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2021 International Women's Day Lecture new Mon 8 Mar 2021   16:00 [Places]

Dr Nicola Rollock and Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation

Dr Nicola Rollock and Professor Stephen J Toope discuss race, gender and identity at the University of Cambridge as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

Dr Rollock is a leading academic, consultant and public speaker whose scholarship addresses racial justice in education and the workplace. She holds a number of advisory appointments including with the Wellcome Trust and the British Science Association. She is Distinguished Fellow at the Faculty of Education and was appointed Senior Adviser on Race to the Vice-Chancellor in October 2020.

Professor Stephen J Toope has a distinguished career as an academic leader and as a renowned scholar of Human Rights Law. He is the first non-Briton to serve as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. Since taking up the post in 2018 he has been a strong advocate for equality at the University.

7 Characteristics of Resilient People: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

7 Characteristics of Resilient People: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

8 Wastes Self-taught Booking not required

An introduction to the 8 Wastes (Lean methodology), and how to spot hidden waste in your own processes.

This is an the first of four online AbilityNet sessions looking at the principles of digital accessibility and its impact on people with disability.

This entry-level session introduces the principles of digital accessibility and its impact on people with disability, with particular reference to higher education settings.

It is ideal for anyone creating, managing or procuring digital content or systems, including digital managers, web developers, learning technologists, student services staff, academics and others. It will also be useful to staff who support disabled students and technical staff involved with evaluating and reporting accessibility compliance.

The course can be accessed via the following link (Please note that Raven Login is required to access this material)

This is an the second of four online AbilityNet sessions looking at digital accessibility.

The accessibility statement is an opportunity to explain to your website users, staff and students how you support their needs, as well as communicating how your website meets accessibility standards.

This session looks in detail at the requirements for universities to provide an accessibility statement under the new Public Sector Web Accessibility Regulations. As well as being a legal requirement the accessibility statement is an opportunity to explain to your website users, staff and students how you support their needs, as well as communicating how your website meets accessibility standards.

This entry-level session introduces the principles of digital accessibility and its impact on people with disability, with particular reference to higher education settings. It is ideal for anyone creating, managing or procuring digital content or systems, including digital managers, web developers, learning technologists, student services staff, academics and others. It will also be useful to staff who support disabled students and technical staff involved with evaluating and reporting accessibility compliance.

The course can be accessed via the following link (Please note that Raven Login is required to access this material)

This is an the third of four online AbilityNet sessions looking at digital accessibility.

It looks at how to undertake quick accessibility checks to test whether your website(s) comply with accessibility principles. Aimed at anyone creating, managing or procuring digital content or systems in Higher Education.

Learn how to undertake quick accessibility checks to test whether your website(s) comply with accessibility principles. Being able to undertake these checks can help you with developing an accessibility strategy, improve procurement decisions and create an accessibility statement.

This entry-level session is aimed at anyone creating, managing or procuring digital content or systems in Higher Education. It will also be of value as an introductory session for developers and eLearning content creators looking to develop accessibility skills.

The course can be accessed via the following link (Please note that Raven Login is required to access this material)

This is an the fourth of four online AbilityNet sessions looking at digital accessibility, specifically how to understand the results of accessibility evaluations and testing results.

The new Web Accessibility regulations require Universities to conduct audits and testing across all their digital estates, form websites to learning environments. These tests can be carried out by external contractors or your own in-house teams (see Workshop 3 for how to do this yourself)

Although built around common standards such as WCAG2.1, many people find accessibility test results and audit reports difficult to understand. Automatically generated reports or expert audits can produce a list of issues that need prioritising. Organisations must also decide how these accessibility barriers are communicated through their accessibility statement and how they can remediate them in the future.

This session is aimed at anyone creating, managing or procuring digital content or systems. It will also be of value as an introductory session for developers and eLearning content creators looking to develop accessibility skills. While not compulsory, it is strongly recommended that attendees attend the session “Introduction to accessibility testing” if they have no prior knowledge of accessibility tests.

The course can be accessed via the following link (Please note that Raven Login is required to access this material)

This course will show you basic principles and processes for creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and PDFs.

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Date Availability
Thu 29 Apr 2021 10:00 [Places]
Thu 20 May 2021 10:00 [Places]

This course will provide a detailed critique of the methods and philosophy of the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) approach to statistics which is currently dominant in social and biomedical science. We will briefly contrast NHST with alternatives, especially with Bayesian methods. We will use some computer code (Matlab and R) to demonstrate some issues. However, we will focus on the big picture rather on the implementation of specific procedures.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Business Writing Tue 2 Mar 2021   15:00 [Places]

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to produce clear, concise and compelling documents in a professional setting. You’ll pick up techniques for quickly identifying, honing and communicating your key message — whether it’s for day-to-day emails, longer reports or a persuasive pitch.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Conclusions/Discussions Wed 3 Mar 2021   15:00 [Places]

The final chapter of a dissertation / thesis can have various titles including ‘conclusion’ and ‘discussion’. This workshop looks at the typical contents of a final chapter and also cautious language (hedging), which is commonly found in a conclusion. It involves a video to watch and exercises to complete before an online Zoom workshop.

Agent-Based Modelling with Netlogo new Self-taught Bookable

Societies can be viewed as path-dependent dynamical systems in which the interactions between multiple heterogeneous actors, and the institutions and organisations they create, lead to complex overlapping patterns of change over different space and time-scales. Agent-based models are exploratory tools for trying to understand some of this complexity. They use computational methods to represent individual people, households, organisations, or other types of agent, and help to make explicit the potential consequences of hypotheses about the way people act, interact and engage with their environment. These types of models have been used in fields as diverse as Architecture, Archaeology, Criminology, Economics, Epidemiology, Geography, and Sociology, covering all kinds of topics including social networks and formation of social norms, spatial distribution of criminal activity, spread of disease, issues in health and welfare, warfare and disasters, behaviour in stock-markets, land-use change, farming,forestry, fisheries, traffic flow, planning and development of cities, flooding and water management. This course introduces a popular freely available software tool, Netlogo, which is accessible to those with no initial programming experience, and shows how to use it to develop a variety of simple models so that students would be able to see how it might apply to their own research.

The fundamental-level course is intended for individuals who seek an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. This course also helps you prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

This is a free course, register and sign in for the following dates:

29th January 2021
15th February 2021

Amazon Web Services: AWS Technical Essentials new Self-taught Booking not required

In this introductory course, you will learn about AWS products, services, and common solutions. You will learn the fundamentals of identifying AWS services so that you can make informed decisions about IT solutions based on your business requirements.

This is a free course, register and sign in for the following dates:

18th February 2021
22nd February 2021

Amicus Access Policy for All Amicus Users Self-taught Booking not required

This course will take no more than ten minutes to complete. There is a short assessment at the end of the course.

The course introduces the Amicus Access policy that supports how fundraising and alumni relations teams across Collegiate Cambridge, including affiliated groups and institutions, use the Amicus system.

You do not need sound for this course.

Amicus online - Adding a contact report Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through adding a contact report in Amicus:

  • Adding an action
  • Adding a contact report
  • Editing a contact report
Amicus online - Adding education Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through adding education in Amicus:

  • Locating education data tab
  • Adding education
  • Updating education
Amicus online - Adding interests Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through adding interests in Amicus:

  • Decision point: Add to a contact record or prospect record?
  • Adding an interest to a contact record
  • Adding an interest to a prospect record
  • Updating interests
Amicus online - Create a limited info record Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through adding a limited info record in Amicus:

  • Decision: when to add a limited information record?
  • Adding a limited information record
  • Updating a limited information record
Amicus online - How to get a standard report Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through the steps to find a standard report in Amicus:

  • What reports are available as a standard report?
  • Locating reports
  • Downloading reports
Amicus online - Logging in and navigation Self-taught Booking not required

This online course takes you through the first steps of logging in to Amicus. It covers:

  • How to log in
  • Accessing help online
  • Customising your screen
  • Navigation from the main screen
  • Modules and ribbon bars
  • List view, table view, map view
  • Setting up favourites
  • Dashboards
Amicus online - Updating contact preferences Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through updating contact preferences in Amicus:

  • Locating contact preferences data tab
  • Updating contact preferences
  • Data protection considerations
Amicus online - Viewing a contact record Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through viewing a contact record in Amicus:

  • Searching for a contact record
  • Data tabs and what information is available
  • Navigating around the contact record
  • How to customise and filter columns within data tabs
Amicus online - Viewing a prospect record Self-taught Booking not required

This online course will take you through viewing a prospect record in Amicus:

  • Searching for a prospect record
  • Data tabs and what information is available
  • Navigating around the prospect record
  • How to customise and filter columns within data tabs
  • How to search and view contact reports
  • How to find giving information
  • Quick guide to the solicitation cycle screens

This short session will provide an understanding of the principles, tools and techniques involved in Process Analysis with a view to improving business process effectiveness and efficiency. Delegates will have the opportunity to practice using the techniques that they learn via exercises designed to be enjoyable and thought provoking.

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Date Availability
Fri 30 Apr 2021 13:30 [Places]

PLEASE NOTE The Bioinformatics Team are presently teaching as many courses live online, with tutors available to help you work through the course material on a personal copy of the course environment. We aim to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

The aim of this course is to familiarize the participants with the primary analysis of RNA-seq data.

This course starts with a brief introduction to RNA-seq and discusses quality control issues. Next, we will present the alignment step, quantification of expression and differential expression analysis. For downstream analysis we will focus on tools available through the Bioconductor project for manipulating and analysing bulk RNA-seq.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

PLEASE NOTE The Bioinformatics Team are presently teaching as many courses live online, with tutors available to help you work through the course material on a personal copy of the course environment. We aim to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

Machine learning gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. It encompasses a broad range of approaches to data analysis with applicability across the biological sciences. Lectures will introduce commonly used algorithms and provide insight into their theoretical underpinnings. In the practicals students will apply these algorithms to real biological data-sets using the R language and environment.

Please be aware that the course syllabus is currently being updated following feedback from the last event; therefore the agenda below will be subject to changes.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

PLEASE NOTE The Bioinformatics Team are presently teaching as many courses live online, with tutors available to help you work through the course material on a personal copy of the course environment. We aim to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

This course provides a practical introduction to the writing of Python programs for the complete novice. Participants are lead through the core aspects of Python illustrated by a series of example programs. Upon completion of the course, attentive participants will be able to write simple Python programs and customize more complex code to fit their needs.

Course materials are available here.

Please note that the content of this course has recently been updated. This course now mostly focuses on core concepts including Python syntax, data structures and reading/writing files. Concepts and strategies for working more effectively with Python are now the focus of a new 2-days course, Data Science in Python.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to how finances are managed at the University and is the ideal first course for anyone who will be working in an accounts area.

Not only does it provide an overview of how the University's Finance System (UFS) is structured but also which activities are performed centrally and which are done in departments. It introduces the concepts of the Financial Regulations and Finance Procedures as well as signposting where you can find more support, how to access UFS and what training may be appropriate for your role.

An overview of Amicus (online version) Self-taught Booking not required

This overview should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. You can view it as many times as you like, or complete certain sections and come back later.

This overview will showcase some of the benefits and give you a sneak peek of functionality within Amicus.

A short video with sound is included at the beginning of the overview. Headphones or speakers will be required for this part.

We hope you enjoy it.

Anti-Bribery & Corruption Training Self-taught Booking not required

The University and all its staff have a responsibility to ensure that neither their conduct, nor the conduct of any person or organisation entering into any contract or arrangement with the University contravenes the Bribery Act 2010.

This online course guides you through the scope of the Bribery Act and Criminal Finances Act and highlights some of the situations that you should be aware of.

AP: eInvoicing in Accounts Payable Self-taught Bookable

An Introduction to the University's eInvoicing system, how it works and what actions/processes are completed by the department.

This on-line course will enable end users to understand the basics of accounts payable, including processing basic invoices and expense claims.

This on-line course will enable Shared Services staff members to understand the basics of accounts payable, including processing basic invoices and expense claims.

This on-line course enables users to learn how to Secondary Approve invoices within the Accounts Payable module.

Apprenticeship Network Meeting Tue 22 Jun 2021   10:00   [More dates...] [Places]

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.

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Date Availability
Wed 15 Sep 2021 12:00 [Places]
Wed 17 Nov 2021 10:00 [Places]

During this time, PPD is keen to continue to promote development opportunities for University staff. This information webinar will help you to identify if you wish to progress your development by way of an Apprenticeship.

We are looking to explore what interest there is at this current time in this Leadership Level 5 apprenticeship and hope that there will be sufficient interest to establish a University-wide cohort. By establishing University-wide cohorts, we are looking to encourage more departments to use apprenticeships as a way to provide focused professional development for staff. Participants will have the advantage of a peer group to work through the programme with. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment are also potentially interested in joining in with this.

The webinar will be presented by Jennifer Dix of Corndel, who will deliver these apprenticeships.

For this cohort to run, there is a minimum of 18-20 people required. Depending on the level of interest shown, it is intended that the apprenticeship will start as soon as possible. Entry to these cohorts will be by application and is open to all University employees who meet the eligibility criteria.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instructions when your booking is confirmed.

Further information from the provider, Corndel.

Apprenticeship guidance.

Approaches to Learning: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Approaches to Learning: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

The Accounts Receivable (AR) module of the University’s Finance System (CUFS) deals with managing customer information and managing income generated from sales and donations.

In this course we will be looking at some of the key aspects such as:

  • creating external invoices
  • creating internal invoices
  • receipting income relating to invoices
  • receipting other income

We will also provide you with some basic information relating to banking procedures and to the University’s Online Store (also known as eSales).

Assistive Technology: One-to-One Training Wed 3 Mar 2021   10:30   [More dates...] [Places]

This session is provided for University staff who have an Occupational Health referral or for students who have a Disability Resource Centre referral for specialised one-to-one support. Bespoke sessions cover support for users with:

  • Mobility issues, such as an upper limb disorder, where ergonomic keyboards and mice or speech recognition software may be required
  • Visual impairment requirements where magnification or text scanning to alternative format can assist users to view a computer screen or read and listen to text
  • Specific learning difficulties, who may find speech recognition software or mind mapping software useful

A session typically fall into 2 categories:

  • Looking at available hardware, software or IT techniques that can aid in the development of tailored strategies and solutions to help users independently access computing facilities
  • Providing training for Assistive Technology software packages to help users progress with the software

At time of booking please specify the following details in the Special Requirements box

  • Name of person that referred you
  • A brief outline of type of assistance required e.g. software training, workstation evaluation or general support and advice
  • If you require wheelchair access to the venue

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Wed 3 Mar 2021 14:30 [Places]
Wed 17 Mar 2021 10:30 [Places]
Wed 17 Mar 2021 14:30 [Places]
Wed 24 Mar 2021 10:30 [Places]
Wed 24 Mar 2021 14:30 [Full]
Wed 31 Mar 2021 10:30 [Places]
Wed 31 Mar 2021 14:30 [Places]
ATLAS.ti Cloud: Quick Tour (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is a course created by the professional academic trainers at ATLAS.ti and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

The course can be accessed here

ATLAS.ti: Free Webinars (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

These are a series of webinars run by the professional academic trainers at ATLAS.ti and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

You can register for the webinars here

ATLAS.ti Macintosh: Quick Tour (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is a course created by the professional academic trainers at ATLAS.ti and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

The course can be accessed here

ATLAS.ti Windows: Quick Tour (Online) new Self-taught Booking not required

This is a course created by the professional academic trainers at ATLAS.ti and selected for curation by UIS training staff.

The course can be accessed here

Better Decision Making: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Better Decision Making: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Biological Safety Online Training new Self-taught Bookable

A video presentation on The Management of Biological Safety at the University of Cambridge.

A Raven password is needed to access this online course, although you can log in as a Friend. If you don't already have a Raven password please visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/docs/faq/n5.html

The Engaged Researcher new Mon 1 Mar 2021   11:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect complex subjects with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Training will be provided by Dr Lucinda Spokes, Head of Public Engagement and Sarah Cruise, Eloquential

This programme will run over a week comprising: Two 1hr-1.5hr theory workshops One 1-hour showcase at the end of the week to share your work and receive valuable feedback from the rest of the group

    • You are required to attend all three sessions**

Optional 1-1 mentoring sessions

By the end of this week participants will:

• Understand how to capture and maintain attention • Identify ways in which they can motivate an audience to engage with their own research • Use dramatic tools to structure and enhance their story • Explore ways of increasing memorability through visuals, imagination, and rhetorical devices • Appreciate the importance of peripheral influences (style of writing, sound of voice, visual appearance etc) and how to ensure that they are most supportive of your story • Have created a story about their research to engage with a public audience

This training sits within Module Three of the School Online Programme https://ppd4phd.com/module-three/

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Mon 21 Sep 2020 00:00 In progress

The British Universities Finance Directors Group have released a series of online courses covering a range of topics relevant to finance in the higher education sector.

This course will explain VAT reliefs commonly available to universities and how they are claimed.

BUFDG: Introducing VAT in HE new Self-taught Bookable

The British Universities Finance Directors Group have released a series of online courses covering a range of topics relevant to finance in the higher education sector.

This course will provide you with an overview of how VAT applies specifically in the higher education sector but is not intended to be a fully comprehensive guide.

The British Universities Finance Directors Group have released a series of online courses covering a range of topics relevant to finance in the higher education sector.

This course will provide you with an overview of how VAT applies to income specifically in the higher education sector but is not intended to be a fully comprehensive guide.

BUFDG: VAT on Purchasing in HE new Self-taught Bookable

The British Universities Finance Directors Group have released a series of online courses covering a range of topics relevant to finance in the higher education sector.

It will provide you with an overview of how VAT applies to purchasing specifically in the higher education sector but is not intended to be a fully comprehensive guide.

The British Universities Finance Directors Group have released a series of online courses covering a range of topics relevant to finance in the higher education sector.

This course will explain the reliefs commonly available to universities and how they are claimed.

Most people have online profiles and, as a researchers, your online presence offers many rich opportunities. It is helpful to be aware of tools and tips that can help you boost your visibility online, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

In this course, you will:

  • begin to develop your online research profile by making yourself visible to others in a way(s) that suits you.
  • learn what an ORCID is and how to obtain one.
  • learn what your Symplectic Elements account is for and begin to make it work for you
  • review your current visibility and consider the next steps

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Cabinet Office Policy Fellow Seminar new Fri 26 Feb 2021   12:00 [Places]

Cabinet Office - Rachel Cooper, Director of Strategy

Further details to follow

Further information on these policy seminars can be found: http://ppd4phd.com/being-heard-policy-seminar-series/

This seminar is part of the SHSS online PPD for PhDs Programme Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice http://ppd4phd.com/

Teaching online isn't simply a matter of 'converting' face-to-face teaching. These introductory guides identify some differences between teaching in person and teaching online, and offer some ideas and examples of ways to make the most of each.

While we continue to live with disruption, there are opportunities to build on Cambridge's educational traditions to address the very distinctive challenges of teaching and studying during the pandemic.

These resources have been compiled by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning and are available here.

Cambridge Teaching Forum 2021 Mon 19 Apr 2021   09:30 [Places]

The annual Cambridge Teaching Forum is open to everyone who teaches or supports students' learning across the university. It provides a stimulating environment for staff to learn about innovative approaches to higher education in Cambridge and to meet colleagues, share ideas and reflect on some of the hot topics in higher education.

The event will be opened by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, and will be chaired by Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Virgo. The Teaching Forum will be held online, and will include opportunities for group discussion and interaction, as well as paper presentations, panels and workshops on matters related to teaching and learning practices in the collegiate University context. A full programme will be released in due course.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, as this year's keynote speaker.

For more information, please go to CCTL’s Cambridge Teaching Forum webpages. If you are interested in presenting, facilitating a session or have any questions about the event, please contact Dr Ruth Walker.

CamSIS Training new Self-taught Booking not required

New training arrangements during the Coronavirus Crisis

CamSIS is Cambridge’s system for handling student information, records and transactions, from initial contact and application all the way through to graduation.

While classroom sessions are currently suspended, we can instead offer online training sessions, including Introduction to CamSIS and CamSIS Search.

Please email camsistraining@admin.cam.ac.uk if you'd like to arrange a session.

  • Supporting documentation

CamSIS Training in Moodle https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=167312

Introduction to CamSIS https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=138371

Cash Handling Self-taught Bookable

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Change Curve: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Change Curve: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Chemical Safety Online Training new Self-taught Bookable

An online course, including a quiz, for anyone either directly working with chemicals or who is responsible for persons working with chemicals including PIs, Post Grads, Post Docs and technicians.

A Raven password is needed to access this online course, although you can log in as a Friend. If you don't already have a Raven password please visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/docs/faq/n5.html

PhD students have plenty of options once you graduate. In this interactive session we will look at the pros and cons of different career options. You will have a chance to think about what you want your work to do for you and what you can offer employers, and you will learn ways to find out more about jobs in which you are interested. It is recommended that you attend both sessions.

  • Session 1 - What jobs are out there and deciding what is ‘right’ for me?

Chemistry PhD students have many options after graduation. In this 1-hour session we will explore the pros and cons of different career choices. We will also consider how to assess which options would work for you.

  • Session 2 - Career options for PhDs in chemistry

In this second 1-hour session we will focus on generating specific job ideas, how you might structure your careers ‘research’, key questions to ask and timelines for starting your ‘search’ for your next step after Cambridge.

Chemistry: English Language Support new Wed 10 Feb 2021   10:00 In progress

Three workshops on aspects of writing for which the students would be expected to submit two pieces of written work that would be assessed by the instructor. The aim of the workshops will be for the students to improve both their scientific writing skills as well as their general academic literacy skills.

The specific areas of writing to be covered are:

  • Literature Review
  • Results section

Session One

Introduction to Academic Writing at PG Level

The aim of this session would be to prepare the foundations, as it were, covering the expectations of writing at PG level and covering some strategies for achieving what is the University’s only criterion when it comes to writing, namely that it is ‘clearly written’, before looking at writing in Chemistry specifically, and closing by looking at the two areas which will be the focus of the next two sessions – Literature Reviews and Results Sections.

Why writing at PG level is so hard

  • Understanding the Writing Process
  • How English works: Achieving Clarity
  • Rhetorical Templates
  • Paragraphs
  • Editing: from the Macro to the Micro
  • Discipline-specific Considerations
  • Literature Review & Results Section

Sessions Two & Three

  • Literature Reviews
  • Results Sections

For both of these sessions the students who be expected to have submitted work a week beforehand – this could be either individually or as a group. Each piece of work should be ca. 5 pages in length.

The two areas, Literature Reviews and Results Sections, will have been introduced in the introductory section. Students will also be able to access additional support materials when preparing their written work for submission before the workshop.

Each workshop would then essentially be based on the submissions of the group – looking and the strengths and weaknesses of a selection of them, encouraging discussion amongst the group as to what would need to be done in order to strengthen the submissions. This would also include a range of hands-on exercises that the students would do during the workshop, either individually or in a small group.

Communicating your research in an engaging and easily understood manner is important for any audience and all the more so for non-academic audiences. This workshop will take you through the art and science of engaging communication, and outline the opportunities and support within the University for public engagement.

The first half of this session will cover an overview of Raytracing versus 3D Modelling, an introduction to the free Raytracing programme Povray, running Povray (command line options). Making and manipulating simple shapes, camera tricks (depth of field, angle of view) and using other software to generate Povray input (e.g. Jmol)

The second half of the session is an introduction to 3D modelling and animation using the open source programme Blender. This will cover the installation and customisation of the Blender interface for use with chemical models, how to import chemical structures from Jmol and the protein data base (PDB), the basics of 3D modelling, and an introduction to Key-frame animation.

No previous experience with either 3D modelling or animation is required.

You will receive a Zoom link when you register for this course

Submission of the first year report can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being assessed by academic staff. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who went through their first year exam, as well as members of academic staff who carry out first year vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

Submission of the PhD thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out PhD vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives

Submission of an MPhil thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out MPhil vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

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, publication ethics and research integrity. It will be interactive, using case studies to better understand key ethical issues and challenges in all areas.

This compulsory training will available online via moodle.

We are offering drop in sessions for you to discuss queries with the course trainer. Please book one 15 minute session. You will be asked to confirm your attendance one day before, if you do not confirm your slot will be allocated to someone else.

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Wed 7 Oct 2020 09:00 In progress
Chemistry: FS4 Unconscious Bias Thu 4 Mar 2021   10:00 [Places]

Unconscious Bias refers to the biases we hold that are not in our conscious control. Research shows that these biases can adversely affect key decisions in the workplace. The session will enable you to work towards reducing the effects of unconscious bias for yourself and within your organisation. Using examples that you will be able to relate to, we help you to explore the link between implicit bias and the impact on the organisation. The overall aim of the session is to provide participants with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts on individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision-making processes.

Chemistry: IS2 Citation Database Search Skills Tue 16 Mar 2021   15:00 [Places]

This session introduces three citation databases: Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed (if relevant to the audience). These databases index all the scientific literature that is published. When used efficiently, and in combination, they are a powerful tool for finding the research publications you need - so you don't miss out on anything. They will be compared and contrasted with each other, and with using Google or Google Scholar, to find citations.

You will be guided on how to search these databases effectively; the session includes a hands-on element where you can practice. The session covers how to set up email alerts for searches and citations, so you can keep up with research published in your field. It also covers how to find metrics and altmetrics available for a journal, journal article, or author, so you can evaluate the quality of a piece of research, or a particular author's research before collaborating with them, for example. It will cover how to export the citations you find to your reference manager so you can easily create a bibliography and/or cite publications in your own work.

The session will be most suitable for those who are new to searching citation databases or would like a refresher.

Please register via Zoom

Chemistry: IS3 Research Information Skills online course Mon 2 Nov 2020   00:00 Not bookable

This compulsory online course will equip you with the skills required to manage the research information you will need to gather throughout your graduate course, as well as the publications you will produce yourself. It will also help you enhance your online research profile and measure the impact of research.

  • This training will be made available on Moodle from 2nd November until 31st May 2021.

These optional drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for new chemistry graduate students who have completed the compulsory online IS4 Research Data Management and IS3 Information Research Skills courses to ask the trainer any questions they have about the content, or about how they can apply what they have learnt, in more detail.

  • Please email training@ch.cam to book a 15 minute slot and you will receive a Zoom link. You will be asked to confirm your attendance one day before it takes place. If you do not confirm, your place will be offered to someone else.

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Mon 2 Nov 2020 09:00 Not bookable
Mon 31 May 2021 15:00 [Standby]
Mon 31 May 2021 15:30 [Places]
Mon 31 May 2021 15:45 [Places]
Chemistry: Philosophy for Chemists Thu 29 Apr 2021   12:00 [Places]

Science is a strikingly successful and powerful feature of contemporary human cultures: it has transformed lives, enabled great technological feats and often revealed the world to be a much stranger place than appearances suggest. But what is science, really, and how and why has it been so successful? This lecture course aims to introduce some main themes in the philosophy of science generally, and the philosophy of chemistry in particular, addressing the following questions and more. Do scientific theories give us the true picture of reality, or are they just useful models of computation and prediction? How do we know that our instruments and procedures really measure what we intend to measure? And does all science ultimately boil down to fundamental physics, and is chemistry just ‘applied physics’?

An 8 week Improv Theatre Course Improv teaches excellent skills for scientists! It will boost your confidence, teach you to be spontaneous and overcome the fear of failure. It will work wonders for your public speaking, communication and presentation skills.

The purpose of this course is to provide the additional content covered on the new CCNA 200-301 Exam. As learners transition from the previous version of the CCNA curriculum to the newer version, they can use this course to learn the new concepts. This course consists of numerous resources including text, graphics, interactive activities, Syntax Checker activities, Packet Tracer activities, labs, quizzes and exams that cover the new content.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here.

Cisco NetAcad: CCNA Security new Self-taught Bookable

Picture yourself as a security professional with the mission to protect your company’s data from theft, damage or disruption. Potential harm can come from a variety of sources. And the risk can quickly scale to a high-consequence event where you’ll have to react using the right knowledge. CCNA Security prepares you for tasks like these by developing the skills needed to design, implement and support security for network devices and ensure their integrity. Start building your expertise today and become an in-demand security professional tomorrow! Recommended preparation: CCNA: Introduction to Networks and CCNA: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials or equivalent knowledge.

CCNAv7 R&S: Introduction to Networks Prepares you for a networking career with this introduction to how networks operate. This first course in the 3-course CCNA series introduces architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements – functions needed to support the operations and priorities of Fortune 500 companies to small innovative retailers. You’ll even get the chance to build simple local area networks (LANs) yourself. You’ll have a working knowledge of IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and be able to perform basic configurations for routers and switches. Build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes. Configure routers, switches, and end devices to provide access to local and remote network resources and to enable end-to-end connectivity between remote devices. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer. Configure and troubleshoot connectivity a small network using security best practices

CCNA R&S: Routing and Switching Essentials (RSE) delves further into the world of networking with the second CCNA course in a 3-course series. This course focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. You’ll perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN. Recommended preparation: CCNA v7: Introduction to Networks or having equivalent knowledge. Work with routers, switches and wireless devices to configure and troubleshoot VLANs, Wireless LANs and Inter-VLAN routing. Configure and troubleshoot redundancy on a switched network using STP and EtherChannel. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer. Explain how to support available and reliable networks using dynamic addressing and first-hop redundancy protocols.

CCNAv7 R&S: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation is the third course in the 3-course CCNA series. Large enterprises depend heavily on the smooth operation of their network infrastructures. This final course in the CCNA series describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. It covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Recommended preparation: CCNA: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials or possessing equivalent knowledge.

CLA: Programming Essentials in C covers the basics of programming in the C programming language for entry-level IT and software development jobs. The course includes hands-on labs, quizzes and assessments to learn how to utilize the skills and knowledge gained on the course and interact with some real-life programming tasks and situations.

This course covers the universal concepts of computer programming, as well as syntax and semantics of the C language, advanced data types, advanced libraries, the universal concepts of computer programming and developer tools, ability to identify code bugs and bottlenecks, programming advanced data structures, solving complex problems using data structures and algorithms.

CPA: Programming Essentials in C++ teaches the basics of programming in the C++ programming language, as well as the fundamental concepts and techniques used in object-oriented programming. The course begins with the universal basics, without relying on object concepts, then gradually extends to advanced concepts that are encountered using the objective approach.

CPP: Advanced Programming in C++ covers intermediate and advanced C++ programming topics for junior-level and specialist-level IT and software development jobs. The course includes hands-on labs, quizzes and assessments to learn how to utilize the skills and knowledge gained on the course and interact with some real-life programming tasks and situations.

  • The Cybersecurity Essentials course develops foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security.
  • The 30-hour course introduces students to characteristics of cyber crime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks.
  • Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here.

Cisco NetAcad: Entrepreneurship new Self-taught Bookable

Entrepreneurship supplements the ICT skills gained in CCNA R&S curriculum by teaching business and financial skills, behaviors, and attitudes, to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Students learn by completing a series of interactive case studies.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can click this link to go to the course

Cisco NetAcad: Get Connected new Self-taught Bookable

The Get Connected course provides an introduction to the digital world with networks as a foundation for connecting people and things. The curriculum helps students understand how to use computers and connect to the Internet. Get Connected also explores the human network and introduces students to the world of social media.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join the course by clicking here.

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores the field of cybersecurity, specifically the importance of cybersecurity, data confidentiality, best practices for using the internet and social media safely, and potential career opportunities in this growing field.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here.

Intro to IoT introduces the concept of a network foundation connecting billions of things and trillions of gigabytes of data to enhance decision making and interactions. Course modules describe how IoE drives the convergence between an organization’s operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems, and the business processes for evaluating a problem and implementing an IoE solution. Machine-to-machine (M2M), machine-to-people (M2P), and people-to-people (P2P) connections in an IoE solution are also covered.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here

Introduction to Packet Tracer is a 10-hour self-paced course which highlights the basic features of the simulation tool for new users and how to use the package to include, connect, and program IoT devices into a network. A series of short and lively videos will guide you through the steps to create new networks, modify existing networks, and verify device connectivity within the network. Short labs that follow the videos in each section are an integral component to the learning process.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join the course by clicking here.

As an alternative to the Introduction to Packet Tracer, this course is designed for users of mobile devices, specifically Android and iOS. Only a little over an hour long, this self-paced course is for beginners with no prior networking knowledge. Expect to learn basic tool operations with hands-on activities that will help you visualize a network. Introductory course is proven helpful for all learners who use mobile devices.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join the course by clicking here.

Architectures and processes of the past are making way for more modern, real-time applications thanks to IoT (Internet of Things) systems and the data they collect. Dynamic data platforms are being built, and our ability to extract data using the latest analytics techniques is growing. So why not gain an edge and increase your employability by learning new skills? Skills such as collecting, storing, and visualizing data obtained from IoT sensors are in high demand. Be one of the few who know how to use data analytics to gain amazing insights from the intelligence produced. Insights that can help businesses make more-informed decisions. Prerequisite: IoT Fundamentals: Connecting Things is recommended.

  • The Big Data & Analytics course builds on Connecting Things, teaching you how to collect, store, and visualise data obtained from IoT sensors. You’ll develop the ability to extract data and use data analytics to gain insights, an extremely valuable skill to employers.

Nearly every object can now be connected to the Internet -- from washing machines to sophisticated components of an airplane’s jet engine, even organic items like crops and cows. The ability to connect things and capture useful data is transforming organizations in every industry and opening doors for new career specializations. Discover the basis of this exciting and emerging field using fun, hands-on activities to model securely connecting sensors to cloud services over IP networks and collecting data in an end-to-end IoT (Internet of Things) system. Basic programming (such as PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python), networking and electronics knowledge is recommended.

After you've completed Connecting Things or Big Data & Analytics, it's time to create your own IoT solution using your new skills. Here you’ll form a Hackathon team and use professional tools and templates to define, design, and prototype an IoT solution. What really dials up the heat is that your team’s project will find a new way to solve a real-world problem! Not only will you prototype an IoT solution, but you'll also learn how to present it to a panel of industry experts and peers! Prerequisite IoT Fundamentals: Connecting Things and/or Big Data & Analytics is recommended.

The explosive growth of connected IoT devices enables the world’s digitization, but also dramatically increases the amount of security threats. You’ll use the latest technologies to perform vulnerability and risk assessments, then research and recommend risk mitigation strategies for common security threats in IoT systems. More than ever, the world needs more skilled cybersecurity professionals. Adding IoT Security to your skillset differentiates you from all the other job candidates. Pair IoT Security with CyberOps Associate or CCNA Security courses and increase your employability with a deeper understanding of the anatomy of an attack and how to mitigate it.

The IT Essentials (ITE) course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer hardware and software, mobile devices, security and networking concepts, and the responsibilities of an IT professional. The latest release includes mobile devices, Linux, and client side virtualization, as well as expanded information about Microsoft Windows operating systems, security, networking, and troubleshooting.

The Linux Essentials course, developed and supported by Networking Academy partner NDG, teaches students the fundamentals of the Linux operating system and command line, and basic open source concepts.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here

This fee based online course is offered by Network Development Group (NDG). The content will help you develop the basic professional skills that are common to major distributions of Linux. The course is aligned to both the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 102 exam and CompTIA Linux+ vendor-neutral exam. After completing Linux I and the companion Linux II the courses you may elect to take either or both exams. The exam fee is not included in this course.

This course is part two in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking.

There are 6 Modules which include 19 chapters with assessments, 19 lab exercises, and midterm and final assessments.

The external LPI and CompTIA exams are optional, read how to book exams below.

If you do not have any Linux skills or you want to start from the basics you may wish to take the entry-level Linux Essentials course, which is an optional first step, to enrol please contact training@uis.cam.ac.uk.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join the course by clicking here. However you will still need to make a payment using a credit card the first time you access the course.

This fee based online course is offered by Network Development Group (NDG). The content will help you develop the basic professional skills that are common to major distributions of Linux. The course is aligned to both the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 101 exam and CompTIA Linux+ vendor-neutral exam. After completing Linux I and the companion Linux II the courses you may elect to take either or both exams. The exam fee is not included in this course.

This course is part one in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking. There are 8 Modules which include 26 chapters with assessments, 25 lab exercises, and midterm and final assessments.

The external LPI and CompTIA exams are optional, read how to book exams below.

If you do not have any Linux skills or you want to start from the basics you may wish to take the entry-level Linux Essentials course, which is an optional first step, to enrol please contact training@uis.cam.ac.uk.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here. However you will need to pay by credit card the first time you access the course.

The NDG Linux Unhatched exposes new learners to the basics of Linux software installation and configuration, and introduces the Linux command line in a short 8-hour, self-paced course. Aligned to the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ certification, learners develop basic Linux knowledge and whet appetite to further build Linux expertise by continuing with either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here.

Networking Essentials is designed for self-paced learning. There are twenty modules in the course.

Networking is at the heart of the digital transformation. The network is essential to many business functions today, including business critical data and operations, cybersecurity, and so much more. A wide variety of career paths rely on the network -- so it's important to understand what the network can do, how it operates, and how to protect it.

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join the course by clicking here and using the "sign up today" button. Select English as the course language.

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