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Thursday 19 March

09:30
GL Part 2: Reporting in the General Ledger [Places] 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 [Places] 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) [Places] 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 [Places] 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.

10:00
Understanding Implicit or Unconscious Bias [Full] 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.

Introduction to CamSIS [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 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

IT Support Staff: University Data Network (UDN) & Troubleshooting Skills for First Line University IT Staff (1 of 2) [Full] 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 [Places] 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.

13:30
Research Computing: Infrastructure as a Service (2 of 2) [Places] 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 Not bookable 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.

Postdocs: Strategies for Being Resilient new [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

The life of a postdoc can be inherently stressful, with making applications for research grants, publishing and maintaining a work life balance, as well as coping with the precariousness of temporary contracts or visa regulations. Postdocs need an ample supply of resilience to deal with the ups and downs of being a professional researcher.

The aim of this workshop is to help you build emotional resilience by further developing coping strategies to overcome challenges. We will focus on what constitutes resilience, identifying your current coping strategies, and using theories of resilience to strengthen your ability to deal with whatever life and work throws at you, whilst maintaining a good level of wellbeing.


Outcomes

  • Recognise that you already have emotional resilience and use strategies on an ongoing basis.
  • Cultivate further effective coping strategies for various contexts.
  • Discover how to use a range of tools and techniques to increase your resilience.


Feedback:

“I would like more courses like this! Thank you!”

“Really good framework for applying it personally.”

“Interacting in groups worked well while exploring real-life examples.”

Poster Presentations (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Poster presentations are a well-established format for presenting research findings within STEM subjects. The past few years has witnessed a growth in poster presentations across a number of AHSS conferences. Given the infancy of this phenomena, it stands that a number of researchers within AHSS remain unsure on the question of content design and delivery.

During the session, therefore, we will explore what makes a successful poster presentation in AHSS and examine how key components of a poster can be designed to make the poster more effective to your target audience.

This is a beginner’s course covering the basics of poster presentations.

IT Support Staff: University Data Network (UDN) & Troubleshooting Skills for First Line University IT Staff (2 of 2) [Full] 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!).

Friday 20 March

09:30
Postdocs: Assertiveness & Difficult Conversations new [Places] 09:30 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c

As a postdoc, you’re in a transitional period of your career, one that can be precarious at times or marked by dependency on others. Inevitably, there are moments when you have to engage in difficult conversations, whether with your PI, your peers, students and/or the people you support or oversee.

Are you able to ask for the things you need and want? Do you spread yourself too thin by saying yes to others’ requests for support? Do you have techniques for approaching difficult conversations? This course is designed to help you develop an assertive mindset and to communicate your needs in an honest, clear, and respectful way.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the benefits of being assertive and the difference between assertive, aggressive, and passive thinking and behaviour
  • Know what assertiveness looks and sounds like
  • Consider different ways to deal with difficult conversations in light of your own behaviour and that of others.
Tableau for Explorers - Research [Places] 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.

10:00
Chemistry: IS4 Research Data Management [Places] 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!
Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) [Full] 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d


This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: an online module, which introduces practices and principles of undergraduate supervision at Cambridge, and a face-to-face workshop in which you will explore challenges and approaches to supervising.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)
  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information
  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Monday 23 March

09:00
CUL: Book a Buddy! new Not bookable 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 Not bookable 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 Not bookable 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.

Managing for Success new (1 of 2) [Full] 09:00 - 16:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This course has been developed in response to staff feedback which highlighted the need for more structured support and development of line management skills.

Dates: 23rd and 24th March 2020 (Attendance at both days is essential)

Times: 09:00 – 16:30

Venue: Training Room at UL

Course Leaders: Sheila Wotherspoon

Objectives:

 To explore the role of an effective manager

 To outline the expectations of CUL managers

 To understand the value of a feedback culture and openness to feedback at all levels of the organisation

 To explore the skills required for effective communication, including active listening, questioning and feedback

 To understand the role of coaching in effective line management

 To provide an opportunity to practice the skills required to coach, give feedback and hold a challenging conversation

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 [Places] 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 (1 of 2) [Full] 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

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.

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.

13:00
Presenting with Impact (STEMM) [formerly 'Better Presentations: A Practical Guide'] [Full] 13:00 - 14:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

This beginner’s course is designed to get you thinking about presenting with impact. Giving presentations is an essential skill for a researcher, be it in your department, at a major conference, or in your next job interview! You know your subject but sometimes issues of performance and clarity stop you being your best. This highly interactive workshop requires you to throw yourself into the activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Finance Division Knowledge Bites - Expenses Management System new [Places] 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) [Full] 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.

14:00
Core Statistics (5 of 6) [Standby] 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.