Memos for: Postgraduates

Participants wanted: Research seeking runners and joggers for a study on prediction guidance and running (Rewards: £4 & body fat % measurement)

You will be compensated with £4 and an accurate body composition measurement (i.e. total and segmented body fat percentages, bone mass, metabolic age, daily recommended calorie intake, and muscle mass) using a TANITA scale.

This study is being conducted as part of Konstantinos (Kostas) Liverakos’ PhD Research Programme in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience (Ethics approval code: PS14429), and it takes place at the University of St Andrews Sports Centre.

Participants are required to be 18-40 years old and have running or jogging experience (run or jog at least twice per week). Participant should have cumulative running experience of over a year.

The study involves one session, lasting for approximately 40 minutes. During each session, participants will be asked to complete 2 short questionnaires on running self-regulation and exercise experience. Following these, they will then have to complete 1 very short, high-intensity running workout.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kostas Liverakos (kl65) or sign up on SONA

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Participants wanted: for a study on autobiographical memory

Project Title: An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in autism spectrum disorder.

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics Approval code PS14174)

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories. We are seeking individuals who are not not on the autism spectrum to serve as controls for this study.

You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval.

During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it.

All collected data will be confidential.

Participants will be paid £15 for their participation.

Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: Individuals on the Autism Spectrum required for a study on autobiographical memory

An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics approval code PS14174).

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories.
You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval. During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it. All collected data will be confidential.
Participants will be paid £15 for their participation.

Contact details:
Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: Seeking Dads: For Online Child Food Study

Contact Dr Joanne Cecil at childfoodstudy@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information and to take part.

UTREC approval code: MD12886

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Participants wanted: online study – University Student’s Mood

This study is being conducted as part of my, Harriet Hobday’s, Postgraduate Degree in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. (UTREC Approval Code, PS14296).
We invite you to participate in a research project exploring the relations between the quantity and quality of social contacts, group identification, and mental wellbeing amongst university students. The survey will use established scales measuring the quantity and quality of contact with family members and fellow students, group identification, perceived stress, depressed mood and loneliness.
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which contains 86 questions that we anticipate will take 25 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my research before consenting to participate.
After completing this survey/questionnaire you will have a chance to be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 4 x £50 Amazon vouchers.
Qualtrics link: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qQiO96hZOxd6TP

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Participants Wanted: A Study on Grit and Understanding of Mixed Emotions in 8 to 13 Year-Old Children

Project Title: Investigating the relationship between coping and understanding of mixed emotions in pre-adolescence through a developmental perspective.

This study is being conducted as part of Francesca Fotheringham’s PhD in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (ethical approval code PS14258).

Are you curious about what your child knows about emotions?

We invite your child(ren) age 8 to 13 to participate in an exciting research project exploring pre-adolescent children’s coping and grit, in relation to how they think about emotions. This is to gain a broader understanding of resilience.

The researcher will read three stories and your child(ren) will be asked to choose from a selection of emotions what they thought the person in the story felt and draw how much and for how long they thought the chosen emotions were felt. They will then be asked to complete a questionnaire on grit, a questionnaire on their emotional coping, and a questionnaire about their life experiences (e.g. moving house, moving school, and getting a younger sibling). No identifiable data will be recorded and it is anticipated that this will take no longer than 20 minutes.

You will also be asked to complete a two part questionnaire about your child(ren)’s behaviour, personality, and emotional coping. You will be provided with a detailed information sheet before you decide to take part and the questionnaires should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All data will be anonymised and stored securely.

If you are interested, please contact Francesca Fotheringham (flf2), or her supervisors Dr Barbara Dritschel (bd9) and Dr Erin Robbins (er70).

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Participants wanted: for a study on autobiographical memory

Project Title: An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in autism spectrum disorder.

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics Approval code PS14174)

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories. We are seeking individuals who are not not on the autism spectrum to serve as controls for this study.

You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval.

During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it.

All collected data will be confidential.

Participants will be paid £15 for their participation.

Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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The Development Office are recruiting: Phone Campaigns 2019-20

Join our Autumn and Spring phone campaigns as a telephone fundraiser

Connect with St Andrews alumni and parents to update them on projects at St Andrews, renew contact information, gather feedback on publications and activities and to ask for donations in support of our current fundraising priorities such as the Laidlaw Music Centre, scholarships & bursaries, sport and more.

You can apply here https://buffalofc.formstack.com/forms/standrewstelethon2019_20

for Autumn or Spring campaign or both by midnight 7th October 2019. Indicate your rota preference (will be two weekday and one weekend shift per week for three weeks each campaign) on the form and training is compulsory.

Dates for Autumn: Training: Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th October.
Calling: Monday 28th October to Sunday 17th November.

Dates for Spring: Training: Saturday and Sunday 8th & 9th February.
Calling: Monday 10th February to Sunday 1st March.

NOTE: We aim to stick to rota choice however Autumn is focused on calling the US so there may be requirement for late night shifts. Spring is UK and international and times may vary. Callers must be able to show some flexibility.

Rates in region of:
Basic and training rate: £8.75 per hour
After 10pm £9.69 per hour
After midnight £10.24 per hour

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Participants wanted: Individuals on the Autism Spectrum required for a study on autobiographical memory

An examination of voluntary and involuntary autobiographical memory retrieval in individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This study is being conducted as part of my, Dr. Barbara Dritschel, research programme at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. (Ethics approval code PS14174).

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how being on the autism spectrum affects how one remembers personal experiences and how one deals with such memories.
You will first be asked to complete several measures of individual differences assessing your mood, your tendency to engage in systematizing behaviours, executive functioning that reflects the style of manipulating, inhibiting and generating information such as numbers and letters. You will also complete a short test of verbal ability as verbal ability can influence autobiographical memory retrieval. During completion of the memory diary, you will be asked to record a total of 10 voluntary memories and 10 automatically arising memories, maximum 2 memories per day. For each memory, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the characteristics of the retrieved memory, and how you relate to and cope with it. All collected data will be confidential.
Participants will be paid £15 for their participation.

Contact details:
Barbara Dritschel (PI)
bd9@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Mandatory Workshops for PGRs who Teach (AY19-20 dates)

Research postgraduates must complete mandatory courses before engaging in any teaching or marking (you only need to do them once).  The purpose of the workshops is to ensure that all postgraduate teachers have a basic understanding of the UK educational environment, awareness of relevant St Andrews policies and the range of support available for students, and grounding in the basic skills they will need to teach groups of students and to mark student work effectively. For the full range of support available see Support for Postgraduate Researchers who Teach.

(Research staff who do some teaching can either do these workshops or the relevant Academic Staff Development Programme workshops.)

You need to do one Tutoring/Demonstrating and one Assessment workshop.  If you can’t make the Faculty-specific workshops, you are welcome to attend any of the other ones – the same principles are covered, it’s just the examples that differ.  You must also complete the online course Diversity in the Workplace before attending the face-to-face workshops.

Book these workshops using the online booking system.

  • Tutoring and Demonstrating: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Thurs 29th August 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Fri 30th August 2019, 1-5pm
  • Tutoring in the Arts: An introduction – Tues 10th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Arts): An introduction – Wed 11th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Tutoring & Demonstrating in the Sciences: An introduction – Thurs 12th September 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Science): An introduction – Fri 13th September 2019, 1-5pm

There are “catch-up” sessions for students arriving later in the semester who will be teaching in semester 1.  These workshops are for students from all Faculties.

  • Tutoring and Demonstrating: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Thurs 3rd October 2019, 1-5pm
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct: An introduction (cross-Faculty) – Fri 4th October 2019, 1-5pm

Note that these are the only dates in semester 1 that the mandatory courses will be run.  After that the next round of workshops will be 21st & 22nd (Arts) and 23rd & 24th (Science) January 2020.

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