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Researcher Development Programme (RDP) course timetable

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Thu 25 Apr – Tue 14 May

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Thursday 25 April

09:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
10:00
Postdocs: Sustaining and Expanding Your Creativity new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

How do you keep ideas flowing? Academia calls for researchers to generate original ideas and make novel contributions. Indeed, maintaining creativity is a key part of career progression. But how do you continue to come up with new ideas and questions or see fresh areas of research, especially while under the daily pressures of professional obligations?

The purpose of this experiential workshop is first to explore the subject of creativity and then to try out and explore different ways of thinking and practices that might help facilitate the generation of more ideas. We will also look closely at the connection between creativity and risk-taking and the great potential of this link. This course is for postdocs wanting to understand and expand their own creative minds.


Outcomes:

  • Reflect on the importance of continuing to cultivate creativity.
  • Explore ways of thinking and practices that help in the generation of ideas.
  • See the connection between creativity and risk-taking.
Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) [Places] 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c

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, with little or no academic writing experience. This course focuses on helping you develop good writing habits and become a more efficient writer. It is designed to get you thinking and to get working effectively on your end-of-first-year report / Certificate of Postgraduate Studies.

Please note, this is a beginners course, so if you already have experience in writing for academic purposes, this course might not be for you.


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
10:35
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 10:35 - 11:35 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
11:40
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 11:40 - 12:40 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
13:45
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 13:45 - 14:45 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
14:50
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 14:50 - 15:50 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
15:55
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 15:55 - 16:55 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations

Monday 29 April

10:00
Introduction to Research Integrity at Cambridge new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E


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 and explore issues of good research practice, research integrity and research misconduct. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

The course will:

  • explore the issue of research misconduct in academia and facilitate discussion of why and how it occurs
  • explain the University and national expectations around research integrity and examine how this effects researchers
  • discuss some of the challenges to the integrity of research and ask what individuals, groups and institutions can do to tackle them
  • introduce the University’s research ethics system


The course will be delivered by the Research Governance Team in the Research Strategy Office.

Tuesday 30 April

09:30
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
10:00
Resilience In The Lab (Sciences and Technology) [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03b

Let’s face it; being a researcher can be stressful! Not only are you managing the ups and downs of life in the lab, but you are probably balancing work and life and also have one eye on the future and what comes after your PhD…

This workshop is designed to help you build emotional resilience. You probably already have some strategies in place so we will reflect on the highs and lows you have already experienced, look at some of the theories of resilience and consider how we can better support your coping and wellbeing.

  • Understand what resilience is
  • Consider why researchers need to be resilient
  • Identify when we have been resilient
  • Be aware of the three Cs of stress hardiness
  • Start to develop our resilience toolkits
10:35
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 10:35 - 11:35 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
11:40
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 11:40 - 12:40 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
13:45
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 13:45 - 14:45 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
14:50
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 14:50 - 15:50 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations
15:55
Postdocs: Communication & Personal Impact (one-to-one coaching) new [Full] 15:55 - 16:55 Student Services Center, Atrium Consultation Room AG017

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you in identifying how to further utilise your voice and gain greater awareness of how you present yourself, so that you can develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

It will focus on your own specific requirements, but could include anything from practical points about elocution, ideas for how to hold the attention of a room, or new confidence in speaking up as an emerging leader in your research field.

Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of your voice and body, and how you come across to others
  • Practical techniques to help you communicate effectively, with impact
  • Improved confidence with public speaking and presentations

Wednesday 1 May

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Life Sciences) [Full] 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre @ Biomedical Campus, Newman Library

Aimed at first-year PhD students, this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on writing your end-of-first-year-report. How to 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 standard form and function of the first year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and receiveing feedback on writing

Thursday 2 May

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) [Full] 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03b

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, with little or no academic writing experience. This course focuses on helping you develop good writing habits and become a more efficient writer. It is designed to get you thinking and to get working effectively on your end-of-first-year report / Certificate of Postgraduate Studies.

Please note, this is a beginners course, so if you already have experience in writing for academic purposes, this course might not be for you.


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

Tuesday 7 May

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) [Places] 10:00 - 12:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

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, with little or no academic writing experience. This course focuses on helping you develop good writing habits and become a more efficient writer. It is designed to get you thinking and to get working effectively on your end-of-first-year report / Certificate of Postgraduate Studies.

Please note, this is a beginners course, so if you already have experience in writing for academic purposes, this course might not be for you.


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
Making the Most of Conferences [Full] 10:00 - 12:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

"It's not what you know, it's who you know."

This might be an old cliché, but it's particularly true in research where (reportedly) over 90% of jobs go to a candidate already known to the employer. This half-day session will examine how you can make the most of conferences as an environment to strategically network and build research connections.


Outcomes:

  • Know how to make attendance at conferences productive
  • Start thinking about personal goals while attending conferences
  • Understand practically how to network during and after a conference
Introduction to Self-Leadership for PhD Students new [Full] 10:00 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c

More than ever, becoming a professional researcher – whether, for you, that means staying on in academia or bringing your research skills to another job sector – requires attributes like self-direction, persistence, and pro-activity; the willingness to think creatively and the capability to think ethically; an understanding of your own needs and wants, and empathy towards others. In other words, becoming a professional researcher requires you to demonstrate self-leadership.

This bite-sized workshop will introduce you to the concept of self-leadership and how it can be applied to PhD research. You may find it a useful workshop to do alongside Developing Your Leadership as a PhD Student.

Wednesday 8 May

10:00
Writing Your First Year Report (Life Sciences) [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Aimed at first-year PhD students, this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on writing your end-of-first-year-report. How to 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 standard form and function of the first year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and receiveing feedback on writing

Thursday 9 May

14:30
Postdocs: How to Approach Difficult Conversations new [Full] 14:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

As a postdoc, you’re in a transitional period of your career, one that can be precarious and uncertain at times or marked by dependency on others. Inevitably, there are moments when you have to engage in difficult conversations, whether with your PI, your peers, or with the people you now oversee. You may need to discuss the advancement of your career, settle a conflict with a colleague, or provide feedback to the students.

This workshop is designed to equip you with the right tools to prepare for and have difficult conversations. We will consider the factors that make particular conversations difficult as well as the “third-generation thinking” and mindful listening that will help you elicit the response you want. This interactive workshop is for all postdocs who want to hone their communication skills, advance their careers, and develop their leadership capacities.


Outcomes:

  • To think differently in leading difficult conversations to negotiate and influence.
  • Articulate own view point in collaboration with team members.
  • Consider different ways to deal with difficult conversations in light of your own behaviour and that of others.


Feedback:

“I liked the way we explicitly broke down the process of preparing for difficult conversations by giving techniques.”

Friday 10 May

10:00
Intercultural Communication new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room CG09

Research in the 21st century is global, and research teams are intercultural. 35% of Cambridge research students are from outside the EU; and postdocs are the most diverse group by nationality, representing almost 100 countries. This diversity is one of the University’s biggest strengths. Yet intercultural communication is not without its pitfalls and misunderstandings. It takes conscious discipline to think about one’s own cultural assumptions and to try to make sense of others'.

This half-day workshop will give you some tools to help identify where culture might be having an influence on your relationships, where common misunderstandings can occur, and how to address potential challenges.

Tuesday 14 May

10:00
Scientific posters; the good, the bad and the ugly (Sciences and Technology) [Full] 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03b

A good poster’s worth 1000 words… but a bad poster’s just a bit of messy paper. When it’s time for you to present your scientific poster how are you going to make the most of the opportunity? We’ll think about why we use posters to present our research, what makes the difference between a good and bad poster and some useful tips to help you present your data in style.

Please note, this is an introductory course to help you start preparing for your first poster sessions...

14:00
Postdocs: Self-Leadership new [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

The first step toward confident leadership is assured and well-balanced self-leadership. Are you really aware of how you lead yourself every day? This workshop aims to inspire you to be a self-leader by developing strategies to extend your awareness and confidence to take action and design the professional outcomes you are looking for. We will encourage you to think about how to recognise patterns of your own behaviour that might hold you back so that you can have the understanding and tools to communicate yourself and your perspective with awareness and confidence. This will create a firm foundation on which to build your leadership of others.

This workshop leads onto Postdocs: Leading Others. We recommend that you do these workshops after having first completed Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership.


Outcomes

  • Explore and experience your skills, strengths, abilities and style in detail within your individual context.
  • Consider how to extend your own self-leadership on a daily basis through a variety of strategies.
  • Apply self-knowledge, awareness and techniques to your repertoire of leadership skills.