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Researcher Development Programme (RDP) course timetable

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Fri 23 Nov 2018 – Tue 29 Jan 2019

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Friday 23 November 2018

10:00
MBTI: Understanding Personality in a Research Environment Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room

Ever wonder why you seem to ‘click’ with one person and not another? Ever wonder why you might find some things easier to do than others? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) might shed some light on these questions.

Why this course might make a difference

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator presents a framework to help you understand yourself and others, by exploring differences and preferences in four areas of your personality. As a result of this exploration you may work more effectively and be more understanding in your relationships with others.

Led by a qualified MBTI practitioner, the workshop comprises working through the MBTI questionnaire and self-assessment exercises, so that participants can:

  • Understand the concept and theories behind the MBTI types and process to obtain a personal profile
  • Explore the differences and preferences within personalities in research-related scenarios

Course feedback:

“I had known about the Myers-Briggs, but I hadn't understood the different dimensions fully, or their interactions at a deeper level. Between explanations and activities, the course really helped me to understand the Myers-Briggs perspective, and to be aware of personal and professional differences between my friends and colleagues.”

“The contents of this training and the design of the teaching were very attractive and interesting. I think this training is very useful and helpful, and will recommend it to my friends and other students in my department in the future.”

Monday 26 November 2018

10:00
Developing Your Leadership as a PhD Student Finished 10:00 - 16:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Leadership is a word that seems to be ubiquitous in universities these days, but keeping a handle on all its possible meanings is becoming ever harder: research leadership, team leadership, institutional leadership, thought leadership, educational leadership, ethical leadership, inclusive leadership…

Likewise, employers beyond academia repeatedly tell us that they’re seeking researchers who can be self-motivating, proactive, strategic; can build productive relationships with colleagues at all levels of seniority; are able to create consensus and shared understanding; know how to mentor and guide as well as take direction…

So, if leadership is being talked about everywhere and yet is also very hard to define, how can you as a PhD student identify your own leadership practice and your future potential?

This interactive workshop will combine practical insights with key leadership theories in order to explore the ways in which you’re already acting as a leader; to examine how ‘follower’ behaviours have a crucial role in shaping good leadership; and to consider leadership in a variety of contexts.

The session will be led by Jen Wade, a highly experienced trainer who has been leading her own business for more than ten years, working with a diverse range of organisations across the academic, public, and commercial sectors.


Outcomes:

  • Review a range of definitions of, and styles of, leadership.
  • Recognise your current strengths and future potential as a leader.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

10:00
How to Peer-Review Research Papers for Postdocs/Research Staff (STEMM) Finished 10:00 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room


Wanting to learn more about the peer-review system and gain a core skill every researcher should possess? This course is designed specifically for STEMM postdocs and researchers at an early stage of their career and with little or no experience of reviewing manuscripts for journals.

You will learn how to review research manuscripts quickly and effectively, what editors expect in a review, what to include in written comments to editors and authors and how long you should spend reviewing a manuscript. Following this course, you will know the practical methods for reviewing a manuscript swiftly and successfully.

Outcomes:
- Gain a score skill that every STEMM researcher should know
- Understand how the peer-review system works
- Develop a better understanding of how to write your own manuscript

14:00


Wanting to learn more about the peer-review system and gain a core skill every researcher should possess? This course is designed specifically for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) postdocs and researchers at an early stage of their career with little or no experience of reviewing manuscripts for journals. Focus is on subjects covered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

You will learn how to review research manuscripts quickly and effectively, what editors expect in a review, what to include in written comments to editors and authors and how long you should spend reviewing a manuscript. Following this course, which explores the results from a survey of 60 editors of AHSS journals, you will know the practical methods for reviewing a manuscript swiftly and successfully.

Outcomes:
- Gain a core skill that every AHSS researcher should have
- Understand how the peer-review system works
- Develop a better understanding of how to write your own manuscripts

Thursday 29 November 2018

14:30
Postdocs: How to Approach Difficult Conversations new Finished 14:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

As a postdoc, you’re in a transitional period of your career, one that can be precarious and uncertain 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, or with the people you now oversee. You may need to discuss the advancement of your career, settle a conflict with a colleague, or provide feedback to the students.

This workshop is designed to equip you with the right tools to prepare for and have difficult conversations. We will consider the factors that make particular conversations difficult as well as the “third-generation thinking” and mindful listening that will help you elicit the response you want. This interactive workshop is for all postdocs who want to hone their communication skills, advance their careers, and develop their leadership capacities.


Outcomes:

  • To think differently in leading difficult conversations to negotiate and influence.
  • Articulate own view point in collaboration with team members.
  • Consider different ways to deal with difficult conversations in light of your own behaviour and that of others.


Feedback:

“I liked the way we explicitly broke down the process of preparing for difficult conversations by giving techniques.”

Monday 3 December 2018

10:00
Introduction to Research Integrity at Cambridge new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E


A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research. This session will provide an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of researchers at the University and explore issues of good research practice, research integrity and research misconduct. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

The course will:

  • explore the issue of research misconduct in academia and facilitate discussion of why and how it occurs
  • explain the University and national expectations around research integrity and examine how this effects researchers
  • discuss some of the challenges to the integrity of research and ask what individuals, groups and institutions can do to tackle them
  • introduce the University’s research ethics system


The course will be delivered by the Research Governance Team in the Research Strategy Office.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

10:00
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.
Managing Your Supervisor (Sciences and Technology) new Finished 10:00 - 12:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

The relationship between student and supervisor is important for success for both parties. However, like any relationship, it can experience difficulties and/or frustrations from either side. The aim of this workshop is for participants to become familiar with how the supervisory team works and the different supervision styles used. In addition, we will explore the different methods of communication, as well as how to manage expectations and conflicts in a way that benefits both student and supervisor.

Thursday 6 December 2018

10:00
Effective Researcher (Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4

This course is designed for first-year PhD students to help you increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. We cover several different aspects of personal effectiveness in this one-day workshop, with practical solutions to get you started on your journey.


Outcomes:

  • Start planning the first year of your PhD
  • Be equipped to manage your relationship with your supervisor
  • Understand how to work effectively with others
17:00
The Researcher Development Pitch Competition: Innovative ideas to learn & thrive together new Finished 17:00 - 18:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room


  • Do you have an idea for professional development that you think would benefit the postdoc community in Cambridge?
  • Can you design a programme or tool that you think will help your fellow postdocs to enhance their skills? Improve their wellbeing? Help them to be even more ready for their next career move?
  • Do you have a creative way to broaden teaching, leadership, or collaboration opportunities to include more postdocs?

If you do, you could get seed funding for it and the possibility to develop it further…


The RD Pitch Competition is your chance to create and deliver postdoc support in Cambridge. The Competition enables you to utilise your creative talents and your expertise in the issues affecting postdocs. We’re not just looking for new training workshops or events – though we welcome great ideas for those too: the door is open for designing fresh ways of delivering RD, new resources or tools, innovative programmes or platforms for opportunities. There are many possible themes to consider: creativity and idea generation, research communication and writing, entrepreneurship and social impact, or career development within and beyond academia. It’s up to you what you consider important and what you think will make the biggest difference to the capabilities and potential of the postdoc community.


The information event is your chance to find out more about Researcher Development — not just what it currently is in Cambridge, but the creative ways it could be adapted, expanded, or renewed in order to make a big impact on the postdoc community. We will look at some case studies and innovative ideas, and run through the particulars of the competition. Staff from the Researcher Development Programme, Careers Service and the OPdA will be on hand to take questions and give you some pointers about your ideas. If you are thinking of submitting an expression of interest, or even if you’re not sure, you are warmly encouraged to attend.

For more information and to pitch your idea to us: https://www.opda.cam.ac.uk/career-development/rdpitch

Friday 7 December 2018

10:00
MBTI: Understanding Personality in a Research Environment Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room

Ever wonder why you seem to ‘click’ with one person and not another? Ever wonder why you might find some things easier to do than others? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) might shed some light on these questions.

Why this course might make a difference

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator presents a framework to help you understand yourself and others, by exploring differences and preferences in four areas of your personality. As a result of this exploration you may work more effectively and be more understanding in your relationships with others.

Led by a qualified MBTI practitioner, the workshop comprises working through the MBTI questionnaire and self-assessment exercises, so that participants can:

  • Understand the concept and theories behind the MBTI types and process to obtain a personal profile
  • Explore the differences and preferences within personalities in research-related scenarios

Course feedback:

“I had known about the Myers-Briggs, but I hadn't understood the different dimensions fully, or their interactions at a deeper level. Between explanations and activities, the course really helped me to understand the Myers-Briggs perspective, and to be aware of personal and professional differences between my friends and colleagues.”

“The contents of this training and the design of the teaching were very attractive and interesting. I think this training is very useful and helpful, and will recommend it to my friends and other students in my department in the future.”

Monday 17 December 2018

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Life Sciences) Finished 10:00 - 12:00 CCTL, Revans Room

Aimed at first-year PhD students, this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on writing your end-of-first-year-report. How to start? What is expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this half-day session.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the standard form and function of the first year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and receiveing feedback on writing

Thursday 10 January 2019

10:00
Effective Researcher (Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4

This course is designed for first-year PhD students to help you increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. We cover several different aspects of personal effectiveness in this one-day workshop, with practical solutions to get you started on your journey.


Outcomes:

  • Start planning the first year of your PhD
  • Be equipped to manage your relationship with your supervisor
  • Understand how to work effectively with others

Thursday 17 January 2019

09:00
Business Awareness for Postdocs new Finished 09:00 - 16:00 DO NOT USE Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall


The Researcher Development Programme (RDP), the Research Strategy Office, and the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) are offering this one-day course for Cambridge postdocs who are interested in enhancing their business awareness. It isn’t just for researchers considering setting up their own business or actively pursuing a career in the private sector. With more and more research funding being directed towards collaborations between academia and the commercial world, it’s vital for researchers to understand how businesses operate and the skills they value.


This fun, one-day, interactive course includes 'The Frame Game' to give you a taste of the commercial world. Delivery is by the Institute of Manufacturing's experienced industrial fellows. So, book a place to:-


* Experience how a business works
* Explore a range of key business issues including working with customers, different business models and working as a team
* Develop skills around developing and communicating your research and project

Tuesday 22 January 2019

10:30
Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership new Finished 10:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

Are you in a formal leadership role, or have you taken on leadership positions informally?

This workshop will help you to consider the variety of situations and contexts you find yourself leading in and guide you in understanding your leadership skills and abilities so that you can improve them and deploy them thoughtfully. We will look at a variety of meanings and views of leadership, discover the 4 elements of leadership, consider various leadership styles, and reflect on leadership within and out of research environment.

We would encourage you to take this workshop as a brief introduction to leadership before attending more in-depth workshops, including Postdocs: Self-Leadership and Postdocs: Leading Others.


Outcomes

  • Recognise own current skills and strengths in relation to developing further as a leader.
  • Review a range of definitions of, and styles of, leadership.
  • Apply to your own context.


Feedback:

“I found it interesting to define what leadership means and to understand the different styles there are.”

“It was a very interesting and different training which was very good to attend so as to know the skills to develop.”

Monday 28 January 2019

09:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 09:30 - 10:30 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
10:35
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 10:35 - 11:35 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
11:40
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 11:40 - 12:40 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
14:00
Introduction to Research Integrity at Cambridge new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E


A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research. This session will provide an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of researchers at the University and explore issues of good research practice, research integrity and research misconduct. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

The course will:

  • explore the issue of research misconduct in academia and facilitate discussion of why and how it occurs
  • explain the University and national expectations around research integrity and examine how this effects researchers
  • discuss some of the challenges to the integrity of research and ask what individuals, groups and institutions can do to tackle them
  • introduce the University’s research ethics system


The course will be delivered by the Research Governance Team in the Research Strategy Office.

14:50
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 14:50 - 15:50 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
15:55
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 15:55 - 16:55 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations

Tuesday 29 January 2019

09:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 09:30 - 10:30 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
10:00
Resilience In The Lab (Sciences and Technology) Finished 10:00 - 12:00 CCTL, Revans Room

Let’s face it; being a researcher can be stressful! Not only are you managing the ups and downs of life in the lab, but you are probably balancing work and life and also have one eye on the future and what comes after your PhD…

This workshop is designed to help you build emotional resilience. You probably already have some strategies in place so we will reflect on the highs and lows you have already experienced, look at some of the theories of resilience and consider how we can better support your coping and wellbeing.

  • Understand what resilience is
  • Consider why researchers need to be resilient
  • Identify when we have been resilient
  • Be aware of the three Cs of stress hardiness
  • Start to develop our resilience toolkits
10:35
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 10:35 - 11:35 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
11:40
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 11:40 - 12:40 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
13:45
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 13:45 - 14:45 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
14:50
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 14:50 - 15:50 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
15:55
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new Finished 15:55 - 16:55 CCTL, Fawcett Room

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings? Do you gain a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations