Participants wanted: Individuals experiencing low mood needed for a study on autobiographical memory

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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Moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10

As of 14th January 2020, there won’t be any further support or software updates available for Windows 7. This means that over the next seven months, IT Services are preparing to migrate the remaining staff still using Windows 7 to Windows 10.

If you’re a member of staff in a Professional Service Unit, you will be upgraded during Summer 2019 so you’ll hear from IT Services soon. If you’re already using Windows 10, this won’t impact you.

You need to take action if you:

  • are a member of staff in an Academic School running Windows 7. Speak to your Computing Officer first. If your School doesn’t have one then contact the IT Service Desk.
  • use specialist software which is not compatible with Windows 10, please contact the IT Service Desk as a matter of urgency
  • have a Mac and run Parallels and aren’t on the latest version. You need version 10 or above of Parallels to run Windows 10.  If you’re unsure, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Read the full post on the IT Services blog at: https://itservices.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2019/05/22/moving-from-windows-7-to-windows-10/

 

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

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.

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

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

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: The impact of flooding on a community

This study is being conducted as part of my (Meng Zhang, aka Logan) PhD research project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The study aims to explore how people react in a flood. We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will experience a simulated flood, and some scenarios adapted from previous field studies in 2018. In the experiment, you will need to report your feelings and perceptions of the event, and you will also need to make choices in certain scenarios.

You should be at least 17 years old and should not have experienced a flood before.

The experiment will take no more than 30 minutes and it is conducted in the Social Immersion Lab. You will be reimbursed with £3.

If you are interested, please sign up on SONA with the following link:
https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1089

Ethical approval code: PS14082

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Three Minute Thesis Final (24th May)

3MT is a worldwide competition that challenges PhD students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes using only 1 slide.  Come along to the Byre Theatre on 24th May as our 8 finalists compete for the title of St Andrews 3MT champion. If you are a taught student considering whether to pursue doctoral studies, this is a great way to get some insight!

The audience will vote for the winner of the People’s Choice award, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8.  The winner as selected by our judging panel will receive a £500 Public Engagement grant to be used to further communicate their research and will be put forward to represent the University at the UK semi-finals.

The final takes place on Friday 24th May at 3pm in the Byre Studio Theatre, and is open to the public. There will be a free drinks reception hosted at the Byre afterwards for all audience and participants. Tickets are free and can be booked through the Byre website (https://byretheatre.com/events/three-minute-thesis-2019/).

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HEA Fellowship Application Workshop (19th June)

This workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and different categories of HEA Fellowship (Associate, Fellow or Senior), and then provide advice on making an individual route application, beginning with deciding which category is most appropriate for you, and tips for writing an effective application. We will do some small group work to generate ideas for what you might include in your application and how you will evidence that you have had a positive impact on student learning.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9539

There will be time near the end of the workshop to start drafting your application, if you wish.  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.  However, you may prefer to do your writing in another venue.

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Very useful, especially when it is not clear to you which application you should go for.”
  • “Well worth taking time to listen to useful advice and also good to bounce ideas off others who are also applying.”
  • “Very knowledgeable tutor. All my reservations/inhibitions now disappeared. Many thanks to Heather – much appreciated.”
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Free place available on TEFL Course this weekend

ELT is providing a three day Introductory TEFL Course from 25th to 27th May and can offer one free place on a first-come, first-served basis to any member of staff who would like to apply.  The course is very practical and will take you through how to approach teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing to non-native learners, classroom management, lesson planning and teaching young learners.  You will also have the opportunity to put all this into practice and receive feedback by delivering a short ‘lesson’ on the final day of the course.  No previous teaching experience is required.

If you are interested, please contact Rosalind Doig  (rd21@st-andrews.ac.uk).

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Professional networking for researchers:strategy & engaging – with Dr Joanna Young

*New* networking workshop and lunch – ideal for researchers who are looking to engage with people beyond the bench or office

This workshop will focus on how to establish a network and build it to support your career and aims. We will cover networking strategies, engagement methods and how to “pitch” yourself and/or your ideas. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use in a variety of situations with a range of different audiences.

How can we turn conversations to our advantage?
How do we approach and engage with senior academics?
When and how should we follow up with people?

Open to all staff and PGRs

Thurs 23rd May 09:30 – 13:30
Lunch provided
Large Rehearsal Room, Student’s Union

Click here to book

(Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme mentees and Passport to Research Futures participants will be prioritised)

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Introductory TEFL Course: May 25th -27th

3 Day Introductory Course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Places are still available on a weekend (3 day) course being offered by English Language Teaching from 25th to 27th May which is designed to provide very practical and constructive training to anyone interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language.  The course will take you through how to approach teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing to non-native learners, classroom management, lesson planning and teaching young learners.  You will also have the opportunity to put all this into practice and receive feedback by delivering a short ‘lesson’ on the final day of the course.  No previous teaching experience is required and the course is open to all.

Second year modern languages students, who have already applied to the British Council for language assistant posts abroad starting in September 2019, can attend the course at the specially subsidised rate of £50. The full cost is £225.

For full details of this course, please go to our website at: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/short-courses/tefl-and-teacher-training/tefl/

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Evening Languages 2019/20 Semester 1

Enrolments for next semester’s evening language programmes are open with courses at many levels, including complete beginner, in a variety of languages. For the timetable and details of how to enrol go to: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/ and open the pdf under ‘Timetable and enrolment instructions’. Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to enrol.

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