Memos for: Staff

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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Evening Languages programme – next semester

Enrolments for next semester’s evening language programmes are open with courses at many levels, including complete beginner, in a variety of languages. For the timetable and details of how to enrol go to: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/ and open the pdf under ‘Timetable and enrolment instructions’. Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to enrol.

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Learning Analytics Workshop, 2nd May

There is an interactive Learning Analytics workshop on 2nd May (1400-16:00) which gives staff an opportunity to explore potential definitions and uses from the perspective of various user groups. The event is also the launch of the TELStA Gateway space, and afternoon tea is provided. Book on PDMS.

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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 and Neuroscience.

We invite individuals with a history of depression 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 program over a period of eight weeks, and one that will be invited to complete the mindfulness training program 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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Publishing in the Arts and Social Sciences (23rd April)

Publications are central to the success of departments as well as the careers of individuals, but getting your work published can be daunting, challenging and even perplexing. This GRADskills workshop for early career researchers (PhDs & postdocs) aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages and providing information and tips for each step. We will look at developing a publication strategy; revising material into a publishable article; targeting a journal; preparing a manuscript; working with editors; and making the most of the review process. Please bring some material that you might develop into an article, such as a draft paper, a thesis chapter or some notes.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9136

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “The most beneficial aspect of this workshop has been gaining an understanding of the publishing process from the publisher’s perspective.”
  • “I would tell anyone who wants to begin submitting for publication that the seminar provides an excellent overview.”
  • “Opportunity to share your concerns with people. Great advice on publishing process.”
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Applied Multivariate Analysis using R (7+8 May)

This two-day GRADskills workshop (lunch is provided) is open to research postgrads and academic/research staff. It aims to provide familiarity and confidence with the statistical analysis of several or many variables simultaneously. There is a strong emphasis on the use of graphs to present results.  You must be familiar with basic statistics, regression, and analysis of variance and have at least basic familiarity with R. Topics will include:

  • How to think about the data and how to organise the data in a file before analysis.
  • Graphical methods to explore multivariate data.
  • Principal components.
  • Discriminant analysis.
  • Correspondence analysis.
  • Factor analysis.
  • Relationships among samples.
  • Ordination.
  • Cluster analysis.
  • Partial least squares and principal component regression.
  • Classification and regression trees.

You must sign-up for both days (links will open in a new browser window):

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “This course is a must for all research postgrads; I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t be running at least one of the tests covered.”
  • “The structure and material covered in the workshop was fantastic. Even though the material is hard to grasp if you have never seen it, the instructor explains it so well.”
  • “It covers multiple topics and goes deep enough to give a perfect overview.”
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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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Closing Next Week – Russell Trust Staff Awards Applications

The 2019 Russell Trust Development Awards (Staff) are now open for applications.

The awards are open to all members of University staff seeking support for a work-related project and have an upper limit of £5,000.

For further information and to apply please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/development/trusts-and-foundations/russell-trust/staff-award/ or email russelltrust@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2019.

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Researchers wanted for Victorian Mayhem event

On Monday 6 May, the Museum of the University of St Andrews is holding a family fun day in the Bell Pettigrew Natural History Museum called Victorian Mayhem.

One element of the day is an Ask a Researcher station where researchers will have the chance to discuss their research about the 19th century with visitors. We would love it if people from all different disciplines would be interested in taking part.

Visitors will also have the chance to take part in a wide range of activities: recreating Victorian inventions, having photos taken in a Victorian photobooth, scavenger hunts, amongst others. There might even be an appearance from Queen Victoria herself!

If you are interested in taking part and sharing your research, or would like further details, please email me at:  erml@st-andrews.ac.uk or phone 01334 461663.

 

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Longer opening hours for St Marys and King James Library

The University Library is very happy to say that we can now offer longer opening hours for St Mary’s College Library and the King James Library. From Monday 8 April, opening hours for these buildings will be:

9am until 10pm Monday through to Friday.

If you have any questions or comments, please email library@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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