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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.

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

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.

Moodle: Getting Started [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment will be supporting teaching and learning at the University.

This training session will introduce participants to Moodle and cover the system basics such as the course structure, enrolment to a course, and roles for course members.

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.

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.
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!

Lunch and refreshments are included for this course

Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) [Places] 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.

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
Better Presentations: A Practical Guide (Sciences and Technology) [Full] 13:00 - 15:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Giving presentations is an essential skill for a researcher, be it in your deparment, 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. Perhaps you can't project your voice, perhaps you are terrified of the Q&A, perhaps you feel your slides let you down, or perhaps you just don't know what to do to get better.

This is a highly interactive workshop that requires you to throw yourself into the activities. Everyone will be involved as we apply some of the material from the online Presentation and Performance toolkit and try it out in a safe and supportive environment.

The workshop is especially designed for those who feel less confident with the performance aspects of giving presentations. If you are comfortable standing up and talking in front of others then we recommend starting with the online materials.

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

Tuesday 24 March

09:00
Welcome to New Staff [Full] 09:00 - 12:00 Magdalene College, Cripps Court


The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle quickly into your new role
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • understand how the University works


The second stage is a Welcome to New Staff presentation event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Welcome event aims to provide a broad introduction to all University staff, providing information about the University to enable you to get the most out of your time here. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff.

The half-day event comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction to the University from a senior member of the University
  • A presentation on benefits of being part of the University of Cambridge
  • A presentation by a senior academic providing an insight into the role of the Colleges and their relationship with the University
  • An exhibition of professional services sections, departments, support and welfare services that are available to you as a member of University staff (Please review our exhibitors list
09:30
Introduction to R for Biologists (2 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.

Grants Part 2: Grant reports in Cognos [Places] 09:30 - 13:00 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

This course will concentrate on how to use the Cognos reporting tool to help manage departmental research grants. These reports can be divided into three main categories:

  • Summary financial information for Projects
  • Detailed expenditure analysis
  • Management reports for Grants due to close

In this course we will not access the Grants module in CUFS.

Becoming interdisciplinary: research paradigms and terminology (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new [Full] 09:30 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Across all AHSS disciplines (and within) there are varying views of what research is. Following the work of Thomas Kuhn, these views form what are commonly referred to as ‘research paradigms’, entailing a variety of epistemological (study of knowledge) and ontological (study of being) assumptions that ultimately underpin and guide how we carry out research (method).

Though not a definitive means by which to conceptualize meta-research, this course offers the ‘research paradigm’ as a heuristic and expedient entry point into key terms and concepts often encountered by research students and the tactic assumptions underpinning them. This can and often does result in an ability to understand the significance of one’s own research, the research of others and the broader intellectual context in which both are situated.

09:55
Physics Health & Safety: H&S Induction new (1 of 2) [Places] 09:55 - 11:15 Department of Physics, 213 Bragg Commitee Room

Departmental health and safety induction for graduate students, undergraduate students (Part IB, II, or III) MASt students, visitors and staff starting study or work at the Department of Physics.

Session 1 of this briefing is for everyone and covers what to do in the event of an emergency, and how to report problems.

There will be a short break before Session 2, which is for people carrying out practical experiments in a laboratory, doing other practical (e.g. maintenance) work, managing events or other people.

When there are new staff at an induction, this will be preceded by a short HR induction.

Anyone only working in an office is not required to attend Session 2, unless they manage people or events.

10:00
Moodle: Training for Coordinators [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment will be supporting teaching and learning at the University.

This is an advanced course for those who manage categories in Moodle and would like to learn more about existing features, such as permissions, cohorts, and course history.

Accessibility: How to Produce Accessible Documents - An Introduction (Workshop) new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

This course will show you basic principles and processes for creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and PDFs.

CamSIS Search [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

CamSIS Search is a tool used within CamSIS to create lists of students and update student data. This course will show you how to understand the data structure and how to use CamSIS Search to create student lists.

11:00
Finance Division Inductions - Benefits, Training & Development [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Heidelberg Room

The Finance Division values the professionalism and commitment of its members and therefore encourages all staff to develop their skills and knowledge. This short session will outline for you the Division’s policy on training and development, as well as highlighting resources from across the University that you can utilise.

11:40
Physics Health & Safety: H&S Induction new (2 of 2) [Places] 11:40 - 12:40 Department of Physics, 213 Bragg Commitee Room

Departmental health and safety induction for graduate students, undergraduate students (Part IB, II, or III) MASt students, visitors and staff starting study or work at the Department of Physics.

Session 1 of this briefing is for everyone and covers what to do in the event of an emergency, and how to report problems.

There will be a short break before Session 2, which is for people carrying out practical experiments in a laboratory, doing other practical (e.g. maintenance) work, managing events or other people.

When there are new staff at an induction, this will be preceded by a short HR induction.

Anyone only working in an office is not required to attend Session 2, unless they manage people or events.

13:00
Chemistry: FS4 Unconscious Bias [Places] 13:00 - 14:30 Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Unconscious Bias refers to the biases we hold that are not in our conscious control. Research shows that these biases can adversely affect key decisions in the workplace. The session will enable you to work towards reducing the effects of unconscious bias for yourself and within your organisation. Using examples that you will be able to relate to, we help you to explore the link between implicit bias and the impact on the organisation. The overall aim of the session is to provide participants with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts on individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision-making processes.

13:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme (Academic and Research Leaders) new (4 of 4) In progress 13:30 - 16:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

This programme is designed to support academic and research leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. Group leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others are particularly encouraged to attend.

It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

14:00
Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (1 of 2) [Places] 14:00 - 14:25 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Seminar Room (Floor 2)

This induction is required for anyone planning to work unsupervised at the Maxwell Centre, Department of Physics.

It has two parts:

  • Part 1 is for people working anywhere in the building
  • Part 2 is only for those working at the Maxwell laboratories
14:25
Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (2 of 2) [Places] 14:25 - 14:55 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Seminar Room (Floor 2)

This induction is required for anyone planning to work unsupervised at the Maxwell Centre, Department of Physics.

It has two parts:

  • Part 1 is for people working anywhere in the building
  • Part 2 is only for those working at the Maxwell laboratories
15:00
Chemistry: Contemporary Chemistry to Tackle 21st Century Challenges new (4 of 10) [Places] 15:00 - 17:00 Todd-Hamied

Chemistry plays a very crucial role in tackling 21st century global challenges. From climate change mitigation to discovering therapeutic strategies for human health and driving sustainable energy production and usage - we are faced with many challenges for which chemical sciences has been providing and will continue to provide many plausible solutions.

Much of the research involved in developing these initiatives requires a huge drive towards interdisciplinary research networks. As such, this course has been developed with some of our colleagues from across the Chemistry Department who are working on exciting and emerging areas with this multidisciplinary focus.

This 10 session course will introduce how chemistry can be used as a tool to solve these challenges. First session will include the introduction. Each lecture following this will focus on a different branch, area or concept of chemistry covering the fundamental chemistry and background of how it works, any advances to date and the applications towards talking these global challenges.

The first session is compulsory, plus choose optional sessions you wish to attend when you make your booking.

Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: Organic Electronics

Session 3: Electrochemistry (Batteries)

Session 4: Antibody Design

Session 5: Supramolecular Materials

Session 6: Air Quality Sensing

Session 7: Photochemistry

Session 8: Transition Metal Catalysis

Session 9: Mechanochemistry (Mill-Grinding)

Session 10: Bioconjugation