Memos for: Postgraduates

Looking for help funding a student drama production?

Looking for financial assistance for a dramatic or other stage production? The Student Drama Advisory Group may be able to help.

For more information, including the application form, please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/money/bursariesandscholarships/antonytudorfund/

The deadline for this round of applications is 1pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

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Chapel Service for the Commemoration of St Leonard (5 November)

St Leonard’s Postgraduate and Doctoral College and the University Chaplaincy warmly invite postgraduates to a service of commemoration to be held on Sunday 5 November 2017.

About St Leonard and the Commemoration Service

St Leonard was a Frankish noble who converted to Christianity in 496AD. He is venerated as the patron saint of prisoners and captives. Places and towns across Europe are named after St Leonard, including St Leonard’s College – the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews.

Each year St Leonard’s College and the University Chaplaincy host a special service to commemorate the feast day of St Leonard. The service is held in St Leonard’s Chapel, parts of which are thought to date from the 12th century.

Attend the Service

The service is open to all postgraduates – Masters students and research students. However, places at the service are limited owing to the small size of St Leonard’s Chapel.

This year’s service takes place on 5 November 2017 at 18:00 and will be conducted by the University Chaplain, Revd Dr Donald MacEwan. The service will be followed by a drinks reception in St Mary’s College Hall.

If you would like to attend, please contact Brett Dodgson at St Leonard’s College – email stlc@st-andrews.ac.uk

This message is posted on behalf of the Provost of St Leonard’s College.

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Conference Call for Papers

Conference Call for Papers

The History Society is calling for budding historians to present at their fourth annual Undergraduate History Conference, on Saturday 10th February 2018. The most engaging, scholarly and thought-provoking paper presented at the conference will win the Dean’s Prize, worth £100.

We invite papers of 15-20 minutes (approx. 3000-4000 words) on any issue that interests you and relates to this year’s theme, History and Memory.

 If interested, students should send a proposal (approx. 500 words) by email at ughistconf@st-andrews.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 20th October 2017. The proposal should include a summary of the topic and a note of at least five sources consulted.

By Friday 3rd November 2017 you will receive an email that will let you know if your proposal has been accepted. Proposals will be evaluated on academic merit and originality.

 

If you require further information, please email our Conference Co-ordinator Sophie at ughistconf@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Postgraduates: Meet the Teams Behind the Scenes (20 September)

Don’t forget to pop in to Parliament Hall between 2pm and 5pm on Wednesday 20 September to ‘meet the teams behind the scenes’ over tea and cake. Representatives of units and services from across the University will be on hand to answer questions and share what they can do to help make your time as a postgraduate in St Andrews successful, happy and fulfilling. We look forward to seeing you.

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Open Association Lectures and Courses

We still have places available for our Sign Language courses. Choose from iBSL which runs over both semesters or Introduction to British Sign Language which is for just one semester. Also, have a look at our fantastic selection of Friday Evening Lectures, ranging from Deep-Water Marine Archaeology, Plague and the Black Death, How Extremists use Social Media, Coastlines of Britain and many more. For further information visit the Open Association website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/open-association/

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St Leonard’s College Magazine – Out Now

2017-18 St Leonard’s College Magazine is out now and available online

This edition of the St Leonard’s College Magazine features an interview with the Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, reflections on designing a personal PhD “landscape”, and a look at the benefits of public engagement. Other articles cover:

  • the 2016 St Leonard’s College Postgraduate Lectures
  • how fieldwork brings research to life
  • who does what in the Postgraduate Society
  • combining comedy and academia in the Bright Club

Copies of the magazine are available from the Students’ Association Building or you can read the magazine online.

Many thanks to all those colleagues and postgraduates who have contributed to this year’s magazine and, in particular, Hannah Lawrence who coordinated the editing and production.

About St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College

St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. Supporting both Masters students and PhD students St Leonard’s College works to promote a culture in which postgraduate scholarship, creativity, and discovery flourish.

Keep up with the latest St Leonard’s College news and events – follow us on social media:

This message is posted on behalf of the Provost of St Leonard’s College.

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University art group

Are you interested in drawing or painting in an absorbing and friendly environment, and meeting students and colleagues from other departments in the University?

DABS (the ‘Doing Art in the Bell Pettigrew’ Society) is a group of postgraduate students and staff who meet every other Tuesday evening from 7 to 10pm in the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History, located in the Bute Building, to draw some of the many interesting specimens on display. We usually begin with refreshments and a chat, before dispersing around the museum to draw or paint whatever takes our fancy.

This is not an art class; it is a very informal, bring-your-own-materials affair for anyone who enjoys art and finds it fun or relaxing to draw. All postgraduate students and staff are welcome, regardless of artistic ability!

Our first session of the 2017-2018 academic year will be at 7pm on Tuesday 26 September (Week 2). If you are interested in coming along, or have any questions, please contact Alice Carradice: amc17@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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Apply to be on an On The Rocks subcommittee!

Subcommittee applications for On The Rocks 2018 are open!

On The Rocks is the largest student-run arts festival in the UK, as well as a subcommittee of the Students’ Association.

2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, so the committee are hoping to make the festival even bigger and better than ever before. There are positions available on our events, venues & tech, press, community & outreach and marketing & design subcommittees, and we are also looking for enthusiastic individuals to take up the roles of Art On The Rocks Officer, Sponsorship Officer and Logistics Officer.

Being on a subcommittee is a wonderful way to get involved in the arts in St Andrews and we look forward to having you on board!

Applications can be found on our website: http://www.ontherocksfestival.com/subcommittee-applications-otr2018 and are open until Wednesday 27th September.

If you have any questions, please direct these to the On The Rocks website, Facebook page or to the committee, who will be more than happy to answer them!

Best of luck!

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Malinda Carpenter, School of Psychology and Neuroscience (27 September)

Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 5.15pm in School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle.

The Lecture will be followed by a reception in Lower College Hall.

All Welcome.

Our children’s social and prosocial development:

The good news, the bad news and what we can do to help

I will present a broad overview of my research on infants’ and young children’s social and prosocial (e.g., helping and sharing) behaviour.  The good news coming out of this research is that, beginning already in infancy, we are extremely affiliative and prosocial:  We care about others’ feelings and needs, we help others achieve their goals, we enjoy cooperating and we try to behave morally and fairly.  The bad news is that these positive behaviours are often directed selectively at our ‘in-group’ members – people who are like us – which can result in serious negative consequences such as prejudice and exclusion toward people who we may see as different from us.  Luckily, my research shows just how easy it can be to intervene to increase various types of positive behaviour in young children.  While presenting this research, I will highlight potential links with other academics (e.g., in philosophy, computer science and international relations).  I will also mention plans to partner with interested educators to develop simple programmes for use in nurseries and schools to promote positive values like equality, inclusion and considerateness.  Finally, I will briefly introduce the University of St Andrews Baby and Child Research Lab to parents who might be interested in participating in this and other developmental psychology research with their children.

 

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Innovation Grant & PG Conference Fund (apply by 13th November)

Staff and research postgraduate students are invited to apply for funding to support:

  • Innovative projects to develop transferable skills training resources or activities for research postgraduate students (up to £2000).
  • Conferences organised by and for research postgraduates (up to £1000 of matched funding).

For more information and how to apply, see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/funding/innovation/ The deadlines for this academic year are: 20th September, 13th November and 12th March.  Students apply via the online funding portal, staff email applications directly to CAPOD.

The sorts of Innovation Grant projects that have been funded in the past include a new text-encoding workshop, an animal handling skills course, and developing a new online academic journal, but the aim is to encourage a creative approach to transferable skills development, so let your imagination run wild!

If you are interested in running an academic conference for postgraduates to present their research, you can apply to the PG Conference Fund.  Key conditions are that GRADskills will only match funding already awarded, and applicants must attend the Conference planning for postgraduates workshop or have similar training or relevant experience.

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