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Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

Researcher Development Programme (RDP) course timetable

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Fri 25 Sep – Tue 10 Nov

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Tuesday 29 September

09:30

The RD team are offering one-to-one meetings online over the coming weeks for all postdocs. These meetings will be tailored to your individual needs and provide an opportunity to consider and discuss topics relating to learning, skills and personal development. This is not an exhaustive list but topics may include a variety of issues including:

  • Managing your time whilst working from home
  • Collaborating effectively
  • Maintaining resilience and coping strategies
  • Reflecting on and identifying your key areas for development


Each meeting will last for up to 45 minutes and, given the present circumstances relating to Covid-19, will be conducted online using Teams or Zoom.

Further joining details will be contained in your booking confirmation email, please ensure you read these and carry out the pre-requisite instructions prior to your appointment.

If you do not have a Raven account to make this booking, please contact the Researcher Development Team directly to make a booking.

10:15

The RD team are offering one-to-one meetings online over the coming weeks for all postdocs. These meetings will be tailored to your individual needs and provide an opportunity to consider and discuss topics relating to learning, skills and personal development. This is not an exhaustive list but topics may include a variety of issues including:

  • Managing your time whilst working from home
  • Collaborating effectively
  • Maintaining resilience and coping strategies
  • Reflecting on and identifying your key areas for development


Each meeting will last for up to 45 minutes and, given the present circumstances relating to Covid-19, will be conducted online using Teams or Zoom.

Further joining details will be contained in your booking confirmation email, please ensure you read these and carry out the pre-requisite instructions prior to your appointment.

If you do not have a Raven account to make this booking, please contact the Researcher Development Team directly to make a booking.

Wednesday 30 September

13:00
RD Live - Re-planning your PhD in Covid-19 world new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Online

A PhD is hard enough without a global pandemic coming along. So what now for your PhD? How can your project adapt? How can you link the work you’ve already done with what you are now able to do within the constraints to write a thesis that holds together as one piece of work?

The guest speaker will be Dr Geraint Wyn Story who is director of Cambridge Training Associates. He delivers training and development workshop for researchers internationally, including workshops on Project Management and Creativity. Geraint was a Researcher Developer here at Cambridge from 2008 - 2014, worked in biotech from 2006 - 2008 and did his PhD in Plant Molecular Biology in the Department of Plant Sciences on the Downing Site.

Monday 12 October

09:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

10:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

11:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

13:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

14:00
Welcome to your PhD (AHSS induction) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Online

The Schools of the Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences have organised this event to help you settle into the Cambridge research environment, identify essential providers of researcher development, advice and guidance, and make a positive start to your new research project.

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

14:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

15:30

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

This individually focused and completely confidential one-to-one coaching session will help you refine your presentation skills, help you speak more confidently as an emerging leader in your research field, and develop new approaches to your communication in a wide range of professional situations.

Constructive feedback will give you insight into your speaking style, how you come across to others, and how well your ideas are communicated. Coaching will focus on your individual requirements ranging from practical points about elocution and vocal projection, to holding the attention of a room, to structuring a compelling presentation.

Tuesday 13 October

13:30

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Dr Elizabeth English is offering a new Online WEEKLY MEDITATION Q&A session, Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Please visit Mindfulness at Cam for more information and updates.

The Meditation sessions are not designed as a course, they are weekly one-off sessions, and you are welcome attend as many (or as few) as you wish.

Class will be approximately 30 mins. See times and dates below.

View the Mindfulness Meditation Timetable here

14:00

This interactive workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of presenting and the basic principles involved, but would like to develop their skills in this area to a higher level. There is a particular focus on presenting online

During the workshop, you will be given time to design and deliver a short (5-10 minutes) online presentation to a small audience comprised of your fellow researchers.


This course is designed for students with some presentation experience and/or for students that have completed the Basic Presentation Skills course.

Wednesday 14 October

10:00
Putting your Research into Context new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Online

Do people tune out when you talk to them about your research? Can you explain why your research is worth their attention? Do you know how to make your research better and enhance its impact by gathering external perspectives from industrial and commercial contacts?

This 3-hour interactive online workshop gives you the tools to discover and communicate the broader context of your work when engaging with industry and business contacts. It will help you explain the relevance and anticipated impact of your research to non-experts. Practice discussing your work among peers so that you can crystallise your message and make it relevant. This will maximise the value of your next opportunity to talk about your research to external contacts.

This workshop is particularly relevant if you are preparing to participate in a workshop, conference or poster session where you will be engaging with potential industrial partners. It is also relevant if you are looking for future sponsorship for your research, preparing for its commercial uptake, or even if you are considering a job outside academia!

Course Organised by: Maxwell Centre (www.maxwell.cam.ac.uk)

13:00

We will be talking about our spheres of influence in the context of research, the role of research in shaping our future and providing evidence to aid decision makers at community, national and global levels.

Our guest for this RD live session will be Natacha Wilson, leadership explorer and founder of Cambridge Insights. Natacha specialises in 21st century leadership skills and mindsets to support researchers to maximise their impact. She designs, and delivers workshops and programmes focusing on leadership and innovation.

Tuesday 20 October

13:30

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Dr Elizabeth English is offering a new Online WEEKLY MEDITATION Q&A session, Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Please visit Mindfulness at Cam for more information and updates.

The Meditation sessions are not designed as a course, they are weekly one-off sessions, and you are welcome attend as many (or as few) as you wish.

Class will be approximately 30 mins. See times and dates below.

View the Mindfulness Meditation Timetable here

14:00
Working with your Supervisor new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Online

The student-supervisor relationship is vital for success in all research degree programmes. However, the exact role of the supervisor is often unclear and sometimes it may feel as though you are not getting the support you need. This can be frustrating for students and supervisors alike, and can lead to a negative doctoral experience.

In this course, we look at practical methods for building a strong and effective working relationship with your supervisor.

Monday 26 October

17:30
Mindfulness Workshop: Keeping Calm (Online) Finished 17:30 - 18:30 Online

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.

Please do not book on to the same session twice.

View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness for Exams 2: Improving Attention
Mindfulness for Exams 3: Better Sleep
Mindfulness for Exams 4: Productive Decisions

Tuesday 27 October

13:30

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Dr Elizabeth English is offering a new Online WEEKLY MEDITATION Q&A session, Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Please visit Mindfulness at Cam for more information and updates.

The Meditation sessions are not designed as a course, they are weekly one-off sessions, and you are welcome attend as many (or as few) as you wish.

Class will be approximately 30 mins. See times and dates below.

View the Mindfulness Meditation Timetable here

14:00

This course seeks to help students develop their critical reading skills, and to deploy tactics and strategies that can accelerate the process of literature-based research without sacrificing detail and depth necessary for a doctoral thesis.


The course is aimed at first year students, but all are welcome.

Wednesday 28 October

13:00
RD Live: Welcome to your Doctorate new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Online

This session will be led by the University of Cambridge’s Researcher Development team. Comprised of seasoned researchers and developers with PhDs ranging from philosophy, engineering to life sciences, the team is well-placed to offer substantive guidance to new PhD students. They will draw on their own stories and experiences in doing so.

The specific focus of the session is on the various training and development opportunities available to PhD students. As well as highlighting these opportunities, the team will advise students on where to find them and how best to organise the time spent on engaging with them. By the end of this session, students should feel more settled and confident in taking their first steps into doctoral research.

Thursday 29 October

10:00
The Efficient Remote Researcher (Webinar) new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Online

The current health situation has led to a radical change in professional and personal circumstance for everyone. But research goes on. And in the new reality of remote working and professional distancing we all need to rethink how to maximize our research effectiveness and efficiency.

This short webinar (with prethinking to help you get the most from the time) will address the routines, habits and tactics of effective and efficient remote researching. We’ll consider practical approaches for working efficiently (including ideas on self motivation) and we’ll shed some light on how to create environments, relationships and connections to help you not just professionally survive, but *maybe* even thrive as a remote researcher.

We’ll consider how to better:

  • Work in isolation (including self motivation)
  • Handle our time productively
  • Manage a research project
  • Realise the right kinds of support and supervision
  • Manage our resources

The sessions will be run by an independent academic consultant who’s been a leader in the field of researcher development for nearly twenty years.

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom

Tuesday 3 November

13:30

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Dr Elizabeth English is offering a new Online WEEKLY MEDITATION Q&A session, Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Please visit Mindfulness at Cam for more information and updates.

The Meditation sessions are not designed as a course, they are weekly one-off sessions, and you are welcome attend as many (or as few) as you wish.

Class will be approximately 30 mins. See times and dates below.

View the Mindfulness Meditation Timetable here

14:00

This interactive workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of presenting and the basic principles involved, but would like to develop their skills in this area to a higher level. There is a particular focus on presenting online

During the workshop, you will be given time to design and deliver a short (5-10 minutes) online presentation to a small audience comprised of your fellow researchers.


This course is designed for students with some presentation experience and/or for students that have completed the Basic Presentation Skills course.

Tuesday 10 November

13:30

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Dr Elizabeth English is offering a new Online WEEKLY MEDITATION Q&A session, Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Please visit Mindfulness at Cam for more information and updates.

The Meditation sessions are not designed as a course, they are weekly one-off sessions, and you are welcome attend as many (or as few) as you wish.

Class will be approximately 30 mins. See times and dates below.

View the Mindfulness Meditation Timetable here

14:00

This is the first of two workshops designed to develop your understanding of the technicalities and the process of getting your research published.

In this workshop, we examine the technical aspects of writing up your research in a format appropriate for publication. You will learn about the importance of following journal guidelines and house style, and the value of using a clear structure to frame your paper. You will also receive guidance on how to produce clear writing in a register appropriate for the readership.

It is possible to attend this course as an individual workshop, although we would encourage you to attend the second workshop in the series Getting published II: Impact and Peer-review.


Please note: The course does not offer bespoke or 1-1 support for manuscript preparation.