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PPD Researcher Development Programme course timetable

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Tuesday 6 December 2016

09:00
The Art of Negotiation and Influence [Places] 09:00 - 17:00 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 4


A one day master class in communication from two external trainers who have previously been employed as hostage negotiators and detectives in the Metropolitan Police Force. Participants will gain a practical insight into how professional communicators communicate, and how it can be applied in everyday life.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know how to persuade and influence effectively
  • Understand how to have greater impact when communicating
  • Have practiced the fundamental tools of professional communicators

Topics:

  • Levels of communication
  • Trust
  • Stages of active listening
  • Non-judgemental language
  • Achieving win/win
  • Building rapport
  • Dos and don’ts
10:00
Being Strategic: Developing Your Media Skills (for Postdocs) new POSTPONED 10:00 - 12:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane


Do you lack confidence in your communication with the media?
Do you wonder how to ensure that your public engagement is planned into your research proposal?
This workshop will be looking at a variety of communication methods and practical media skills to use effectively to disseminate research findings. There will be simulated interviews within a safe situation followed by advice giving to enable you to develop techniques to explain the research to wide audience. This will give an initial experience of interacting with the media.

Outcomes:
- Recognise how various media can be an effective tool to disseminate research findings and increase impact
- Explain what journalists need to gain from contact with researchers
- Experience of using techniques during an interview

14:00


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

Thursday 8 December 2016

09:30
Effective Researcher (Sciences & Technology) [Places] 09:30 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4


This interactive and intensive one-day course, based on the programme developed by Vitae, is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor
Collaborative Researcher (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new (1 of 2) [Places] 09:30 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B


Times are changing.

Collaboration for Arts, Humanities and Social Science PhDs is more than the icing on the research cake: it now lies at the heart of the research paradigm for the 21st Century. The AHRC, for example, is increasingly funding collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

More and more, projects will not solely operate under the traditional model of a single researcher, but draw upon a range of partners from disciplines, institutions and sectors required to answer bigger and more far-reaching questions.

To build a successful research career within or outside the academy, you will need to connect with – and impress! – a broad network of professional colleagues. Employers value, perhaps above all, communication and interpersonal skills. This is your opportunity to develop these skills.

What will the course cover?

This 2-day course will explore the building blocks of the collaborative style of research:

Inclusive communication, Cultural awareness, Robust planning, Negotiation and the ability to work effectively with others.

Whether your collaboration is with another academic in your department, or partners from different subjects, sectors and countries, it will help you to develop winning strategies for connecting and working with others.

The course will be attended by up to 40 PhDs and will be led by a team of experienced facilitators who will work with you throughout the 2 days to support your learning. This event takes a ‘learning by doing' approach. There will be presentations on collaboration theory, but for the most part, you will be actively participating in the sessions and activities.

10:00
Postdocs: Being Assertive and Making Yourself Heard new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room


Are you able to ask for things you need and want?
The career of a postdoc researcher is demanding and it involves forging careful relationships with a variety of individuals, from PI's to fellow researchers and peers to postgraduate students. Are you capable of asking for help from others when you need it? Do you too often give up your own priorities to respond to others' needs? This course is designed to help you develop an assertive mind-set to communicate your needs in an honest, clear and respectful way.

Outcomes:
- Understand the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive thinking/behaviour
- Know what assertiveness looks and sounds like
- Develop skills in communicating assertively in day-to-day conversations

Friday 9 December 2016

09:30
Collaborative Researcher (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new (2 of 2) [Places] 09:30 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B


Times are changing.

Collaboration for Arts, Humanities and Social Science PhDs is more than the icing on the research cake: it now lies at the heart of the research paradigm for the 21st Century. The AHRC, for example, is increasingly funding collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

More and more, projects will not solely operate under the traditional model of a single researcher, but draw upon a range of partners from disciplines, institutions and sectors required to answer bigger and more far-reaching questions.

To build a successful research career within or outside the academy, you will need to connect with – and impress! – a broad network of professional colleagues. Employers value, perhaps above all, communication and interpersonal skills. This is your opportunity to develop these skills.

What will the course cover?

This 2-day course will explore the building blocks of the collaborative style of research:

Inclusive communication, Cultural awareness, Robust planning, Negotiation and the ability to work effectively with others.

Whether your collaboration is with another academic in your department, or partners from different subjects, sectors and countries, it will help you to develop winning strategies for connecting and working with others.

The course will be attended by up to 40 PhDs and will be led by a team of experienced facilitators who will work with you throughout the 2 days to support your learning. This event takes a ‘learning by doing' approach. There will be presentations on collaboration theory, but for the most part, you will be actively participating in the sessions and activities.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

10:30
Leadership: A Concise Guide for Postdocs new [Places] 10:30 - 12:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane


Are you in a formal leadership role, or have you taken on leadership positions informally? When, where and how do you lead?

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

This workshop aims to offer a very brief introduction to leadership which can be developed further on a range of leadership development events and workshops that are part of the RDP.

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

Monday 23 January 2017

15:00
Lecturing: An Introduction for Postdocs (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) [Places] 15:00 - 17:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5


This introductory workshop will examine the processes of preparing and giving lectures. It will encourage you to consider what makes a good lecture and what lecturing is for.

*Please note that this course is not aimed at PhD students*

Wednesday 25 January 2017

11:15
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Engineering) CANCELLED 11:15 - 12:00 Department of Engineering, Signal Processing Seminar Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.