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Thursday 19 March

09:30
GL Part 2: Reporting in the General Ledger CANCELLED 09:30 - 16:30 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

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

You are invited to bring with you any reference documents that you may have detailing your own departmental codes.

Postdoc Welcome Event CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

A must-attend morning with information tailored to postdocs in Cambridge, whether University-based or employed by Colleges or Research Institutions.

At this event, you will be given information about: o Your contract o Professional development & the careers service o Accommodation (including how to apply for accommodation at the new North West Cambridge development) o The postdoc community at Cambridge

and have ample opportunity to meet other postdocs and network.

Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service (1 of 2) CANCELLED 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.

Pressurised Gas and Cryogens POSTPONED 09:30 - 12:45 Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre

This course will cover safe storage and use of cryogens, safe use and stores of compressed gas, and aspects of oxygen depletion with respect to the above.

VMware vSphere 6.x: An Update Course new charged (5 of 6) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This instructor-led fee based course has been commissioned by the UIS through a third party company.

This is a VMware 6.7 upgrade course.

10:00
Understanding Implicit or Unconscious Bias CANCELLED 10:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This session will provide an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias and will help you start to understand how our biases influence the decisions we make. These may include decisions around recruitment, selection, assessment and broader interactions with others.

The session will include tutor input, group activities and videos and to raise awareness about how to recognise and begin to manage the impact of implicit bias. We will also consider further sources of guidance to support individuals in their roles with specific responsibilities e.g. for managing others, teaching etc.

IT Support Staff: University Data Network (UDN) & Troubleshooting Skills for First Line University IT Staff (1 of 2) CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

This introductory course will provide an understanding of the University Data network (UDN), how different university institution’s networks connect to it and the networking services that the University Information Services (UIS) provide centrally.

It will cover common troubleshooting issues and provides the opportunity to discuss best practice in a range of scenarios and to use operating system utilities to diagnose problems locally at institutions. It will identify the scenarios of when a networking issue would be escalated to UIS service desk and the information to provide.

The course is largely hands on using group work and will conclude with a group quiz (just for fun!).

13:00
Know Moore About: Creative Commons new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

Creative Commons licenses sit alongside existing copyright regulations as a way to help researchers use existing creations and share their own work with others. This session will explore the history of the Creative Commons movement, explore how the licenses can be put together and how researchers can use them to their best advantage.

Update Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and concerns around both staff and student safety the Moore Library has taken the decision to move all of its training sessions online for the foreseeable future. Please do not go to the Moore Library at your scheduled session time as this will no longer be running.

A recorded version of this training session will be uploaded on the date of the session. If you are interested in receiving an email notifying you of this, please sign up for the session. We will then circulate the links to the resources, as well as linking them here.

Session recording: Know Moore About Creative Commons Moore Minute video: Moore Minute: Creative Commons

As always, the Moore Research Support team will be available to answer any questions or offer any support that you may need at this time. Please email moore-rso@lib.cam.ac.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

CRUK: Introduction to Command Line Linux (POSTPONED DATE TBC) Finished 13:00 - 17:00 Room 009, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0RE

This short (0.5 day) intensive course serves to introduce you to the command-line interface in Linux.

It is based upon elements of the Software Carpentries Shell(novice) and Shell(extras) courses. It is recommended for those CI personnel planning on attending the CI High Performance Computing facilities (Cluster) course.

This course is run by the CRUK CI Bioinformatics and IT core.

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

13:30
Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service (2 of 2) CANCELLED 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
Working within the Human Tissue Act POSTPONED 14:00 - 16:30 Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre

The course will provide an overview of the Human Tissue Act and will be delivered by Dr Rachel Smith from the MRC Regulatory Support Centre. The Centre provides training, support and guidance to those whose research involves human participants, their tissue, cells or data.

Please contact Carolyn Read to book a place.

IT Support Staff: University Data Network (UDN) & Troubleshooting Skills for First Line University IT Staff (2 of 2) CANCELLED 14:00 - 16:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

This introductory course will provide an understanding of the University Data network (UDN), how different university institution’s networks connect to it and the networking services that the University Information Services (UIS) provide centrally.

It will cover common troubleshooting issues and provides the opportunity to discuss best practice in a range of scenarios and to use operating system utilities to diagnose problems locally at institutions. It will identify the scenarios of when a networking issue would be escalated to UIS service desk and the information to provide.

The course is largely hands on using group work and will conclude with a group quiz (just for fun!).

VMware vSphere 6.x: An Update Course new charged (6 of 6) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This instructor-led fee based course has been commissioned by the UIS through a third party company.

This is a VMware 6.7 upgrade course.

Friday 20 March

09:30
Tableau for Explorers - Research POSTPONED 09:30 - 12:30 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

Tableau Server is an online application available to all members of the university to access Tableau dashboards and visualisations

Tableau Explorer is intermediate level access to Tableau Server and allows you to view, interact and edit Tableau content.

Finishing Your PhD and Looking Forward (Life Sciences) new CANCELLED 09:30 - 16:45 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course will take a complete look at the final year of your PhD. From the core elements of the thesis and viva and the often forgotten administrative tasks that must get done, on to looking at who you have become and what career path you may take.

Collaboration Tools: Microsoft Teams - Getting Started with Chat, Meetings, Files and Apps (UIS Staff) new (1 of 2) CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Join us in this getting started session where you will learn how to get up and running with Microsoft Teams to collobaorate with other team members.

  • Chat in a group or one-to-one
  • Meet instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button
  • Collaborate never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time
  • Use Channel Tabs and Apps to collaborate
  • Be seen and heard Anywhere on Any device
10:00
Chemistry: IS4 Research Data Management CANCELLED 10:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied

This compulsory session introduces Research Data Management (RDM) to Chemistry PhD students. It is highly interactive and utilises practical activities throughout.

Key topics covered are:

  • Research Data Management (RDM) - what it is and what problems can occur with managing and sharing your data.
  • Data backup and file sharing - possible consequences of not backing up your data, strategies for backing up your data and sharing your data safely.
  • Data organisation - how to organise your files and folders, what is best practice.
  • Data sharing - obstacles to sharing your data, benefits and importance of sharing your data, the funder policy landscape, resources available in the University to help you share your data.
  • Data management planning - creating a roadmap for how not to get lost in your data!
10:30
Librarians in Training: Database Sharing (Cambridge Knowledge Exchange) new POSTPONED 10:30 - 12:00 Faculty of Divinity, Room 2

There are hundreds of databases available to us in Cambridge. How confident do you feel navigating them and recommending them to end users? For this session we have four faculty librarians who will demonstrate Scopus, ArtSTOR, Lexis and Westlaw and statistics and markets business databases. There will be plenty of time for questions.

13:00
Immigration Info Session for Postdocs new CANCELLED 13:00 - 15:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Following the UK government’s announcement of a ‘new’ visa route, known as the Global Talent Visa, Graeme Ross, the University’s Head of Immigration for staff members, will conduct a presentation on what this means for postdocs and how to apply for this visa. There will also be a short presentation on other relevant visa routes, such as dependant visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement, and an opportunity to ask questions about other immigration matters.

13:30
Collaboration Tools: Microsoft Teams - Getting Started with Chat, Meetings, Files and Apps (UIS Staff) new (2 of 2) CANCELLED 13:30 - 16:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Join us in this getting started session where you will learn how to get up and running with Microsoft Teams to collobaorate with other team members.

  • Chat in a group or one-to-one
  • Meet instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button
  • Collaborate never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time
  • Use Channel Tabs and Apps to collaborate
  • Be seen and heard Anywhere on Any device
WP Outreach Participant Targeting/Selection Criteria Briefing new CANCELLED 13:30 - 15:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Cambridge Admissions Office has organised a series of briefing sessions in the coming weeks aimed at Schools Liaison Officers, Faculty/Department Outreach Staff, and any academics and staff members who will communicate with potential students.

Aimed at all outreach practitioners at the University of Cambridge, this briefing will provide an overview of the recently revised WP Participant Targeting/Selection criteria for use on outreach initiatives. The authors of the paper will explain the rationale behind the paper's revised weighting of WP measures and some of the research underpinning the paper. There will also be some discussion on why targeting/selection is important as opposed to using first come/first serve or relying exclusively on teacher nominations.

This session is accompanied by a skills-based session in April aimed at those with less experience implementing targeting/selection criteria.

Monday 23 March

09:00
CUL: Book a Buddy! new Finished 09:00 - 09:30 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Can never find the books you need on the open shelves?

Book a buddy!

Email reference@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely.

Don't suffer in silence - Book a buddy!

CUL: Disabled or neurodiverse User Orientation new Finished 09:00 - 09:30 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Want to discuss your Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Book a buddy!

Email disability@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely.

CUL:Non-Medical Helper Orientation new Finished 09:00 - 09:30 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Can never find the books you need on the open shelves?
  • Want to learn what extra support the UL can offer?

Book a buddy!

Email disability@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely. You are welcome to attend by yourself or alongside the student that you assist.

09:30

The main aim of giving a presentation to the public or a science venue is to present information in a way that the audience will remember at a later time. There are several ways in which we can improve this type of impact with an audience. This interactive lecture explores some of those mechanisms.

UTBS: Training Administrator Training CANCELLED 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This course is designed for Training Administrators of a new provider on the University Training Booking System (UTBS) and it will take them through theory and practicals on how to administer their training programme on the UTBS.

Introduction to R for Biologists (POSTPONED) (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

PLEASE NOTE that until further notice, due to the evolving situation with Coronavirus no courses will be offered as classroom based at the Training Facility. The Bioinformatics Team are investigating a workable solution to offer some of the courses on a remote basis and will be in contact with updates as soon as possible.

R is one of the leading programming languages in Data Science. It is widely used to perform statistics, machine learning, visualisations and data analyses. It is an open source programming language so all the software we will use in the course is free. This course is an introduction to R designed for participants with no programming experience. We will start from scratch by introducing how to start programming in R and progress our way and learn how to read and write to files, manipulate data and visualise it by creating different plots - all the fundamental tasks you need to get you started analysing your data. During the course we will be working with one of the most popular packages in R; tidyverse that will allow you to manipulate your data effectively and visualise it to a publication level standard.

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.

Collaboration Tools: Microsoft Teams - Getting Started with Chat, Meetings, Files and Apps (HR) - Pilot new (1 of 2) CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Join us in this getting started session where you will learn how to get up and running with Microsoft Teams to collobaorate with other team members.

  • Chat in a group or one-to-one
  • Meet instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button
  • Collaborate never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time
  • Use Channel Tabs and Apps to collaborate
  • Be seen and heard Anywhere on Any device
10:30
Fire Warden and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (1 of 2) CANCELLED 10:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Heidelberg Room

Fire Warden training (0900-1030) will give clear instruction of the roles of designated fire wardens and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguisher training (1045-1145) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

12:00
Fire Warden and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (2 of 2) CANCELLED 12:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Heidelberg Room

Fire Warden training (0900-1030) will give clear instruction of the roles of designated fire wardens and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguisher training (1045-1145) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

12:30
CRUK: Image Analysis with Fiji Finished 12:30 - 17:00 eLearning 1 - School of Clinical Medicine

Fiji/ImageJ is a popular open-source image analysis software application. This course will briefly cover introductory aspects of image processing and analysis theory, but will focus on practical sessions where participants will gain hands on experience with Fiji.

This course is run by the CRUK CI Light microscopy core facility.

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

13:00
Finance Division Knowledge Bites - Expenses Management System new POSTPONED 13:00 - 13:45 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

An update on the Expenses Management System project - to take a look a the proposed system and ask questions.

Single Cell RNA Sequencing new (4 of 4) Finished 13:00 - 15:00 Todd-Hamied

The course will outlay bioinformatic analysis of cell populations from single-cell RNA including visualisation, clustering and functional analysis of genes. This will be using the programming language R and packages such as Seurat. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to follow along.

Lesson 1

  • 4.00 - 4.45pm = Setting up
  • 4.45 - 5.00pm = Break, questions
  • 5.00 - 6.00pm = Introduction to scRNA-Seq

Lesson 2

  • 1.00 - 1.45pm = QC, Normalising, Feature Selection
  • 1.45 - 2.00pm = Break, questions
  • 2.00 - 3.00pm = Scaling, Dimensionality reduction, Determining dimensionality of dataset

Lesson 3

  • 1.00 - 1.45pm = Clustering, UMAP/t-SNE
  • 1.45 - 2.00pm = Break, questions
  • 2.00 - 3.00pm = Cluster biomarkers, Assigning cell type identity, Differential expression, Enrichment

Lesson 4

  • 1.00 - 1.45pm = Work on dataset from Stanford/literature/own dataset
  • 1.45 - 2.00pm = Break, questions
  • 2.00 - 3.00pm = Work on dataset from Stanford/literature/own dataset
13:30
Collaboration Tools: Microsoft Teams - Getting Started with Chat, Meetings, Files and Apps (HR) - Pilot new (2 of 2) CANCELLED 13:30 - 16:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Join us in this getting started session where you will learn how to get up and running with Microsoft Teams to collobaorate with other team members.

  • Chat in a group or one-to-one
  • Meet instantly go from group chat to video conference with the touch of a button
  • Collaborate never do that frantic, searching-for-files thing ever again. In Teams you can access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real time
  • Use Channel Tabs and Apps to collaborate
  • Be seen and heard Anywhere on Any device
14:00
Core Statistics (5 of 6) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

This laptop only course is intended to provide a strong foundation in practical statistics and data analysis using the R or Python software environments. The underlying philosophy of the course is to treat statistics as a practical skill rather than as a theoretical subject and as such the course focuses on methods for addressing real-life issues in the biological sciences.

There are three core goals for this course:

  1. Use R or Python confidently for statistics and data analysis
  2. Be able to analyse datasets using standard statistical techniques
  3. Know which tests are and are not appropriate

Both R and Python are free software environments that are suitable for statistical and data analysis.

In this course, we explore classical statistical analysis techniques starting with simple hypothesis testing and building up to linear models and power analyses. The focus of the course is on practical implementation of these techniques and developing robust statistical analysis skills rather than on the underlying statistical theory

After the course you should feel confident to be able to select and implement common statistical techniques using R or Python and moreover know when, and when not, to apply these techniques.