Memos for: Postgraduates

Participants wanted (online) study: health and microplastics

Exploring peoples’ opinion on Microplastics and related behaviour from an environmental and health perspective

This study is being conducted as part of my Honours Degree in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.

We invite you to participate in a research project to explore people’s knowledge and attitudes towards microplastic and two related behaviours: purchasing plastic bottled water and plastic wrapped take-aways. This is a two part study consisting of a brief survey and a follow up interview for those that are interested. All participants are given the chance to enter a prize draw.

If you are interested, please get in contact using the details below or access the study immediately using the provided link. You will then be given a Participant Information Sheet that further details my research and have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked whether you consent to participate.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cux3GPdaZM4ZQmF

Ethics Approval Code: MD14821

Contact Details:
Researcher: Jessica Nieder, jn66@st-andrews.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr. Gozde Ozakinci

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Participation wanted (online): Wee Walk Once Week: What helps and what does not?

An MSc in Health Psychology student, Esther Skelhorn, is conducting a study about understanding the reasons people attend or do not attend WWOW. If you have attended or signed up to WWOW. Esther would like invite you to take part in an interview. The interview will take place via Microsoft teams, Skype or telephone. The interview is expected to take no longer than 30 minutes. The walk organiser at CAPOD will be unaware of your participation in this study.

If you are interested, please email Esther (ees20@st-andrews.ac.uk). You will then be given a participant information sheet that further details our research and have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked whether you consent to participate.

As a token of our appreciation, you can choose to receive £5 after the interview.

Contact Details
Researcher: Esther Skelhorn ees20@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gozde Ozakinci (supervisor) go10@st-andrews.ac.uk and Dr Sharon Carstairs (supervisor) sc295@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ethics approval code: MD14838

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Specific Learning Difficulties in HE (11th June)

There are a small number of places left on this CEED workshop, which is open to all staff that teach (regardless of contract type).

Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) is an overarching term used to describe different conditions that affect information processing and learning. This workshop will primarily focus on dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia/DCD, dyscalculia and ADHD, beginning with an outline of the  typical characteristics associated with each condition to help you understand and recognise the presenting features.  You will be given information on sources of support in the University, including guidance on the referral process. The workshop will also cover practical exercises on support strategies that you can draw on in your day-today work with students who have or might have a SpLD.

Individuals who have one or other SpLD are protected by equality legislation in education and in the workplace and, as such, reasonable adjustments have to be made to prevent discrimination and remove disadvantage. Having  a well-informed community is an important step towards achieving equality and removing discriminatory practices.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9800

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Vital to running an inclusive & accessible learning environment.”
  • “Rich information. Excellent presentation. Friendly approach.”
  • “Very good overview of the breadth of differences in learning.”
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Pitch perfect: public speaking, networking and engaging (online 8th June)

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career. Public speaking and networking are key components to a successful career, both within academia and beyond.

This online GRADskills workshop will cover various situations that researchers are faced with regularly with regard to verbal interaction. We will cover oral presentations, short communications, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt to a variety of situations: how do you respond to difficult questions? How do you effectively engage with senior academics?

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9415

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “The presentation exercise was quite useful – preparing quickly and getting feedback.”
  • “It was a very helpful event and an excellent workshop leader.”
  • “If they have not done a course like that, they should definitely give it a try.”
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Leadership and teamwork for researchers (online 8th June)

When hiring new team members, organisations are now increasingly choosing individuals with transferable skills such as leadership, teamworking, strong communication, negotiation and cooperative working. How an individual perceives their own professional style, what their preferences are and how they interact with and manage others is a key part of this, and researchers can benefit from exploring their own personal method of working. This online GRADskills workshop is designed specifically for research postgraduates who are interested in further developing their skillset in order to enhance their employment prospects.

The workshop introduces different organisational cultures, the different types and styles of leadership, how to identify leadership opportunities and various team roles. It consists of case studies, group discussion, individual exercises and presentations from the instructor.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9417

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “This will help you develop an understanding of your own leadership and teamworking ability.”
  • “A very informative session that helps you understand leadership qualities and roles within teams.”
  • “I found it very useful to consider what it is that makes a good leader and why some people are good leaders.”
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Applied multivariate analysis using R (29 June)

The delivery format for the GRADskills workshop Applied Multivariate Analysis using R has been adapted for lockdown. The workshop will now involve a combination of self-study materials (sent on 29 June) and four live question and answer sessions (6, 7, 8, 9 July from 3-5pm) aiming to provide familiarity and confidence with the analysis and visualisation of data comprising several or many variables simultaneously. Statistical theory and mathematics are kept to a minimum. The emphasis is on the concepts and how to apply the methods in R.

Please register now via PDMS.

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Research computing support at St Andrews

For researchers who work with code, there are several ways to stay in touch and get help, in particular with using tools for collaborative computational research:

  • The Research Software Team provides a forum for researchers who code to keep in touch, ask questions and participate in discussions. If you use Office 365, click here to join the Microsoft Team.
  • The Research Computing Network mailing list is the best way to keep up with relevant announcements; you can browse the archives and join it by clicking here: https://selby.st-andrews.ac.uk/sympa/info/rescomp-network (use VPN to open this link outside University network).
  • The Research Computing service provided by ITS offers software development services to researchers in all disciplines and support to researchers developing their own software. Get in touch with them by emailing research-computing@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • The Research Software Group at the School of Computer Science offers advice and training in various aspects of research software development and maintenance, as well as publishing computational research. Please contact Alexander Konovalov at alexander.konovalov@st-andrews.ac.uk
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GRADskills Research Student Development Fund (last chance to apply)

The GRADskills Research Student Development Fund enables research postgraduate students to attend workshops or courses that provide generic, transferable skills development that will benefit them in a wide range of future careers, eg communication skills, outreach, digital literacy, statistics, working with the media, etc. PGR students can apply for up to £100 toward the cost of attending online courses in academic writing/publishing, research methods, statistics, and more.

The final call for the fund for this academic year is 8th June, to cover enrollment start dates on online courses/events to 27th July.  Please be sure to read all of the guidance on the Research Student Development Fund page before making your application. If you are unsure as to whether a course would be eligible, please email gradskills-pgr@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Key dates and deadlines (2020-2021) now published

Students and staff may be interested to view the ‘Key dates and deadlines 2020-2021’, which were published last week. You can download them from the Semester dates 2020-2021 webpage, or by following the links below:

Key dates and deadlines for staff (2020-2021) (PDF)
Key dates and deadlines for students (2020-2021) (PDF)

The documents contain important administrative Key dates and deadlines for 2020-2021, up to August 2021. Their purpose it to assist students and staff with planning ahead for the coming academic year.

The documents are maintained by Academic Registry. If you have any queries, please email kz1@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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PGR Recruitment: Academic Skills Project 2020

Are you looking to develop your teaching experience?  Would you like to gain some experience of curriculum design?  Are you interested in teaching and enabling undergraduates to perform well in their academic pursuits?

Then the Academic Skills Project (ASP) is for you!  The ASP is a PGR led initiative, project managed by CEED (Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development),  which aims to create a framework for subject-specific academic skills to be delivered to undergraduates via high quality workshops.

The ASP is now entering its sixth year and for 2020/21 will be delivered online.  A video briefing about the next cycle of the project is now available.

PGRs are able to participate in two ways:

  1. School Coordinator– coordinates the overall project within their school, including recruiting other PGRs to act as workshop leaders, liaising with the DoT/ other academic staff liaison, designing the overall programme, managing the budget, evaluation of the workshops, room booking etc.  This is expected to take c. 15-20 hours per semester.  The Coordinator is paid a fixed stipend of £200 for Semester 1.  Recruitment currently open.
  2. Workshop Leaders– responsible for design, delivery and evaluation of individual workshops in consultation with the School Coordinator.  Workshop Leaders are paid at the standard tutoring rate at a recommended minimum of 2 hour preparation plus delivery time—or equivalent if designing other online resources. Workshop Leaders are normally recruited by School Coordinators towards the end of June and in July.

We are currently looking to recruit School Coordinators in some schools- more information on how to apply is contained within the video briefing and on the ASP webpage.

You can also contact CEED for more information.

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