Memos for: Postgraduates

The Egg Escape – CAPOD

The CAPOD Eggheads have planned to egg-scape for a bit of spring fresh air on Monday 22nd April. Rumour is they are planning to hide themselves in St Salvator’s Quad. As it is nearly exam season, we need all the stress heads we can get. For each egg returned there will be a chocolate reward.

To claim your reward, all you have to do is find one of the eggheads, bring them back to the CAPOD office and tell us about one of the services that CAPOD offers.

You can find out more about CAPOD on our webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod/

Email us at capod@st-andrews.ac.uk

Pop by the office in St Salvator’s Quad

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Participants wanted for mindfulness meditation 2-week online study

This study is being conducted as part of my (Guy Fincham) MSc research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how different types and durations of mindfulness meditation practice affect well-being. Participants should be 18+ years of age, living in the UK, and fluent in English. People currently experiencing low mood, any active mental health crises, untreated mental conditions or recent major adverse life events are advised not to participate in the study, as mindfulness meditation could increase the psychological distress.

The study includes four groups. Two will complete one type of meditation practice central to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) but for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). The other two groups will complete another type of core MBCT meditation practice for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). All the meditations will be led and guided by Professor Mark Williams, co-founder of MBCT and Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. All groups will be asked to practice daily for two weeks. All participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about well-being and any barriers or facilitators to practicing over the two weeks. Please be aware that participants are randomly allocated to the groups. Two of these will require participants to engage in movement (simple stretching). If you are interested in participating but have a physical condition, please consult your GP or physiotherapist beforehand.

The study will be online and information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Individuals who are interested in participating can go to:

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j49HmAQJZjaHzf

Ethics approval code: PS14205
Researcher: Guy Fincham gwf2@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: Have you been experiencing low mood lately?

We are looking for participants for a study examining the characteristics of positive memories in individuals experiencing low mood. The study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Participants should have been experiencing low mood for at least the past week, be fluent in English and in the age range 18-65 years old.

In the first part of the study participants will be asked to complete questions about autobiographical memory, trait mindfulness, emotion regulation and their past and present mental health. In the second part of the study participants will be asked to complete a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the study inclusion criteria. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited to participate in the study.

Individuals who are invited to participate in the study will receive monetary reward for their participation: £8 for completing part one of the study and £8 for completing part two of the study.

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

Ethical approval code:  PS13948

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Participants wanted: for a study on mindfulness and autobiographical memory

Project title: Effects of mindfulness training on autobiographical memory

This study is being conducted as part of my (Aleksandra Eriksen Isham) PhD research project at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

We invite individuals with a history of depression to participate in a research project examining how mindfulness training affects the way individuals remember personal experiences. Participants should be fluent in English; be in the age range 18-65 years old; and should not be experiencing an ongoing episode of depression.

The study includes two groups: one which will take part in an online mindfulness training program over a period of eight weeks, and one that will be invited to complete the mindfulness training program after the study period has ended. All participants will be asked to complete measures (questionnaires and interview) of autobiographical memory, emotion regulation, psychological symptoms and style of thinking and experiencing the world, as well as a memory diary.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the study can email Aleksandra Eriksen Isham. They will then receive an email with additional information about the study to let them decide whether they want to participate in it. Individuals who agree to participate will be invited to complete a screening questionnaire to assess whether they meet the inclusion criteria of the study. Eligible individuals will be invited to take part in the study.

Monetary reward for completion of the study: £23.

All collected data will be confidential.

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

Approval code: PS13167

 

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is Back (apply by 27th March)

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present – you have 3 minutes!

3MT challenges PhD students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes using only 1 slide. Taking part will develop your communication and delivery skills, your confidence and your awareness of where your research sits in a wider context, so why not take part in the 4th annual St Andrews 3MT competition?  There will be drop-in sessions where you can find out more: see Public engagement opportunities or email standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information.

In two separate rounds, PhD students from the sciences, arts and humanities will compete followed by a University final held in public (in May). The finals will be recorded live and two winners will be selected. The People’s choice winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8. An overall 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.  (This looks great on a CV!) Should the semi-finalist be invited to compete in the UK final, their travel expenses to the event will be covered.

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Achieving impact with the UK Parliament (27th March)

Two guest speakers from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) will be visiting St Andrews to provide an overview of how the UK Parliament uses research, explaining ways that researchers can work with the institution including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, writing policy papers and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). This event is open to research postgraduate students and academic & research staff. There are only a few places left for this special event, so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9228

You will get practical advice on how to find opportunities to engage and how to communicate your research at Parliament, as well as information about parliamentary impact and REF2021. You will also have the opportunity to think and work through the policy relevance of your own research. The session will be delivered by Dr Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Manager, and Dr Abbi Hobbs, Head of Social Science, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament.

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Software Carpentry Community Networking (28th March)

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 (Target audience: research postgraduate students & all staff)
Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9342

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Participants wanted for mindfulness meditation 2-week online study

This study is being conducted as part of my (Guy Fincham) MSc research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.

We invite you to participate in a research project examining how different types and durations of mindfulness meditation practice affect well-being. Participants should be 18+ years of age, living in the UK, and fluent in English. People currently experiencing low mood, any active mental health crises, untreated mental conditions or recent major adverse life events are advised not to participate in the study, as mindfulness meditation could increase the psychological distress.

The study includes four groups. Two will complete one type of meditation practice central to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) but for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). The other two groups will complete another type of core MBCT meditation practice for two different durations (one shorter, one longer). All the meditations will be led and guided by Professor Mark Williams, co-founder of MBCT and Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. All groups will be asked to practice daily for two weeks. All participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about well-being and any barriers or facilitators to practicing over the two weeks. Please be aware that participants are randomly allocated to the groups. Two of these will require participants to engage in movement (simple stretching). If you are interested in participating but have a physical condition, please consult your GP or physiotherapist beforehand.

The study will be online and information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by the researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Individuals who are interested in participating can go to:

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j49HmAQJZjaHzf

Ethics approval code: PS14205
Researcher: Guy Fincham gwf2@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Participants wanted: for an experiment in decision making

You are invited to participate in a laboratory experiment in economic decision making.

Several sessions for this experiment are expected to take place over the next two months.

The first session is scheduled for Monday 25th March at 2pm and will take place in the Experimental Economics Lab, located near School VI (in the Quad).

Every participant who shows up on time will be compensated with at least £2.
However, the expected earnings for each participant are significantly higher than this amount, and depend on his/her decisions during the experiment as well as on chance.

You can register for only ONE session.

Each session will typically last around 60 minutes, but might run slightly longer.

No method of deception of any kind will be used. You will be allowed to withdraw your participation at any point if you wish.

If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking on the following link so you can later receive an email invitation that will enable you to choose a session
(you must register using your University of St Andrews email address):

https://portal.st-andrews.ac.uk/orsee/internal/public/

UTREC approval code: EC14020

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Nominations are now open for the Student Leader of the Year 2019 award

The closing date for the University of St Andrews’ Student Leader of the Year award is Monday 15th April 2019 (noon).

The 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 winner will have the award listed on their academic transcript and they can claim up to £300 towards a personal development event of their choice.

This is not an academic award; it is designed to celebrate leadership and personal development. We welcome applications from a broad variety of leadership backgrounds – examples include sports, student societies, charities, student enterprise, start-ups, team members and team leaders.

You do not need to have changed the world; you just need to have made something happen!

For more information on applying, or on nominating a student, please see the website or contact us on capod@st-andrews.ac.uk

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