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Tue 28 Mar 2023 – Fri 17 May

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June 2023

Tue 6

Join Tyler Shores (University of Cambridge ThinkLab Manager) for a live training session on how to write for a non-academic audience. Public engagement is becoming an ever-increasing necessity for academics. Writing for various stakeholders and wider audiences -- and not just for academics -- can be challenging. How do we balance scholastic rigor with the need to distil complex information to non-specialist audiences? Getting your research in front of policymakers, collaborators, potential funders and industry is key to making sure your research is heard and for you contribute to timely discussions. Tyler will provide guidance and advice on how to present your research in a clear, concise way that can help you make your research accessible and relevant to wider audiences.

Fri 9
Effective Project Management new Finished 11:00 - 13:00 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, S1

This 2 hour session in person aims to equip you with the tools and techniques required to effectively manage your time and research projects. Through interactive and practical exercises, we will cover how to prioritize tasks, manage your workload, and develop effective time management strategies that can be applied to any research project.

We will cover topics such as setting SMART goals, developing project timelines, and identifying and managing project risks. Additionally, you will learn how to identify time-wasters, manage interruptions, and optimize your work environment for maximum productivity.

See website for further details: https://ppd4phd.com/effective-project-management/

Tue 13

Social media has changed a great deal in just the past few years. How should you use social media to promote your research and expand your scholarly network? What are the opportunities -- as well as the challenges -- that you should know about?

In this session, we will discuss some tips, tools, and best practices to help you make the best use of social media to help you reach new audiences, engage with various types of audiences, and how to use social media as a tool to help you develop your career.

Thu 29
Effective Project Management (Online Live Course) new Finished 11:00 - 13:00 PPD Zoom Online

This 2 hour online session aims to equip you with the tools and techniques required to effectively manage your time and research projects. Through interactive and practical exercises, we will cover how to prioritize tasks, manage your workload, and develop effective time management strategies that can be applied to any research project.

We will cover topics such as setting SMART goals, developing project timelines, and identifying and managing project risks. Additionally, you will learn how to identify time-wasters, manage interruptions, and optimize your work environment for maximum productivity.

See website for further details: https://ppd4phd.com/effective-project-management/

Please note that the course is taught using Zoom and you must have installed on your computer to participate.

A Zoom link will be sent to all participants before the event.

July 2023

Thu 6

This webinar is aimed at all ESRC DTP cohorts. The information and advice will be focused around managing your studentship in relation to time planning, managing your health, and understanding how your ESRC funding works. In particular, UKRI research councils are limited in their flexibility around extensions and it is important that all DTP PhD researchers are aware of these limitations but also know about the other resources they can potentially utilise at Cambridge to help them through the three years of their doctorate.

We encourage everyone to attend. In addition, anyone who has health difficulties should come along to understand how this could impact on their PhD timeline and how planning at an early stage could be helpful.

September 2023

Mon 25
Beyond your Doctorate new Finished 10:00 - 12:30 Pembroke College

This is a workshop for PhD students who have reached the point where they need to consider what to do next after their doctorate. Provision from the Careers Service and the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences will highlight both academic and non-academic career options with Q&A sessions for students to explore ideas. There will be a coffee and cake break for students to have the opportunity to share plans with each other and the session will finish with a panel of Cambridge Grand Challenges alumni who will discuss their fellowship/internship experiences.

10am to 10.45am: How to find the best fit in careers; Academic or Non-Academic?

10.45am to 11.30am: Going into academia - how to find fellowships and make grant applications

11.30am to 12pm: Tea/Coffee and time to talk individually with our speakers and each other

12pm to 1.30pm: Alumni Panel with Konstantina Stamati - an opportunity for you to question past PhD students

November 2023

Wed 1

This informative session is open to all PhD students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences who may be managing a disability themselves and also open to those interested in better understanding the support that is available to peers.

You will get the opportunity to:

  • Meet the team from Accessibility and Disability Services who look after the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Find out how to get support if you have a disability or think you may have a disability
  • Learn about the different types of study support in classes, lectures, tutorials, practicals, supervisions and exams

This is a one hour seminar with a talk from Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre (ADRC) followed by a chance for you to ask questions and sign up for a one to one assessment if you wish.

This is an in person session only.

Mon 6

Please join on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99763341167?pwd=WDB3di9yeGVEb1pZQXZuNS8vTXNDQT09 Meeting ID: 997 6334 1167 Passcode: 102125

This is a supported group for PhD students who are part-time. It will be co-facilitated by the Doctoral Training Manager for the ESRC DTP and SHSS and a current part-time PhD Student within the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a space to recognise the challenges of being part-time and the support that is currently in place, discuss if it is enough or if there can be other provision in place.

Objectives of this group:

  • An opportunity to share experiences, both challenges and positive, as a part-time student
  • Ask questions or raise issues that you would like to see supported in the future

Outcomes for this group:

  • Connect with other part-time PhDs providing peer-support and possibly meeting up outside this termly group
  • Potentially set up a wider group going forward or an event (this can be supported by the ESRC DTP/School of the Humanities and Social Sciences if required)
Fri 17
Managing Imposter Syndrome as a Postgraduate Student (In-person) new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Pembroke College, Nihon Room

Dr Julia Hayes will lead this workshop focusing on imposter syndrome. She will explore what it is and how it can affect the feelings and performance of people on a day to day basis.

The session will give participants the opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which imposter feelings affect them, and discussion around the ways in which it can be managed.

Participants will leave the session with a greater awareness of the situations that increase their imposter feelings and have strategies to manage them.

Dr Hayes is an Educational Psychologist, disability consultant and trainer who put her career on hold to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Thu 23
Master Time & Focus (online) new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 PPD Zoom Online

How do you protect time to focus and manage workload? In this 1 hour session delivered by Tiny Pause you will learn to:

  • Establish a method that works for you to enhance focus for the most important work (Deep Work)
  • Reduce distraction and prioritise more effectively
  • Establish daily 'Protective Pause', to relieve stress, reduce self criticism and strengthen resilience - mini mindfulness
  • Create the space to recognise your achievements each day - increase self awareness and confidence

This will be a live webinar, delivered by Sam Thorogood from Tiny Pause. Sam combines proven neuroscience & mindfulness based techniques into useful daily habits. The overall aim will be to help attendees convert proven techniques into useful habits, as well as enhance focus, reduce stress and strengthen resilience.

Wed 29
PhD Students with Caring Responsibilities Support Group (hybrid) new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Meeting Room A

This is a supported group for PhD students who are managing caring responsibilities alongside their studies. It will be co-facilitated by the Inclusive Learning and Development Manager and a current PhD student who is also managing a caring role.

Caring can include a wide range of experiences and responsibilities and involve providing support for both children and adults.

Objectives for this group:

  • This session is a space to recognise the challenges of this experience and an opportunity to explore the support that is currently in place and if it is enough or if there is other support that could be provided.

Outcomes for this group:

  • Connect with other PhDs in similar situations and provide peer-support – hopefully meeting up outside this termly meet up
  • Share and hear about resources and advice from the co-facilitators and participants

This sesssion will be hybrid: In-person in Room A at 17 Mill Lane as well as offering an online opportunity to join via Zoom

January 2024

Wed 24

Venue: The Long Room, Gonville and Caius College

Questions, (a lack of) Answers, and Navigating a Persistently Changeable Field

Being a PhD student means you will probably spend around three or four years managing changes and adjusting research and funding, which can be a stressful and difficult time. If you remain in academia, this could continue. Professor Michelle Ellefson addresses these difficulties from a range of perspectives and aims to provide you with ways to cope living within an uncertain structure during your doctoral studies.

February 2024

Mon 5
Managing Fieldwork (In-person) new Finished 11:00 - 12:45 University Centre, Mill Lane

PLEASE NOTE VENUE HAS CHANGED TO THE MARSHALL ROOM IN THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE

The first of two peer-led workshops in February will be provided by Joanna Watterson who will share some of her own personal experiences of fieldwork challenges and successes and create space for guided small group discussions. Fieldwork can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It can also be incredibly challenging. This session will cover some important elements of preparing for fieldwork, including making contingency and safety plans.

There is no preparatory work necessary for this session. After the session, you will be provided with various reading materials relating to the topics discussed.

It is important to note some content warnings for this session. While we will not go into detail, some distressing topics will be discussed. These include sexual harassment, violence, trauma, mental illness, and queerphobia.

Joanna Watterson is a third year PhD student in the Department of Geography. Her research interests are urban governance, infrastructure, social and environmental justice, and inequality. She feels strongly about making academic spaces and praxes more diverse and inclusive, particularly for gendered bodies.

https://ppd4phd.com/managing-fieldwork/

You may be interested in attending a forthcoming workshop 'Managing Vicarious Trauma as a Researcher' https://training.cam.ac.uk/event/5105735

Tue 13
CANCELLED - Managing your fieldwork Part Two new CANCELLED 11:00 - 12:45 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to provide this workshop.

Fri 23
Postponed: Returning from Fieldwork new POSTPONED 13:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Unfortunately we will need to postpone this session to Easter Term. Anyone who has signed up will be notified of a new date.

Wed 28
MIND Mental Health Awareness (online) new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 ESRC: online

This 1-hour webinar is delivered by UK mental health specialist charity MIND, and will be a brilliant opportunity to explore the key aims below:

  • 1. understand what we mean by the term ‘mental health’
  • 2. be able to identify common mental health problems
  • 3. understand the effect stress has on our mental health and wellbeing
  • 4. know how to look after our wellbeing
  • 5. know how to make a wellbeing plan for ourselves or others
  • 6. know where to get further help.

March 2024

Tue 12
Managing Vicarious Trauma as a Researcher new Finished 12:30 - 14:00 Pembroke College, Nihon Room

This workshop will be 1.5 hours and will cover the following aspects:

  • What is research related trauma/vicarious trauma?
  • What can you do to try and prevent research related trauma?
  • What might be some of the signs of trauma to look out for?
  • When and where to go for support if needed?

The workshop will be led by Margaret Bailey and Phyllis Smith, counsellors from the University Counselling Service.

We will start at 12.30pm and a buffet lunch will be available for you to access throughout the session.

Please note in order to ensure the workshop meets your needs and expectations, we would be grateful if you could complete a short form prior to attending https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7rwpIxR6SvnH94

Fri 15

This is a supported group for PhD students who are managing caring responsibilities alongside their studies. It will be co-facilitated by the Inclusive Learning and Development Manager and a current PhD student who is also managing a caring role.

Caring can include a wide range of experiences and responsibilities and involve providing support for both children and adults.

This is an online event. Please join using this zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92147866974?pwd=d0lsWVNSelRvaWsxSW1OOGF5VHRIQT09

See this web page for further information https://ppd4phd.com/phd-students-carers/

Mon 18

This is a supported group for PhD students who are part-time. It will be co-facilitated by the Inclusive Learning and Development Manager for the ESRC DTP and SHSS and a current part-time PhD Student within the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a space to recognise the challenges of being part-time and the support that is currently in place, discuss if it is enough or if there can be other provision in place.

Fri 22
Expanding Understandings of Ethics (In-person) new Finished 11:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Peer-led Workshop

Ethics is critical but can often become procedural. Ethics can be embedded and enriching component of research but may fall to the margins as projects progress.

In this two-hour collaborative workshop we will give ourselves time to think deeply about ethics. We will dedicate time to reviewing and unpicking conventional understandings of ethical review procedures, before using rich and reflective group discussions to build ethical frameworks coherent to our own research projects. We will pool resources, insights and perspectives while trying to expand our understandings of ethics beyond the data gathering phase of research.

In particular, we will focus on how we position, view and care for those we are researching with, our research projects, those who may engage with our research outputs and ourselves. By the end of the workshop, participants will have considered whether and how to reconcile institutional, personal and theoretical concerns related to their own ethical considerations.

Brief bio: Samantha Hulston is a former ESRC DTP recipient at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She specialises in conducting research with young children within educational settings and is interested in how situated ethical concerns expand and overlap in such settings.

April 2024

Tue 30
Re-Imagining Impact (In-person) new [Full] 10:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Research impact can be defined as a “demonstratable contribution” made by research towards "society and the economy”. It can take various forms, including changes in understanding, developments in methods, shaping of policies and shifts in behaviours. Yet, the word ‘impact’ can be burdened by assumptions and connotations of a particular range of research ‘outcomes’.

This workshop aims to question these assumptions and connotations regarding what impact should or could look like within social science research. In so doing we will construct nuanced understands of how impact may relate to our own projects as well as the theories, methods and values informing our projects.

Brief bio: Samantha Hulston is a former ESRC DTP recipient at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She specialises in conducting research with young children within educational settings and the re-imagined impacts this might bring.

May 2024

Wed 8

Questions, (a lack of) Answers, and Navigating a Persistently Changeable Field

Being a PhD student means you will probably spend around three or four years managing changes and adjusting research and funding, which can be a stressful and difficult time. If you remain in academia, this could continue. Professor Michelle Ellefson addresses these difficulties from a range of perspectives and aims to provide you with ways to cope living within an uncertain structure during your doctoral studies.

Tue 14
Beyond Your Doctorate new [Places] 10:30 - 13:00 Pembroke College

This is a workshop for PhD students who have reached the point where they need to consider what to do next after their doctorate. Provision from the Careers Service, the Postdoc Academy and the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences will highlight both academic and non-academic career options with Q&A sessions for students to explore ideas. There will be tea and coffee provided at the start, and a lunch at the end for students to have the opportunity to share plans with each other and there will be a session with some alumni who will discuss their internship/fellowship experiences. The aims of this session are for PhD students to: · Have a better understanding of how they can use their doctorate · Be aware what are the different pathways open to them both in academia and outside

Fri 17
Carer's Event / Fair new POSTPONED 12:30 - 14:00

This is an event aimed at helping and supporting postgraduate students who have caring responsibilities, whether that is for a relative, friend or child.