Memos for: Staff

EHSS new phone numbers

Please note that the Safety Office and Occupational Health will have separate phone numbers with effect from Monday 11 March 2019.

Safety Office (Emma Harbour): 01334 462771

Occupational Health (Carrie Brett): 01334 462750

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Participants wanted: Understanding the experience of undergraduate students at the University of St Andrews who are abstinent from alcohol on arrival

If you drank 3 or less alcoholic drinks per month when you arrived at St Andrews University we invite you to participate in an interview based research project about your experiences and thoughts about being an abstinent or minimal drinker. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research before consenting to participate.

Ethical Approval Code: MD14036.

You will be offered a £10 Amazon voucher as recompense for your time.

Contact Details
Researcher Assistant:              Patrick Cairns
Contact Details:          alcab@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Travel Funding Available for PhD Students

The 2019 Russell Trust Awards (Postgraduate) are now open for applications, with awards of up to £1500 available to currently matriculated PhD students who require assistance to cover research-related travel costs.

Applications should be submitted through the online form in MySaint by Friday 29 March 2019.

For further information please visit the Russell Trust webpage or contact the Stewardship Officer in Development.

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Early Career Academic Networking – Top Teaching Tips with Paula Miles

Paula is an education focussed lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Paula and has received a number of teaching related awards, including the University Teaching Excellence Award and the Student Association’s Teaching Award

So come along and to this informal session, discuss your own teaching-related questions and draw on Paula’s experiences in the classroom

Coffee time networking
Tuesday 19th March
10:00 – 11:00
C5 Seminar Room, Bute

More info & book

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Software Carpentry Community Networking

St Andrews Software Carpentry are developing a network of support and collaboration, would you like to be involved?

  • Have you attended Software Carpentry events either in St Andrews or elsewhere?
  • Would you like to be part of a Software Carpentry network of support and collaboration, and inform the content of future Software Carpentry events?
  • Would you like to help at future events or perhaps become an instructor in the future?

If the answer to any of the above is YES, then come along and meet your Software Carpentry instructors and help inform the development of this new St Andrews community. 

Thurs 28th March, 10:00 – 11:00

More info & book

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Alex Richardson Award – applications close this week

ALL second and third year students are invited to apply for The Alex Richardson Award in 2019.

The Award was set up in memory of Alex Richardson, whose untimely death occurred midway through his junior honours year at the University of St Andrews. Alex’s passion for life was unbridled and his interest in Spanish speaking cultures was fuelled by his own travels in Central America.

The Alex Richardson Award is open to ANY students in their second or third year (though NOT final year Med students) with an interest in the Spanish language and Spanish culture. £2,500 will be awarded to a student who demonstrates plans to undertake an imaginative project in any Spanish speaking country which will broaden his or her understanding of the language and culture.

Students of Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply for this award – but the award is open to all full time matriculated second or third year students.

The family of Alex Richardson are keen to offer this award to anyone who shares Alex’s sense of adventure and love of Spanish language and culture.

Applications for the Alex Richardson Award must be sent via email to spanishhod@st-andrews.ac.uk before 12 noon on Friday 8 March 2019. Please encourage students you are in contact with to apply for this generous award.

Students will be required to submit one reference to support their application, so thank you in advance for your assistance with this process.

Application and reference forms may be found online or in the School of Spanish Office.

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McCall MacBain Teaching Award (apply by 18th March)

In order to provide a distinctive complement to our existing university and student-led teaching award schemes which already recognise great teaching, the McCall-MacBain award focuses on those who contribute to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The award is a bursary of £750, to be used for personal and professional development in relation to teaching.  This is the final year of this award scheme. For full details of the criteria and to download an application form see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/teaching/funding/mccall-macbain/

The application deadline is 5pm on Mon 18th March 2019.  If you have any questions please contact Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee at capod@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The University of St Andrews is grateful to the McCall MacBain Foundation for enabling us to establish an award scheme to recognise staff that have shown outstanding contributions to teaching.

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How to be your own best editor (13th March)

Skilful editing will transform a rough draft into a polished final version. This GRADskills workshop for research students & staff 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=9133

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.”
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HEA Fellowship Application Workshop (22nd March)

This workshop is aimed at anyone who teaches and/or supports student learning in higher education.  We will begin with a brief introduction to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and then provide advice on making an individual route application for a category of HEA Fellowship (Associate, Fellow or Senior), beginning with deciding which category is most appropriate for you, and tips for writing an effective application.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9344

We will do some small group work to generate ideas for what you might include in your application, and the rest of the afternoon will be given over to actually writing your applications. Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee (Senior Fellow) will be on hand to answer any questions you have as you’re writing, in terms of relevance of content, appropriate evidence, etc.

Note that you do not need to stay for the full 3 hours; you may prefer to do your writing in another venue.

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Participants wanted: Have you filled in the Library survey yet? You could win a £200 Amazon gift card

The Library’s short survey should only take 5 mins. Give feedback on Library services, spaces and resources. Is there anything we could do better, are there services we don’t offer but should, what makes you happy about the Library?

The survey closes on Monday 18 March and the winner will be contacted before 12 April.

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

UTREC consider this to be service review and development and therefore does not require ethical approval.

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