Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted: Does Stress influence Cognitive Skills?

Do you want to help us discover how the mind works when solving problems and dilemmas? Do you want to earn some extra money?

We are interested in studying the relationship between stress and cognitive skills.
Therefore, we will ask you to perform some language, numeric and decision-making tasks, as well as, a questionnaire about your stress levels and some questions about yourself (e.g. age, gender). Furthermore, we will also ask you give us a sample of your saliva twice and to wear a finger-clip for 15-20 minutes to measure your heart rate.

The experiment will last approximately 1 hour. Participation is completely confidential and voluntary. You will receive £5 in compensation for your time.

If you want to participate or would want more information on the matter please email ads21@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you have a SONA account you can also sign up here https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1096

UTREC code: PS14222

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

Eligibility criteria:  Participants must be aged 18 years or 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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Participants wanted: Seeking Parents/caregivers for a focus group study on child portion size

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child aged 3-5 years, we invite you to take part in a study to help understand parents/caregivers perceptions’ and influences on portion size selection for young children. The study involves attending a 30-45 minute group discussion to talk about how you select the food portions you provide to your young child/children and what tools and strategies would be helpful in making portion size decisions.

Contact foodncues@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information and to take part.

UTREC approval code: MD12354

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Writing Retreat (10th June)

This structured writing retreat, facilitated by CAPOD, aims to give dedicated writing time to participants for the purpose of progressing their writing projects in a supportive, non-surveillance environment. It allows participants a distraction free setting to write, as well as the opportunity to speak to and seek feedback from other writers.  Open to academic/research staff and research postgraduate students.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9266

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Accommodation, Conferences and Events – Office closure

The Accommodation, Conferences and Events office will be closed on Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May for a full team training event. We will have no access to emails during this time.

If you are aware of any upcoming requests, please feel free to send them across so that we can ensure these are confirmed. Otherwise, we look forward to getting back to you upon our return on Friday 17 May 2019.

Accommodation, Conferences and Events team

University of St Andrews
Agnes Blackadder Hall, North Haugh
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9XW

Email: aceteam@st-andrews.ac.uk | reservations@st-andrews.ac.uk | aceevents@st-andrews.ac.uk
Office: 01334 463000
ace.st-andrews.ac.uk | www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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New IT Training course in practical data management in Excel

A new course is now available, Microsoft Excel: Data organisation techniques for researchers and data managers, 6 June, 9:45-12:30. This course will focus on best practices for organising and storing raw data in spreadsheets and identifying common problems, which will help you to use spreadsheets and to collaborate with other users more efficiently. This workshop is suitable for beginners having basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel or another spreadsheet software.

For more course information and booking see the following link:

Microsoft Excel: Data organisation techniques for researchers and data managers

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HR Family-friendly policies/guidance feedback

HR is currently reviewing the following family-friendly policies and guidance, and would like to receive staff feedback, open until 24 May 2019.

  • Draft Menopause Guidance
  • Adoption Leave Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Maternity Leave Policy
  • Paternity Leave Policy
  • Parental Leave Policy
  • Shared Parental Leave Policy
  • Special Leave Policy

Weblink to policies/guidance and online forms: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/eia/engagement

UTREC consider this to be a service evaluation service and therefore does not require ethical approval.

Many thanks.

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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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Finding your (Public Engagement) voice (10th May)

This new GRADskills workshop, open to all researchers, is about how to go from ‘having a head full of complicated information’ to ‘effectively communicating some of that information to an audience’ using the skills and strengths that you already have.  You will learn how to select what to communicate; consider who you want to communicate with; decide on the appropriate style; and think about why it matters to you that you communicate at all.

Using the answers to these questions, we’ll discuss ways of writing and speaking that can help you achieve your aims, as well as discussing some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9538

 

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Specific learning difficulties: their impact in HE (13th May)

This GRADskills workshop is open to all staff who teach or support students in any capacity, and will primarily focus on dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia/DCD, dyscalculia and ADHD, beginning with an outline of the typical characteristics associated with each condition to help you understand and recognise the presenting features. You will be given information on sources of support in the University, including guidance on the referral process. The workshop will also cover practical exercises on support strategies that you can draw on in your day-today work with students who have or might have a SpLD.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8359

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Vital to running an inclusive & accessible learning environment.”
  • “I thought the exercises were very helpful in understanding the specific conditions and thinking about different learning and teaching techniques.”
  • “Rich information. Excellent presentation. Friendly approach.”
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