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Tue 17 Sep – Thu 19 Sep

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Tuesday 17 September

Access and Participation Plan Briefing new [Places] 15:30 - 16:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Tom Levinson, Head of Widening Participation and Regional Collaboration, will discuss the new Access and Participation Plan agreed between the University of Cambridge and the government regulator, the Office for Students. This briefing will cover the contents of the plan and discuss the new targets agreed with the OfS, as well as the impact they may have on outreach and widening participation activity.

Wednesday 18 September

Welcome to New Staff [Places] 09:00 - 12:00 Magdalene College, Cripps Court

The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle quickly into your new role
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • understand how the University works

The second stage is a Welcome to New Staff presentation event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Welcome event aims to provide a broad introduction to all University staff, providing information about the University to enable you to get the most out of your time here. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff.

The half-day event comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction to the University from a senior member of the University
  • A presentation on benefits of being part of the University of Cambridge
  • A presentation by a senior academic providing an insight into the role of the Colleges and their relationship with the University
  • An exhibition of professional services sections, departments, support and welfare services that are available to you as a member of University staff (Please review our exhibitor's list for details of the exhibitors)
Cataloguing Training : How to Use MARC21 new (2 of 3) In progress 09:15 - 13:15 Faculty of Divinity, Room 2

MARC21 is the international format used to code information in catalogue records. During this intensive course for beginners we will cover the basic MARC21 terminology and the most frequently used MARC fields. There will be plenty of practical exercises and time for questions

Course leader: Vanessa Lacey and others

Working at Height: Basic Ladder Safety [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

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.

Managing the Budget - Part 2 CANCELLED 09:30 - 13:00 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

This session covers how to make a financial plan, prepare it for upload to the finance system and monitor progress against the plan. It is a practical course which will look at the techniques and systems within the University that can be used for budgeting.

It is an ideal follow on from Managing the Budget Part 1 and for those who have a good working knowledge of budgeting principles and want to develop skills in using the University budgeting tools.

Web Recruitment Training - managing vacancies & sending correspondence [Places] 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This course covers viewing, processing and recording data for applications, adding notes and attachments, generating rejection emails, generating electronic reference requests, processing applicants through the selection process and transferring successful applicants to CHRIS.

Innovation & Enterprise Summer School 3: Business plans and funding [Places] 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a

Innovation & Enterprise Summer School
This year, RDP is pleased to launch an Innovation & Enterprise Summer School for PhD students, led by Dr Emma Williams of EJW Solutions.

Innovation and enterprise are essential aspects of modern research, whether in a university or commercial setting. Developing ideas and assessing their viability; finding backers and a team collaborators; securing financial support; making a plan to deliver results – these are common to research in every field, and every sector. In this summer school, you can refresh your existing skills as well as learning new insights and practical models. You can use the summer school to focus intensively on your current research, or you can use it to try out new ideas. You don’t need to have any plans for, or prior experience of, knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

The four sessions of the summer school have been designed as a pathway, but you are welcome to book for single sessions, i.e. there is no requirement to sign up for the whole programme or to have completed the preceding sessions in order to book for a later one.

Workshop 3: Business plans and funding: turning ideas into reality
It’s not enough to have a great idea. The idea needs a thought-out plan and some well-funded backing.
In this interactive morning, we will look at all aspects of a business plan, including how this relates to research proposals. Our focus will then switch to money: what do different funders need to know, and how we can build a team that meets their expectations? This course will be useful to those looking to gain funding in the future for research or enterprise endeavours.

The other workshops in the series are:
Workshop 1: Ideation and evaluation: generating ideas for enterprise and research
Workshop 2: Mapping out success in research and enterprise
Workshop 4: Telling the world about your idea: pitching yourself

The Letters Connection: Social Network Analysis in the Scientific Correspondence Collection new (1 of 2) Not bookable 11:30 - 16:30 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building S3

Letters have been for centuries the main form of communication between scientists. Correspondence collections are a unique window into the social networks of prominent historical figures. What can digital social sciences and humanities reveal about the correspondence networks of 19th century scientists? This two-session intensive workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore possible answers to this question.

With the digitisation and encoding of personal letters, researchers have at their disposal a wealth of relational data, which we propose to study through social network analysis (SNA). The workshop will be divided in two sessions during which participants will “learn by doing” how to apply SNA to personal correspondence datasets. Following a guided project framework, participants will work on the correspondence collections of John Herschel and Charles Darwin. After a contextual introduction to the datasets, the sessions will focus on the basic concepts of SNA, data transformation and preparation, data visualisation and data analysis, with particular emphasis on “ego network” measures.

The two demonstration datasets used during the workshop will be provided by the Epsilon project, a research consortium between Cambridge Digital Library, The Royal Institution and The Royal Society of London aimed at building a collaborative digital framework for 19th century letters of science. The first dataset, the “Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John Hershel Database at the Adler Planetarium”, is a collection of the personal correspondence of John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), a polymath celebrated for his contributions to the field of astronomy. Its curation process started in the 50s at the Royal Society and currently comprises 14.815 digitised letters encoded in extensible markup language (.xml) format. The second dataset, the “Darwin Correspondence Project” has been locating, researching, editing and publishing Charles Darwin’s letters since 1974. In addition to a 30-volume print edition, the project has also made letters available in .xml format.

The workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to analysing correspondence networks from these collections, which will cover:

- Explanation of the encoding procedures and rationale following the Text Encoding Initiative guidelines; - Preparation and transformation of .xml files for analysis with an open source data wrangler; - Rendering of network visualisations using an open source SNA tool; - Analysis of the Ego Networks of John Herschel and Charles Darwin (requires UCINET)

About the speakers and course facilitators:

Anne Alexander is Director of Learning at Cambridge Digital Humanities

Hugo Leal is Methods Fellow at Cambridge Digital Humanities and Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Data School

Louisiane Ferlier is Digital Resources Manager at the Centre for the History of Science at the Royal Society. In her current role she facilitates research collaborations with the Royal Society collections, curates digital and physical exhibitions, as well as augmenting its portfolio of digital assets. A historian of ideas by training, her research investigates the material and intellectual circulation of ideas in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Elizabeth Smith is the Associate Editor for Digital Development at the Darwin Correspondence Project, where she contributed to the conversion of the Project’s work into TEI several years ago, and has since been collaborating with the technical director in enhancing the Darwin Project’s data. She is one of the co-ordinators of Epsilon, a TEI-based portal for nineteenth-century science letters.

No knowledge of prior knowledge of programming is required, instructions on software to install will be sent out before the workshop. Some exercises and preparation for the second session will be set during the first and participants should allow 2-3 hours for this. Please note, priority will be given to staff and students at the University of Cambridge for booking onto this workshop.

CDH Learning gratefully acknowledges the support of the Isaac Newton Trust and the Faculty of History for this workshop.

Amicus Finance overview [Places] 11:30 - 12:30 Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations, Training Room Suite 2

For users unfamiliar with the Finance module in Amicus, this overview will cover many of the major areas that are used by gift services professionals. We will look at the work that you do in your team and how it benefits the users of this area in Amicus. We will cover the following areas:

  • Batch
  • Pledges
  • Gifts in Kind
  • Destination codes
Publish and Perish? : How to Spot a Predatory Publisher (for librarians) new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

Dear esteemed author...

So-called predatory publishers regularly approach researchers via email to solicit manuscripts and conference papers. With the emphasis on publishing as a measure of academic success still strong it can be easy to give in to temptation and flattery but this can do more harm than good to a future career.

This session will look at whether these publishers are a problem, how to spot a potential problem publisher or conference and the best advice to offer researchers if they are approached.

Medicine: Systematic Literature Reviews - A 'How To' Guide (for University and NHS) [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

Before undertaking any piece of primary research it’s important to be aware of as much of the existing literature as possible. A systematic literature review can also be a research end in itself. And it’s not something to be taken lightly. But how can you be sure you’re being as rigorous as necessary? How can you manage the references you find, document the process, and also know when to stop searching?

This session assumes attendees have already had prior introductory training in literature searching. It is a prerequisite that you have attended either Introduction to Literature Searching (if you are a University of Cambridge staff member or student) or Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching (if you are an NHS staff member). Exceptions will be made if you received similar training from another department or university - please contact us if you have any questions about prerequisites.

Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (1 of 2) [Places] 14:00 - 14:25 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, Orange Boardroom (Floor 2)

This induction is required for anyone planning to work unsupervised at the Maxwell Centre, Department of Physics.

It has two parts:

  • Part 1 is for people working anywhere in the building
  • Part 2 is only for those working at the Maxwell laboratories
Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (2 of 2) [Places] 14:25 - 14:55 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, Orange Boardroom (Floor 2)

This induction is required for anyone planning to work unsupervised at the Maxwell Centre, Department of Physics.

It has two parts:

  • Part 1 is for people working anywhere in the building
  • Part 2 is only for those working at the Maxwell laboratories

Thursday 19 September

Cataloguing Training : How to Use MARC21 new (3 of 3) In progress 09:15 - 13:15 Faculty of Divinity, Room 2

MARC21 is the international format used to code information in catalogue records. During this intensive course for beginners we will cover the basic MARC21 terminology and the most frequently used MARC fields. There will be plenty of practical exercises and time for questions

Course leader: Vanessa Lacey and others

Statistics for Biologists in R (1 of 2) [Full] 09:30 - 17:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

This course is intended to provide a strong foundation in practical statistics and data analysis using the R software environment. The underlying philosophy of the course is to treat statistics as a practical skill rather than as a theoretical subject and as such the course focuses on methods for addressing real-life issues in the biological sciences using the R software package.

In this course we explore classical statistical analysis techniques starting with simple hypothesis testing and building up to multiple linear regression. The focus of the course is on practical implementation of these techniques and developing robust statistical analysis skills rather than on the underlying statistical theory.

After the course you should feel confident to be able to select and implement common statistical techniques using R and moreover know when, and when not, to apply these techniques.

This event is supported by the BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) grant (BB/P022766/1).

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

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

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting 2019-20 charged (2 of 24) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 First Intuition

The AAT Level 3, Diploma in Accounting, introduces to students to more complex financial processes and accounting tasks, the principles of VAT, professional ethics and develops their spreadsheet skills.

In addition to applying for a provisional place here, you will need to complete an application form which can be found on our website
AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting 2019-20 charged (3 of 17) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 First Intuition

The course details are being finalised, for now please book a provisional place here and we will let you know when the details and application packs are available

AAT Level 4, Professional Diploma in accounting.

Students will be placed on the public day release programme with an external provider

Once you have registered here you will need to complete the application form at the back of the briefing pack. This pack is available on our website Dates will be added once they have been confirmed

CamSIS Search [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

CamSIS Search is a tool used within CamSIS to create lists of students and update student data. This course will show you how to understand the data structure and how to use CamSIS Search to create student lists.

EU Settlement Scheme: A Briefing new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Department of Veterinary Medicine, Lecture Theatre 1

Following the EU Referendum in June 2016, the University has been working to assist its EU/EEA and Swiss staff with legal and practical guidance around residency and citizenship options. It is the government’s ambition to document all EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are present in the UK, through the introduction of ‘Settled’ and ‘Pre-Settled’ status. This scheme was opened fully to the public in March 2019.

Following the success of similar sessions which were ran last year, we are pleased to offer a further series of presentations which will provide information on current residency rights, and a detailed overview of the settled and pre-Settled status application process, and details on how to apply for British Citizenship if desired. These presentations give you the opportunity to see the application process first hand and to give you the information you need to make an application.

Note: In the event the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 with ‘no deal’ there is no obligation or requirement for EU/EEA or Swiss citizens to gain settled or pre-settled status by this date. The deadline for applications in the event of a no-deal is currently 31 December 2020.

The presentations will be led by Graeme Ross, the Immigration and Compliance Manager at the University, who is an experienced UK and EU immigration practitioner.

Three seminars will be provided initially, with further sessions available should there be sufficient demand. There will be an opportunity at the end of each presentation for questions and answers.

Finance Division Inductions - Training & Development [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Heidelberg Room

The Finance Division values the professionalism and commitment of its members and therefore encourages all staff to develop their skills and knowledge. This short session will outline for you the Division’s policy on training and development, as well as highlighting resources from across the University that you can utilise.

Supervising Graduate Students: Workshop for Supervisors (Biomed Campus) [Full] 13:00 - 14:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 13

This course if for staff at the Biomed Campus only

If you are new to supervising graduate students at Cambridge (who are studying both for one-year courses or PhDs) the Board of Graduate Studies strongly recommends you to take part in some form of professional development. In collaboration with BGS, Personal and Professional Development offers training and support for newly-appointed supervisors of graduate students and for those new to the Cambridge system. The workshops, which run over lunchtime, are designed to consider reciprocal expectations and duties, as well as approaches to supervising, and to raise awareness of possible issues and where to go for support.

GL Part 1: Getting Started in the General Ledger module [Places] 13:30 - 16:30 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

This course enables users to learn the basics of how the General Ledger module works, how to run online account enquiries and how to process journals.

Yellow Box Searching - Event List management new [Places] 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations, Training Room Suite 2

Yellow Box Searching is 'advanced searching' in Amicus. You can use it to find specific selections of data or contacts from within Amicus. Many Amicus users use yellow box search in the first step to creating a mailing or inviting contacts to an event.

This session will be aimed at specific users within CUDAR. You will be generating yellow box searches, then using a specific event report, to export the data into excel.

Medicine: Managing Your Bibliography (for University and NHS) [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

How to take the bile out of your bibliography, and ensure that it's not the most time-consuming part of your work. A variety of tools will be showcased: EndNote, EndNoteWeb, Zotero, Mendeley.

CUL: Book a Buddy! new [Full] 14:30 - 14:50 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall
  • Nervous or intimidated about visiting the UL for the first time?
  • Don’t know where to begin with a Literature search?
  • Can never find the books you need on the open shelves?

Book a buddy!

Book this 20 minute slot and we’ll match you with a member of library staff who can show you what you need to know, whether it’s searching the catalogue, using Electronic Legal Deposit, finding open shelf books or something else entirely.

Sign up today! We’ll contact you to find out exactly what you need to know and then we’ll arrange your perfect match with an experienced member of the Reader Services team!

This a trial service running throughout the summer vacation. We will appreciate any feedback that you provide.