Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted: give your opinions for science!

Eligibility criteria:  Participants must be aged 18 years of over.

Taking Part: Click here to complete our brief online survey.

Study description:We invite you to participate in an online experiment aiming to assess how different decisional utterances (e.g. “I think there is a very good chance I am right”) are interpreted. You should note there are no right or wrong answers across our experiment we are simply interested in your opinions, which will be given in the form of ratings, across a range of utterances.

You will be asked to complete a short online experiment. The experiment will be divided into two major parts, I) a demographics information form and II) a decisional utterance questionnaire. During the demographics information form, you will first provide a small amount of demographic information (e.g. your Age, Gender and Nationality). During the decisional utterances questionnaire, you will be asked to make rating scale judgements about a series of contextualised decisional utterances (e.g. “I am very unsure my old response was correct”). The information you provide will be anonymous and, should you give permission in the Consent Form, shared with other bona fide researchers and used for future scholarly purposes. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be provided with a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research, allowing you to be fully informed before giving consent.

If you would like any more information please email Josephine Urquhart at jau2@st-andrews.ac.uk.

UTREC approval code: PS13645

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Graduation Summer 2019 – extra ceremony

The graduation dates and times for June 2019 have now been confirmed, together with some changes that are necessary due to increased student numbers.

As I am sure you are aware the number of student entrants has been increasing steadily over the last few years and so, in consultation with Registry, we have had to consider alternatives to the current eight graduation ceremonies in June.

In order to accommodate all the students and their guests we feel that it is time to increase the number of ceremonies so there will be nine ceremonies in June 2019, with the additional ceremony taking place on Monday 24 June 2019 at 2pm.

The School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies, the School of Physics & Astronomy, and our Evening Degree/General Degree cohorts will now be graduating on Monday 24 June at 2.00pm.

The degree programmes by Graduation ceremony for June 2019 can be found here: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/graduation/graduation-ceremonies/

If you have any questions or you receive any enquiries relating to the new subject splits for June 2019, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduation Office by emailing graduation@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

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AKONG Film Screening with Ani Rinchen

Film Screening: Join us for a screening of AKONG – A Remarkable Life, with Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Rinchen Khandro.

AKONG – A Remarkable Life is a documentary that tells the story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to flee his homeland at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions and forced into exile into unknown lands. For further information on the film, please see the website: www.akong-remarkablelife.com/.

We are very fortunate to have Ani Rinchen Khandro, a Tibetan Buddhist nun based in Edinburgh, join us for the screening, and for a meditation session the following day. Dates, times, and venues below

https://stabuddhism.weebly.com/akong-film-screening.html

Film Screening:
Date/Time: 19:00, Friday 2nd November 2018.
Venue: School I, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews.
​https://www.facebook.com/events/271852757003105/

Meditation Session with Ani Rinchen:
Date/Time: 10:00am- 12:00, Saturday 3nd November 2018.
Venue: Lochnagar, Mansefield Building (the Chaplaincy).

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Raisin Monday 2018.

The annual Raisin Monday foam fight will take place on Lower College Hall Lawn on Monday 22nd October 2018. Please be aware that College Gate/Younger Hall car park spaces will be closed off from 7 pm on FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2018 to allow for skips to be put in place.

Please ensure that all vehicles are removed from the car park by that time. Gannochy car park will remain operational however vehicle movements will not be permitted during 10.30 am and 1.30 pm on Monday 22nd October whilst the foam fight operational activities are in place.

Car parks will reopen on Monday afternoon after the clean-up operation is complete.

For the duration of the foam fight on Monday morning – students/staff requiring access to the Quadrangle and Irvine Buildings will be able to do so as normal, however please be aware that a one way route for students entering/exiting the spectator area at Lower College Hall Lawn will be operational.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of the above further.

Thank you for your assistance

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Robert T Jones Scholarships and Fellowship Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Scholarships and/or Graduate Fellowship for 2019-20 at Emory University. These awards provide a fantastic opportunity for graduating students to broaden their horizons academically and socially, and provide a transformative introduction to a lifelong community of fellow scholars and fellows.

The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Scholarships are open to all final year students of any nationality with the exception of United States citizens, and provide substantial support for one year of study at Emory University in Atlanta. They cover all mandatory costs at Emory as well as the transatlantic airfare and a generous stipend for personal spending. The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Graduate Fellowship is also available to final year students. It provides tuition, a living stipend and an opportunity to engage in up to two years of graduate work at Emory.

Please do encourage students to apply to this wonderful opportunity and publicise the awards within your department. Further details and application information can be found online at: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/robert-jones-scholarship-programme/

 

 

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How to be your own best editor (1st November)

Skilful editing will transform a rough draft into a polished final version. This GRADskills workshop for PGRs and early-career postdocs will equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of high-quality writing and explore how to achieve those. Working with your own draft, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8859

To attend this course, you need to bring printed copy of the first few pages of a thesis chapter or article that you are currently working on. Don’t worry if it’s work in progress – that’s exactly what we are looking for.

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Very relevant and applicable information on a difficult topic.”
  • “Hands-on approach with my own work in a collaborative setting. Multi-disciplinary approach was very useful in providing perspective.”
  • “Very practical workshop, eye-opening.”
  • “Put focus on what was important for academic writing. Divided editing into levels and how should focus.”
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Participants wanted – Musical preference and online communication style

This study is being conducted as part of a research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, and has been given ethical approval (PS12215).

All participants will receive a £4 voucher which can be redeemed for cash in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

We are interested in the effect of musical preference on communication style. You will rate various clips of music, and then participate in a recorded webcam interaction with another participant. The study should take less than 40 minutes and takes place in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

The information you provide will be held confidentially by the researchers involved in this this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my/our research before consenting to participate.

To take part use the email address below or sign up on SONA here – https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1001

Contact Details
Fergus Neville – fgn@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Career planning and self development

Course Information

This event asks participants to build on ‘Career Paths for Research Staff’ and encourages them to reflect on their own career aspirations, develop medium and long terms career goals and begin to identify actions to address these goals.

Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Time: 10:00-13:00
Programme: Passport to Research Futures (Core subunit)

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Previous participants’ comments:

  • Take the course early in your career, soon after your PhD
  • It was useful to think about the skills required to be a researcher and being made aware that there are a lot of transferable skills

Please also attend the prerequisite workshop to gain the most benefit: Career paths for research staff.

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Career paths for research staff

Course Information

Participants will explore the range of potential career paths that exist for research staff drawing on data from the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS), and Vitae’s ‘What do Researchers do?’

Academic and ‘other’ Career options will be discussed including industry and other roles within HE.

Date: Tue 23 Oct 2018
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Programme: Passport to Research Futures (Core subunit)

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Previous participants’ comments:

  • Very useful – it gives you a range of career opportunities within academia and outside 
  • Attend – and try to go early in your academic career
  • Useful to find out about the variety of non-academic career possibilities

Please also attend the follow on course to gain the most benefit:  Career planning and self development

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Enterprise and Innovation: Let’s start a business

Course Information

Following on from ‘Enterprise and Innovation: entrepreneurs in research – balancing research with starting a business’ this workshop will investigate and discuss several business ideas.

Participants can propose these or the class can work on a variety of theoretical business opportunities

Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
Time: 09:30 – 13:00 (including networking lunch)
Programme: Passport to Research Futures (ILM subunit)

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Previous participants’ comments:

A very useful event
Provided a lot of information about the steps involved, the ‘business’ perspective and mindset required to bring everything together

Part of the ‘Entrepreneurship & Enterprise’ stream of workshops provided by CAPOD in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Centre

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