Memos for: Staff

College Gate Car Park – closed until Thursday 12 December

The College Gate car park will remain closed until Thursday 12th December 2019 to allow for the removal of the marquee.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

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Participants wanted: Seeking Parents for Online Child Food Study

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child aged 2-4 years, we invite you to take part in a study to help understand the influence of different factors on food intake in children. The study involves completing an online questionnaires (20 minutes), and a brief task at the University of St Andrews (15 minutes). We offer a £10 Amazon voucher for completing the study.

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

UTREC approval code: MD12886

 

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Participants wanted: How people react in a disaster? A social immersion experiment

Experience a simulated flood and make decisions in several tasks. This study is being conducted as part of my, Meng Zhang’s PhD Thesis in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. You should be at least 18 years old and have no prior experience of flood. £3/approx. 20min.

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. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by 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. Ethical approval code: PS14557

SONA link: https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1127

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Thesis Boot Camp 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2020 (last chance to apply!)- deadline 9 Dec

Drop and give me 20,000 words!

This academic year the intensive Thesis Boot Camp writing weekend for doctoral students will run from Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February 2020.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make significant headway with your thesis writing, in a structured and supportive environment. If you’re struggling with procrastination, writers’ block, distracting kids… this is the place to be!

All meals apart from breakfast will be provided, and the programme includes briefing sessions, one-to-one consultation with the experienced facilitator and scheduled activity breaks.  (You’ll need to organise your own accommodation.)  You must make a commitment to attend the whole event.

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 9th December, and you will be notified no later than 19th December if you have been accepted onto the programme.  For more information and to download an application form, see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/students/pgresearch/gradskills/thesisbootcamp/

If you are a taught postgraduate (Masters) student, then you may wish to apply for Dissertation Boot Camp, which runs in the summer.

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Mandatory Workshops for PGRs who Teach (Semester 2 dates)

Doctoral students must complete mandatory CAPOD courses before engaging in any teaching or marking, ideally just before the semester in which you first teach. The dates below are the only workshops for semester 2.

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 your 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).  All workshops run from 1-5pm.

  • Tutoring in the Arts: An introduction – Tues 21st January 2020
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Arts): An introduction – Wed 22nd January 2020
  • Tutoring & Demonstrating in the Sciences: An introduction – Thurs 23rd January 2020
  • Assessment and Academic Misconduct (Science): An introduction – Fri 24th January 2020
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Participants wanted: Have you been experiencing low mood lately (or do you have a history of depression)?

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 (or have a history of depression), 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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Participants wanted for an attention study

We are looking for participants to take part in an attention study which looks at individuals’ ability to simultaneously attend to verbal and visual stimuli. The study is being conducted as part of Aleksandra Eriksen Isham`s PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews.

Participants must be fluent in English, in the age range 18-65 years, and have access to a laptop or stationary computer.

Participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires concerning past and present experiences of low mood, their experiences of various emotions, and trait mindfulness. Participants will also be asked to complete an attention task. The study takes up to an hour to complete.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham (aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk) or use the link below to access further information about the study.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8AKDpAwGkbVEy1f

Participants will be included in a draw of ten £20 Amazon vouchers.

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

Ethics approval code: PS14468

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Adobe Premiere: Introduction to Video Editing (15th January)

NEW this year! This CAPOD workshop for staff and research postgraduate students will provide an introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry leading video editing program. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to create videos for multiple platforms, including web and DVD and understand the key steps in the video editing workflow, such as importing and editing clips, building sequences, adjusting audio tracks, enhancing colour and creating credits and titles. This course offers an opportunity to discover how Premiere Pro can support your visual research.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?&CourseID=10162

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Participants with a history of depression 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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IT Services festive opening hours

Our festive opening hours have been posted on the IT Services blog if you need IT help during December and January.

If any of our services are closed, check the IT Services website for help guides.

If your query isn’t urgent, feel free to email itservicedesk@st-andrews.ac.uk or log a call in IT Self Service – just keep in mind that we won’t be able to respond within our usual timescales.

Important dates

  • All access controlled doors will lock 23rd December at 5pm so use your ID card to gain entry.
  • We’re closed from Wednesday 25th December until Sunday 5th January.
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