Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted (online) study: health and microplastics

Exploring peoples’ opinion on Microplastics and related behaviour from an environmental and health perspective

This study is being conducted as part of my Honours Degree in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.

We invite you to participate in a research project to explore people’s knowledge and attitudes towards microplastic and two related behaviours: purchasing plastic bottled water and plastic wrapped take-aways. This is a two part study consisting of a brief survey and a follow up interview for those that are interested. All participants are given the chance to enter a prize draw.

If you are interested, please get in contact using the details below or access the study immediately using the provided link. You will then be given a Participant Information Sheet that further details my research and have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked whether you consent to participate.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cux3GPdaZM4ZQmF

Ethics Approval Code: MD14821

Contact Details:
Researcher: Jessica Nieder, jn66@st-andrews.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr. Gozde Ozakinci

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Participants wanted (online) study: health and microplastics

Participation wanted (online): Wee Walk Once Week: What helps and what does not?

An MSc in Health Psychology student, Esther Skelhorn, is conducting a study about understanding the reasons people attend or do not attend WWOW. If you have attended or signed up to WWOW. Esther would like invite you to take part in an interview. The interview will take place via Microsoft teams, Skype or telephone. The interview is expected to take no longer than 30 minutes. The walk organiser at CAPOD will be unaware of your participation in this study.

If you are interested, please email Esther (ees20@st-andrews.ac.uk). You will then be given a participant information sheet that further details our research and have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked whether you consent to participate.

As a token of our appreciation, you can choose to receive £5 after the interview.

Contact Details
Researcher: Esther Skelhorn ees20@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gozde Ozakinci (supervisor) go10@st-andrews.ac.uk and Dr Sharon Carstairs (supervisor) sc295@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ethics approval code: MD14838

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Participation wanted (online): Wee Walk Once Week: What helps and what does not?

Specific Learning Difficulties in HE (11th June)

There are a small number of places left on this CEED workshop, which is open to all staff that teach (regardless of contract type).

Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) is an overarching term used to describe different conditions that affect information processing and learning. This workshop 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.

Individuals who have one or other SpLD are protected by equality legislation in education and in the workplace and, as such, reasonable adjustments have to be made to prevent discrimination and remove disadvantage. Having  a well-informed community is an important step towards achieving equality and removing discriminatory practices.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9800

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Vital to running an inclusive & accessible learning environment.”
  • “Rich information. Excellent presentation. Friendly approach.”
  • “Very good overview of the breadth of differences in learning.”
Posted in Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Specific Learning Difficulties in HE (11th June)

Applied multivariate analysis using R (29 June)

The delivery format for the GRADskills workshop Applied Multivariate Analysis using R has been adapted for lockdown. The workshop will now involve a combination of self-study materials (sent on 29 June) and four live question and answer sessions (6, 7, 8, 9 July from 3-5pm) aiming to provide familiarity and confidence with the analysis and visualisation of data comprising several or many variables simultaneously. Statistical theory and mathematics are kept to a minimum. The emphasis is on the concepts and how to apply the methods in R.

Please register now via PDMS.

Posted in Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Applied multivariate analysis using R (29 June)

Research computing support at St Andrews

For researchers who work with code, there are several ways to stay in touch and get help, in particular with using tools for collaborative computational research:

  • The Research Software Team provides a forum for researchers who code to keep in touch, ask questions and participate in discussions. If you use Office 365, click here to join the Microsoft Team.
  • The Research Computing Network mailing list is the best way to keep up with relevant announcements; you can browse the archives and join it by clicking here: https://selby.st-andrews.ac.uk/sympa/info/rescomp-network (use VPN to open this link outside University network).
  • The Research Computing service provided by ITS offers software development services to researchers in all disciplines and support to researchers developing their own software. Get in touch with them by emailing research-computing@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • The Research Software Group at the School of Computer Science offers advice and training in various aspects of research software development and maintenance, as well as publishing computational research. Please contact Alexander Konovalov at alexander.konovalov@st-andrews.ac.uk
Posted in Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Research computing support at St Andrews

Key dates and deadlines (2020-2021) now published

Students and staff may be interested to view the ‘Key dates and deadlines 2020-2021’, which were published last week. You can download them from the Semester dates 2020-2021 webpage, or by following the links below:

Key dates and deadlines for staff (2020-2021) (PDF)
Key dates and deadlines for students (2020-2021) (PDF)

The documents contain important administrative Key dates and deadlines for 2020-2021, up to August 2021. Their purpose it to assist students and staff with planning ahead for the coming academic year.

The documents are maintained by Academic Registry. If you have any queries, please email kz1@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Key dates and deadlines (2020-2021) now published

Evening languages semester 1 2020/21

We are pleased to announce that we are open for enrolments for evening languages in the coming semester. All the usual languages are available and we are delighted to be able to offer Gaelic again after a break of several years. For details and regisstration please go to: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Evening languages semester 1 2020/21

Embracing IDAHOBIT

Having become a visible University LGBTIQ+ Ally last year, and in my role as the Assistant Vice-Principal for Diversity, I feel it’s important that the University community understands the reason for embracing IDAHOBIT, a day created to increase awareness and unite people against homophobia, biphobia, Intersexism and transphobia, which is observed globally on 17th May.

Under the current climate, it was unfortunate that we couldn’t celebrate St Andrews Pride as the University staff and student community have done over the past few years. However, I was pleased to see that our staff and student LGBT+ societies and groups have continued to be meeting in a new virtual way.

Training and awareness raising is a key part of EDI initiatives institutionally. We continue to work with LGBT Youth Scotland on the LGBT Charter, whereby our Department of Sport & Exercise colleagues undertook training from the organisation. It was also great to see staff from HR and Student Services receive in-person training from Stonewall last year, as part of our commitment as a Diversity Champion.

As an ally, I want to do all I can personally and professionally to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to share in the positive experiences that St Andrews can offer, and also that we all stand together to protect everyone’s right to participate fully in those experiences.

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Embracing IDAHOBIT

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

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Participants wanted (online): for an attention study

Participants wanted (online) study: health and microplastics

Exploring peoples’ opinion on Microplastics and related behaviour from an environmental and health perspective

This study is being conducted as part of my Honours Degree in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.

We invite you to participate in a research project to explore people’s knowledge and attitudes towards microplastic and two related behaviours: purchasing plastic bottled water and plastic wrapped take-aways. This is a two part study consisting of a brief survey and a follow up interview for those that are interested. All participants are given the chance to enter a prize draw.

If you are interested, please get in contact using the details below or access the study immediately using the provided link. You will then be given a Participant Information Sheet that further details my research and have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked whether you consent to participate.

https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cux3GPdaZM4ZQmF

Ethics Approval Code: MD14821

Contact Details:
Researcher: Jessica Nieder, jn66@st-andrews.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr. Gozde Ozakinci

Posted in Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Staff | Comments Off on Participants wanted (online) study: health and microplastics