Memos for: Staff

Evening Languages

This is a reminder that Evening Languages are open for enrolments for Semester 1 of 2018-2019. Courses are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and full details of how to enrol can be found on our pdfs at: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/

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Teaching Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme

Deadline for new applicants: 31st August  Matching will commence early in September.

Come along to a Briefing Session to hone your mentoring partnership goals, learn whats involved in the mentoring process and increase the effectiveness of partnership matching.
All mentees and mentors welcome. Attendance compulsory for new mentees. Mentees and mentors from any of the participating institutions can attend either of these sessions.

University of Dundee:

Wednesday 22nd August 10:00 -12:00 : 

Tuesday 28th August 13:00 – 15:00: 

Eventbrite Password: Mentoring201819

University of St Andrews:

Thursday 23rd August 13:00 – 15:00               

**Friday 7th September 10:00 – 12:00** **Moved from 31st August**

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Participants wanted for Awareness Experiment (Amazon Voucher Reward)

We are looking for participants to take part in an experiment investigating different ways to use projection to draw a user’s attention to targets that are behind them. No previous experience is required, however participants must be aged 18 or over.

Data relating to the path and time taken to find each target will be recorded anonymously. The anonymous results from this study will be included in my thesis and may be published as part of an academic paper.

The experiment typically takes around 1 hour, but this may vary depending on performance. You will receive a £5 Amazon voucher as thanks for your participation.

If you are interested in taking part in this study please email me at jp438@st-andrews.ac.uk with times which would be suitable to you.

ETHICAL APPROVAL CODE – CS131172

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Standing up for Science Media workshop (Edinburgh, apply by 23rd August)

Sense about Science is holding a Standing up for Science workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 7 September. This FREE full day event is for all STEM and social science early career researchers (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent), trainees, and medical professionals.

The workshop includes discussion around misrepresentation of science in the media, how evidence influences policy, how researchers can involve the public in communicating research and gives practical tips and advice on how early career researchers can start standing up for science. Find more details on their website.

These workshops are very popular and places are limited. Please fill out the application form to apply. For further details, please email Sanjana (sanjana@senseaboutscience.org).  There are five places guaranteed for St Andrews participants, allocated on a first-come basis, so don’t delay!  PGR students can apply to CAPOD’s Research Student Development fund to cover the cost of travel to this event, and postdocs can apply to CAPOD’s Research Staff Development fund.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 23 August

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Innovation Grant and PG Conference Fund (apply by 17 September)

Staff and research postgraduate students are invited to apply for funding to support:

  • Innovative projects to develop transferable skills training resources or activities for research postgraduate students (up to £2000).
  • Conferences organised by and for research postgraduates (up to £1000 of matched funding).

For more information and how to apply, see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/funding/innovation/ The deadlines for academic year 2018-19 are: 17th September, 12th November and 11th March.  Students apply via the online funding portal, staff email applications directly to CAPOD.

The sorts of Innovation Grant projects that have been funded in the past include a new text-encoding workshop, an animal handling skills course, and making maps with GIS, but the aim is to encourage a creative approach to transferable skills development, so let your imagination run wild!

If you are interested in running an academic conference for postgraduates to present their research, you can apply to the PG Conference Fund.  Key conditions are that GRADskills will only match funding already awarded, and applicants must attend the Conference planning for postgraduates workshop or have similar training or relevant experience.

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Introduction to University Teaching 1: Supporting Student Learning (ID5101)

This is an optional 10-credit, Masters-level module which is open to early career academics and postgraduate teachers.  Participants on this module will be able to consider issues in more depth than is possible in the mandatory 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 tutoring, demonstrating or lecturing.  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 14th September.

Places are capped at 14.  More information and the application form are available on the Research postgraduates who teach page.  Please contact Dr McKiggan-Fee if you have any questions.

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Dance teachers wanted – Shimmy Society St Andrews

Have you experience in teaching dance?

Shimmy Soc St Andrews aims to provide alternative dance styles to the students and community of St Andrews. We are a fun and friendly society who aim to promote fun and fitness through a range of styles of dance. Previous classes have included Bollywood, Belly Dance, Salsa, Burlesque and Zumba, so there really is no limit on what we can do!

Classes are one hour a week throughout the entire academic year.

If you are interested in teaching dance to our awesome society, please feel free to get in touch on: eidsoc@st-andrews.ac.uk // lbbw@st-andrews.ac.uk

or find us at: https://www.facebook.com/shimmysocstandrews/?fref=ts

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Telephone Upgrade: Friday 17th August 0630-0800 hours

An essential software upgrade of our telephone system is scheduled to take place between 0630-0800 hours on Friday 17th August 2018 .

All university landlines will be impacted, with the exception of the main University line (01334 476161), which will function as normal.

A few key points to note:

  • We anticipate that the loss of service for each individual extension will be no more than 10 minutes, however the ‘at risk period’ is 0630-0800hours.
  • A small number of University lifts cannot be used and will have signage and a physical barrier in place.  Appropriate Building Officers have been advised.
  • Call forwarding from a University extension to a mobile or voicemail will not work during this time;
  • Extensions in Halls of Residence, including student bedrooms, will be affected;
  • Intruder or fire alarms do not run on our telephony exchange and will not be affected;
  • Access Control will not be affected;
  • PDQ payment machines will not work during this time (anticipated to be less than 10 minutes);
  • 999 calls cannot be made from a university telephone line during this time. If the emergency services are required, a call should be made from a mobile telephone.  Please note that some mobile providers use 112 as the emergency number –  not 999.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

IT Service Status page:  https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/itservicedesk/servicestatus/

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Participants wanted – Get £10 for participating in a 2-hour EEG study

This EEG study is part of a PhD project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

In this study, there are two tasks. In one task, you will listen to a musical passage and respond to what instrument it was played by. In the other task, you will read sentences and respond to what colour the sentence was presented in. Electroencephalography (EEG) will be used to monitor brain activity during these tasks. This will involve a cap and gel being placed on the scalp. Hair washing facilities (including shampoo and towels) will be provided to remove the gel after the experiment. The study will take place in the School of Psychology, St Andrews.

The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher (Joanna Moodie) and supervisor (Dr Ines Jentzsch). Before agreeing to participate, you will be given an information sheet that will further detail this research before you consent to participate.

This study will take about 2 hours to complete.

You will be reimbursed £10 for your participation.

You will be able to collect your £10 on Wednesday afternoons from the School of Psychology office.

If you would like to take part or have any questions about the study, please contact Joanna Moodie on jem21@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Ethical approval code:  P13256

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Maps & Facts 2018-2019

The latest (2018-2019) edition of the University’s Maps & Facts booklet is now available. This free handy pocket-sized guide has a fold out map of St Andrews and an index of University and town buildings and travel information. On the reverse there are some brief facts about the University.

You can request free copies for new staff, students and also for conferences and visitors to your School/Department/Unit by contacting Publications at any time during the year. The maps come in boxes of 500 but smaller quantities can be ordered.

The same map is also available online here: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/university/maps/wwwmap.pdf

Please email: publications@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone ext. 3020.

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