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Wednesday 12 June

17:30
St Edmund's College - Molecular meets environmental archaeology in Egypt [Places] 17:30 - 19:00 St Edmund's College Okinaga, Norfolk Building

Dive into the fascinating research of the New Kingdom Research Foundation (NKRF) as we explore the dynamic history of Egypt's climate and biodiversity. Contrary to the common belief that Egypt is perpetually hyper-arid, our latest archaeological findings in the Theban Mountain reveal periods of remarkable wet conditions during the New Kingdom and Roman eras.

Join us in unravelling the mysteries behind the extraordinary preservation of diverse plant species and trade goods from these periods of higher temperatures in the late Holocene. Was this due to economic prosperity, extensive trade networks, or mere chance?

To deepen our understanding, we have created a comprehensive database of vegetal remains from archaeological sites across Egypt, spanning from the predynastic to Coptic eras. Using cutting-edge Geographic Information Systems (GIS), climate modelling, and ecological analysis, we're mapping the intricate relationship between biodiversity, climate change, and human activity over millennia.

Furthermore, we're pioneering molecular methods to analyse DNA in soil and mudbrick remains, aiming to uncover the presence of ancient plants in tombs, Coptic settlements, and ancient springs. This innovative approach seeks to correlate our DNA findings with historical data, providing new insights into Egypt's botanical past.

Our research not only captivates archaeologists but also offers crucial insights into how past warming episodes influenced biodiversity in the Saharan region, shedding light on what we might expect as global warming progresses.

Join us on this journey through time and discover how Egypt's ancient climate can inform our future!

18:15
CULP: Spanish Intermediate 1 charged (15 of 15) In progress 18:15 - 20:15 Language Centre, Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 1 level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

Thursday 13 June

09:00
CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary 1 charged (15 of 15) CANCELLED 09:00 - 11:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre webiste.

Scientific Writing new (2 of 2) In progress 09:00 - 13:00 Online

This 2 half-day course focuses on the structure of good scientific writing using writing exercises as an integral part of the workshop. The course will look at the practical process of writing, the nature of scientific publishing, and the importance of editing. The day will include editing sessions in which you apply the ideas you have learnt to your own writing. For this, you will need to write a 300-word abstract about your work in advance and have it available to work on during the workshop.

You will need to write a 300-word abstract about your work in advance, and have it ready on the day

(see 'Prerequisites' below for details).

REGISTRATION starts at 9.00am each day. Please ensure you arrive on time 

09:30
Professional Services Career Development Programme [Full] 09:30 - 13:00 N/A - MS Teams

This highly interactive workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfil your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth.

Springboard: A Women's Development Programme (4 of 4) In progress 09:30 - 15:30 Hughes Hall, Peter Richards Room


Springboard is for women staff and graduate students, and those who identify as women, who want to take control, become more assertive, increase their confidence & build themselves a more positive attitude in both their work and home lives.

The programme gives you the time to reflect, share and most importantly, set achievable personal and professional goals for now and the future.

Key areas covered include communication skills, assertiveness, self confidence, improving your work/life balance and developing positive skills and attitude. If you want to progress and develop, then this programme is for you.

The programme comprises four days over a three-month period and a workbook to be completed between sessions.

Word 365: Beginners (In Person Face to Face) CANCELLED 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This course is to help you get to grips with word processing basics using Microsoft Word. It will be taught in a small group and no previous knowledge is assumed.

  • This is the In Person Face to Face version of the Live Online classroom based instructor led course.

Please Note: To add this event to your calendar, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar .

  • See Related Courses below to take your skills further and also to see what other alternative options there are to this course.
Virtual - How to Excel - Part 1 & 2 (For Finance Staff) (2 of 2) Not bookable 09:30 - 11:30 Via MS Teams

This course will enable the participants to practice existing spreadsheet skills and develop more advanced skills within the context of UFS data. There will be the opportunity to extract data from the system and learn to manipulate, analyse and use it for reporting purposes. The course runs over two sessions and participants will need to attend both of these sessions.

Virtual - Grants Part 4: Administration of Grants in CUFS new (2 of 2) Not bookable 09:30 - 11:30 Via MS Teams

This course looks at the tasks required at month end to manage your grants and at transactions that need to be completed using a variety of tools in CUFS. It also looks at preparing grants for closing.

The course aims to promote an understanding of mental health and ill health in a workplace setting and equip managers with increased awareness and confidence to recognise and manage signs of stress and mental health ill health. We cover risk and protective factors, stress, signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and psychosis. The course sets this in a workplace context considering opportunities to increase support and examine workplace culture and good practice.

Content/Topics

  • What is mental health?
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Recognising stress and overload
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Common mental health problems (anxiety disorders and depression)
  • Increase awareness of suicide risk and appropriate support
  • Understanding psychosis and recovery
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Managerial drivers and responsibilities
  • Offering support and signposting to available professional help
  • Self-help and self-care
  • To gain an understanding of mental health and mental ill health

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 session will be run by an external provider: http://www.getmentalhealth.co.uk/

Leadership Essentials (1 of 2) [Full] 09:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Leadership Essentials is a key programme suitable for those with responsibilities for the work, behaviour and development of others. The programme aims to help managers refresh and build their skills and experience in this area, as well as clarifying key responsibilities of manager and leader. It focuses on critical areas, such as giving and receiving feedback effectively and handling challenging conversations, using leadership styles and models to support individuals and teams. The programme incorporates tutor input; opportunities for discussion, case studies, reflection and sharing of good practice with others with similar responsibilities. It also includes curated e-learning resources to support managers with their ongoing learning and development.

Participants are required to attend both half day sessions.

10:00
CULP: French Intermediate 2 charged (15 of 15) In progress 10:00 - 12:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 2 level, the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

More detailed information is available on our website.

Getting Published in a Journal II: Submitting (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, New Wing Seminar Room

Getting published is a central part of being a researcher. Peer-reviewed publications allow researchers to communicate their research to the broader research community, and thus, contribute to the body of work within their field.

This workshop is part 2 of 3, and concerns the process of peer-review manuscript preparation and the submital process, including peer-review.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common passion, set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfil both individual and group goals. 

CoPs bring colleagues together in order to:

  • Create support networks
  • Learn and grow their skills
  • Share knowledge and join up related work
  • Share common approaches
  • Collaborate and innovate, and create better practices for everyone.

Come along to this session to find out more about how CoPs are being established and embedded at Cambridge, and the ways in which they could help you and those who you manage. There will be the opportunity to share ideas and concerns you have about the CoPs initiative and learn more about this exciting new area of development in the University.

11:00
CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary 2 charged (15 of 15) CANCELLED 11:00 - 13:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

Content Community: Optimise your content course new (3 of 6) Not bookable 11:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join the Optimise your content training programme for website editors and owners.

This training programme will:

  • get your site ready to move to the new Drupal content management system
  • help you improve your web content
  • embed content standards and introduce consistency
  • reduce website maintenance for your team or department
  • provide a better user experience

By signing up for the programme, you get access to:

  • 6 live, online sessions where we'll explain the tasks to do, give examples, and answer questions
  • personalised information and data for your website
  • templates and step-by-step instructions
  • support from content designers and peers
  • a dedicated Teams channel and drop-in sessions as you work through the tasks

Sign up

Sign up for this cohort has now closed. You can follow the course with recordings of sessions, which will be available on the Content Community SharePoint site.

If you would like to receive notification about the next time we run the course, email contentdesign@uis.cam.ac.uk.

12:00
Loneliness Workshop (Live Online Microsoft Teams) new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 N/A - online webinar

Many of us feel lonely at times. Feelings of loneliness are personal and everyone's experience will be different. You may only feel lonely at certain times or experience a deep feeling of loneliness that goes on for a long time.

You might have a lot of social contact and still feel lonely, especially if you don't feel understood or cared for by the people around you. Communication with others might be online and through social media and an illusion of connection could mask the loneliness we feel.

You are welcome to join our hour-long webinar, to explore aspects and understanding of loneliness and share suggestions and ideas that could help in addressing and managing the times when we feel lonely.

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.

Development & Alumni Relations: Onboarding Passport - Briefing for Line Managers (online) new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The onboarding passport supports our new starters in developing their knowledge about their role, their team, CUDAR and the University. It has been designed to help them feel connected to other parts of CUDAR and understand how we fit within the Cambridge ecosystem.

It includes new and improved activities to create excitement and deepen their engagement. Much of the content is deigned to be self led so that the new starter can pace the content without becoming overwhelmed but there is a significant role that line managers will need to play in terms of keeping them on track, asking questions and prompting conversations that will solidify what they are learning along the way.

To support line managers we have also created a corresponding Line Manager Guide to ensure that you are clear on your responsibilities in the journey.

This briefing session will take a closer look through the passport and corresponding LM guide, in particular highlighting the key moments that line managers will engage with the journey.

13:00
Biological Sciences: Looking after your online presence - social media [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This session discusses the benefits and challenges of maintaining an online presence as a researcher. Part of two sessions on this topic, this second session looks at using social media as a researcher. We will look at the practicalities and pros and cons of online engagement through tools such as Twitter/X, Mastodon, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Participants should expect to have the opportunity to critically evaluate the various options presented in this session with the overall aim of being better informed when deciding where to invest their time and efforts when building an academic presence online.

Physics Health & Safety: First aid - Basic Life Support new [Places] 13:00 - 16:30 West Hub, East Room 1

A short course on basic first aid. NOTE: This course does not qualify you as a first aider.

14:00
An Introduction to Undergraduate Supervision (Essay-Based Subjects) [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 Student Services Centre, New Wing Seminar Room


This practical programme is only for those who are scheduled to begin supervising in the next few months; it is not for those who - at this point - have a general interest in learning more about supervisions but have not arranged to start supervising.

This workshop is the second component of a three-part programme, which is designed to be completed in the following order:

1. A self-paced online module containing information on the Cambridge supervision system and introducing the principles and practices of effective teaching and learning, which must be completed before attending this workshop.
2. This in-person workshop that incorporates personal reflection on teaching practice, design of learning activities, discussion of real teaching scenarios, a chance to discuss and ask questions and access to practical information about organising and carrying out your supervisions.
3. An optional follow-up session for those who wish to explore further after gaining some supervision experience.

Please note that everyone new to supervising undergraduates at Cambridge must complete this course: both the online module and the workshop (or equivalent face-to-face training provided by your Department or Faculty).

Bookings for all workshops will close two days before the workshop to give you time to complete the online module ahead of the workshop.

JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Spanish new [Full] 14:00 - 14:30 John Trim Centre

A one-to-one speaking practice session with a volunteer native Spanish speaker

14:30
JTC: English speaking practice : Via Zoom [Full] 14:30 - 15:10 Zoom Video Communication Software

A relaxed one-to-one English speaking session with an English speaking volunteer.

JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Spanish new [Full] 14:30 - 15:00 John Trim Centre

A one-to-one speaking practice session with a volunteer native Spanish speaker

15:00
CULP: German Intermediate 1 charged (15 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 1 level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre website.

CULP: Russian Intermediate 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, Room 219

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At intermediate 1 level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

15:15
CULP: Portuguese Basic for Academic Purposes (LAP) (23 of 23) In progress 15:15 - 16:45 Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building Room 204

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

15:45
JTC: English speaking practice : Via Zoom [Full] 15:45 - 16:25 Zoom Video Communication Software

A relaxed one-to-one English speaking session with an English speaking volunteer.

16:00
CULP: Arabic Basic 1 charged (15 of 15) In progress 16:00 - 18:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 1

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CLIC: Japanese: Beginner Intensive (1 of 9) [Places] 16:00 - 18:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 2

Introductory course to Japanese. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

JTC: English speaking practice : Via Zoom [Full] 16:00 - 16:30 Zoom Video Communication Software

A relaxed one-to-one English speaking session with an English speaking volunteer.

16:30
JTC: English speaking practice : Via Zoom [Full] 16:30 - 17:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

A relaxed one-to-one English speaking session with an English speaking volunteer.

17:00
CULP: Portuguese Intermediate 1 for Academic Purposes (LAP) (23 of 23) In progress 17:00 - 18:30 Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building Room 204

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Russian Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, Room 219

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: Spanish Upper-Intermediate through Stories and Film charged (15 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Faculty of History, Seminar Room 9

A language course for students who have an intermediate command of the Spanish Language (completed B1), ideally suited to those students who have completed the CULP Intermediate 2 course or have taken Spanish at GCSE Level. The level is upper-intermediate.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Korean Basic 2 charged (11 of 15) CANCELLED 17:00 - 19:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

18:00
CULP: Arabic Basic 2 charged (13 of 15) In progress 18:00 - 20:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 1

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Portuguese Intermediate 2 charged (10 of 15) CANCELLED 18:00 - 20:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 2 level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: German Intermediate 2 charged (15 of 15) In progress 18:00 - 20:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 2 level the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Italian Basic 2 charged (15 of 15) In progress 18:00 - 20:00 Zoom Video Communication Software

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.