Dissertation and Thesis printing and binding during COVID-19

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, all dissertations (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and theses will be submitted electronically only.

For PG Research students: If your end date or your intended submission date is in March or April 2020, Registry will provide you with further details on how to submit via email.

The University is regularly updating the Coronavirus FAQs. See https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus

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Influencing skills: Handling challenging conversations to achieve your goals (online 10th April)

Do you find it difficult to get your point across in meetings? Do you find it difficult to make your views known to your supervisor? Do you have trouble saying “no” when others ask you to fit another task into an already over-crowded schedule? Try developing your assertiveness and communication skills to help with these and other situations.

This GRADskills workshop for research postgraduate students will enable you to negotiate easily and successfully. (A few spaces will be held for taught postgrads.)  The situation might vary but the key skills involved in negotiating stay constant. The course will teach you how to get the best out of every situation and keep good will from everyone involved. This workshop will run online.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9380

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “It has given me a good understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of negotiation, and the template will be highly useful in practice.”
  • “All the material and examples were very useful.”
  • “If you want to persuade people to do what you want… take this seminar.”
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Rapid, critical and strategic reading (online 9th April)

This GRADskills workshop is designed specifically for researchers who are interested in developing their literature analysis skills. With over 30,000 journals and nearly three million academic papers being published each year it can be challenging for researchers to read and assess all of the relevant literature; there are now tools to annotate papers as you read which can save you time and allow you to share your notes with others.

The workshop will also cover how to get the most out of journal club sessions: understanding the aims, what your supervisor expects, tackling interdisciplinary papers and how to ask pertinent questions that stimulate discussion. We will cover the key aspects to critiquing a paper, how to extract the main points and techniques to optimise your time.  This workshop will run online.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9414

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “It helps with being able to discern high quality research articles from lower quality ones.”
  • “This is one of the best organized workshops I have attended. Definitely will learn new skills, strategies, & helps with your own writing.”
  • “The practical use of a journal article with reviews helped to better understand the techniques and requirements.”
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Beating writer’s block (online 9th April)

This GRADskills workshop for research students and staff will help you overcome barriers to writing your PhD chapter, your next journal article, whatever it may be! You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, journal article or book chapter, and typically not only affects planning but well-being and motivation as well.

In this online workshop, we’ll look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9435

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Extremely helpful course, gave me good ideas of ways around stagnation in writing. Really good interaction.”
  • “It really helped me get over my motivation issues.  It’s not a mountain anymore.  Only small pebbles.”
  • “The questions we had to answer helped me clarify for myself some of the issues with my PhD.”
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Online Writing Retreat (7th April)

Struggling to put words on paper? This structured half-day virtual writing retreat, facilitated by OSDS, aims to give dedicated writing time to staff and research postgraduates for the purpose of progressing any writing projects.

So be it a manuscript in development or a presentation that needs your attention, you can work towards it within a supportive, non-surveillance environment. Participants are encouraged to set up a distraction-free setting to write, and will have the opportunity to speak to and seek feedback from other writers.

All participants need to have any relevant papers or notes ready before the retreat. It is also recommended that you prepare a project plan beforehand, in the form of document headings / presentation slide headings for example. This event will be delivered online using Microsoft 365 Teams.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=10528

Check out PDMS for the dates of other virtual writing retreats.

What previous participants have said about the Writing Retreats

  • A great way to get away from distractions of usual working space. Treat it as a ‘capsule’ of time to focus on one thing only
  • Great structure and set up. Very good for focusing on writing
  • The group work aspect was helpful for motivation
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Accommodation Awards for 2020-21 returning UG students (application deadline 30 April)

Applications are now being accepted to the Accommodation Awards Returning Students UG 2020-21. All returning Undergraduate students, including International and EU students, are eligible to apply for additional financial support for their University Accommodation Hall fees.

Here is the link for more information https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/money/financialsupport/accommodation-awards/

Please note: applications close on 30 April 2020.

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How to be your own best editor (online 7th April)

Now available ONLINE! Skilful editing will transform a rough draft into a polished final version. This GRADskills workshop for research students and 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.

You will need to have to hand a printed copy of the first few pages of a thesis chapter or article that you are currently working on. Don’t worry if it is work in progress – that’s exactly what we are looking for.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9439

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.”
  • “Put focus on what was important for academic writing. Divided editing into levels and how should focus.”
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Accommodation Award for 2020-21 returning PG students (application deadline 30 April)

Applications are now being accepted to the Accommodation Awards Returning Students PG 2020-21. All returning Postgraduate students, including International and EU students, are eligible to apply for additional financial support for their University Accommodation Hall fees.

Here is the link for more information: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/money/financialsupport/accommodationawards-pg2020-21/

Please note: applications close on 30 April 2020.

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From PhD to Science Postdoc: Making the Transition (online 29th April)

This GRADskills workshop, running online, will help you to look ahead to what is expected of you in postdoctoral scientific research. The career landscape will be laid out, alongside some of the alternatives to academia. The difference in priorities between PhD and postdoc research will be examined, and routes into academia will be identified.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9820

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “I found particularly useful knowing how to go through the application/interview process and how to sell yourself to a future employer.”
  • “I’d recommend this event to anybody wondering if they want to stay in science or not.”
  • “Structured way of reflecting on my future.”
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Participants wanted for online survey about Group versus Individual Physical Activity

Project Title: Group vs Individual Physical Activity on Academic Stress and Academic Performance  

This online survey is part of a study being conducted as part of my, MSc Dissertation in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.  

You are invited to participate in a research project which will examine the effects that social support, gender and the different types of (and the absence of) exercise has on a student’s academic stress and academic performance. You will be asked to complete an online survey which will take around 15 minutes to complete.    

If you are interested, please use this link: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8HRjdzh4G7uH5M9 to be taken to the participant information sheet where you will be given more information prior to starting the survey. If you have any questions regarding the study, you can contact the author at the email address listed below.   

Ethical Approval Code: MD14831    

Contact Details  

Researcher: Ian Boyle  ib88@st-andrews.ac.uk

Dr Ozakinci (supervisor)  go10@st-andrews.ac.uk

Dr Laidlaw (supervisor) ahl1@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted (online): for an attention study

We are looking for participants to take part in an attention study which looks at individuals’ ability to simultaneously attend to verbal and visual stimuli. The study is being conducted as part of Aleksandra Eriksen Isham`s PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews.

Participants must be fluent in English, in the age range 18-65 years, and have access to a laptop or stationary computer.

Participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires concerning past and present experiences of low mood, their experiences of various emotions, and trait mindfulness. Participants will also be asked to complete an attention task. The study takes up to an hour to complete.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham (aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk) or use the link below to access further information about the study.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8AKDpAwGkbVEy1f

Participants will be included in a draw of ten £20 Amazon vouchers.

Contact details:
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham
aei5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ethics approval code: PS14468

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