Memos for: Staff

Library early closures

On Wednesday 21 August, the Thomson Reading Room in Martyrs will be closed until 13.00. All other sites will be open as usual.

On Friday 23 August, the Main Library, St Mary’s College Library including King James Library, and Martyrs Kirk, will close early at 16.00. Library at the Gateway and JF Allen Library will be open as usual. All sites will return to normal opening from Saturday 24 August, please check our web pages for full information.

24 hour pc classrooms are available.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Participants wanted: Role of Depth in Selective Attention

We are looking for participants for a study on the attentional mechanism underlying the perception of depth. This study is being conducted as part of my Laidlaw research project at the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will be asked to look at simple patterns of elements through a stereoscope. Looking through a stereoscope is a bit like watching a 3D film; each eye sees a slightly different image, resulting in parts of that image “popping out” at you. The task is simple; you will be shown simple patterns of elements and will be asked to pick out an element with a particular depth and orientation. A session will last around an hour.

Before the experiment we need to test your binocular vision. If you are one of about 10% of people with very poor binocular vision, we may need to let you go after less time. If so, we will compensate you for a minimum of £3. For those taking part in the full experiment, you will be compensated £5 per hour.

If you’re interested, please sign up on SONA with the following link:

https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1121
If available slots aren’t convenient for you, you can also contact me at vr31@st-andrews.ac.uk and we can try to arrange an alternative time.

Researcher: Valeria Ryabchina
Supervisor: Prof. Julie Harris
Ethical approval code: PS13660

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Supporting Student Learning (module ID5101)

This is an optional 10-credit, Masters-level module which is open to postgraduate teachers and early career academics.  Participants on this module will be able to consider issues in more depth and breadth than is possible in the introductory workshops to further enhance their learning and teaching skills. This is a practice-based, professional development module which emphasises reflection on practice.

A pre-requisite for enrolling is that participants be actively engaged in some form of teaching or supporting student learning.  The module is not available within the advising system; enrolment is by application directly to the module co-ordinator, Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee, and applications must be received no later than 13th September 2019.

Places are capped at 14.  More information and the application form are available on the following pages. Please contact Dr McKiggan-Fee if you have any questions.

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Partcipants wanted: the impact of flooding on a community

This study is being conducted as part of my (Meng Zhang, aka Logan) PhD research project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The study aims to explore how people react in a flood. We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will experience a simulated flood, and some scenarios adapted from previous field studies in 2018. In the experiment, you will need to report your feelings and perceptions of the event, and you will also need to make choices in certain scenarios.

You should be at least 17 years old and should not have experienced a flood before.

The experiment will take no more than 30 minutes and it is conducted in the Social Immersion Lab. You will be reimbursed with £3.

If you are interested, please sign up on SONA with the following link:
https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1089

Ethical approval code: PS14082

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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, ideally just before the semester in which you first teach. 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 (select “Research postgraduate” from the Audience drop-down menu).

  • 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

There is only one set of workshops in semester two: the Arts workshops are 21st & 22nd January, the Science workshops are 23rd & 24th January 2020.

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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: Have you been experiencing low mood lately?

We are looking for participants for a study examining the characteristics of positive memories in individuals experiencing low mood. The study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Participants should have been experiencing low mood for at least the past week, be fluent in English and in the age range 18-65 years old.

In the first part of the study participants will be asked to complete questions about autobiographical memory, trait mindfulness, emotion regulation and their past and present mental health. In the second part of the study participants will be asked to complete a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the study inclusion criteria. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited to participate in the study.

Individuals who are invited to participate in the study will receive monetary reward for their participation: £8 for completing part one of the study and £8 for completing part two of the study.

Contact details:
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham
aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ethical approval code:  PS13948

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PGR policy changes for 2019/20

A number of important policy changes relating to postgraduate research students have been approved and will come into effect for the 2019/2020 academic year. A complete list of changes is available online. All policies are available on the Academic policies and regulations page. In particular, PGR students should be aware of the changes below.

Leave of Absence, Re-Engagement and Withdrawal
A new policy outlining the principles, procedures and deadlines surrounding leave of absence, re-engagement and withdrawal.  (Policy came into effect in January 2019).

Compassionate Leave amendment
An option has been introduced for postgraduate research students on a Tier 4 visa to request a short break from their studies due to a bereavement or other serious personal or medical matter without needing to apply for a new visa.

Location of Studies
‘Commutable distance’ has been defined as within 75 miles of St Andrews .

Good Academic Practice
This policy has been restructured to make clearer the processes of identification, escalation, investigation and sanctioning of academic misconduct.  More detailed information on how to deal with cases of PGR academic misconduct has been included and a broader range of sanctions has been introduced.

Policy for Postgraduate Research Students
The Policy for postgraduate research students, which was previously presented as a webpage, has been converted to individual PDF documents to align with other University policies. Links to the documents can be found on the webpage, as well as on the Academic Policies page. Notable changes to the policy include:

  • Supervision of PGR students
    • Definitions and requirements – Amended to allow postdoctoral researchers to be appointed as secondary supervisors.
  • Research skills training – Added a section on required training which details new requirements for research integrity training.

Length of Studies and Associated Fees for Postgraduate Research Students
Introduction of a part-time continuation period for students who have been part-time for at least 12 months (6 months for MPhil students) prior to the start of the continuation period.

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Participants wanted: the impact of flooding on a community

This study is being conducted as part of my (Meng Zhang, aka Logan) PhD research project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The study aims to explore how people react in a flood. We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will experience a simulated flood, and some scenarios adapted from previous field studies in 2018. In the experiment, you will need to report your feelings and perceptions of the event, and you will also need to make choices in certain scenarios.

You should be at least 17 years old and should not have experienced a flood before.

The experiment will take no more than 30 minutes and it is conducted in the Social Immersion Lab. You will be reimbursed with £3.

If you are interested, please sign up on SONA with the following link:
https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1089

Ethical approval code: PS14082

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Participants wanted: for a study on mindfulness and autobiographical memory

This study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD research project at the School of Psychology &  Neuroscience.

We invite individuals with a history of depression (low mood) to participate in a research project examining how mindfulness training affects the way individuals remember personal experiences. Participants should be fluent in English; be in the age range 18-65 years old; and should not be experiencing an ongoing episode of depression.

The study includes two groups: one which will take part in an online mindfulness training programme over a period of eight weeks, and one that will be invited to complete the mindfulness training programme after the study period has ended. All participants will be asked to complete measures (questionnaires and interview) of autobiographical memory, emotion regulation, psychological symptoms and style of thinking and experiencing the world, as well as a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the inclusion criteria of the study. Eligible individuals will be invited to take part in the study.

Monetary reward for completion of the study: £23.

All collected data will be confidential.

Contact details:
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham
aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Approval code: PS13167

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