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Monday 14 October

09:00
CUL: Book a Buddy! new Not bookable 09:00 - 09:30 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!

Email reference@cam.ac.uk to arrange a session. Tell us what you need help with 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.

Don't suffer in silence - Book a buddy!

09:15
Recruitment and Selection Skills [Places] 09:15 - 16:45 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Recommended for those responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff, who are interested in developing further skills in this area. This course prepares you to effectively carry out the recruitment and selection process taking you through the stages of producing a person specification, short listing effectively against selection criteria, designing questions, structuring and conducting interviews, and making the final decision. University policies and procedures will also be covered.

09:30
Hit the Ground Running: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Induction Event [Places] 09:30 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c


The Schools of the Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences have organised this event to help you settle into the Cambridge research environment, identify essential providers of advice and guidance, and make a positive start to your new research project. To hit the ground running, you need a sense of where you’re headed, so the theme of this induction is being strategic right from day one.

You will have chance to hear about information management from the Library, career support from the Careers Service, and personal development opportunities provided by the Researcher Development Programme.

This event is designed to complement other departmental and College inductions which you may have had.

Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

10:00
Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Physical Sciences and Technology) [Places] 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a


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

One session - four medicine and life science databases - widest coverage for your literature search. PubMed is great, but it doesn't cover all the journals relevant to life sciences and medicine. Embase, Web of Science and Scopus can also be relevant and each covers unique material. Come to this hands-on session to learn how to get the best from each of these "4 tops".

This session is aimed at University of Cambridge staff or students who have already had prior training in database searching. Those who want to attend an introductory session should book onto the Introduction to Literature Searching course, or the Getting the Best Results - Improving Your Database Searching if they are NHS staff.

The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Social Media Engagement new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

10:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Full] 10:30 - 11:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

English: Writing for Engineers (PhD) new (1 of 4) [Places] 10:30 - 12:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

Writing for Engineers: Workshop focuses on common errors and problem areas for research students writing up dissertations and publishing papers, plus an assessment of your personal areas for improvement through individual supervisions at the end of the course. The course consists of 4 workshops followed by 1 individual supervision.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
11:00
Open Science and Your Research [Places] 11:00 - 15:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Open Science concepts and tools have the potential to transform the current scientific system for the greater good of all, but what does it mean for you? How can you and your work benefit from the Open Science movement? Welcome to a workshop run by ORION Open Science.

This workshop will establish what Open Science is and why it is needed. There will be an overview of the main areas of Open Science: Open Access, Open Data, Public Engagement. Dr Kevin Kunzmann will share his experiences of Open Science and why he believes in the movement. In addition, there will be some practical tips on changes researchers can make towards Open Science, the potential career benefits of Open Science, and information on what resources the ORION project can provide. The session is suitable for those with very little or basic knowledge of open science.

11:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Full] 11:30 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

12:00
Chemistry: Philosophy for Chemists (1 of 3) [Standby] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Science is a striking, successful and powerful feature of contemporary human cultures: it has transformed lives, enabled great technological feats and often revealed the world to be a much stranger place than appearances suggest. But what is science, really, and how and why has it been so successful? This 3 week course aims to introduce graduate students to some main themes in the philosophy of science generally, and the philosophy of chemistry in particular.

Lecture 1. What Is Science?

What makes science scientific? Is there something distinctive about scientific investigation which distinguishes it from other things humans do? Does science give us infallible knowledge? Or at least the kind of knowledge that always gets better? These questions will be discussed in relation to the views of some well-known philosophers of science including Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn.

Lecture 2. Measurement

Measurement is the foundation of any quantitative empirical science. We make all sorts of measurements routinely in the lab, but there are actually deep difficulties in knowing if our instruments and procedures correctly measure what we intend to measure. The epistemological issues involved here will be discussed through various scientific examples, including temperature and pH.

Lecture 3. Reductionism

Does all science ultimately boil down to fundamental physics? This is a pertinent issue to all areas of science, but an urgent one especially for chemistry. Considering the success of quantum chemistry one might imagine that chemistry is just applied physics, but the matter is not so simple. Looking at the longer history of the attempts to reduce chemistry to physics will also be instructive.

12:30
English: Writing for Engineers (Postdoc) new (1 of 4) [Places] 12:30 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

Writing for Engineers: Course for postdocs on refining papers for publishing. The course consists of 4 workshops followed by 1 individual supervision.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
13:00
Literature Review for 4th year projects (Engineering) new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 0

A session for Part IIB undergraduates in the Department of Engineering.

As part of your 4th Year Project, you will be expected to do a literature review surrounding your projects topic. This session will explain what a literature review is and how to do one, looking at how to decide what you should be looking for, where to look for it, how to read it and how to take useful notes. This is a lot to cover in an hour so if you have any follow up question check our Information Skills page on the website and get in touch library@eng.cam.ac.uk.

13:15
Finance Division Knowledge Bites - CUFS R12.2 Upgrade POSTPONED 13:15 - 14:00 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

The CUFS R12.2 Upgrade Project Initiation Document (PID) has been approved and in this Knowledge Bites talk Jo Hall will share a summary of the plans for the project with us.

13:30
Sealed Source Users Course [Places] 13:30 - 15:00 CIMR, Sackler Lecture Theatre

This course provides an introduction to working safely with sealed radioactive sources (a sealed source contains radioactive material and is manufactured in such a way that the material cannot be dispersed).

Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Full] 13:30 - 14:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

14:00
Introduction to Empirical Research [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

This module is for anyone considering studying on an SSRMP module but not sure which one/s to choose. It provides an overview of the research process and issues in research design. Through reflection on a broad overview of empirical research, the module aims to encourage students to consider where they may wish to develop their research skills and knowledge. The module will signpost the different modules, both quantitative and qualitative, offered by SSRMP and encourage students to consider what modules might be appropriate for their research and career development.

You will learn:

  • The research process and the different stages it might consist of
  • Issues related to research design
  • To consider what data you will need to address your research aims
  • To consider the best methods to collect and analyse your data
  • What modules are offered by SSRMP and how they might be appropriate to your needs
Finance Division Taster Sessions - Greenwich House Operational Support Team (GHOST) CANCELLED 14:00 - 15:00 Finance Division, At Participant's Desk

An opportunity for others within the Finance Division to spend some time with GHOST to gain an overview of their roles and a greater appreciation of what they do.

14:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Places] 14:30 - 15:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

Law: Introduction to the University Library for LLM students new [Full] 14:30 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall

An opportunity to visit the main University Library (UL) with other LLM students. The tour will include an overview of the UL's law collections, a visit to the Rare Books Room and information about searching for Official Publications and historical material.

Getting to know you (Engineering RDC Division B) new Not bookable 14:30 - 15:30 Electrical Engineering, Seminar Room

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Cambridge University Libraries Staff : Induction Workshop: Part I new [Places] 14:30 - 16:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This is an interactive workshop, designed to help new staff learn more about the Cambridge University Library, meet some of the key people who work in it and learn more about key library policies.

15:00
CUL: Orientation tour [Places] 15:00 - 15:45 Cambridge University Library, Catalogue Hall

The University Library holds over 9 million physical items and provides access to millions of online resources. In this session an experienced member of UL staff will show you the basics to get you started.

The tour will include:

  • A brief introduction to iDiscover - your main tool for locating resources in the UL and other University of Cambridge Libraries
  • A tour of the physical spaces including the Main Reading Room and Open bookstacks
  • Demonstrations of how to locate the physical items you need and brief explanations of Electronic Legal Deposit and E-Resource access
  • We'll show you where the important things are such as toilets, Tea Room, and comfortable areas to work
  • We'll answer any questions you may have
  • We'll make sure that by the end of the tour you will know where to go to find help
Welcome and introduction (Engineering RDC Division F) new Not bookable 15:00 - 16:00 Department of Engineering, Baker Building, CBL meeting room, BE4-38

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15:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (1:1 Coaching) [Places] 15:30 - 16:30 Student Services Centre, Atrium Consultation Room AG018

Do you get the results you want from your communication with others at work? Are you able to talk with confidence in meetings and interviews? Do you have a high level of impact when speaking in public?

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations. Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

17:00
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), Chinese Mandarin Basic 2019 - BLOCK A (8 of 10) Not bookable 17:00 - 19:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 16

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

18:30
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), French Intermediate 1 2019 - BLOCK A (8 of 10) In progress 18:30 - 20:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

19:00
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), French Intermediate 2 2019 - BLOCK A (7 of 10) Not bookable 19:00 - 21:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 12

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.

CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), German Intermediate 1 2019 - BLOCK A (7 of 10) Not bookable 19:00 - 21:00 Faculty of History, Seminar Room 2

Language courses for Y4 students of the School of Clinical Medicine.