Memos for: Postgraduates

Work Shadowing and Internship Opportunities

The Career Centre has four wonderful programmes running this semester that offer students of all degrees a chance to gain more work experience and expand their CV! Find the information below:

Work Shadowing – Spring Session: Spring shadowing is designed specifically for students – offering those who stay in the UK an opportunity to connect with alumni during the break. Going home? We’ll have plenty of global opportunities to pick from too.

Applications for Work Shadowing – Spring Session close on Sunday 25th February (Week 4)!

Managers Work Shadowing: This is a brand new and exciting opportunity to shadow managers across the University, allowing you to gain an insight into the inner workings of the University. Whether you’re interested in working within a University setting in the future, or if you are looking to see what a St Andrews Summer Internship might be like, we have something for you!

Applications for Managers Work Shadowing close on Sunday 25th February (Week 4)!

Career Conversations: This is another new addition to the Work Shadowing Programme which provides you with the opportunity to chat to PhD / Masters students across the University, in regards to their experiences with further study.

Applications for Career Conversations close on Sunday 25th February (Week 4)!

Spring Taster: During the spring break, the scheme offers day placements in various SMEs that participate in our summer scheme. During these day placements you compile a marketing document which can inform both you and future applicants of what working for that SME is really like. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to get your foot in the door, hone your marketing skills and ensure the SMEs you apply to are the right ones for you.

Application for the Spring Taster close on Sunday 25th February (Week 4)!

If you have any questions email Sam at Workshad@st-andrews.ac.uk

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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 next session will be at 7pm on Tuesday 27 February (Week 5). If you are interested in coming along, or have any questions, please contact Alice Carradice: amc17@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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Participants wanted – Economics Experiments and Earn Good Money

We are inviting UG and PG students to participate in a series of studies underway between now and the end of March. We need many participants.

In our studies participants face a variety of choice scenarios, and their choices lead to cash rewards. (The average overall compensation is very competitive. There is a show-up fee of £4, plus extra pay that can very substantial determined by choices that the participants make. Everybody is paid at least some extra pay.)

Economic studies (known as economics experiments) are a fun activity. No previous knowledge of economics is required. Indeed, that is often a plus.

(Economics experiments are fun, use no deception and no physical stress of any kind. Your identity is kept confidential from other participants.)

We would thus like to encourage you register to participate in our economics experiments.

To obtain more information and to register in order to participate, please go to:

https://portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/orsee/internal/public/

(UTREC approval code: EC13133).

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Applications sought for Chancellor’s Piper

Chancellor’s Piper

Job Description and Application Process

We are delighted to announce the invitation of applications for the position of Chancellor’s Piper. This prestigious, initially year-long post will involve playing at key University events throughout the academic year, and performing as the Chancellor’s personal piper at graduation dinners. The post offers an outstanding opportunity to participate in high-profile University occasions, and to make a major contribution to the ceremonial life of the University of St Andrews.

Main Duties

  • To be the Chancellor’s personal piper at graduation dinners in June and December
  • To play at key University events throughout the academic year, especially those at which the Chancellor is present
  • To play at University events including, but not limited to, graduation ceremonies and graduation-related events, opening ceremonies, installations, major church services and high-level fundraising events

Length of Post

  • One full academic year in the first instance
  • Applicants must be able to commit to being in St Andrews for June graduation ceremonies and be able to play at the ceremonies which take place in December

Remuneration

  • The Chancellor’s Piper will receive a small honorarium (£500)
  • Accommodation and reasonable travel expenses will be met for engagements undertaken in St Andrews outwith term-time

Terms of application

  • Applications are welcome from undergraduate and post-graduate students who are not currently in their final year of study
  • This is a high-profile, public position which also involves acting as an ambassador for the University: applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competency when playing for ceremonial and formal occasions
  • Applicants must be able to march and pipe and pipe with confidence and own/have access to their own uniform/appropriate formal attire
  • The successful applicant would be expected to shadow the current post-holder during Graduation Week in June 2018 (26-29 June)

 The application process

  • Applicants are invited to submit a covering letter and CV, plus details of two referees who may be contacted prior to/after interview
  • Shortlisted applicants will be auditioned by a small panel; part of the process will involve marching while playing and performing 5-8 minutes of ceremonial music (chosen by the applicant)
  • Please note that applicants will be asked to attend the audition in the dress they would usually wear when piping at formal events

 

 The deadline for the receipt of applications is Monday 2 April 2018.

Applications should be sent to

Dr Fiona Thompson

Executive Officer to the Principal’s Office

by Email: fjt71@st-andrews.ac.uk

 Auditions will take place in May.

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Sign-ups OPEN for the 60 Hour Film Blitz Community Film Festival

Sign-up here: https://filmpresident.wixsite.com/60hourfilmblitz/sign-up

The Department of Film Studies is very pleased to announce that sign-ups for the 60 Hour Film Blitz Community Film Festival 2018 are now open! The Blitz is a film competition open to all members of the St Andrews community, students and staff. Participants will have the opportunity to create a three-minute film over a 60-hour period that will take place from March 9th through March 12th 2018. This year’s theme is Decades, which means that all film submissions must focus on any decade from the 1900s through to 2010. Best of luck to all participants! You can keep up to date with everything Blitz by following our Facebook page (@UStA60HourFilmBlitz): https://www.facebook.com/UStA60HourFilmBlitz/

 

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Visit by Jorge Cham (PhD Comics) – 22nd March

CAPOD is pleased to announce that Jorge Cham, acclaimed creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD) Comics will be making a rare visit to St Andrews on 22nd March.

He will be delivering a workshop on Communicating your research to a general audience in the morning.  This is open to research postgraduate students and academic/research staff only, and places are limited, so don’t delay in booking your place!  Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=8076

Jorge will also be giving a one hour lecture on Finding humour in Academia – this is open to all students and all staff.  Jorge last visited St Andrews in 2014 and had the crowd in stitches for his talk, so spread the word!  No booking is required, but for more information see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=8078

Jorge will be doing a book signing in School 3 of St Salvator’s Quad after his lecture.

 

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St Leonard’s Chapel Choir – all welcome

Volunteer singers wanted for St Leonard’s Chapel Choir – magical candlelit service, St Leonard’s Chapel, Thursday nights during teaching time, 8.30pm rehearsal, 10pm service.  All are welcome – no choral singing experience is required.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/music/perform/singers/slcc/

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St Andrews Student Leader of the Year Award- nominations and applications now being accepted

The closing date for the University of St Andrews Student Leader of the Year award is 6th April 2018 (Midnight)

This award is open to all matriculated students and aims to recognise leadership in all its forms- be that self-leadership, peer leadership or leadership within the community. Supported by the Proctor and sponsored by the Professional Skills Curriculum, the award will be listed on the winner’s academic transcript and entitles them to up to £300 towards a personal development event of their choice.

For more information on applying or nominating a student, please see the website.

You don’t have to have changed the world, you just need to have made something happen.

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Software Carpentry 29th – 30th March

Date: Thu 29 Mar 2018 to Fri 30 Mar 2018
Time: Day 1 (09:30-17:00), Day 2 (09:30-17:00)
Key details: For researchers who need to write code, develop/maintain programs, scripts. For beginners. Bring your laptop. Lunch provided.

Click here for more info and to book

Do you currently / intend to write code, develop or maintain programs, scripts or other code as part of your research? If so, this 2 day workshop is for you!

Dedicated to teaching basic computing software development skills to researchers, this workshop run by Software Carpentry is aimed at researchers who want to develop the computing skills they need to streamline their workflow, organise their data and get more done in less time, and with less pain!

Outline
Day 1 morning: Automating tasks with Unix shell
Day 1 afternoon: Building programs with python
Day 2 morning: Version control with Git
Day 2 afternoon: Building programs with Python

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Assistant Warden Vacancy – St Salvator’s Hall

An Assistant Warden Vacancy has become available at St Salvator’s Hall.
For more information please see link:
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/pg/awrole/

Closing Date: 5.30pm Friday the 2nd of March 2018
Interview Date: Thursday the 8th of March 2018

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