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Wednesday 21 March 2018

09:00
Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP): Core Seminar (3 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 15:00 University Centre, Hicks/Meade Rooms

This course has been discontinued. If you have questions, please contact PPD.


PHEP is Cambridge's professional development programme for probationer University lecturers and new College teaching officers. With contributions from academic and key administrative staff from the collegiate University, the seminar provides a platform for orientation and exploration of the opportunities, cultures and conventions of the University of Cambridge.

Pressurised Gas and Cryogens Finished 09:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

This course will cover safe storage and use of cryogens, safe use and stores of compressed gas, and aspects of oxygen depletion with respect to the above.

Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER new (3 of 4) Finished 09:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site
  • Please note that although this course is being hosted at Cambridge, it is being organised and run by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.
  • This hands-on course explores a range of issues related to parallel IO. It uses ARCHER and its parallel Lustre file system as a platform for the exercises; however, almost all the IO concepts and performance considerations are applicable to any parallel system.
  • The first day of the course will cover the MPI-IO standard, developing IO routines for a regular domain decomposition example. It will also briefly cover higher-level standards such as HDF5 and NetCDF which are built on top of MPI-IO.
  • The second day will concentrate on performance, covering how to configure the parallel file system and tune the MPI-IO library for best performance. Case studies from real codes will be presented.
  • To book a place on this course please complete their online registration form which can be found here along with a full description of the course.
09:30
FS3 Integrity and Ethics in Research Finished 09:30 - 11:30 Todd-Hamied

A thorough awareness of issues relating to research ethics and research integrity are essential to producing excellent research. This session will provide an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of researchers at the University, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

There are three sessions running, you need attend only one.

Using Hydrofluoric Acid Safely POSTPONED 09:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) is one of the most toxic and potentially dangerous substances used in the University. All users of HF should be fully aware of and have a good understanding of the nature of HF. They should know how best to control HF, avoid accidental exposure and understand how to deal with accidental exposure to HF. All users of HF are strongly advised to attend this course. This course is also useful for First Aiders in Departments where HF is used.

09:45
Radiation Protection Supervisors' Update Finished 09:45 - 12:15 Sainsbury Laboratory: Lecture Theatre

An annual update meeting for Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPSs).

Please contact Emma Clarke for further details and to book a place.

10:00
Understanding Implicit or Unconscious Bias Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This session will provide an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias and will help you start to understand how our biases influence the decisions we make. These may include decisions around recruitment, selection, assessment and broader interactions with others.

The session will include tutor input, group activities and videos and to raise awareness about how to recognise and begin to manage the impact of implicit bias. We will also consider further sources of guidance to support individuals in their roles with specific responsibilities e.g. for managing others, teaching etc.

Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) CANCELLED 10:00 - 12:30 CCTL, Revans Room

**THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.**


It’s that time of year: the report is looming on the horizon and the reality of writing is here!

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


Outcomes:

  • Understand the form and function of the first-year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and providing feedback on writing
Strategic Priorities Workshop : Open Session new Finished 10:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room

The sessions will be designed alongside managers and subject leaders to provide teams and groups with valuable opportunities to work together on developing ideas and strategic plans, which will contribute to the Strategy for Cambridge University Library and identify areas that could become part of a collaborative strategy for library services across Cambridge.

14:00
Statistics for Biologists in R new (8 of 8) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

This laptop only 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.

There are three core goals for this course:

  1. Use R confidently for statistics and data analysis
  2. Be able to analyse datasets using standard statistical techniques
  3. Know which tests are and are not appropriate

R is a free, software environment for statistical and data analysis, with many useful features that promote and facilitate reproducible research.

In this course, we introduce the R language, and cover basic data manipulation and plotting. We then move on to explore classical statistical analysis techniques starting with simple hypothesis testing and building up to generalised linear model analysis. 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.

Efficient Parallel IO on ARCHER new (4 of 4) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site
  • Please note that although this course is being hosted at Cambridge, it is being organised and run by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.
  • This hands-on course explores a range of issues related to parallel IO. It uses ARCHER and its parallel Lustre file system as a platform for the exercises; however, almost all the IO concepts and performance considerations are applicable to any parallel system.
  • The first day of the course will cover the MPI-IO standard, developing IO routines for a regular domain decomposition example. It will also briefly cover higher-level standards such as HDF5 and NetCDF which are built on top of MPI-IO.
  • The second day will concentrate on performance, covering how to configure the parallel file system and tune the MPI-IO library for best performance. Case studies from real codes will be presented.
  • To book a place on this course please complete their online registration form which can be found here along with a full description of the course.
Medicine: Critical Appraisal - RCT Drug Trials new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context.' Amanda Burls, What is Critical Appraisal?, Feb 2009

'An Introduction to Critical Appraisal' will help you understand how to critically appraise a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Using the CASP Checklist the course covers samples and sample size, randomisation, bias, statistics, significance (P Values and Confidence Intervals) and relevance.

We ask that you read a paper that will be provided before you attend the session, in order for us to make the best use of the time together.

University Student Complaint Procedure (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

This workshop will give you an opportunity to consider how complaints might be prevented and when complaints first arise how to respond to them appropriately and in line with the University's new Student Complaint Procedure.

In addition to providing you with an overview of the Student Complaint Procedure, the workshop will include practical tips for investigating and taking action following complaints at a local level. The session will include a presentation and a series of case studies, giving you the opportunity to put the principles into practice.

Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (1 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 14:25 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Seminar Room (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
14:15
TechLink Community Seminar: Making IT Agile: Control vs Collaboration new Finished 14:15 - 16:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium

Improving the way we deliver software depends on the way we approach software development. Evolving an agile environment requires establishing Firm Foundations, and building incrementally to deliver real operational benefit as early as is practical. Although it is essential to be in control of a software project, it is vital to ensure transparency of work being performed, and have clear and continuous communication for teams. As such, terms such as ‘control’ and ‘collaboration’ can sound like competing principles, maybe like ‘waterfall’ and ‘agile’. In reality, in a working agile environment, control is not something imposed from outside, but is generated from within, through collaborative working practices. The nexus of collaboration encompasses the entire business context, and automatically produces the best possible result. All that is left is to monitor its success! Working with principles, enables keeping what is best, and continuously improving everything else.

Presenters

  • Sibel Allinson, Senior Project Manager, University Information Services
  • Nick Mattin, Head of Service Development, University Information Services
  • Simon Redhead, Systems Development Manager
14:25
Physics Health and Safety - Maxwell Centre Induction new (2 of 2) Finished 14:25 - 14:55 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Seminar Room (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 22 March 2018

09:30
Annual Departmental Safety Officer Update Finished 09:30 - 12:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 3

An annual event for Departmental Safety Officers.

Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (7 of 7) Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until it has been approved by you line manager - please ensure that you enter their email address correctly into the form.

Office 2016: Excel, Word and PowerPoint Top Ten Tips (1 of 3) Finished 09:30 - 10:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Haven't had the time to fully explore all that Excel, Word and PowerPoint has to offer? If so, now's your chance to pick up a few handy tips that you may not have discovered yet. You can save a lot of time and effort working with Excel, Word and PowerPoint if you know a few tricks and shortcuts.

High Performance Computing: An Introduction (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

The course aims to give an introductory overview of High Performance Computing (HPC) in general, and of the facilities of the High Performance Computing Service (HPCS) in particular.

Practical examples of using the HPCS clusters will be used throughout, although it is hoped that much of the content will have applicability to systems elsewhere.

Analysing Business Processes: Where Do I Start? new Finished 09:30 - 11:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Huntingdon Room

This short session will provide an understanding of the principles, tools and techniques involved in Process Analysis with a view to improving business process effectiveness and efficiency. Delegates will have the opportunity to practice using the techniques that they learn via exercises designed to be enjoyable and thought provoking.

The course refers to the methodology used in conjunction with Triaster process mapping software available to users across the University of Cambridge.

Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) Training for Outreach Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Cambridge Admissions Office: Meeting Room 1

These sessions are aimed at those who are brand new to HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) and who will want to be added to the live database as their institution’s Operational Lead or User. 

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:00 - 12:30 CCTL, Revans Room

It’s that time of year: the report is looming on the horizon and the reality of writing is here!

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


Outcomes:

  • Understand the form and function of the first-year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and providing feedback on writing
10:30
Office 2016: Excel, Word and PowerPoint Top Ten Tips (2 of 3) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Haven't had the time to fully explore all that Excel, Word and PowerPoint has to offer? If so, now's your chance to pick up a few handy tips that you may not have discovered yet. You can save a lot of time and effort working with Excel, Word and PowerPoint if you know a few tricks and shortcuts.

Information Asset Register - Demo and Q&A Event new Finished 10:30 - 11:30 New Museums Site, Babbage Lecture Theatre

The University needs to maintain records about the personal data we hold, how we use it, and how we keep it secure to meet the obligations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May this year. The Information Asset Register (IAR) is the University’s chosen method of meeting this obligation.

At this event, James Knapton and Sibel Allinson will provide a live demonstration on how to use the IAR and host a Q&A session.

11:30
Office 2016: Excel, Word and PowerPoint Top Ten Tips (3 of 3) Finished 11:30 - 12:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

Haven't had the time to fully explore all that Excel, Word and PowerPoint has to offer? If so, now's your chance to pick up a few handy tips that you may not have discovered yet. You can save a lot of time and effort working with Excel, Word and PowerPoint if you know a few tricks and shortcuts.

12:00
Medicine: Writing for Publication new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

A course designed to take you step-by-step through academic writing and publication, with tips and resources to make writing up as simple as possible. The course will demystify the peer-review process, and help you to improve the precision and clarity of your academic writing.

12:15
Knowledge Bites - Project Indigo Update new Finished 12:15 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Heidelberg Room

A high level demo of system functionality to show how an invoice image will be attached and available in CUFS, this will benefit departments who use Shared Services Finance. The solution will reduce the need for movement of manual paper copies by increasing electronic processing methods.

13:00
Grants Part 2: Grant reports in COGNOS Finished 13:00 - 16:30 Finance Division, Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)

This course will concentrate on how to use the COGNOS reporting tool to help manage departmental research grants. These reports can be divided into three main categories:

  • Summary financial information for Projects
  • Detailed expenditure analysis
  • Management reports for Grants due to close

In this course we will not access the Grants module in CUFS.

13:30
High Performance Computing: An Introduction (2 of 2) Finished 13:30 - 16:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

The course aims to give an introductory overview of High Performance Computing (HPC) in general, and of the facilities of the High Performance Computing Service (HPCS) in particular.

Practical examples of using the HPCS clusters will be used throughout, although it is hoped that much of the content will have applicability to systems elsewhere.

14:00
Moodle: Getting Started Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

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

This training session will introduce participants to Moodle and cover the system basics such as the course structure, enrolment to a course, and roles for course members.

14:30
Postdocs: Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring new Finished 14:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Do the terms ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ intrigue you? Do you want to understand how they can be part of your future progression? There are many opportunities and programmes across this university for postdocs to get involved in coaching and mentoring in different ways. The overall purpose is to help postdocs understand the importance of being coached and mentored, and/or being a coach or a mentor. This short workshop introduces these two methods to explore what they are and how they can be helpful to postdocs. It will also direct you to where you can access these opportunities at Cambridge University.


Outcomes:

  • Describe the terms ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ in more detail.
  • Differentiate between the two and identify situations for each that are specifically relevant to postdocs.
  • Compose a way forward to plan for coaching and mentoring to be part of your personal, professional and career progression.


Feedback:

“Great trainer - very professional, supportive and helpful.”

“This was a great coaching and mentoring session. I liked the interaction with other people.”

“I like the approach to the topics covered. [There was] useful information that I would like to explore more to enhance my coaching and mentoring.”