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Broadcasting Your Research new Thu 16 Jun 2016   10:15 Finished

How do you make your research palatable to the press? Do you stumble and fumble when in front of a camera? Are you protective about your research, wary of handing over all your hard work to a journalist? Join Dr Eliza Filby, founder of GradTrain and lecturer at King's College London for this one-day media training course especially designed for researchers interested in engaging with the media at all levels.

Clear Vision - Presenting data without the fog new Fri 6 Nov 2015   10:00 Finished

Many basic numeric messages are inadequately communicated because of poor presentation. This course illustrates some of the problems and demonstrates ways to improve the reception of messages by different target audience. This one-day course is the foundation to all presentations of statistical information. The basic principles of presenting information in tables, charts, maps and text are explained. These are illustrated and then reinforced through practical exercises.

The course is for anyone who is involved in communicating statistics to non-statisticians, or who reports on data within organisations, to specific communities and to the general public where a message is being delivered.

Download the poster at http://www.gradschl.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/GRASP/clear-vision-poster/view

This day-long training course consists of a mixture of taught and interactive practical elements intended to show participants how to get the best out of Twitter for research purposes.

Please note that this course requires you to have an existing working knowledge of Twitter. In order to apply you must fill in an application form available at the following address

https://cambridge.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/come-fly-with-me-application

Core Statistics Fri 29 Nov 2019   10:00 [Full]

This course is intended to provide a strong foundation in practical statistics and data analysis using the R software environment. 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 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

R is a free, software environment for statistical and data analysis, with many useful features that promote and facilitate reproducible research.

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 and moreover know when, and when not, to apply these techniques.

Crash Course in Neuroscience new Mon 11 Jan 2016   14:00 Finished

This series of lectures provides a basic introduction to neurobiology. If you are a new graduate student working in another area but think your research might benefit from some understanding of neurobiology, this is for you. If you have done an undergraduate course in neuroscience of any kind, this is NOT for you.

Critical Thinking and Bioethics Tue 9 Feb 2016   09:20 Finished

As scientists, your skills of critical thinking are well developed in hypothesis testing, observation and empirical experiment. This workshop will incorporate other modes of logic and reason into your scientific thinking. The focus of discussion will be social and ethical issues in biotechnology.

You will develop:

  • Knowledge of critical thinking, with respect to logic and argument development
  • Skills in application of critical thinking using case studies and debate involving bioethics

Developing your critical thinking and recognising how human elements impact on scientific enquiry will support you in making more appropriate decisions in the direction of your scientific projects.

PLEASE NOTE

This course compromises of two compulsory sessions. In the first session you will learn the skills and in the second you will apply them. There is also an optional follow-up session where you can meet with members of your group to discuss how you have applied the skills in your research.

Trainer:

Caroline Broad is a Philosophy graduate, with seven years experience working in the bio science industry and 15 years delivering skills development workshops.

Critical Thinking and Bioethics new Thu 20 Feb 2020   09:30 [Places]

As scientists, skills of critical thinking are well developed in hypothesis testing, observation and scientific projects. This workshop will incorporate other modes of logic and reason into scientific thinking.

This workshop will consist of a set of debates on current bioethical issues. We will then analyse and evaluate the presence and impact of critical thinking within those debates

PLEASE NOTE: This course consists of two half day sessions, with a week between sessions.

Critical Thinking and Bio-Ethics in Life Sciences Tue 2 Jun 2015   09:30 Finished

A workshop of two half-day sessions that are one week apart, developing:

  • Knowledge of critical thinking, with respect to logic and argument development
  • Skills in application of critical thinking using case studies and debate involving bioethics

Developing your critical thinking and recognising how human elements impact on scientific enquiry will support you in making more appropriate decisions in the direction of your scientific projects.

As scientists, your skills of critical thinking are well developed in hypothesis testing, observation and empirical experiment. This workshop will incorporate other modes of logic and reason into your scientific thinking. Once these skills have been looked at, they will be use on example discussions in the areas of social and ethical issues in biotechnology – including reproductive cloning and use of bio-information. Please note that these are example topics for practicing the skills and are not the topic of the course.

Workshop leader: Caroline Broad is a Philosophy graduate with a passion for the practical applications of critical thinking; especially in the global, highly technical world we now live in; Caroline has spent ten years working in biotechnology field, previously as an employee for AZ owned MedImmune. She is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, teaching Advanced Concepts in Bio business; delivers workshops to post-docs at Imperial College in Innovation skills and creative problem solving.

CSTP: Achieving Clarity in Academic Writing new Mon 17 Feb 2020   13:30 [Places]

Achieving clarity in writing is not just about what’s written on the page – that is merely the final stage in a long and complex process. It actually starts with the interpretation of the question… From a linguistic perspective writing is actually rather straightforward, but the clarity of the ‘end product’, particularly in academic writing, is very much dependent on the clarity of all the stages that precede it. This session will examine this process and explores strategies to help you improve the clarity of your writing.

Data Management Thu 27 Nov 2014   14:00 Finished

Over the course of a PhD, students will create and use large amounts of different types of data. This course is designed to help students manage their data effectively, and to make them aware of some of the legal and ethical issues involved in dealing with data.

The design and analysis of experiments is an essential first step before doing any research; this short seminar will help you develop a clear understanding of what you need to consider when planning experiments and will help to maximize your productivity. Please note that this course is aimed at ecologists but the principles can be applied to experimental design in many other areas.

Designing Creativity and Innovation in Research new Tue 4 Nov 2014   09:30 Finished

This new half-day workshop has been designed to explore the ideas and techniques to unlock your hidden potential as a researcher with clarity, vision and creative leadership. We willl explore the importance of a creative approach to your research - and its communication - by understanding the nature of creativity, how and where to apply creative thinking and activities (for instance, by setting a new dynamic in departmental meetings!) and finally how creative practices lead to personal change and technical and scientific innovation.

You are encouraged to attend with an open mind 'beginners mind' and a willingness to discuss real issues and problems that would benefit from a creative solution. You will be encouraged to compete a short action plan to focus on next steps in the creative process.

Developing Effective Teams new Tue 26 Jul 2016   09:20 Finished

What is required to develop efficient and productive working relationships?

In this workshop we explore research that provides insight into individuals’ different working styles and how to exploit individual strengths to create an effective team. We explore the research of Meredith Belbin and his team role theory using practical exercises to confirm your team role strengths.

  • Understand the facets of an effective team
  • Belbin team role insight
  • Learning styles and communication techniques
  • An insight into individual motivations and drivers

Trainer: Caroline Broad is a Philosophy graduate, with seven years experience working in the bio science industry and 15 years delivering skills development workshops.

Ethical Influencing new Thu 10 Dec 2015   09:20 Finished

There is a growing research base on how to approach influencing in a positive and ethical way. In this workshop you will practice techniques to improve your influencing skills and develop your natural influencing style.

Great ideas need people to get behind them. Teams need to be motivated towards their objectives. Academics and funders need to be convinced of your project’s worth.

We will explore the power of language, rapport, consensus and reciprocity within influencing. We will practice key influencing skills that will help you develop effective committed relationship with the right people for your purpose.

Trainer: Caroline Broad is a Philosophy graduate, with seven years experience working in the bio science industry and 15 years delivering skills development workshops.

Extraordinary Leadership (PhD) new Tue 8 Sep 2015   08:50 Finished

If you cannot lead yourself, how can you influence others or be a productive member of a team?

Join us for an intensive 1-day, experiential workshop exploring the core elements of leading self and others positively and effectively. We start with self-leadership: purpose, values and how well I live them, and what gets in the way? It includes mental and neurophysiological tools for reducing fear (a.k.a. stress, tension), accessing presence/ the zone (often referred to in current trends as dynamic "mindfulness") all leading to increase the ACT of leadership - Awareness, Connection and Transformation - for self and others.

Having established this firm foundation, we build the capacity for open, productive, adult-to-adult interactions with others with emotional intelligence, trust, delegation and handling conflict.

Extraordinary Leadership (Postdoc) new Tue 8 Sep 2015   08:50 Finished

If you cannot lead yourself, how can you influence others or be a productive member of a team?

Join us for an intensive 1-day, experiential workshop exploring the core elements of leading self and others positively and effectively. We start with self-leadership: purpose, values and how well I live them, and what gets in the way? It includes mental and neurophysiological tools for reducing fear (a.k.a. stress, tension), accessing presence/ the zone (often referred to in current trends as dynamic "mindfulness") all leading to increase the ACT of leadership - Awareness, Connection and Transformation - for self and others.

Having established this firm foundation, we build the capacity for open, productive, adult-to-adult interactions with others with emotional intelligence, trust, delegation and handling conflict.

Getting Started with Scientific Writing new Fri 15 Jan 2016   15:00 Finished

A crash course in what you need to know about scientific writing. This lecture is aimed at those writing scientific papers, but many of the principles apply equally to writing a doctoral dissertation. The examples given are mostly in the area of of Biochemistry research, but applicable to many others.

How to Keep a Lab Notebook Fri 1 Nov 2019   14:00 Finished

Your lab notebook is one of the most important and precious objects you, as a scientist, will ever have. This course will explore how keeping an exemplary laboratory notebook is crucial to good scientific practice in lab research. The course will consist of a short talk, a chance to assess some examples of good and bad practice, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. You might like to bring along your own lab notebook for feedback. (Please note that issues relating to protection of Intellectual Property Rights will not be covered in this course).

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

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Tue 19 Nov 2019 09:30 In progress
Tue 18 Feb 2020 09:30 [Full]
Tue 2 Jun 2020 09:30 [Places]
How to write an academic paper and get it published new Thu 7 May 2015   09:30 Finished

This full-day course takes an evidence-based approach to writing academic papers. Participants learn that publishing is a game and this course will help them win it. It is designed to maximise the number of papers from a research project, make the process of writing the paper as efficient as possible, reduce the chances of co-authors and supervisors making unnecessary changes in the late stages of preparation and fosters collaboration between researchers. The course is highly interactive and participants not only learn from each other, they will, by the end of the day, be well on their way to completing a paper for a particular journal. They effectively learn to market themselves and their departments as well as learn about the process of writing. Past attendees have said the approach is fun. Originally developed for clinicians the course is relevant to all researchers, irrespective of their discipline.

Olivia Timbs is the organiser and trainer. She is a regular tutor for The Guardian Masterclasses programme running this course and another on effective writing.

Improve Your Research Impact with Twitter Fri 8 Apr 2016   09:30 Finished

This day-long training course consists of a mixture of taught and interactive practical elements intended to show participants how to get the best out of Twitter for research purposes.

Please note that this course requires you to have an existing working knowledge of Twitter. In order to apply you must fill in an application form available at the following address

https://cambridge.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/come-fly-with-me-application-form

Innovation; a commercial perspective new Wed 29 Apr 2015   09:30 Finished

A one-day workshop to introduce and practice skills needed for innovative working relationships with business. This is a workshop full of discussion and activity around the practical implementation of the following:

The learning aims are.

  • An insight into UK plc expectations following the 2012 Wilson report
  • Project management skills that turn an idea into a reality
  • Technical skills that test scientific and commercial project viability
  • Behavioural skills that build and maintain relationships

Participants will learn about:

  • The changing landscape of UK and European funding
  • The UK’s drive towards business – academic collaborations
  • Expectations from industry. Differences and similarities to academia
  • How to manage academic – business differences
  • Core project management techniques including: Project Initiation documents; Impact measurement; Risk management; Project tracking and reporting
  • Effective working in complex teams including: Creating team buy in; Managing and sharing your knowledge; Communications skills

Provides an understanding of the UK and European landscape for researchers in the context of future careers and collaborations with industry. Also valuable for academics looking for a career move into industry. Provides an insight into what innovation really means and introduces the practical project management tools to implement innovative projects.

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Fri 22 May 2020 09:30 [Places]
Managing Professional Relationships Fri 18 Mar 2016   14:00 Finished

There are some key working relationships that require development and management throughout the course of a Ph.D. If this is discussed and understood at the earliest opportunity students can be proactive in managing such relationships, enhance transferable skills and have a better research experience.

Managing Your Final Year and Preparing to Move On new Mon 23 Sep 2019   09:30 Finished

Your final year is an exciting, yet unsettling time. You need to finish experiments, start to write your thesis and begin to think about the next chapter of your career. This two-day linked workshop is designed to help you make sense of the year ahead.

You will be given practical tips on planning your final year, as well as discuss the administration of your final year, writing your thesis and preparation for your viva. In addition, you will explore the career opportunities that are best suited to you, by thinking about your expertise, suitability and personal values. Finally, you will get the chance to review your C.V and experience the interview process.

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