The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) funding call info session

 

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) promotes collaboration and engagement between researchers and wider society and facilitates Knowledge Exchange activities led by its member universities: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot Watt, Stirling, Strathclyde and St Andrews.

This will be an informal session during which:

  • SUII representatives will provide an overview of their Knowledge Exchange programme and the work they fund
  • The details of the next SUII funding call will be discussed: this will be an ‘open’ call and applications are invited to run Knowledge Exchange Programmes that will begin in August 2018
  • The key aspects of applying for and running a SUII-funded Knowledge Exchange programme will be discussed and there will be an opportunity to hear from an experienced programme leader
  • Participants will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss potential project ideas
  • Date: Wed 7 Mar 2018
    Time: 11:00-12:30
    Key details: The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) will highlight their knowledge exchange programme and upcoming funding calls

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St Andrews Student Leader of the Year Award- nominations and applications now being accepted

The closing date for the University of St Andrews Student Leader of the Year award is 6th April 2018 (Midnight)

This award is open to all matriculated students and aims to recognise leadership in all its forms- be that self-leadership, peer leadership or leadership within the community. Supported by the Proctor and sponsored by the Professional Skills Curriculum, the award will be listed on the winner’s academic transcript and entitles them to up to £300 towards a personal development event of their choice.

For more information on applying or nominating a student, please see the website.

You don’t have to have changed the world, you just need to have made something happen.

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Wellcome Trust Population Health Team visit

The Wellcome Trust are a global charitable foundation that supports researchers involved in Population health /  Biomedical science / Product development and applied research / Humanities and social science / Public engagement and creative industries

Population Health Presenters: Dr Branwen Hennig & Dr Erica Pufall (Wellcome Trust)

Tuesday 27 February
Seminar Room 2
Medical Sciences Building
11:30 to 14:30

Please register you interest with Ann McDonald
E-mail: am377@
Ext: 2173

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/researchfundingsupport/newsandevents/

 

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Software Carpentry 29th – 30th March

Date: Thu 29 Mar 2018 to Fri 30 Mar 2018
Time: Day 1 (09:30-17:00), Day 2 (09:30-17:00)
Key details: For researchers who need to write code, develop/maintain programs, scripts. For beginners. Bring your laptop. Lunch provided.

Click here for more info and to book

Do you currently / intend to write code, develop or maintain programs, scripts or other code as part of your research? If so, this 2 day workshop is for you!

Dedicated to teaching basic computing software development skills to researchers, this workshop run by Software Carpentry is aimed at researchers who want to develop the computing skills they need to streamline their workflow, organise their data and get more done in less time, and with less pain!

Outline
Day 1 morning: Automating tasks with Unix shell
Day 1 afternoon: Building programs with python
Day 2 morning: Version control with Git
Day 2 afternoon: Building programs with Python

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Assistant Warden Vacancy – St Salvator’s Hall

An Assistant Warden Vacancy has become available at St Salvator’s Hall.
For more information please see link:
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/pg/awrole/

Closing Date: 5.30pm Friday the 2nd of March 2018
Interview Date: Thursday the 8th of March 2018

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Participants wanted – Research seeking participants experiencing low Mood or depression

This study is being conducted as part of Dr Barbara Dritschel’s research in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (ethics approval code PS12711).

This study involves two sessions, each lasting no more than 1 hour. The first part of the study involves a psychological interview and questionnaires to assess mood and a test asking you to retrieve autobiographical memories. The second part, involves the completion of a second type of autobiographical memory assessment. Your responses on this task will be audio –recorded. You will also be asked to complete a verbal and spatial test. The second session needs to take place 1-2 days after the first session.

You will receive £10 for taking part in both sessions of the study.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Dr Barbara Dritschel (bd9) .

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New Mediation and Negotiation Programme (28 Feb – 25 Apr)

The Centre for Soft Skills is a student-led project working with the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) to provide a new programme of workshops on mediation and negotiation skills. In each workshop participants will integrate what they learn by practicing case scenarios. The aim is to provide students with the necessary soft skills to successfully navigate a range future endeavours.

Those currently working toward their PSC will receive one stamp per workshop. However, graduates of the PSC programme who attend five or more of these particular workshops will be eligible to receive a newly established PSCplus+ award. Each workshop will be catered and offer 25 free places. Book now through PDMS or by clicking any of the workshop links below.

Mediation workshops:

The Road to Mediation (28/02/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Fiona O’Donnell and Linda Paterson, associates at The Mediation Partnership

From War to Peace (06/03/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Charlie Woods, senior associate and mediator at Core

Civic Mediation – Supporting large-scale change in society (14/3/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Abdul Rahim, senior mediator at the Centre for Good Relations

Negotiation workshops:

An Introduction to Negotiation (04/04/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Rhona McNair and Kerry Trewern, Glasgow University

Getting to Yes (18/04/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Ken Mildwaters, Head of Mildwaters Consulting LLC

High Stakes Negotiation (25/04/2018, 4:00-7:00)
Kirk Kinnell, former Head of Hostage Crisis Negotiation, Scotland’s police.

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Tax-Free Childcare is here, Childcare voucher update

The government launched a new scheme called Tax-Free Childcare in April 2017, as an alternative to Childcare Vouchers for eligible parents with children up to 12 years old only (or under 17 if disabled).  Tax-Free Childcare is a Government run scheme that works like an online account.  Parents pay money into an account from their net pay.  Tax-Free Childcare will eventually replace Childcare Vouchers.

Childcare voucher schemes, like the one currently offered by the University, will only stay open to new entrants until 5 April 2018. After that time, Tax-Free Childcare will be the only option.

If you already take Childcare vouchers you will be able to continue taking them as long as you remain a member of the scheme and sacrifice the minimum salary amount.

To ensure you have a choice, register with University’s Childcare Vouchers scheme before April and give yourself time to work out what is best for you and your family, based on your childcare needs.

Our Childcare Voucher Scheme provider, Computershare, have put together a website (http://www.giveyourselfachoice.com/decision-tree) to help you determine which scheme is best for you and your family.

More information is available at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/salariesandpensions/childcarevouchers/

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Academic Promotions 2018

The Academic Promotions process for 2018 has been agreed and is now available on the Human Resources website at:

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/Gradingrewardandconditions/Academicpromotions/

The closing date for applications is Friday 2 March 2018.  No exceptions to this date will be made.

Whilst it is the responsibility of the applicant seeking promotion to make an application using the procedures outlined in the Academic Promotion Procedures document, applicants are strongly recommended to discuss any proposed application with their Head of School in order that advice and guidance can be provided.  Advice and guidance from alternate mentors and peer networks is also encouraged.  It is also recommended that a draft application is submitted to the Head of School for review by a gender balanced group of senior members of the School prior to submission.

The promotions process now has only one stage.  Candidates will no longer be called for interview, nor will Heads of School appear before the Panels.  Heads will still provide an assessment for the Panels.

If you have any queries with regard to the promotions process, please do not hesitate to contact Gillian Ogg in Human Resources on ext 1999 or e-mail promotions@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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Lunchtime Legends – Research Council Assessment Panels (Sciences)

Programme: Passport to Research Futures

Key Details: Two hour lunchtime panel session with a buffet lunch and informal networking. For postdocs, research postgrads, research staff and early career academics in the Sciences.

During this event participants will hear from a panel of senior academics from different disciplines who have participated in a range of Research Council Funding Assessment Panels in the Sciences. This will include discussion of the grant review process in the Sciences, including the assessment panel meetings themselves, the panelists own experiences of reviewing funding applications and advice on writing a successful proposal.

There will be an open Q&A session during the panel session as well as the opportunity to talk with the panelists over lunch.

Date: Wednesday 28th February

Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Venue: Seminar 4/5, Gateway

Panel: Dr Colin Allison, Prof Frank Gunn-Moore, Dr Karen Spencer

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