples including polymers, proteins and inorganic materials will be shown.

LaTeX: Introduction to Text Processing (2 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

LaTeX is a powerful document description language built on top of TeX. It is available on Unix, Windows and Macintoshes. It can be used for the presentation of plain text (including accented characters and letters outside the English alphabet), the typesetting of mathematics, the generation of tables, and producing simple diagrams. It is particularly suited for the writing of theses, papers and technical documents.

Finance Division Taster Sessions - Finance Managers Group Finished 14:00 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

This session led by Finance Managers and Advisers will provide attendees with an insight into their roles and how different Schools operate.

The session will be equally split between two different School teams:

  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences

to reflect the different approaches and demands of different sectors within the University.

Introduction to CamSIS Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

CamSIS is Cambridge’s system for handling student information, records and transactions, from initial contact and application all the way through to graduation. This course will teach you the basics of using the system to view student records and to produce basic lists of students.

  • Supporting documentation

Introduction to CamSIS https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=138371

14:15
Tax Exemptions - Medically Exempt new Finished 14:15 - 15:00 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

A briefing session to remind iProc buyers/requisitioners of when departments are eligible to apply/claim medical exemption relief from VAT. This area of VAT is being highlighted at the moment as it is a current focus of HMRC. Additionally, some suppliers are reviewing their controls over the application of Medical Exemption, and are therefore checking our use of ME0% on recent orders.

14:30
CUL: Copyright, plagiarism, and all that jazz. new Finished 14:30 - 16:00 Cambridge University Library, Anderson Room

Copyright can be confusing. Music copyright can be a minefield. This course looks at the benefits of copyright in relation to music, and how to navigate what the law does and doesn’t allow you to do. With hands on examples to evaluate, and some real-world copyright issues; this is an opportunity to discuss and find out more about the complex world of musical copyright, and its near relation musical plagiarism.

15:30
Mindfulness Workshop: Better Sleep Finished 15:30 - 17:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a

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

17:30
Mindfulness Workshop: Improving Attention Finished 17:30 - 19:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a

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

18:00
Intercultural Communication workshop for Medics new Finished 18:00 - 19:00 Clinical School, Lecture Theatre 2

The healthcare provision for culturally diverse patients usually comes down to provision of language services (interpreters) in order to enable the patients to participate in NHS England. But language barriers are only part of the communication challenge. People’s cultural background affect the way they communicate, perceive the illnesses, and project expectations on the healthcare professionals. The lack of appreciation for those differences may result in the inability of the patient to follow the medical advice, and low level of satisfaction with the provision which might lead to complaints or repeated appointments. This talk offers an insight of how national culture influences interaction between healthcare staff and the patients (and their relatives) and helps to develop strategies for enhanced communication.

18:30
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), Spanish Intermediate 1 2019 - BLOCK B (10 of 10) Finished 18:30 - 20:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), French Intermediate 1 2019 - BLOCK B (10 of 10) Finished 18:30 - 20:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), British Sign Language Basic 2019 - BLOCK B (10 of 10) Finished 18:30 - 20:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 16

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

19:00
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), German Intermediate 1 2019 - BLOCK B (9 of 10) Finished 19:00 - 21:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 3

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.