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Thursday 25 July

09:30
Working with Bacterial Genomes (IN-PERSON) new (4 of 5) In progress 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

This comprehensive course equips you with essential skills and knowledge in bacterial genomics analysis, primarily using Illumina-sequenced samples. You'll gain an understanding of how to select the most appropriate analysis workflow, tailored to the genome diversity of a given bacterial species. Through hands-on training, you'll apply both de novo assembly and reference-based mapping approaches to obtain bacterial genomes for your isolates. You will apply standardised workflows for genome assembly and annotation, including quality assessment criteria to ensure the reliability of your results. Along with typing bacteria using methods such as MLST, you'll learn how to construct phylogenetic trees using whole genome and core genome alignments, enabling you to explore the evolutionary relationships among bacterial isolates. You’ll extend this to estimate a time-scaled phylogeny using a starting phylogenetic tree. Lastly, you'll apply methods to detect antimicrobial resistance genes. As examples we will use Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae, allowing you to become well-equipped to conduct bacterial genomics analyses on a range of species.


If you do not have a University of Cambridge Raven account please book or register your interest here.

Additional information
  • ♿ The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access.
  • Our courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged according to our charging policy.
  • Attendance will be taken on all courses and a charge is applied for non-attendance, including for University of Cambridge students. After you have booked a place, if you are unable to attend any of the live sessions, please email the Bioinfo Team.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.
  • Guidance on visiting Cambridge and finding accommodation is available here.
10:00

This session provides an introduction for both mentors and mentees. We will discuss the benefits of mentoring and provide guidance on how to set objectives for the mentoring relationship and how to prepare for your first session together. We will also offer some tips about how to be a good mentee and mentor.

11:00
Supporting People Through Change (Live Online) [Places] 11:00 - 12:30 HRTP MS Teams 01

During change we often focus on what will be delivered and if it will be right for the job, but we often focus less on the need to support, reassure, and motivate those impacted by change – the people side of change.

This short session for staff with people-management responsibilities (including PIs, supervisors and team leads) will explore approaches to the people side of change in the context of the University. Whilst high-level sponsorship provides senior leadership and the rationale for change, research shows that direct line managers have the most influence on how their team respond to change by helping to support people in understanding, preparing for, and adopting changes in working life and practice. “Change happens one person at a time.” Prosci.com.

Using the HR Transformation Programme and the introduction of myHR as an example, we will look at how the approaches we are using to support colleagues across the University can be applied to the changes you may be leading in your team or area.

Join us to consider skills and techniques for supporting people through change, using consistent language to help build our individual and collective change capability, for the everyday changes and for the more significant ones.

Please Note: Once you have booked on the course, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.

13:00
Student Mental Health Awareness Training new [Full] 13:00 - 17:00 Jesus College, Webb Library

This 4-hour mental health awareness training is intended for frontline staff at Colleges and Academic Faculties/Departments whose roles are pastoral or include responsibilities for responding to student welfare.

The session offers:

  • A brief overview of student mental health in Higher Education.
  • Best practice guidance on identifying and responding to students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • Context-specific case vignettes and scenarios to improve staff confidence in intervening and applying skills in discussions with students, including those who may be experiencing poor wellbeing, mental ill-health and thoughts of suicide.
  • Evidence-based and practical strategies for promoting student and staff wellbeing, including self-care for staff.
  • Key resources and services in place to support mental health locally and nationally.

Please note these are stand-alone training sessions and participants should only attend one session.


This training is provided free of charge to College and University staff thanks to a philanthropic donation. The cost of providing the course is £25 per participant.

14:00
Word 365: Dissertations, Theses and Long Documents (Live Online Using MS Teams) [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 UIS Online Microsoft Teams 3

This course is mainly aimed at undergraduate students writing their first thesis, but is also suitable for staff who need to write a long document. It is designed to give an insight and hands on practice into the more advanced features of Microsoft Word that are relevant to producing substantial reports.

Please note that the course is taught using Microsoft Teams and you must have Teams installed on your computer to participate. See System requirements below for more information

Please Note: It is important that when you book on this course, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.

  • See Related Courses below to take your skills further

Do you find it difficult to stay on track in the pursuit of your career aspirations? Or would you like to improve your ability to set achievable goals?

In this one-hour interactive masterclass, you will:

  • learn to apply a well-established goal-setting technique (SMART goals) that will support you in realising your career aspirations
  • have the opportunity to discuss and develop your long- and short-term goals with support from your peers
  • acquire strategies for holding yourself accountable.

By the end of this session, you should have developed at least one goal that will lead to progress within your overall career plan and strategies for holding yourself accountable.

The session will give you protected time, space and support to develop your goals.

Please note: It is important that when you book this course, on the booking confirmation page, select Add to Calendar to start importing the appointment to your calendar.

The Staff Review and Development (SRD) process provides the opportunity for you to engage in a constructive discussion with your direct report about their current and future work and their personal and career development.

Join Georgina for this informal session which will cover an overview of the process, practical advice and useful reminders of good practice to help you to make the most of SRD. The session is a chance to consider how you can prepare for a constructive and meaningful discussion, and ask any questions you may have.

14:15
Radioactive Substances: An Introduction to Suitable and Safe Use [Places] 14:15 - 16:45 Department of Biochemistry, Thomas Lecture Theatre

Anyone who is a first-time user of unsealed radioactive substances is expected to attend this acquaintanceship course before they begin the work. Users of radioactive substances who are new to the University should also attend. This course also acts as a refresher for experienced users and for users from other institutions or countries. There will be time for discussion and questions at the end of the session. You will be required to complete a short quiz after the course to confirm your understanding of core aspects of radiation safety.

Please follow this link https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/3226606 to a 20 minute video 'Working with radioactivity safely' which you will need to watch before attending the main course. You will need your Raven password to access this video. If any problems, please contact safety.training@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Friday 26 July

09:00
Drop In Session - Continuous Improvement [Places] 09:00 - 10:00 CPMO: MS Teams

A series of 30 minute drop-in sessions to talk with one of the Continuous Improvement team. We offer expert, impartial advice relating all things process improvement and want to support our colleagues on their own continuous improvement journeys.

Please note, these sessions are informal, 1-2-1 meetings where colleagues can ask for advice and guidance from the team. These are not workshops or taught sessions.

The team will be available 9-10 and 4-5 every Tuesday and Friday - each hour can be split into two sessions of 30 minutes depending on demand.

09:30
Working with Bacterial Genomes (IN-PERSON) new (5 of 5) In progress 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

This comprehensive course equips you with essential skills and knowledge in bacterial genomics analysis, primarily using Illumina-sequenced samples. You'll gain an understanding of how to select the most appropriate analysis workflow, tailored to the genome diversity of a given bacterial species. Through hands-on training, you'll apply both de novo assembly and reference-based mapping approaches to obtain bacterial genomes for your isolates. You will apply standardised workflows for genome assembly and annotation, including quality assessment criteria to ensure the reliability of your results. Along with typing bacteria using methods such as MLST, you'll learn how to construct phylogenetic trees using whole genome and core genome alignments, enabling you to explore the evolutionary relationships among bacterial isolates. You’ll extend this to estimate a time-scaled phylogeny using a starting phylogenetic tree. Lastly, you'll apply methods to detect antimicrobial resistance genes. As examples we will use Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae, allowing you to become well-equipped to conduct bacterial genomics analyses on a range of species.


If you do not have a University of Cambridge Raven account please book or register your interest here.

Additional information
  • ♿ The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access.
  • Our courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged according to our charging policy.
  • Attendance will be taken on all courses and a charge is applied for non-attendance, including for University of Cambridge students. After you have booked a place, if you are unable to attend any of the live sessions, please email the Bioinfo Team.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.
  • Guidance on visiting Cambridge and finding accommodation is available here.
10:00
Virtual Writing Retreats [Places] 10:00 - 12:15 Online

Do you have a deadline coming up or a piece of writing that’s long overdue? Or maybe some data analysis that keeps slipping to the bottom of your to-do list?

Our online retreats give you time, peace, and space to think and write. Each session will provide a friendly and constructive environment in which to meet like-minded peers, discuss challenges, and work in a focused way using the Pomodoro technique.

These virtual retreats are being hosted collaboratively across several institutions to encourage researchers across career stages and institutions to come together in a sustainable writing environment.

The retreats will take place several times per month throughout the academic year and you can attend as many as you like (within booking limits for each session).

Please note: It is important that when you book this course, on the booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process of importing the course appointment to your calendar.

Virtual Writing Retreats [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Online

Do you have a deadline coming up or a piece of writing that’s long overdue? Or maybe some data analysis that keeps slipping to the bottom of your to-do list?

Our online retreats give you time, peace, and space to think and write. Each session will provide a friendly and constructive environment in which to meet like-minded peers, discuss challenges, and work in a focused way using the Pomodoro technique.

These virtual retreats are being hosted collaboratively across several institutions to encourage researchers across career stages and institutions to come together in a sustainable writing environment.

The retreats will take place several times per month throughout the academic year and you can attend as many as you like (within booking limits for each session).

Please note: It is important that when you book this course, on the booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process of importing the course appointment to your calendar.

11:00
Tableau Drop In Sessions (via Teams) new Not bookable 11:00 - 11:30 Via MS Teams

This is an opportunity for the members of the University to go one-on-one with Tableau experts across the Business Information and Strategic Insights Team, who can help you solve challenges.

Thinking ahead, thinking big. What next for the L&M CoP? new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 CPMO: MS Teams

As a member of the new Leadership and Management Community of Practice, we want to hear your ideas about ‘what next’. What would you like the CoP to achieve? What are your Big Ideas and small ideas? What are our priorities? Join us for an informal discussion with a couple of core team members and others from the wider community to talk about our collective aims for the CoP. We will also introduce some of the ideas that have been collected so far from new members and at the Launch event. The Teams link will be sent to attendees on the morning of the meeting.

11:30
Tableau Drop In Sessions (via Teams) new Not bookable 11:30 - 12:00 Via MS Teams

This is an opportunity for the members of the University to go one-on-one with Tableau experts across the Business Information and Strategic Insights Team, who can help you solve challenges.

14:00
Mental Health Awareness: Senior Leadership Programme new [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 Selwyn College, Quarry Whitehouse Auditorium

This 3-hour session is a bespoke programme for staff in senior leadership roles at the University and Colleges on the topic of mental health and wellbeing in their workplace and the educational context.

The session offers:

  • An opportunity for senior leaders to support a whole institution approach to mental health and wellbeing, promoting an informed and compassionate higher education community which is conducive to wellbeing and supports the full academic, occupational, and social potential of all staff and students.
  • A brief overview of staff and student mental health in Higher Education.
  • Best practice guidance on identifying and responding to staff and students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • Context-specific case vignettes and scenarios to improve staff confidence in intervening and applying skills in discussions with staff and students, including those who may be experiencing poor wellbeing, mental ill-health and thoughts of suicide.
  • Evidence-based and practical strategies for promoting wellbeing throughout the higher education community, including self-care for staff.
  • Key resources and services in place to support mental health locally and nationally.

Please note these are stand-alone training sessions and participants should only attend one session.


This training is provided free of charge to College and University staff thanks to a philanthropic donation. The cost of providing the course is £25 per participant.

16:00
Drop In Session - Continuous Improvement [Places] 16:00 - 17:00 CPMO: MS Teams

A series of 30 minute drop-in sessions to talk with one of the Continuous Improvement team. We offer expert, impartial advice relating all things process improvement and want to support our colleagues on their own continuous improvement journeys.

Please note, these sessions are informal, 1-2-1 meetings where colleagues can ask for advice and guidance from the team. These are not workshops or taught sessions.

The team will be available 9-10 and 4-5 every Tuesday and Friday - each hour can be split into two sessions of 30 minutes depending on demand.

Monday 29 July

11:00
Thinking ahead, thinking big. What next for the L&M CoP? new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 CPMO: MS Teams

As a member of the new Leadership and Management Community of Practice, we want to hear your ideas about ‘what next’. What would you like the CoP to achieve? What are your Big Ideas and small ideas? What are our priorities? Join us for an informal discussion with a couple of core team members and others from the wider community to talk about our collective aims for the CoP. We will also introduce some of the ideas that have been collected so far from new members and at the Launch event. The Teams link will be sent to attendees on the morning of the meeting.

12:00

This 1 hour, instructor-led session will walk you through the different pages you need to complete in the Funding Management Portal to publish your fund for the coming year.

This session is the first part of learning how to use the FMP to advertise and manage your funds: Module 1 – Adding and Editing.

You will be shown how to enter your funds into the system to be published on the PG Funding Search, potentially appear to applicants in their admissions applications (in GAP), which fields you can fill in to determine eligibility and how this process can bring your team value as the admissions cycle commences.

The rollover period in the system to 2024-25 advertising starts on the 15th July, and the deadline for entry for funds that wish to appear to applicants in GAP (and be published in the PG Funding Search for the beginning of September) is 19th August.

This training is appropriate not only for colleagues new to the FMP, but also for returning users as we have made some updates to the system since the previous year.

Your presenter will tailor this training to the attending audience to give the best experience, and our team will be available to support you in using the FMP throughout the academic year. We will also publish dates and times of ‘drop-in’ sessions for further support, which will not require a booking.

Tuesday 30 July

09:00
Drop In Session - Continuous Improvement [Places] 09:00 - 10:00 CPMO: MS Teams

A series of 30 minute drop-in sessions to talk with one of the Continuous Improvement team. We offer expert, impartial advice relating all things process improvement and want to support our colleagues on their own continuous improvement journeys.

Please note, these sessions are informal, 1-2-1 meetings where colleagues can ask for advice and guidance from the team. These are not workshops or taught sessions.

The team will be available 9-10 and 4-5 every Tuesday and Friday - each hour can be split into two sessions of 30 minutes depending on demand.

09:30
Web Recruitment Training - Managing Offers (In Person Face to Face) [Places] 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This course covers processing applicants through the offer stages and transferring successful applicants information to the New Appointment team for them to create an employee in CHRIS. The system used is Web Recruitment.

  • This is the In Person Face to Face version of the Live Online Web Recruitment: Managing Offers course.

Please note that the course is taught using Microsoft Teams and you must have Teams installed on your computer to participate. See System requirements below for more information

Please Note: It is important that when you book on this course, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.

  • See Related Courses below to take your skills further
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Writing new [Places] 09:30 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Great Ouse

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails. The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

New to, or confused about online file storage and collaboration? This course aims to take the mystery out of managing your files online, how to set file permissions and you will have an understanding of online file management in SharePoint, Teams and OneDrive.

Please note that the course is taught using Microsoft Teams and you must have Teams installed on your computer to participate. See System requirements below for more information.

Please Note: It is important that when you book on this course, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.

  • See Related Courses below to take your skills further
10:00
Physics Health & Safety: Physics of Medicine (PoM) Induction [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 Department of Physics

General induction for users of the Physics of Medicine (PoM) building. This includes a guided tour of the facility.

Participants will gain access to PoM only after successfully completing the Physics H&S Induction - see "Related Courses" below.

The Staff Review and Development (SRD) process provides the opportunity for you to engage in a constructive discussion with your direct report about their current and future work and their personal and career development.

Join Georgina for this informal session which will cover an overview of the process, practical advice and useful reminders of good practice to help you to make the most of SRD. The session is a chance to consider how you can prepare for a constructive and meaningful discussion, and ask any questions you may have.

10:30

The Public Engagement Starter Fund is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

As part of this year's applications the public engagement team offers 4 drop-in sessions for potential applicants to ask questions about their work, eligibility and application.

11:00

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team have partnered with a specialist external provider, to develop some online training modules for the University of Cambridge. Whilst the training is up to date with the latest legislation, advice and information, we have an opportunity to significantly tailor the package, to help it resonate with staff across our academic and professional services communities.

We’d love your help, to understand any aspects you really like, (or don’t!) and where we might make changes to give each of the modules a University of Cambridge ‘look and feel’. The session will be fairly fast-paced, with a high-level review of each module and a closer look at each of the proposed videos. We'll offer the opportunity for participants to provide individual comments and also group feedback, based on breakout room discussions.

If you have any questions, please email orgdev@admin.cam.ac.uk.

13:25
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Full] 13:25 - 13:55

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices

14:00
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Full] 14:00 - 14:30

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices

14:30

Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment is supporting teaching and learning at the University.

One of the key principles in the University's implementation of Moodle is devolved control. Moodle is used by a large number of Faculties, Departments, Colleges, and other offices, and each area will have its own specialist knowledge and specific requirements. Devolved control will enable each institution to have control over the courses they built and their location in the Course structure.

As such, each Institution has at least one Moodle Coordinator (we recommend two). Moodle Coordinators manage all the courses within their category of Faculty, Department or College; they can do anything in any course they have control of, including create new courses, edit existing courses, and add teachers. Coordinators will also act as a first line of support - offering help and advice to the users in their area.

This is a training course aimed at users who are current Coordinators or are planning to become Coordinators. During the interactive course participants will practice how to create subcategories and courses, how to backup and restore their courses, how to enrol cohorts of users, and how to archive their courses in the Course History environment.

14:35
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Places] 14:35 - 15:05

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices

15:00
Tableau Drop In Sessions (via Teams) new [Places] 15:00 - 15:30 Via MS Teams

This is an opportunity for the members of the University to go one-on-one with Tableau experts across the Business Information and Strategic Insights Team, who can help you solve challenges.

15:10
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Places] 15:10 - 15:40

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices

15:40
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Places] 15:40 - 16:10

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices

16:00
Drop In Session - Continuous Improvement [Places] 16:00 - 17:00 CPMO: MS Teams

A series of 30 minute drop-in sessions to talk with one of the Continuous Improvement team. We offer expert, impartial advice relating all things process improvement and want to support our colleagues on their own continuous improvement journeys.

Please note, these sessions are informal, 1-2-1 meetings where colleagues can ask for advice and guidance from the team. These are not workshops or taught sessions.

The team will be available 9-10 and 4-5 every Tuesday and Friday - each hour can be split into two sessions of 30 minutes depending on demand.

16:15
1-to-1 review with Sam new [Places] 16:15 - 16:45

This is l review of progress and training needs for year ahead. Students will complete a training needs analysis questionnaire before 1-to-1 with Sam (Training and Inclusive Support Manager), which will be use to steer the session and create a personalised training programme for student for the year ahead that will support PhD progression as well as developing skills for post PhD career choices