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So what happens after your postdoc? If “another postdoc” gives you mixed feelings, come and hear how to segue from academia to a more industrial or commercial career. Cambridge Enterprise will talk about translational funding, to take your current research one more step towards being used in industry, and about different ways to get involved in a spin-out. CE inhabit the space between academia and industry, covering all aspects of commercialisation of university research. This talk will provide lunch and is free of charge.

Designing Conference Posters (Engineering) new Tue 7 May 2019   14:00 Finished

An RDC session for first year PhD students (Division D)

This session will look at key design principles and useful resources for creating a visually appealing conference poster that will stand out from the crowd, engage your audience and tell your story. With real-life examples, you can learn what to do and what not to do when making your conference posters.

Division C Graduate Conference new Mon 6 Jul 2015   08:30 Finished

This conference is an opportunity for Division C students, researchers and staff to find out more about the research that is going on in the department. First year students will be presenting posters during lunch, which is provided, and second years will be giving presentations about their work. There will also be four external speakers including Richard Mullender, an ex-hostage negotiator, and Matt Clifford, CEO of Entrepreneur first. Transport to and from the engineering department has been arranged.

Division C Postdoc Lunch and Termly Update new Mon 21 Mar 2016   12:15 Finished

Head of Division, Robin Langley, will update Division C postdocs on divisional and departmental happenings over lunch, followed by the mentoring training, organised by the Engineering Postdoc Committee.

Division C Postdoc Mentoring Training new Mon 21 Mar 2016   13:00 Finished

Division C Postdoc mentoring training, organised by the Engineering Postdoc Committee.

Editing your work new Wed 23 Sep 2015   12:00 Finished

This session is designed to provide tools and resources to help you edit your own writing. Its aim is practical – to provide participants with concrete methods for improving the quality of their writing as they move from first drafts to finished, professional-level, work.

The methods can also be applied to the editing of other people’s writing – for example, that of co-authors.

Besides that, the session will introduce other editing resources and discuss when and how to work with professional editors.

Effective Listening - the Art of Influence new Mon 21 May 2018   14:00 Finished

An interactive workshop for developing your negotiation skills, designed and delivered by Richard Mullender, an ex hostage negotiator and Former Lead Trainer at the National Crisis & Hostage Negotiation Unit in Scotland Yard.

Engineering: Copyright for Administrators new Wed 26 Aug 2015   11:00 Finished

Students frequently ask for lecture materials and to be made available to them through Camtools or Moodle to help them prepare for lectures, solve problems or revise at a later stage. What are the copyright implications of this?

This one-hour session will take you through legitimate ways to upload course materials and provide a case study of the issues encountered by an administrator in the Department when sorting out an existing Camtools site. The session will focus particularly on how we can use images within lecture materials online and provide tips and tricks for ensuring that uploaded materials comply with copyright requirements.

Engineering: Crash Course: Resources for Part II new Thu 15 Oct 2015   13:15 Finished

We will show you how best to locate books and articles in print and online (include Librarysearch and Librarysearch+).

Engineering: Designing conference posters new Wed 25 Feb 2015   16:00 Finished

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A workshop for Engineering CDT and RDC students with a conference poster requirement as part of their course to bring along/show their draft conference poster designs and discuss them with peers and the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Terms 2021 TBC

A workshop for Engineering Undergraduate and Masters students to bring along/show their draft conference poster designs and discuss them with peers and the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Terms 2021 TBC


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.

How and why do we share knowledge? How can you communicate your research? This session will introduce key concepts for sharing and communicating your research to different people using different formats. Topics include:

  • Academic publishing and peer review
  • Open Research
  • Impact
  • Communicating with different audiences
  • Your online academic identity
Engineering Div E ISMM: Research Ethics & Integrity Wed 21 Nov 2018   09:00 Finished

This session will help students consider the potential ethical issues they may face in their own work, enabling them to carry out their work ethically and with research integrity. It will also help them prepare for the Department Ethical Review process.

Engineering: Document Preparation using LaTeX Fri 27 Oct 2017   15:00 Finished

An introduction to LaTeX's concepts and related learning material. Further information available at http://www-h.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/talks/latexintro.html

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Tim Love, tl136@cam.ac.uk.

Engineering: Essay-writing skills Mon 17 Oct 2016   13:00 Finished

This one-hour session is aimed at students taking qualitative 3E modules who would like guidance on how to structure, write and present reports or essays in that context.

Engineering FIBE CDT: Critical Reading new Fri 17 May 2019   14:00 Finished

Explore strategies for structural and active reading and how to take notes effectively

Engineering FIBE CDT: Managing Information and Data new Thu 9 May 2019   11:00 Finished

This session will help you understand the ethics and practicalities of managing information and data throughout PhDs and research projects. Whether you are creating your own data through experimental research or reusing data from other sources, we'll tell you what you should think about in order to manage, use and share data responsibly.

All slides and notes will be available on the RDC Information Skills Moodle site.

Understand why we reference, recognise what information makes up a refernece and learn how to incorporate references into your writing.

Engineering FIBE CDT: Searching the Literature Fri 1 Mar 2019   10:00 Finished

This interactive, in-person session aims to help you develop your literature review. Alongside learning how to find academic sources from the online course "Learning to Search" [link], in this session you will find out how to transform your sources into a coherent argument and cover:

  • The key aims of a literature review
  • Critical reading
  • Note taking
  • Reference managers
  • Structuring your review
  • Knowing when you can stop searching
Engineering - Information Skills for CDT students new Self-taught Booking not required

Asynchronous online training for Engineering RDC students, provided by the Engineering Library. These modules form part of the Skills for the Informed Engineer Digital Badge programme, where students earn Digital Badges on completion of specific modules.

For more information on Digital Badges see: https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/information-skills

Training accessible on Moodle (Raven login required) https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=180422

This training covers:

Finding What You Need (Literature Searching) Completion of this module earns you the Information Seeking Digital Badge.

Managing Your Data Completion of this module earns you the Data Manager Digital Badge

Managing Your Online Profile Completion of this module earns you the Online Profile Digital Badge.

Publishing in Journals Completion of this module earns you the Article Publishing Digital Badge.

Completion of any three modules and their associated Digital Badges leads to the award of the Informed Engineer Digital Badge.

Training accessible on Moodle (Raven login required) https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=180422

Engineering - Information Skills for RDC students new Self-taught Booking not required

Asynchronous online training for Engineering RDC students, provided by the Engineering Library. These modules form part of the Skills for the Informed Engineer Digital Badge programme, where students earn Digital Badges on completion of specific modules.

For more information on Digital Badges see: https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/information-skills

All training is accessible via Moodle (Raven Login required): https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=65132

This training covers:

Finding What You Need (Literature Searching) Completion of this module earns you the Information Seeking Digital Badge.

Managing Your Data Completion of this module earns you the Data Manager Digital Badge

Managing Your Online Profile Completion of this module earns you the Online Profile Digital Badge.

Publishing in Journals Completion of this module earns you the Article Publishing Digital Badge.

Completion of any three modules and their associated Digital Badges leads to the award of the Informed Engineer Digital Badge.

All training is accessible via Moodle (Raven login required). https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=65132

Asynchronous online training for Engineering Undergraduate and Masters students, provided by the Engineering Library. These modules form part of the Skills for the Informed Engineer Digital Badge programme, where students earn Digital Badges on completion of specific modules.

For more information on Digital Badges see: https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/information-skills

This training covers:

Finding What You Need (Literature Searching )

https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/literature-search

Managing Your Data

https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/managing-data

Academic Integrity

https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/academic-integrity

Designing Conference Posters

https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/conference-posters

Referencing

https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/engineering/referencing

Completion of any three modules and their associated Digital Badges leads to the award of the Informed Engineer Digital Badge.

Engineering: LaTeX for report-writing Fri 3 Nov 2017   15:00 Finished

More advanced LaTeX for longer documents. If you have a question about this talk, please contact Tim Love, tl136@cam.ac.uk.

This briefing covers managing publication lists, Open Access requirements and funding, copyright issues and about how the library can support your teaching and research within the Department of Engineering.

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Engineering Library drop-in: Your online profile new Thu 22 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

There have never been so many ways that you and research can be represented online. This session will give you some tips and guidance to make the most of the tools and services available.

We’ll look at identifying you and your work with Symplectic and ORCiD ; discovery through databases and repositories, like Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and Apollo; and sharing through networking and social media sites like Researchgate, Linked in and Twitter - and how all of this this can increase and demonstrate the reach and impact of your research.

Engineering: Library Space and Resources Fri 13 Oct 2017   13:30 Finished

Welcome to the Department of Engineering Library! We will give you a quick introduction to the print and electronic resources that are available to you in the different libraries in Cambridge. We will also give you an idea of some of the topics we can help with, from literature searching and referencing to Open Access and more.

Engineering: Literature Searching for Part IIB Fri 16 Oct 2015   13:00 Finished

In preparation for your IIB project, this one-hour session will take you through the process of literature searching, where to look for literature, how to look after your references, and how to critically appraise what you have found.

An online workshop for Engineering CDT and RDC students to discuss literature searching, troubleshoot problems and work through challenges with the support of peers and the Engineering library team.

[Online via Zoom:https://eng-cam.zoom.us/j/81257621989]

An online workshop for Engineering Undergraduate and Masters students to discuss literature searching, troubleshoot problems and work through challenges with the support of peers and the Engineering library team.

[Online via Zoom: Link will be emailed to booked attendees]

A discussion workshop for Engineering CDT and RDC students to ask questions, share ideas and discuss challenges relating to data management with peers and the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Term 2021 TBC

A discussion workshop for Engineering Undergraduate and Masters students to ask questions, share ideas and discuss challenges relating to data management with peers and the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Term 2021 TBC

A workshop for Engineering CDT and RDC students to go deeper into setting up and managing their online profiles, with support from the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Terms 2021 TBC

Engineering: MBTI Workshop new Tue 16 Sep 2014   14:00 Finished

The post-doc committee is proud to present this workshop for research staff, to be held in LR 11 on Tuesday 16th of September, 2-5.30pm.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality instrument worldwide, based on over 50 years’ research and development. It presents a framework for understanding yourself and others and how you can use that understanding to develop personally and our relationships with others.

This workshop is run by Katie Hewitt, a qualified MBTI practitioner, and will include:

  • completion of the MBTI questionnaire
  • investigating the four areas of preference covered by MBTI
  • self-assessment of type with group exercises
  • looking at your best fit type and investigating how it could help you at work.

Learning about your personality type can help you to understand your role within your team and the role of others. It can also help you to cope with organisational change, deal with stress effectively and develop your emotional intelligence.

Surveys in CUED have revealed that Mentoring is a key area where teaching and research staff would like to see improvements.

As part of an ongoing development process, the CUED Post-Doc Committee is delighted to present this workshop on Mentoring, for both post-docs and faculty.

Mentoring is frequently requested but rarely implemented. The practice of being a mentor and/or mentee can be hugely beneficial for both sides and something that can be brought in to many professional relationships. This session will introduce you to what mentoring is and is not, how to set up a mentoring relationship and how to get the most out of it. Come along ready to get involved and start using some tools and strategies in the workshop including how to contract, get the most out of conversations, and be a good mentor or mentee.

Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Engineering: One-to-one Library Consultations new Fri 12 Sep 2014   09:00 Finished

Consultations on topics such as Resources for Engineering, Open Access, Reference Management Software, Literature Searching and more.

To book an appointment, visit our West Cambridge Appointments Calendar

This lunchtime briefing will introduce issues relating to Open Access as they relate to doctoral researchers, including its significance for university research evaluations, the differences between Green and Gold Open Access, funder and publisher requirements, electronic deposit for PhD theses at the Department of Engineering and services that are available to you.

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Engineering: Open Access Briefing new Mon 16 Mar 2015   14:00 Finished

This lunchtime briefing will issues relating to Open Access, including its significance for university research evaluations, the differences between Green and Gold Open Access, funder and publisher requirements and services that are available to help you.

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions, highlight areas of concern and suggest ways to make Open Access compliance easier for researchers.

Engineering: Preparing for the 4th year project Mon 4 Jun 2018   13:00 Finished

This session will look at ways to plan your 4th year project, manage your time, and tips on conducting a literature search.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

A discussion workshop for Engineering CDT and RDC students to explore questions about publishing in journals, peer review, Open Access and more, with support from the Engineering library team.

Lent/Easter Terms 2021 TBC

Engineering RCC Div D Poster Session new Mon 9 Nov 2015   14:00 Finished

Workshop on poster presentation and senior students presenting their posters

Engineering: RCC Information Management Sessions new Fri 13 Feb 2015   14:00 Finished

This series of workshops has been developed for Research and Communication Clubs within the Department of Engineering to ensure that postgraduate students receive the information management support and training required for their research.

RCC Coordinators: To book your whole group onto these sessions or to arrange alternative dates and times, please contact Niamh (email nt311@cam.ac.uk or phone 01223 748224).

This session, delivered by the Department's Library and Information Services, will focus on the literature search, helping you to develop a systematic search strategy and make best use of the print and electronic resources available to you. Please bring a laptop as you will have the opportunity to conduct some initial searching on platforms such as Web of Knowledge and Scopus and will learn how to keep up to date with current research throughout the course of their research project.

This session will help students quickly and easily identify the information that will be of most value and relevance to their own research. It will also provide an introduction to referencing, reference management and avoiding plagiarism. By the end of the session, they will also have started to put together their own data management plan, addressing how they will organize, preserve and make their data available (or limit availability!) in accordance with funding requirements and ethical considerations.

Engineering RCC Session 3: Sharing your research new Mon 21 Nov 2016   15:00 Finished

This session will take students through the nuts and bolts of putting together journal articles and conference posters as well as managing their online profiles and tracking the impact of their research. It will give an overview of the peer review process and help students meet their funder Open access and research data requirements. This session deliberately excludes subject-specific advice such as which journal or conferences to choose, which is more appropriately provided by supervisors. It will however highlight resources such as Sherpa/Romeo and journal impact factors that provide information that may help reach these decisions.

Engineering: Report Writing Tue 22 May 2018   13:00 Finished

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.

There will be a pre-course questionnaire and you will find it helpful to bring along a previously written report Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk


This lecture 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.

In this popular talk given by Prof. Tim Wilkinson, you will get all the essentials for understanding the full process of getting your papers published from submission to publication. Recommended for all graduates.

In this popular talk given by Prof. Tim Wilkinson, you will get all the essentials for understanding the full process of getting your papers published from submission to publication. Recommended for all graduates.

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.

This session will help students quickly and easily identify the information that will be of most value and relevance to their own research. It will also provide an introduction to referencing, reference management and avoiding plagiarism. By the end of the session, they will also have started to put together their own data management plan, addressing how they will organize, preserve and make their data available (or limit availability!) in accordance with funding requirements and ethical considerations.

Open to all postgraduates and relevant particularly for all those PhD students in their first year who have not had this training as part of their RCC.

This session, given by the Library's Information Service will help you quickly and easily identify the information that will be of most value and relevance to your own research. It will also provide an introduction to referencing, reference management and avoiding plagiarism. If you bring a laptop, by the end of the session, you will also have started to put together your own data management plan, addressing how you will organise, preserve and make your data available (or limit availability!) in accordance with funding requirements and ethical considerations.

This session, delivered by the Department's Library and Information Services, will focus on the literature search, helping you to develop a systematic search strategy and make best use of the print and electronic resources available to you. Please bring a laptop as you will have the opportunity to conduct some initial searching on platforms such as Web of Knowledge and Scopus and will learn how to keep up to date with current research throughout the course of their research project.

Open to all postgraduates and relevant particularly for all those PhD students in their first year who have not had this training as part of their RCC.

This session will take students through the nuts and bolts of putting together journal articles and conference posters as well as managing their online profiles and tracking the impact of their research. It will give an overview of the peer review process and help students meet their funder Open access and research data requirements. This session deliberately excludes subject-specific advice such as which journal or conferences to choose, which is more appropriately provided by supervisors. It will however highlight resources such as Sherpa/Romeo and journal impact factors that provide information that may help reach these decisions.

Open to all postgraduates and relevant particularly for all those PhD students in their first year who have not had this training as part of their RCC.

Staff from the Department's Library and Information Services will take you through the nuts and bolts of putting together journal articles and conference posters as well as managing your online profiles and tracking the impact of your research. It will give an overview of the peer review process and help students meet their funder Open access and research data requirements. This session deliberately excludes subject-specific advice such as which journal or conferences to choose, which is more appropriately provided by supervisors. It will however highlight resources such as Sherpa/Romeo and journal impact factors that provide information that may help reach these decisions. Bring a laptop.

Julian Peck and Alexandra Bolton from Cambridge Enterprise, 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.

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.

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' with 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.

This session given by Julian Peck from Cambridge Enterprise, facilitated by Philip Guildford (Director of Research) will provide you with the basics of what you need to know about 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.

This session will provide a brief overview of what the library can provide for postgraduates in engineering. We will highlight key resources for research in Engineering, give some tips on starting the literature search and help you plan how you will manage the information you gather during your research.

This two hour session from the Library staff is intended for all those PhD students in their first year who have not had this training as part of their RCC. It will cover search strategies, use of reference managing software, academic reading and note taking as well as critical appraisal techniques. Bring your laptop with you to login, use these tools and get your questions answered.

Engineering: Supervisor feedback session new Wed 5 Jul 2017   11:00 Finished

This session is for all those new to supervising in the Department of Engineering who took the supervisor training sessions we ran in the current academic year ( 2016-17). Come along and share your experiences of actually supervising. What did you struggle with? What did you find useful? Any tips that would be useful to share? Is there more the Department could provide to help you get started with supervising?

Dr Alexandre Kabla and Sue Jackson will be leading the session. Do come along, contribute and hear what everyone has to say.

Engineering: Systems supporting research workshop new Thu 21 Jan 2016   13:00 Finished

This workshop will give an overview of systems supporting research. It will cover Open Access, Open Data and the University's repository, Symplectic, and Researchfish.

Intended as an introduction for anyone unfamiliar with them, a refresher for those who may have used them, and an opportunity to share experience and tips with others. If there are any other topics you’d like to address please let us know.

Engineering UG: Designing and presenting your poster new Mon 18 Feb 2019   13:00 Finished

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Creating a poster can be a tricky balancing act of what to include and how to present it. This class will take you through the process from beginning to the end and look at:

  • Deciding on content and structure
  • Design basics
  • Editing your poster
  • Presenting with your poster

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at the importance of research ethics and good data management for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include departmental guidance on research ethics, advice on good data management and the importance of disaster planning.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage a literature search for your 4th year project. Topics covered will include reading tips, how to get the most out of a database and reference management software advice.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

This session will look at ways to manage your time and your project during your 4th year project. Topics covered will include time management tips, advice on prioritisation, tools for project management and an introduction to monotasking.

With some mention of the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

You may find it useful to bring your own laptop.

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Designing and delivering a presentation or poster is not always something that people are comfortable with. This class will take you through the process from beginning to end and look at:

  • Deciding on content and structure
  • Slide design
  • Remembering what to say
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Presenting a good image of yourself
  • Dealing with disaster and questions

There is also the option to arrange a session practice your presentation in the future. You do not have to prepare for this session, but we will be tailoring it to the needs of the class, so you will be asked about your experiences and upcoming presenting engagements.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Engineering UG: Referencing for beginners new Wed 8 May 2019   13:00 Finished

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

Making sure you reference the works of others in your academic writing is an important skill to master early, as it becomes second nature it allows you to focus on your reading and writing. This session will focus on:

  • What plagiarism is
  • What referencing is
  • What information is needed for citations and bibliographies
  • How to reference in APA, Harvard and IEEE
  • And where to go for help

You do not need to bring anything with you to the class as everything will be supplied.

Please email any questions to cued-library@eng.cam.ac.uk

Engineering UG: Report Writing Wed 15 May 2019   13:00 Finished

A CaRS session for undergraduates.

If you are in need of some guidance on how to create an Engineering Report, this may be for you. This session will focus on:

  • Identify key characteristics
  • Understand structure
  • Guidance on writing style
  • Using tables and figures effectively
  • Editing with an eye for improvement

You do not need to bring anything with you to the class as everything will be supplied.

Engineering: What's new in Symplectic? new Fri 9 Dec 2016   11:00 Finished

Following the recent upgrade to Symplectic, the library has organised this sessions to talk about some new features, including:

  • a new way to submit papers to the Open Access team via Symplectic, which streamlines the process of Open Access submissions and updating your publication lists. The Department is part of a pilot of this new system before it is rolled out across the University.
  • A new way to deposit data in the repository via Symplectic.
  • using Symplectic to support Researchfish submissions.

At the sessions, members of the University’s Research Information and Open Access teams will demonstrate these features and answer any questions you have.

Is working with a company sponsor a new experience for you? Do you plan to spend time working at your sponsor's company/business premises during your PhD/research contract? Philip Guildford,the Department's Director of Research, will share some tips on working in a professional environment and creating a good relationship with your company sponsor. Highly recommended for PhD students or postdocs who have little or no prior experience of working in/with industry or business.

A one hour session for MPhil Engineering students starting their dissertation.

This session will look at tools and techniques for finding information for dissertations. Including:- Strategies for finding what you need Search methods and techniques Resources you can use Evaluating academic literature Referencing and Reference Managers

You may find it useful to bring a laptop to this session, but it is not essential.

This will be followed by a one hour drop-in for questions about searching and using reference managers.

Finishing your PhD and Moving On (Engineering) new Tue 2 Jul 2019   10:00 Finished


Why this course might make a difference:

This course is designed to enable participants to finish their PhD successfully and move on to the next stage of their careers. By the end of this course you will know:

  • what you need to do to submit
  • how to prepare for your Viva
  • how to plan for life after the PhD

Topics covered:

  • PhD submission process
  • Viva: What to expect and how to prepare
  • Careers: How to do decide what to do, different career options
First Time Author? What you need to know Fri 23 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

Are you a first time author in Engineering? Learn about what's expected of you in terms of Open Access requirements, copyright agreements and having an impact.

Note: This session will focus primarily on what you need to do once your paper is accepted for publication, so for questions about where to publish and how to get published, you may be better off attending a different session.

Getting Published Wed 24 Feb 2021   16:00 [Places]

In this popular talk given by Prof. Tim Wilkinson, you will get all the essentials for understanding the full process of getting your papers published from submission to publication. Recommended for all Engineering postgraduate students.

This session will take place online in 2021.

How to be an Effective Researcher Wed 16 Jan 2019   10:00 Finished


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
How to publish with IEEE new Thu 14 May 2015   14:00 Finished

An overview of publishing with the IEEE which sets out the process for having papers approved, so can be really helpful for publishing generally. Topics covered:

  • Overview of IEEE, technology areas and quality of content
  • Activity of publishing by authors affiliated to the University
  • Publishing choices with IEEE
  • Choosing an audience
  • Paper structure
  • Ethics
  • Where to publish - options
  • Open Access options
  • Impact factor
  • Preparing the manuscript, submission process, and peer review
  • Tools available to support publishing
  • Tips
  • Key contacts and support
Introduction to the "Pecha Kucha Challenge" new Mon 29 Jan 2018   13:00 Finished

For PhD students interested in presenting their research topics in the Department of Engineering's two Science Festival events this year which will be on the dates below:

Pecha Kucha Challenge March 17th Saturday, 12-2pm, main site. March 24th Saturday, 2-4.00pm, IfM.

In this event, postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD in Engineering will take on the challenge of sharing their research with a science festival audience in just 6min 40 sec, using the Pecha Kucha technique which involves presenting using 20 slides, each showing for just 20 sec.

Participants on previous events commented:

"Speaking dynamically during 6m40s is a great experience. Translating complex concepts to a general public helped me to access my research through a more tangible perspective. I definitely learnt a lot during this project."

"The exercise of communicating my research to a non-technical audience was a very useful one to undergo. It forced me to think differently about my research, and that experience has helped me to do a better job of presenting in a technical setting as well."

The university is about to start a six month trial of Knovel, an online service for discovering reference information, interactive content and properties data for engineers and scientists. This session will be hosted by Jason De Boer from Elsevier, who will give an overview of the trial, provide a live demonstration of Knovel to show how it can support your teaching, coursework and research, and answer any questions you may have.

Feedback from students at the Department of Engineering:

"Just tried using the website and found it to be very useful. I instantly found a resource that I was looking for (but didn’t find online) yesterday about Sampling Theory. I could have found this information in a physical book, but as a quick reference for things that do not justify making a trip to a specific library this is great." [Undergraduate]
"I had a look on Knovel, and was quickly able to find exactly what I was looking for." [Undergraduate]
"I [...] think the Data Search in Knovel will be very useful [...] In general, I'd be interested to use Knovel (or similar database) more as part of my workflow [...] I think it could be quite useful in undergraduate teaching in project courses, or in student teams like CUER, Formula Student, and Eco-House." [Postgraduate]

Access to this resource is provided for six months with funding from ebooks@cambridge and the Department of Engineering Library.

Library drop-in: Designing conference posters new Thu 1 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

We’ll cover principles, techniques and tools for planning, designing and creating a conference poster. We’ll also look at some examples and critiques. Feel free to bring along your own examples – finished or in progress – for feedback.

Library drop-in: Introduction to reference managers new Thu 15 Sep 2016   12:00 Finished

An overview of reference management tools. How you can use them to efficiently record, organise and annotate the sources you find, and use them to quickly add citations and generate bibliographies in your work.

Taught by Jean-Luc Doumont in Lecture Theatre 1 - LT 1.

Planning your Personal Skills Development new Tue 30 Apr 2019   15:45 Finished

A 40min discussion with Sue Jackson, to discover which researcher development activities would be best for you whilst at the University of Cambridge.

Postdoc Mentoring Training (West Cambridge) new Tue 19 Mar 2019   14:00 Finished

Postdoc mentoring training with Katie D'Arcy, organised by the Engineering Department Postdoc Committee (EDPC).


You will bring with you a 5 minute presentation on your research. In the supportive environment of the face-to-face workshop, you will deliver your 5 minute talk to rest of the group. Later in the day you will receive 25 minutes 1-2-1 coaching with the trainer to work on one or more specific aspects of presenting, linked to the pre course material and the feedback you receive from the group.


So, you’ve got an important presentation coming up and you want make the right impression.

Whether you’re new to presenting, looking to speak at your first conference, or wanting important tips to finesse your delivery or presenting to a wider audience, this is the course for you.

The course is in two parts:

The pre-workshop information covers: how to prepare an effective presentation: the essential questions that guide all good talks; different, appropriate methods to structure it; tips for making the most of powerpoint; ways to overcome nerves and present with confidence. As you go, you will apply this learning to create a 5 minute presentation.

In the supportive environment of the face-to-face workshop, you will deliver your 5 minute talk to a group of 10 people in the first session. Then in the second session you will receive 25 minutes 1-2-1 coaching with the trainer to work on one or more specific aspects of presenting, linked to the pre course material and the feedback you receive from the group.

Intimidated by Open Access publishing? Frightened by funder requirements? Reticent about REF eligibility? It’s okay, we’ll take you through what you need to know to make sure your research counts toward the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Best suited for: Engineering researchers who have recently submitted articles, or plan to do so in the near future.

Have you ever upset/ or been upset by someone and been left wondering why? Culture and background influences both how we behave and communicate. This session will help you to understand why people of different nationalities behave as they do, as well as increasing your own self awareness.

School of Technology Postdoc Cafe: Open Research new Wed 11 Nov 2020   11:30 [Places]

All School of Technology Postdocs are invited to this term’s Postdoc Café. There will be a brief presentation on the benefits of Open Research, followed by discussion, Q&A and time to chat with other Postdocs from around the Technology departments and disciplines. Bring your questions and a cup of tea or coffee, and join us!

This session will be online via Zoom: https://eng-cam.zoom.us/j/81842756059

Symplectic Refresher Training new Mon 7 Sep 2015   11:00 Finished

Symplectic Elements is the University's research information management system and feeds the Department's publications lists.

This refresher session covers keeping profiles up to date; managing and adding publication information; and refining the search terms to match publications and other activity with your account.

Delivered by Juergen Wastl of the University's Research Information team.

This workshop will cover the importance of graphic design, both in general and with reference to presentations and research posters for conferences and display.

Using Moodle for Teaching - Beyond Lecture Notes new Thu 17 Mar 2016   14:30 Finished

Moodle can be much more than just a home for lecture notes. In this 30 to 45 mins session we will look at some of the other tools in Moodle that you could make use of: collecting and grading assignments, encouraging collaborative working between your students and scheduling events and supervisions. Come with questions, the participates will direct what we look at.

Using Moodle for Teaching - Getting Started new Mon 11 Apr 2016   14:00 Finished

Thinking of using your Moodle course to supplement your teaching? We will look at course structure, how to add people, how to add content and how to talk to your students. We will also offer a refresher on copyright and Moodle. Come with questions, we will tailor the session to what you want to know.

If you are thinking of applying for a career development fellowship – one that pays your salary, as well as supporting costs to set up your own research group – then don’t miss this event.

The Department’s Director of Research, Philip Guildford, will give his tips and advice for potential applicants, followed by a number of current fellowship holders (including EPSRC, RAEng, Leverhulme, Marie Curie), who will share their own experiences.

Topics include how to apply for, manage and use fellowships, how to be successful and top tips. Lunch will be provided.

This event is organised by the Engineering Department Postdoc Committee (http://edpc.eng.cam.ac.uk/) and is open to all postdocs and any PhD students nearing completion and thinking about applying for such fellowships.

Please register to confirm your booking for catering purposes: the event will be limited to the first 50 that sign up.

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.

Writing Your First Year Report (Engineering) Tue 14 May 2019   14:15 Finished

Aimed at 1st year PhD students this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on your end of first year report. How do you start? What’s expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this session.

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