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Are you a post-doc (or a PI) at Chemistry applying for grants? Do you need to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of your grant application but don't know how? Are you a post-doc (or PI) who is just interested in learning about writing data management plans? If so, this session is for you.

You will increasingly be required to write a DMP as part of your grant applications, but it is also useful to write one whenever you begin a research project, to help you plan how to manage your data effectively from the start.

During this session you will learn everything you need to know about data management plans:

  • What they are
  • Why they are increasingly required as part of grant applications
  • What to include in data management plans
  • Tools to help writing data management plans
  • See example data management plans

Refreshments will be provided (tea, coffee, and biscuits).

Do metrics really add up?

Metrics have long been used as an indicator of academic success and as a way to make key decisions. As the measurement of impact becomes increasingly important within academia there has been something of a backlash against trusting purely quantitative methods of assessment. The Responsible Metrics movement aims to ensure that metrics are used fairly alongside other measures to gather a true assessment of impact.

This webinar will discuss what the Responsible Metrics movement is, why it was developed, its importance and how library staff can best educate their research staff.

Word 2016: Introduction (Self-paced) Wed 22 Jan 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

This self-paced practical course covers the most commonly used features of Microsoft Word and is suited to complete beginners or those with limited experience of using a word processor.

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Date Availability
Tue 16 Jun 2020 09:30 Not bookable

This course is mainly aimed at students writing their thesis. It is a task-focused version of the Word: Mastering Advanced Features which is aimed at staff creating reports. Please do not book yourself on both courses. It is designed to give a overview of the advanced features of Microsoft Word that are most relevant to producing dissertations, theses and other long documents.

Working Across Cultures new Fri 29 Sep 2017   09:30 Finished

Working Across Cultures: A Practical Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Have you considered how culture may be influencing your professional relationships and interactions? Do you know which factors to consider when dealing with other nationalities? Are you using to your advantage what you may have already noticed or experienced? The workplace today is truly international in composition and intercultural competency is an invaluable and positive addition to your skill set.

This half day session is an introduction to the field of intercultural communication with an emphasis on practical application and developing self-awareness. It is a fun, engaging, relevant topic that will enable you to work more confidently and effectively with any nationality. You will become familiar with key variations across national cultures, so that you can recognise if/when and why cross-cultural misunderstandings are occurring, as well how to be more flexible in your approach.

You can expect a mixture of trainer-led content, as well as interactive exercises in pairs and small groups

Working at Height: Basic Ladder Safety Wed 29 Jan 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]

Falls from ladders and other height access devices continue to cause injuries to people at work in the University. The new Work at Height Regulations (April 2005) have implications for the University because the emphasis has changed to any fall from any height. Anyone who uses ladders or who supervises work with ladders should attend this session.

Available to deliver in departments and colleges, see Unscheduled events for more details.

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Tue 25 Feb 2020 09:30 [Places]
Wed 11 Mar 2020 09:30 [Places]
Thu 30 Apr 2020 09:30 [Places]
Thu 9 Jul 2020 09:30 [Places]

To discuss possible onsite training please contact Neil Stanford for further details.

Working at Height: Safe Use of Mobile Towers Tue 10 Jan 2012   11:00 Finished

This course is for staff who regularly use mobile towers. It focuses on updating staff on the health and safety issues associated with this specific item of equipment used for accessing height. It will remind participants about Work at Height and the correct and safe use of mobile towers. It is assumed that staff attending this course will be regular users and have had equipment assembly training either internally or from the supplier when the tower was purchased.

Working at Height: Training a Ladder Inspector Tue 5 Feb 2013   14:15 Finished

This course is primarily for staff from institutions who wish to undertake their own ladder inspections, to comply with the requirements under the Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and the Work at Height Regulations for competent inspection for access to and work at height.

This course is a more advanced version of Basic ladder safety and is assessed by practical and theoretical applications.

Working Effectively new Wed 3 Jul 2019   10:00 Finished

Too much work and not enough time to do it? This session covers how to prioritise what you do, manage your time better and keep stress levels low.

Delivered 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.

For PhD students in all years.

This session will introduce participants to the ideas of working openly and reproducibly through presenting case studies and tools to help facilitate this kind of work. From GitHub to good file naming conventions, participants will be given the opportunity to learn from other people’s failures and to be better at future-proofing their research.

If this session is fully booked please join the waiting list - we will move venues if there is demand.

Working with Archives Wed 14 Nov 2018   13:00 Finished

This unit is an introduction to archival research methods for postgraduates. Our goal is to develop an understanding of the key values and practices of both archival preservation and interpretation. Knowing the values and practices at the interface between evidence and argumentation will allow us to formulate a better awareness of the logics, accounts, and justifications of the methods researchers employ to do their work. Participants will develop a familiarity with the main considerations and techniques used in archival research as well as the different archival resources available to undertake independent research projects.

Working with Digital Manuscripts new Wed 6 Feb 2019   10:00 Finished

Session 1: Introduction to working with digital manuscripts This workshop will introduce you to digital manuscripts by exploring how and where to find them, what to expect when you do, understanding digital manuscript resources and what you can do with them.

Session 2: Tools for working with digitised manuscripts This workshop will introduce you to some of the tools that can be used when working with digital manuscripts. We will also explore further ideas and tools in addition to some other sources for assistance and further learning opportunities.

Working within the Human Tissue Act Thu 19 Mar 2020   14:00 Not bookable

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.

Working with Python: functions and modules Wed 4 Jul 2018   09:30 Finished

This course will cover concepts and strategies for working more effectively with Python with the aim of writing reusable code. In the morning session, we will briefly go over the basic syntax, data structures and control statements. This will be followed by an introduction to writing user-defined functions. We will finish the course by looking into how to incorporate existing python modules and packages into your programs as well as writing you own modules.

Course materials can be found here.

Note: this one-day course is the continuation of the Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python; participants are expected to have attended the introductory Python course and/or have acquired some working knowledge of Python. This course is also open to Python beginners who are already fluent in other programming languages as this will help them to quickly get started in Python.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Special collections of printed books and archives are the primary sources of much research in HPS. This session will introduce some of the many significant collections in Cambridge, and discuss the tools available online and in print to help you identify, locate and compare relevant material further afield.

Working with Student Ambassadors new Wed 16 Oct 2019   10:30 Finished

Cambridge Admissions Office have organised a series of briefing sessions in the coming weeks aimed at Schools Liaison Officers, Faculty/Department Outreach Staff, and any academics and staff members who will communicate with potential students.

The Working with Student Ambassadors Session will be led by the Cambassador team at the Cambridge Admissions Office, and cover the steps involved in recruiting, training and using student ambassadors for events such as open days and masterclasses. This briefing will be suitable for Faculty, Department or College staff who may wish to set up their own ambassador scheme, or who wish to improve ad-hoc events which require student volunteers.

The student-supervisor relationship is vital for success in all research degree programmes. However, the exact role of the supervisor is often unclear and sometimes it may feel as though you are not getting the support you need. This can be frustrating for students and supervisors alike, and can lead to a negative doctoral experience.

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Fri 22 May 2020 14:00 [Places]

This year's World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October has a theme of suicide prevention.

Yvonne McPartland, Deputy Head of the Staff Counselling Centre, will be delivering a session on suicide prevention for staff in Cambridge. The shocking reality is that suicide is the most common cause of death in men aged under 50 and the suicide rate is currently increasing after many years of decline. This equates to more than 6,000 deaths by suicide annually in the UK and Ireland.

The session is designed to give staff the confidence to challenge the taboo around suicide that makes it such a difficult subject to broach, with colleagues, family members, friends and even total strangers: what is it OK to say, what should I be looking for and what should I do next? The session will increase awareness around suicide, dispel some myths and share some lessons from experience at the Staff Counselling Centre. It will also remind staff what the centre can offer them. The message is that having a conversation could really save a life.

Writing and Publishing a Research Paper new Tue 27 Sep 2016   10:00 Finished

This day workshop will help you publish your research paper in the most effective way, so that many people will read, cite and build on it, thus progressing your career. The course is for PhD students and postdocs at any stage, whether or not you have already written or published a paper. It focuses on how to write your research paper, how to navigate the peer review process and how to choose a journal for it.


Anna Sharman PhD is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant. She can give insider insights into how to write and publish scientific journal papers most effectively.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy

Due to high demand the GSLS will not accept cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the course. Cancellations must be registered by 10am on Sunday 25th September. Any cancellations after this point will be treated as non-attendance.

Non-attendance on this course will result in you being invoiced for £50 to cover expenses.

By booking on this course you are accepting these terms.

Writing and publishing a research paper new Wed 20 May 2015   10:00 Finished

The course will help you understand what scientific journals want, how to navigate the peer review process, how to choose the journal that will give you the best results as fast as possible, and how to structure and write your paper. You will get a chance to work on your own next paper, putting together key sentences into a structure and abstract.

Anna Sharman is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant, can give insider insights into how to publish most effectively. See

Writing for reports (Engineering) Wed 20 Nov 2019   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A session for Undergraduate students in the Department of Engineering.

Learn to identify the characteristics of a good report. From an accurate, concise and persuasive writing style to a well organised, well-presented layout and format.

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout. It will also offer 'good advice' on what you should (and should not) do.

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Date Availability
Mon 25 Nov 2019 13:00 [Places]
Mon 17 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Wed 26 Feb 2020 13:00 [Places]
Mon 2 Mar 2020 13:00 [Places]
Fri 8 May 2020 13:00 [Places]
Writing Grant Applications new Wed 10 Jul 2019   14:00 Finished
  • The UK academic funding system
  • Current funding landscape
  • Research project design
  • Grant writing tips
Writing skills (Engineering ESD Mphil) Thu 7 Nov 2019   11:00 Finished

A Writing skills training session for Engineering for Sustainable Development MPhil students.

The session will cover: How to plan, structure and edit your academic writing for reports, dissertations and papers

Why this course might make a difference
While the first year report is arguably the first step in completing your PhD, the process of taking this first step can be fraught with uncertainty, particularly if you’re still ‘finding your feet’.

Whether you are feeling confused about the first year report – or just want to become a more effective writer – the overall purpose of this course is to help you improve the writing both of your first year report and of your research in general.

Previous Participant Feedback:

“It helped me benchmark my progress against others, understand my specific challenges and get motivated to just write now, perfect later.”

“It really got me started on writing and gave me a better sense of where I was and where I was heading with my first year report and PhD overall.”

“To hear what are the expectations for the first year report, and what it should be included there.”

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Date Availability
Mon 25 Nov 2019 14:00 [Full]
Tue 10 Mar 2020 14:00 [Full]
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