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April 2019

Thu 18

Submission of the first year report can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being assessed by academic staff. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who went through the first year exam in 2016, as well as members of academic staff who carry out first year vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

For FS17 PhD Thesis Submission and the viva Experience: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/event/2237472

For FS18 MPhil Thesis Submission and the viva Experience: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/event/2316740

Tue 30
IS1 Chemistry Library Orientation Finished 14:15 - 14:45 Library

This is a compulsory session which introduces new graduate students to the Department of Chemistry Library and its place within the wider Cambridge University Library system. It provides general information on what is available, where it is, and how to get it. Print and online resources are included.

You must choose one session out of the 9 sessions available.

May 2019

Thu 2
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence for Chemists new (7 of 7) Finished 11:00 - 13:00 Todd-Hamied

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of chemistry has a long history. The first application was in mass spectrometry, but AI is now being applied to a diverse range of problems, including reaction prediction and drug discovery. Machine learning (ML) is an important part of AI, and the aim of this course is to introduce some of the main ML concepts and techniques, and to illustrate their use in contemporary chemical applications. By the end of the course, you should be able to judge which of these ML techniques are appropriate for a given task and evaluate the results.

Tue 7
CP1 Career Options for PhDs Finished 11:00 - 14:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

PhD students have plenty of options once you graduate. In this interactive session we will look at the pros and cons of different career options. You will have a chance to think about what you want your work to do for you and what you can offer employers, and you will learn ways to find out more about jobs in which you are interested.

Tue 14
Chemistry: FS9 A Practical Introduction to Computational Organic Chemistry Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

The combination of modern computing power and density functional theory (DFT) has made it possible to explore the mechanisms and catalytic cycles of complex organic and organometallic reactions. These lectures will provide a practical introduction to performing DFT calculations to elucidate reaction mechanisms. Other applications of DFT calculations will be discussed such as computing spectra and structure identification.

These lectures will be accompanied by a workshop that will show the user how to perform DFT calculations and how to use the data generated by these calculations to draw conclusions about reaction mechanisms. No prior computational experience is required.

Wed 15

These are the accompanying workshops that will show the user how to perform DFT calculations and how to use the data generated by these calculations to draw conclusions about reaction mechanisms. No prior computational experience is required.

Thu 16
FS13 LaTex Finished 09:00 - 13:00 G30

This hands-on course teaches the basics of Latex including syntax, lists, maths equations, basic chemical equations, tables, graphical figures and internal and external referencing. We also learn how to link documents to help manage large projects. The course manual is presented in the style of a thesis and since you also receive the source code you also receive a template for a thesis.

Mon 20
DD10 Physicochemical Concepts in Drug Optimization and Development new (1 of 4) Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Todd-Hamied

The overall scope of this course is to provide an all-inclusive view of the importance of physicochemical properties in the design and development of drugs, delivered to patients by oral administration. In particular, it gives ample information on the importance of the role played by the solubility and the permeability of orally administered drug substances in influencing their rate of absorption and systemic circulation.

Tue 21
Chemistry: CP2 Successful Job Applications and Selections for PhDs Finished 11:00 - 14:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Starting to apply for jobs both in and outside academia? Preparing for an interview? Not sure how to target your application, what to include and what to leave out. In this session you can learn more about how selection processes work including how to put together a CV and cover letter and how to prepare for job interviews. The workshop will include interactive exercises, a review of successful application materials, and discussions.

Thu 23
FS1 Successful Completion of a Research Degree & FS2 Dignity@Study Finished 12:00 - 13:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

FS1 - Successful Completion of a Research Degree An hour devoted to a discussion of key areas including what is a PhD, managing a relationship with your supervisor, dealing with problems, how to plan your time effectively on a day to day basis, how to produce a dissertation/thesis (from first year report to MPhil to PhD) and the essential requirements of an experimental section.

FS2 - Dignity@Study The University of Cambridge is committed to protecting the dignity of staff, students, visitors to the University, and all members of the University community in their work and their interactions with others. The University expects all members of the University community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times. All members of the University community have the right to expect professional behaviour from others, and a corresponding responsibility to behave professionally towards others. Nick will explore what this means for graduate students in this Department

This is a compulsory session for 1st year post-graduates and lunch will be provided.

Tue 28

This compulsory session introduces Research Data Management (RDM) to Chemistry PhD students. It is highly interactive and utilises practical activities throughout.

Key topics covered are:

  • Research Data Management (RDM) - what it is and what problems can occur with managing and sharing your data.
  • Data backup and file sharing - possible consequences of not backing up your data, strategies for backing up your data and sharing your data safely.
  • Data organisation - how to organise your files and folders, what is best practice.
  • Data sharing - obstacles to sharing your data, benefits and importance of sharing your data, the funder policy landscape, resources available in the University to help you share your data.
  • Data management planning - creating a roadmap for how not to get lost in your data!

Refreshments are included for this course

Wed 29
FS3 Integrity and Ethics in Research Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied

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, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

There are two sessions, you need only attend one.

If you are attending the focus group session directly after this event, lunch will be provided.

A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research.

This focus group aims to improve on what we currently offer.

What do we hope to find out? 1. To establish the priority topics for Research Integrity training 2. To identify which areas of Research Integrity and Ethics training are not currently adequately covered 3. Establish how to service the differing training needs 4. To find out which types of training courses are best offered centrally and which are best delivered locally

Lunch is provided.

Thu 30
IS3 Research Information Skills Finished 09:00 - 11:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This compulsory course will equip you with the skills required to manage the research information you will need to gather throughout your graduate course, as well as the publications you will produce yourself. It will also help you enhance your online research profile and measure the impact of research.

A short break for refreshments will be included

Fri 31

The overall scope of this course is to provide an all-inclusive view of the importance of physicochemical properties in the design and development of drugs, delivered to patients by oral administration. In particular, it gives ample information on the importance of the role played by the solubility and the permeability of orally administered drug substances in influencing their rate of absorption and systemic circulation.

June 2019

Tue 4
Active Bystander new Finished 10:30 - 11:30 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Have you ever been concerned about a situation affecting someone else at work and wanted to help, but didn't because “Everyone else seems to think it’s ok” or “Nothing will change anyway”? Have you ever heard a racist/sexist/homophobic joke in the tea room and felt uncomfortable? Watched a colleague wince at being belittled or interrupted in a team meeting and wished you could help? Seen an inappropriate touch of a friend and felt bad for them? You're not alone, we are all observers and bystanders simply by being at work.

Come along to this short session to find out why this happens and what it means to be an active bystander. This includes simple changes and actions we can learn to use to support others around us and, over time, create a respectful and inclusive environment for all of us to live and work in.

FS27 Teamwork and Communication new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Todd-Hamied

Team work and Communication: Balancing team role strengths and managing difficult conversations

Workshop learning objectives: better understand your strengths and allowable weaknesses when working in a team using Belbin Team Roles theory; improve communication of your team role strengths; learn how to manage differences when working in a team; and practice the Influencing without Authority model as a way of managing difficult conversations.

This workshop will improve your self-awareness and help you work better with others. We will use Belbin Team Roles to explore your current behaviours when working in a team, map strengths with your colleagues to explore how to best work together. We will then use the Influencing without Authority as an approach to managing difficult conversations or when friction is likely. This is a practical, active workshop. Come prepared to explore the theories in the context of your working life and leave with a commitment to apply relevant learning back into the workplace.

Wed 5
FS20 Graduate Student Leadership Course new Finished 09:30 - 16:00 Chemistry of Health

A one day course that explores the considerable research that has been done into leadership and the ways to develop individual leadership skills. The challenges of leadership will be discussed and participants will gain an appreciation of effective leadership behaviour, as well as being given the opportunity to discuss and develop their own approaches to being a leader.

The Course Leader is Roger Sutherland, previously an HR Director for Mars Incorporated, and highly experienced in running courses for senior universities and companies

These are the accompanying workshops that will show the user how to perform DFT calculations and how to use the data generated by these calculations to draw conclusions about reaction mechanisms. No prior computational experience is required.

Mon 10
DD10 Physicochemical Concepts in Drug Optimization and Development new (3 of 4) Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Todd-Hamied

The overall scope of this course is to provide an all-inclusive view of the importance of physicochemical properties in the design and development of drugs, delivered to patients by oral administration. In particular, it gives ample information on the importance of the role played by the solubility and the permeability of orally administered drug substances in influencing their rate of absorption and systemic circulation.

Tue 18
FS28 Pitch Perfect new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Todd-Hamied

This is a two hour course designed to enable students and post-docs communicate and present their research in a succinct and engaging manner. It will teach the participants how to:

  • Identify the potential benefits of their reserach.
  • Understand the potential research users’/adopters’ characteristics and needs.
  • Identify the most direct competitors.
  • Prepare and present an 1-minute pitch of each research topic.

This fun, interactive course will provide a set of useful templates and frameworks and a hands-on experience to help participants communicate the value of their research.

Thu 20
Active Bystander new Finished 10:30 - 11:30 Pfizer LT

Have you ever been concerned about a situation affecting someone else at work and wanted to help, but didn't because “Everyone else seems to think it’s ok” or “Nothing will change anyway”? Have you ever heard a racist/sexist/homophobic joke in the tea room and felt uncomfortable? Watched a colleague wince at being belittled or interrupted in a team meeting and wished you could help? Seen an inappropriate touch of a friend and felt bad for them? You're not alone, we are all observers and bystanders simply by being at work.

Come along to this short session to find out why this happens and what it means to be an active bystander. This includes simple changes and actions we can learn to use to support others around us and, over time, create a respectful and inclusive environment for all of us to live and work in.

Fri 21
FS3 Integrity and Ethics in Research Finished 09:00 - 11:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

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, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

There are two sessions running, you need attend only one, this is the last session of the academic year.

A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research.

This focus group aims to improve on what we currently offer.

What do we hope to find out? 1. To establish the priority topics for Research Integrity training 2. To identify which areas of Research Integrity and Ethics training are not currently adequately covered 3. Establish how to service the differing training needs 4. To find out which types of training courses are best offered centrally and which are best delivered locally

Lunch is provided.

The overall scope of this course is to provide an all-inclusive view of the importance of physicochemical properties in the design and development of drugs, delivered to patients by oral administration. In particular, it gives ample information on the importance of the role played by the solubility and the permeability of orally administered drug substances in influencing their rate of absorption and systemic circulation.