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RDP Other Events 2013-14

Programme of events provided by Researcher Development Programme (RDP)
(Wed 9 Oct 2013 - Fri 17 Oct 2014)

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October 2013

Wed 9
Public Engagement: Your Research Message Finished 14:00 - 16:30 Arts School, Room B (No longer in use)

***Please note change of date and venue***

“Your Research Message” will explore how research ideas can be translated and discussed in the public domain, using storytelling as one tool for organising a structured research narrative. It will combine theory with practical group and individual activities as preparation for face-to-face or media communication.

Wed 16
Public Engagement: Your Research Video (1 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 16:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 9


“Your Research Video” is a two-part course for researchers to make their own short film after reviewing existing material. This course will signpost video hosting websites and discuss how online video can feed into social media platforms. Delegates will explore key filmmaking techniques and will see how very low-budget short films can create excitement and generate live, online text or video based discussion. Delegates will be given a week to prepare material for edit using iMovie in the second session.

Attendance at both sessions is compulsory.

November 2013

Mon 4
Public Engagement: Your Research Video (2 of 2) Finished 13:30 - 17:30 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site


“Your Research Video” is a two-part course for researchers to make their own short film after reviewing existing material. This course will signpost video hosting websites and discuss how online video can feed into social media platforms. Delegates will explore key filmmaking techniques and will see how very low-budget short films can create excitement and generate live, online text or video based discussion. Delegates will be given a week to prepare material for edit using iMovie in the second session.

Attendance at both sessions is compulsory.

Digital and Print Resources for Research in Engineering Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


Theis course will provide a brief overview of what the library can provide for researchers in engineering, together with key information on how to access technical reports, theses, e-journals/e-books and how to making efficient and targeted use of databases. Start how you mean to go on - get to grips with exactly what is available and how you can best use it.

Tue 5
Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 7

Please note the course below is superceed by the following course: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cctl/course/cctl-tap

The Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) is a year-long programme which supports early career researchers who have some responsibility for teaching and learning. TAP is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and, if you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will become an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Applications are open to researchers from any discipline who can confirm both that they have the minimum prior experience of teaching or supporting learning within higher education and that they will have some teaching during the programme. In this way, the programme enables you to reflect on your own current practice, to explore ideas and approaches for enhancing your teaching, and to think about your future development as a higher education professional.

There is an introductory session, plus 4 days of complusory training, which you must complete, but otherwise the programme has a high level of flexibility and participants are expected to plan their TAP work to fit around other activities. Help and support is available throughout the year to enable students to achieve this, and to get the best from the programme.

Wed 6
Public Engagement: Planning Your Strategy Finished 14:00 - 16:30 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


"Planning your strategy" will highlight some easy ways to make research-led public engagement more effective through planning. Delegates will consider various audience groups to design targeted activities; prepare to collect evidence of impact and plan ideas for future activity. The session will review several examples of evaluation practice, including comment cards, observation and online surveys to illustrate how an evaluation framework at the planning stage can potentially reduce overall effort and increase the quality of outcomes.

Fri 8
Division D Graduate Conference Finished 08:00 - 18:00 Sidney Sussex College, Sidney Street


This is the inaugural Division D graduate conference.
The organisers hope you will be able to join them and Professor Robert Mair for this Divisional event. Tristram Carfrae will give the first morning keynote lecture. Sara Parkin, founder of Forum for the Future, is the second key note speaker for the event. The day will also include presentations by Division D graduates and a poster session.

Bookings for this event will close on Friday, 25 October 2013

For further information on this event, please email Heba Bevan on hy245@cam.ac.uk

Mon 11
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: How to do Research Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 6


This one hour lecture, given by Dr Stephan Hofmann, Reader in Nanotechnology provides a useful guide to starting out in research for a PhD and developing your own approach to produce a successful outcome.

Wed 13
Searching the Literature - Why Google Scholar is Not Enough Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3B


Niamh Tumelty, Head of the Department's Information Services, will demonstrate the power of the literature searching tools which are available to you as a member of the University, including Web of Knowledge, Web of Science and Scopus. Bring your laptop with you to login, use these tools and get your questions answered.

Public Engagement: Commissioning AV and Design Work new (1 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 16:30 Fitzwilliam Museum, Seminar Room

“Commissioning AV and Design Work” will illustrate the key components of paying for and getting the best out of a creative professional, including drafting a commissioning brief, setting terms and conditions, developing ideas and signing off the final product.

This session will also be the launch of an opportunity for MRes and PhD students and first-time postdoctoral researchers to pitch ideas for a Film Fund grant to work with professionals to make a film about your research. Please note there will be an open Q&A session on Wednesday 4 December in the Bentley Room in the Pitt Building on Trumpington Street, from 4pm - 5pm, to discuss ideas informally before the application deadline of Monday 16 December 2013. Also note, application to the Film Fund does not require attendance at any of the sessions.

Fri 15


This information session will outline some of the opportunities for knowledge exchange and impact acceleration for social sciences researchers. Examples of social sciences impact plans will be shared. Includes exercise for participants to generate short summaries of key aspects to their potential impact and knowledge exchange plans.

Fri 22


This session will provide an overview of research communications methods, with practical exercise to help plan communications, considering why communicate, to whom, what to communicate, how and when. Includes practical exercise on communicating research.

December 2013

Wed 4
Public Engagement: Commissioning AV and Design Work new (2 of 2) Finished 16:00 - 17:00 The Pitt Building, Bentley Room

“Commissioning AV and Design Work” will illustrate the key components of paying for and getting the best out of a creative professional, including drafting a commissioning brief, setting terms and conditions, developing ideas and signing off the final product.

This session will also be the launch of an opportunity for MRes and PhD students and first-time postdoctoral researchers to pitch ideas for a Film Fund grant to work with professionals to make a film about your research. Please note there will be an open Q&A session on Wednesday 4 December in the Bentley Room in the Pitt Building on Trumpington Street, from 4pm - 5pm, to discuss ideas informally before the application deadline of Monday 16 December 2013. Also note, application to the Film Fund does not require attendance at any of the sessions.

February 2014

Mon 3
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: How to do Research in Engineering Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


This one hour lecture, given by Dr Stephan Hofmann, Reader in Nanotechnology provides a useful guide to starting out in research for a PhD and developing your own approach to produce a successful outcome.

Mon 10
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: An Introduction to Intellectual Property’ Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


This one hour lecture, given by Prof. I.M. Hutchings, will provide you with some of the vocabulary and ideas behind intellectual property (copyright, patents, confidentiality agreements) in the context of University Research. A useful starting point, which could prevent you making costly mistakes in the future.

Mon 17
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series:Managing Your Research Data Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


This interactive workshop given by staff from the Department's Library, will introduce students to practical data management such as file naming conventions, backing up files and maintaining data in institutional repositories, with an emphasis on participants sharing some strategies that have worked for them. Issues around Open Research and Open Data and managing online research identities (e.g. ORCID) will also be covered.

Mon 24
Searching the Literature - Why Google Scholar is Not Enough (Engineering) Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


Niamh Tumelty, Head of the Department's Information Services, will demonstrate the power of the literature searching tools which are available to you as a member of the University, including Web of Knowledge, Web of Science and Scopus. Bring your laptop with you to login, use these tools and get your questions answered.

March 2014

Mon 3
Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: Writing a Research Paper and Getting it Published Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


In this popular talk given by Prof John Williams, you will get all the essentials, from how to get writing and structuring your paper for the target audience to improving your style and understanding the full process from submission to publication. Highly recommended for all graduates.

Mon 10
The Seven Secrets of Successful PhD Students (Engineering) Finished 16:00 - 17:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 5


Do you want to increase the probability of completing your PhD on time and be happier doing it? In this workshop, Dr Sue Jackson will share and discuss these 'secrets' which the aim of allowing you to reflect on what you can easily do to help yourself achieve this aim. If you haven't already been to this workshop as part of your RCC, do come along.

Thu 20
Searching the Literature - Why Google Scholar is Not Enough (Engineering) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Institute for Manufacturing, Seminar Room 2


Niamh Tumelty, Head of the Department's Information Services, will demonstrate the power of the literature searching tools which are available to you as a member of the University, including Web of Knowledge, Web of Science and Scopus. Bring your laptop with you to login, use these tools and get your questions answered.

Engineering Research Skills Lecture Series: Critical Appraisal - What to Include? new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Institute for Manufacturing, Seminar Room 2


So you've found lots of relevant research - how do you decide which items to read fully and build on in your work? In this hands-on workshop we will introduce you to critical appraisal techniques to help you quickly decide which articles are worth your time. To gain maximum benefit from this session, please bring along an article you have found during your literature search.

May 2014

Thu 15
Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP) new (1 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Cormack Room


The Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP) has been designed for postdoctoral researchers/research staff aspiring to achieve research independence in order to lead their own research group and/or to become research leaders in their field through a variety of career pathways including academia. It is a unique opportunity for you to develop and reflect upon your personal leadership style in the context of those who you lead in either an official or unofficial capacity. We will provide tailored training workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions so you can develop solutions relating to your current situation and your future needs. Attending participants will also have access to online resources and a mid-programme masterclass.

Workshop 1 (full day): Introduction to the programme; Exploring leadership assumptions in the current context of higher education and industry; The importance of self-leadership; Getting the most out of the coaching process

Workshop 2 (half day): Leading others collaboratively

Workshop 3 (half day): A strategic approach to career management

End of Programme Presentation and Networking Event (three hours): You will be presenting to key internal and external stakeholders about your learnings' from being a participant on the programme.

Wed 21
Public Engagement: Media releases: an introduction new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2


This half day course will be delivered by members of the University’s News and Communications teams and will introduce researchers to working effectively with the media. The course will provide information on how the media works, what makes a good news story and the time scales to be considered in planning media releases. It will look at how press releases are disseminated and the role of the University Communications and News teams.

The course will include a practical exercise where researchers identify what makes a good (or bad) press release using a series of example releases. Using the information learnt, researchers will produce a first draft of a press release based on their own research. Participants are asked to bring a written summary of their research to the session.

Tim Holt leads a team of communications professionals who work on areas relating to the University’s reputation strategy. Specifically covers crisis management, international media relations and VIP visits, including the Vice-Chancellor’s activities.

Wed 28
Public Engagement: Communication skills for public engagement new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E


This half day course will be delivered by an external trainer who has experience of working with academic researchers. The course will look at the purpose of a presentation and how to choose an effective medium and venue to get a research message across to a public audience. It will be highly interactive, using methods from stand-up comedy, and will give all participants the opportunity to develop, practice and present their own short piece.

The course is designed specifically for researchers who are very hesitant about speaking in front of the public. The course will cover techniques to overcome nerves, the importance of rehearsal and how to deal with unexpected questions.

June 2014

Wed 11
Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP) new (2 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 13:30 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room


The Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP) has been designed for postdoctoral researchers/research staff aspiring to achieve research independence in order to lead their own research group and/or to become research leaders in their field through a variety of career pathways including academia. It is a unique opportunity for you to develop and reflect upon your personal leadership style in the context of those who you lead in either an official or unofficial capacity. We will provide tailored training workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions so you can develop solutions relating to your current situation and your future needs. Attending participants will also have access to online resources and a mid-programme masterclass.

Workshop 1 (full day): Introduction to the programme; Exploring leadership assumptions in the current context of higher education and industry; The importance of self-leadership; Getting the most out of the coaching process

Workshop 2 (half day): Leading others collaboratively

Workshop 3 (half day): A strategic approach to career management

End of Programme Presentation and Networking Event (three hours): You will be presenting to key internal and external stakeholders about your learnings' from being a participant on the programme.