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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.

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Tue 8 Dec 2020 14:00 [Full]

Dr Christian Gilliam continues to offer one-to-one support to PhD students across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. However, given the present circumstances relating to Covid-19, one-to-one support will be provided virtually or online using either Skype, Teams or Zoom.

Please bear in mind that topics for discussion should relate to researcher or personal development, and/or advice relating to the management of your PhD project.

Upon booking, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Please refer to the joining instructions in the email for further information regarding your one-to-one session.

Across all AHSS disciplines (and within) there are varying views of what research is. Though not a definitive means by which to conceptualize research, this course offers Thomas Kuhn’s idea of the ‘research paradigm’ as a heuristic and expedient entry point into key terms and concepts often encountered by research students and the tactic assumptions underpinning them. This can and often does result in an ability to understand the significance of one’s own research, the research of others and the broader intellectual context in which both are situated.

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.

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Wed 9 Dec 2020 14:00 [Places]

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, make a contribution to the body of work within their field.

This workshop is divided into two interrelated components. The first concerns the question of ‘high impact’, whilst the second concerns the process of peer-review and manuscript preparation.

It is possible to attend this as an individual workshop, although we would recommend that you try to attend the series starting with Getting published I: Writing for publication


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

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.


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.

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Wed 2 Dec 2020 14:00 [Places]

A recommended course by the Researcher Development Programme as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated collection of recommended courses by Researcher Development as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The collection can be accessed here.

A curated collection of recommended courses by Researcher Development as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The collection can be accessed here.

A curated collection of recommended courses by Researcher Development as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The collection can be accessed here.

A curated collection of recommended courses by Researcher Development as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The collection can be accessed here.

LiL: Time Management Fundamentals (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A recommended course by the Researcher Development Programme as part of the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

Managing a Research Project: Online Self-taught Booking not required

Managing a project is a key skill for an effective researcher, yet project management is often poorly understood.

This can lead to projects running out of time or money, or overworking people. This online course gives you the foundational project management knowledge needed to complete your research project successfully, as well as the opportunity to implement and thereby embed this knowledge.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to define, plan and implement a project
  • Know how to manage yourself and others effectively
  • Be able to identify and plan for risks and cope with challenges


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol onto Managing a Research Project, you will need an enrolment key. Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Postgraduate School of Life Sciences: PSLS-mrp20
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-mrp20
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-mrp20

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=135202

Join us to find out how you can make sense of the level of uncertainty you are faced with in your projects in research and beyond. The term VUCA has been used to describe an uncertain world and the level of change we are experiencing in our work and broader life. The environmental changes we have all experienced recently has highlighted the importance of understanding our contextual landscape and mitigate negative impact on our research.

We will cover:

- Defining our uncertain world using VUCA? We will explore the meaning of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity within the context of research. - How can we respond to an uncertain world: We will identify specific solutions which can help us navigate our uncertain and VUCA world, help us mitigate negative impacts on our research and inspire us to seize new opportunities. - The art of developing a VUCA-proof mindset: We will explore three specific approaches and solutions which can help us become more resilient, tackle change in a positive manner and maximise our research impact.

The masterclass, designed and presented by Natacha Wilson from Cambridge Insights will include a mix of evidence- based frameworks and best practice.

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

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Date Availability
Fri 13 Nov 2020 14:00 [Full]

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.

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Wed 11 Nov 2020 10:30 [Full]
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Thu 26 Nov 2020 09:30 [Full]
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Thu 26 Nov 2020 13:30 [Full]
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Thu 3 Dec 2020 13:30 [Full]
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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.

Presentation Skills Toolkit: Online Self-taught Booking not required

You've got interesting research to share, but is anyone listening?!

Presenting your research is an essential skills for a researcher, be it with your peers, at a major conference, or even to a room full of schoolchildren. This online toolkit covers a whole range of performance and presentation techniques for you to work through and incorporate into your presentations, in your own time. From crafting a story to handling the dreaded Q&A, there’s guaranteed to be something there to help you improve your presentations.

If you particularly struggle with the performance aspects of giving a presentation and don't feel comfortable talking in front of others, then you may also like to attend the Better Presentations workshop.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to create a compelling presentation
  • Know some practical tips for giving an engaging performance
  • Understand how to continue improving with each presentation


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol for the Presentation Skills Toolkit, you will need an enrolment key.


Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Life Sciences: PSLS-pst20
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-pst20
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-pst20

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=129841

Present your Research (STEMM) new Tue 16 Feb 2021   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]


Whether you are new to presenting, looking to speak at your first conference, or wanting important tips to finesse your delivery, this is the course for you.


Before attending this online session you will have to prepare a 5 minute presentation. You will deliver your presentation to the rest of the participants and receive feedback.

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Fri 26 Mar 2021 10:00 [Places]
Mon 12 Apr 2021 13:00 [Places]
Putting your Research into Context new Wed 14 Oct 2020   10:00 Finished

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)

RD Live: Career planning post-covid new Wed 5 Aug 2020   13:00 Finished

RD Live brings Researcher Development to life with sessions featuring a specialist presentation, discussion and Q&A. This session will focus on career planning with members of the University Careers Service with STEMM and AHSS expertise.

We plan to record this RD live session

This session will be made available to people who are unable to attend the session. The recording will be accessible via a link, which will be available via the Researcher Development website, and will be available for two weeks, after which it will be removed.

If you would prefer not be recorded, please contact us via email (researcher.development@admin.cam.ac.uk), and we will send you a link to the recording, once it is available after the RD live session.

RD Live: Copyright new Wed 25 Nov 2020   13:00 [Places]

RD Live brings Researcher Development to life with sessions featuring a specialist presentation, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by the RD team fortnightly via Zoom, each event focuses on a particular theme relevant to postgraduate students such as re-planning your PhD, funding & registration, and more.

For this event, we are joined by Claire Sewell, from the Office of Scholarly Communications, University of Cambridge. Claire will talk about the copyright of a thesis, different types of copyright, and the use of third-party material.

RD Live: How to avoid plagiarism new Wed 11 Nov 2020   13:00 [Places]

RD Live brings Researcher Development to life with sessions featuring a specialist presentation, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by the RD team fortnightly via Zoom, each event focuses on a particular theme relevant to postgraduate students such as re-planning your PhD, funding & registration, and more.

For this event, we are joined by Clare Trowell, Marshal Librarian at the University of Cambridge. The focus on Accidental Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism and techniques for avoiding both.

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.

RD Live - Re-planning your PhD in Covid-19 world new Wed 30 Sep 2020   13:00 Finished

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.

Uncertain and unpredictable situations induce a stress response in people. The good news is that there are mechanisms to manage that stress and adapt to the impact of these unpredictable times because you still need to progress your research, secure future funding, and make decisions on your research and career direction.

In this hour discussion we will explore mechanisms to manage our natural stress response to uncertainty; how to implement those mechanisms and better adapt. We will discuss two key resilience frameworks that will provide you with approaches to make incremental changes to attitude and action to help be more resilient to the unpredictable nature of our times.

Caroline Broad has been a skills trainer for career researchers for over ten years. She delivers 'Resilience for researchers' workshops, runs a local Happy cafe and is accredited as a Resilience Leadership Consultant.

RD Live: Welcome to your Doctorate new Wed 28 Oct 2020   13:00 [Places]

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.

RD Live: Your PhD and Covid new Wed 22 Jul 2020   13:00 Finished

RD Live brings Researcher Development to life with sessions featuring a specialist presentation, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by the RD team fortnightly via Zoom, each event focuses on a particular theme relevant to postgraduate students such as re-planning your PhD, funding & registration, and more.

Kerri Gardiner (Head of Graduate Student Administration) will answer questions relating to procedural, registry and funding matters considering the circumstances surrounding Covid-19.

Reading Efficiency Toolkit: Online Self-taught Booking not required

Are you completely overwhelmed by the reading that you have to do? Would you like to be able to scan long documents for the important points?

This online course can help you to make the most of the time available to you by ensuring that your reading isn't slowing you down, and that you are reading strategically. You can complete the course at your own pace.


Outcomes:

  • Identify what holds back your personal reading speed
  • Practise techniques for improving your speed
  • Learn how to read articles strategically


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol for the Reading Efficiency Toolkit, you will need an enrolment key. Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Postgraduate School of Life Sciences: PSLS-ret20
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-ret20
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-ret20

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=134122


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

This ‘hands on’ session focuses on helping you plan and structure your first year report. In the first 15 minutes, we will discuss the function of the first-year report and in the remaining time you will have the opportunity to work on your report and write.

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Tue 13 Apr 2021 14:00 [Places]


The time has come to start writing your thesis, but you may still be in the lab finishing experiments and/or writing papers for publication. How are you going to start writing your thesis and submit on time?


This ‘hands on’ session focuses on helping you plan and start to write your thesis. In the first 15 minutes, we will introduce techniques to help you with that planning and in the remaining time you will have the opportunity to work on your thesis and write.

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Date Availability
Wed 9 Dec 2020 14:30 [Places]
Skills Analysis for First Year PhD Students (STEMM) new Mon 1 Feb 2021   10:00 [Places]


This interactive workshop is designed to help you identify skills you want to develop and to create your own skills development plan.

Skills Analysis for Second Year PhD Students (STEMM) new Fri 27 Nov 2020   09:30 [Places]


This interactive workshop is designed to help you reflect on what skills you have already developed and create a new plan for developing your skills going forward.

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: AHSS-sas20

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

Skills Analysis Survey (Life Sciences) Self-taught Booking not required

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: PSLS-sas20

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

This online course introduces you to the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework and then asks you to complete a short self-analysis quiz, where you will assess your existing skillset against the key skills identified by the CamRDF and identify target areas for improvement. You are asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills, to justify your answers and provide a useful reference when creating applications in the future.

This is really the basis upon which you should plan all of your researcher development, so it is a highly recommended course for all postgraduate students! We encourage you to take this course at the beginning of your studies, but also each year thereafter, to guide your researcher development throughout your time here.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the key skills needed by a professional researcher
  • Assess your existing skillset against these key skills
  • Plan your development training for the coming year


How do I sign up?

To enrol onto the course, you will need to follow the link below.

You will be asked for an enrolment key: SPST-sas20

https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=125101

Starting Your PhD (STEMM) new Mon 23 Nov 2020   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

You are beginning one of the most exciting, yet challenging programme of your academic career. You have entered a new lab, with a new supervisor, new lab colleagues and a new project. Where do you start? How do you establish productive working relationships, get up to speed with literature and establish a project that will be worthy of a PhD at the end? This two hour workshop will explore what it means to do a PhD, think about how to establish meaningful student-supervisor relationships and plan for a productive PhD project.

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Date Availability
Wed 18 Nov 2020 13:30 [Full]

Dr Sam Byers continues to offer one-to-one support to PhD students across all STEMM disciplines. However, given the present circumstances relating to Covid-19, one-to-one support will be provided virtually or online using either Skype, Teams or Zoom.

Please bear in mind that topics for discussion should relate to researcher or personal development, and/or advice relating to the management of your PhD project.

Upon booking, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Please refer to the joining instructions in the email for further information regarding your one-to-one session.

The Efficient Remote Researcher (Webinar) new Thu 29 Oct 2020   10:00 [Full]

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

A free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills provided by Kate Rhodes, Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow. The Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow is a professional, published author whose role is to help you strengthen your writing.

Would you like to improve your academic writing? Sign up for a one-to-one tutorial to help you:

  • Plan your study time.
  • Focus your reading for report, dissertation or thesis writing.
  • Express your ideas more clearly.
  • Discover reading to improve your writing and editing skills.
  • Increase your writing skills with the aim of improving your performance.
  • Improve any academic writing – essays, reports, theses, dissertations, book chapters.


To book a slot, email kate.rhodes@rlfeducation.org.uk

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition.

These one to one sessions are for 50 minutes and will be facilitated online.
Appointments are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 9am and 2pm during term time.

Time Management Toolkit: Online Self-taught Booking not required

Time management is just something you do... who would spend precious time on getting better at it?

You might already be the most effective person you know, or you might instead be struggling under a pile of to-do lists and missed deadlines. Whatever your background, this online toolkit will give you some new ideas to think about and try out. Each tool provides some information and examples, and then sets you the challenge of seeing if it works for you in real life.


Outcomes:

  • Understand how to use several different time management techniques
  • Identify which of these help you to be more effective
  • Feel more in control of your time


How to Access the Course

In order to enrol for The Time Management Toolkit, you will need an enrolment key. Please use the appropriate key for your School.

Postgraduate School of Life Sciences: PSLS-tmt20
Physical Sciences and Technology: SPST-tmt20
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: AHSS-tmt20

You can access the course and enrol at the following link: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=128701

Welcome to your PhD (AHSS induction) new Mon 12 Oct 2020   14:00 Finished

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.

Working with your Supervisor new Wed 25 Nov 2020   14:00 [Places]

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.

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