Memos for: Staff

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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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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McCall MacBain Teaching Excellence Award (deadline extended to 5th March)

This award scheme, launched just last year, recognises academic staff who not only show scholarly excellence in their own teaching, but through sharing their practice have the potential to impact on the practice of other teachers in the University and beyond. The award has been established with the help of the McCall MacBain foundation.

The award is a bursary of £750 to be used for personal and professional development in relation to teaching. The application consists of an item to evidence scholarly activity (eg. journal article or conference presentation) and a short submission form.

For full details of how to apply, visit the McCall MacBain Foundation Teaching Excellence Award webpage – the deadline for submission has been extended to 5th March.  If you have any questions please contact Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee in CAPOD.

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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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Managing Research Information: impact in depth

This awareness-raising session is designed to improve understanding of research impact, its place in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), taking steps towards generating and evidencing impact, tips for drafting an impact narrative and a brief look at some high- vs low-scoring REF2014 case studies.

Please feel free to bring your laptop and ensure you have access to any files you wish to discuss.

Previously called ‘Research to Impact (LEVEL 2 – Managing research in Pure’

Date: Wed 7 Mar 2018
Time: 14:00-16:00
Key details: This 2-hour awareness session explores what research impact is, why it is important and steps to achieving impact

Click here to book

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The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) funding call info session

 

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) promotes collaboration and engagement between researchers and wider society and facilitates Knowledge Exchange activities led by its member universities: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot Watt, Stirling, Strathclyde and St Andrews.

This will be an informal session during which:

  • SUII representatives will provide an overview of their Knowledge Exchange programme and the work they fund
  • The details of the next SUII funding call will be discussed: this will be an ‘open’ call and applications are invited to run Knowledge Exchange Programmes that will begin in August 2018
  • The key aspects of applying for and running a SUII-funded Knowledge Exchange programme will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to hear from an experienced programme leader
  • Participants will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss potential project ideas
  • Date: Wed 7 Mar 2018
    Time: 11:00-12:30
    Key details: The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) will highlight their knowledge exchange programme and upcoming funding calls

    Click here to book

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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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Wellcome Trust Population Health Team visit

The Wellcome Trust are a global charitable foundation that supports researchers involved in Population health /  Biomedical science / Product development and applied research / Humanities and social science / Public engagement and creative industries

Population Health Presenters: Dr Branwen Hennig & Dr Erica Pufall (Wellcome Trust)

Tuesday 27 February
Seminar Room 2
Medical Sciences Building
11:30 to 14:30

Please register you interest with Ann McDonald
E-mail: am377@
Ext: 2173

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/researchfundingsupport/newsandevents/

 

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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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