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RDP Training 2015-16

Programme of events provided by Researcher Development Programme (RDP)
(Fri 18 Sep 2015 - Thu 28 Jul 2016)

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Fri 18 Sep 2015 – Fri 6 Nov 2015

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Friday 18 September 2015

09:00
GRADschool (1 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 21:00 Wyboston Lakes


All bookings for this event are registered through the GRADschool On-line Application Form please do not use the "Register my Interest" link via this website. For more details please see How To Apply below.

GRADschool is a three-day residential course for research students who are either in the middle or coming to the end of their PhDs and wondering, ‘What next?’ The course gives you a rare chance to put to one side work and other daily distractions, in order to focus on your personal learning and development. This is achieved through a balance of case studies led by our expert Tutor Team, work in small groups, and the opportunity for individual reflection. Our focus is your skills, motivations, and priorities – things like self-awareness, leadership, working with others, professional impact, employability, and career management.

Our objectives for you at GRADschool are that you will:

  • Build awareness of your skills, motivations, and priorities.
  • Explore teamwork by understanding differences in how we work with, and impact upon, others.
  • Enhance your professional impact and employability.

For detailed information about course, please visit the GRADschool website

By completing an application you are committing to attend the full three day residential GRADschool if your appliction is accepted

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2015

NO CANCELLATIONS OF PLACES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015

Saturday 19 September 2015

09:00
GRADschool (2 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 21:00 Wyboston Lakes


All bookings for this event are registered through the GRADschool On-line Application Form please do not use the "Register my Interest" link via this website. For more details please see How To Apply below.

GRADschool is a three-day residential course for research students who are either in the middle or coming to the end of their PhDs and wondering, ‘What next?’ The course gives you a rare chance to put to one side work and other daily distractions, in order to focus on your personal learning and development. This is achieved through a balance of case studies led by our expert Tutor Team, work in small groups, and the opportunity for individual reflection. Our focus is your skills, motivations, and priorities – things like self-awareness, leadership, working with others, professional impact, employability, and career management.

Our objectives for you at GRADschool are that you will:

  • Build awareness of your skills, motivations, and priorities.
  • Explore teamwork by understanding differences in how we work with, and impact upon, others.
  • Enhance your professional impact and employability.

For detailed information about course, please visit the GRADschool website

By completing an application you are committing to attend the full three day residential GRADschool if your appliction is accepted

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2015

NO CANCELLATIONS OF PLACES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015

Sunday 20 September 2015

09:00
GRADschool (3 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 18:00 Wyboston Lakes


All bookings for this event are registered through the GRADschool On-line Application Form please do not use the "Register my Interest" link via this website. For more details please see How To Apply below.

GRADschool is a three-day residential course for research students who are either in the middle or coming to the end of their PhDs and wondering, ‘What next?’ The course gives you a rare chance to put to one side work and other daily distractions, in order to focus on your personal learning and development. This is achieved through a balance of case studies led by our expert Tutor Team, work in small groups, and the opportunity for individual reflection. Our focus is your skills, motivations, and priorities – things like self-awareness, leadership, working with others, professional impact, employability, and career management.

Our objectives for you at GRADschool are that you will:

  • Build awareness of your skills, motivations, and priorities.
  • Explore teamwork by understanding differences in how we work with, and impact upon, others.
  • Enhance your professional impact and employability.

For detailed information about course, please visit the GRADschool website

By completing an application you are committing to attend the full three day residential GRADschool if your appliction is accepted

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2015

NO CANCELLATIONS OF PLACES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015

Friday 2 October 2015

15:00
Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Life Sciences) Finished 15:00 - 17:30 CCTL, Revans Room


Why this course might make a difference:

This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: online material introducing the basics of undergraduate teaching in Cambridge; a face-to-face workshop, that is based on discussions and group activities; and follow-up online material that consolidates what you have learned so far.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

Stage 1 – Online

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)

Stage 2 - Face-to-face workshop

  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information

Stage 3 – Online

  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Friday 16 October 2015

14:00
Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Life Sciences) Finished 14:00 - 16:30 CCTL, Revans Room


Why this course might make a difference:

This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: online material introducing the basics of undergraduate teaching in Cambridge; a face-to-face workshop, that is based on discussions and group activities; and follow-up online material that consolidates what you have learned so far.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

Stage 1 – Online

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)

Stage 2 - Face-to-face workshop

  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information

Stage 3 – Online

  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Tuesday 20 October 2015

09:30


This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: online material introducing the basics of undergraduate teaching in Cambridge; a face-to-face workshop, that is based on discussions and group activities; and follow-up online material that consolidates what you have learned so far.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

Stage 1 - Online

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)

Stage 2 - Face-to-face workshop

  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information

Stage 3 - Online

  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information
Being Assertive: Making Yourself Heard Finished 09:30 - 11:30 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room


Building and maintaining a professional reputation is an essential skill for researchers at any stage of their careers. This course will help researchers to develop assertive communication strategies to enhance their professionalism through everyday interactions with others.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of being assertive
  • Know what assertiveness looks and sounds like
  • Enhance your skills in communicating assertively

Topics covered:

  • how to develop an assertive mind-set
  • the difference between assertive, aggressive, indirectly aggressive and passive thinking and behaviour
  • guidance on how to use assertive language in day-to-day conversation
  • identifying your rights and responsibilities

Wednesday 21 October 2015

15:00


This introductory workshop will examine the processes of preparing and giving lectures. It will encourage you to consider what makes a good lecture and what lecturing is for. The workshop is interactive: it is a chance to exchange experiences and ideas with peers and to think of feedback and evaluation.

*Please note that this course is not aimed at PhD students*

Friday 23 October 2015

09:30


This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: online material introducing the basics of undergraduate teaching in Cambridge; a face-to-face workshop, that is based on discussions and group activities; and follow-up online material that consolidates what you have learned so far.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

Stage 1 - Online

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)

Stage 2 - Face-to-face workshop

  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information

Stage 3 - Online

  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Tuesday 27 October 2015

13:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 13:30 - 14:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

14:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 14:00 - 14:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

14:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 14:30 - 15:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

15:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 15:00 - 15:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

Friday 30 October 2015

10:00
Starting Your PhD (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 10:00 - 13:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Seminar Room


Why this course might make a difference: Beginning a PhD can be a daunting experience for many people. It is the transition from being taught to having responsibility for your workload and deadlines.

How do you make a start? Are there specific requirements? What can you expect from your supervisor? These and many other questions will be addressed during the course.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • make a draft of your research proposal
  • plan a year ahead
  • have an action plan (next three months) on what will you do and strategies for carrying it out

Topics covered:

  • Defining your research project
  • PhD timeline
  • You and your supervisor
  • Planning and managing your PhD
  • PhD skills
MBTI: Understanding Personality in a Research Environment Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality instrument worldwide, based on over 50 years’ research and development.

It presents a framework for understanding how you operate, how others operate, and how you can use that understanding to get more from yourself and the relationships you have with others.

This workshop is led by a qualified MBTI practitioner and will involve taking the MBTI questionnaire, and self-assessment with group exercises so that participants:

  • Understand the concept and theories behind the MBTI types and the process to obtain a personal profile
  • Use the self-assessed and reported types to determine their best fit MBTI type (or as close as possible)
  • Can use their MBTI knowledge in activities relating to real world applications such as communication and understanding differences

Topics:

  • MBTI questionnaire
  • MBTI history, background, and theory of type
  • Self-assessment through the exploration of the four areas of MBTI
  • Questionnaire scoring
  • Finding best fit and exploring own type
  • Ethics of MBTI
  • Applications of MBTI
  • MBTI dynamics
  • Exploration of mental functions
  • Q & A
14:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 14:00 - 14:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

14:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 14:30 - 15:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

15:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 15:00 - 15:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

15:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 15:30 - 16:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

Tuesday 3 November 2015

09:30
How to Prepare a Grant or Fellowship Application with Impact (Sciences and Technology) new Finished 09:30 - 12:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Seminar Room


This course will help you learn how to write a successful research grant or fellowship application.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand how research is funded, including the dual funding system for research and the background to the impact agenda
  • Know tips and strategies to help you to get your current & future projects funded
  • Understand how proposals are assessed by funders
  • Gain experience of reviewing funding applications
  • Gain information about translational research funding and support available to post-docs
14:00
Starting Your PhD (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 CCTL, Revans Room


Why this course might make a difference: Beginning a PhD can be a daunting experience for many people. It is the transition from being taught to having responsibility for your workload and deadlines.

How do you make a start? Are there specific requirements? What can you expect from your supervisor? These and many other questions will be addressed during the course.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • make a draft of your research proposal
  • plan a year ahead
  • have an action plan (next three months) on what will you do and strategies for carrying it out

Topics covered:

  • Defining your research project
  • PhD timeline
  • You and your supervisor
  • Planning and managing your PhD
  • PhD skills

Friday 6 November 2015

10:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:00 - 10:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

10:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:30 - 11:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

11:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 11:00 - 11:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

11:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 11:30 - 12:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


What are transferable skills, why are they important and how do you know which ones to develop? This course gives you the chance to find out the answer to all these questions and more. It is also your chance to have input into the types of training you would like to spend your time on and speak to the people who could help develop them.

14:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 14:00 - 14:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

14:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 14:30 - 15:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

15:00
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 15:00 - 15:30 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.

15:30
Skills Analysis One-to-One (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Finished 15:30 - 16:00 PPD, Second Floor Meeting Room


The overall aim of these one-to-one sessions is to help you identify the skills you would like to develop to be more effective both during and after your PhD. Topics covered include: evaluating your current skill levels; identifying the areas you wish to focus on to create a tailored development plan.