Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted: online personality test

We invite you to participate in an online research project investigating personality traits in individuals with and without atopic diseases. Atopy is defined as the predisposition to produce an antibody-mediated (allergic) response to common environmental allergens. This predisposition can manifest as one (or more) of the three atopic diseases: asthma, eczema and hay fever. Whether you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease or not, you are welcome to participate and find out more about your personality!

The experiment is divided into two parts, both of which take the form of an online questionnaire. In total, it is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. In the first section, you will be asked some basic demographic information about yourself and whether or not you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease. If applicable, you will then be asked some questions about the severity of your condition. The second section is composed of a personality test, in which you will rate how much you agree or disagree with some statements about yourself. Your results will be summarised and presented to you at the end of the experiment along with a full debrief (you can find more information about the study here).

Find the study here: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBCn8i96JDT8wYt

Project: Atopic Diseases and Personality Experiment
Researcher: Olivia Coltman / Supervisor: Akira O’Connor (aro2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Ethical approval code: PS13947

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Participants wanted: give your opinions for science

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

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

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.

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 – infant research

If you’re the parent of a baby, or currently expecting, we’d love to chat to you about our new project taking place in the St Andrews Baby and Child Lab (located in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, St Mary’s Quad).

The project is looking at the development of communication and social abilities in babies from 6 to 10 months. You and your baby would be asked to come in to the lab for 5 sessions, once per month. Each session involves your baby being videotaped playing with you, followed by a series of brief, specially-designed tasks that look at the social and physical abilities of your child. Each session lasts about an hour. You will also be asked fill out a questionnaire about your baby and to make occasional diary recordings of relevant behaviour and developments at home.

For each session you and your baby attend, you will receive a small toy or book as a thank you gift. At the end of the study, you will receive a copy of the video recordings of you and your child. Those travelling from a distance can claim travel expenses (including parking expenses) if needed.

We hope participating in this project will be a fun and rewarding experience for you and your baby! If you’d like to hear more or come and visit the lab, email us at babyandchildlab@st-andrews.ac.uk or visit our website at https://developmentlab.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk. We look forward to meeting you and your baby soon!

Ethics Code: PS13951

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EHRC Survey

We would like to signpost staff and students to the following external EHRC race survey in higher education, more information can be found here

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McCall MacBain Teaching Award (apply by 18th March)

The University of St Andrews is grateful to the McCall MacBain Foundation for enabling us to establish an award scheme to recognise staff that have shown outstanding contributions to teaching.  In order to provide a distinctive complement to our existing university and student-led teaching award schemes which already recognise great teaching, the McCall-MacBain award focuses on those who contribute to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The award is a bursary of £750, to be used for personal and professional development in relation to teaching.  This is the final year of this award scheme. For full details of the criteria and to download an application form see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/teaching/funding/mccall-macbain/

The application deadline is 5pm on Mon 18th March 2019.  If you have any questions please contact Dr Heather McKiggan-Fee at capod@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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Spotlight on Research Integrity (29th January)

All staff and postgraduate research students are invited to attend this event to discuss how we support research integrity across the University in different disciplines. Three academic colleagues (arts/humanities, social sciences, sciences) will give brief reflections on research integrity issues and next steps, followed by an open discussion. There will also be a brief introduction to the University’s new research integrity policies and training.  Please register as lunch is provided: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9178

Timetable
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch
12.30 – 12.50 Welcome by the VP Research and Innovation, followed by an introduction to new policies and training
13.00 – 13.30 Academic Insights: research integrity in context
13.30 – 14.00 Open discussion

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2019 R&A International Scholarships

Applications for the 2019 R&A International Scholarships are open and will close next Friday, 25th January.

Established by a generous gift from The R&A in support of the University’s 600thAnniversary campaign, the Scholarships are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, designed to fund up to a year of international travel that combines personal growth, adventure and altruism.

There are two  Scholarships of up to £10,000 each available for 2019, and matriculated Junior and Senior Honours students are eligible to apply. Please encourage any intrepid students who are considering their future plans to apply for this award.  Applications this year will be managed through MySaint.

Students will be required to provide both an academic and character reference for this prestigious award, so we thank you in advance for your assistance with these at such a busy time of year.

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 25th January 2019.

Information and application guidelines, useful for any referees, are online at:

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/development/randa-international-scholarship/

For further information, please contact Fiona Eason at stewardship@st-andrews.ac.uk or on 01334 461904.

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Academic Promotions 2019

The Academic Promotions process for 2019 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 1 March 2019.  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 has only one stage.  Candidates will not be called for interview, nor will Heads of School appear before the Panels.  Heads will, however, provide a written assessment for the Panels.

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

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Participants wanted – Online personality test

We invite you to participate in an online research project investigating personality traits in individuals with and without atopic diseases. Atopy is defined as the predisposition to produce an antibody-mediated (allergic) response to common environmental allergens. This predisposition can manifest as one (or more) of the three atopic diseases: asthma, eczema and hay fever. Whether you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease or not, you are welcome to participate and find out more about your personality!

The experiment is divided into two parts, both of which take the form of an online questionnaire. In total, it is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. In the first section, you will be asked some basic demographic information about yourself and whether or not you have been diagnosed with an atopic disease. If applicable, you will then be asked some questions about the severity of your condition. The second section is composed of a personality test, in which you will rate how much you agree or disagree with some statements about yourself. Your results will be summarised and presented to you at the end of the experiment along with a full debrief (you can find more information about the study here).

Find the study here: https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBCn8i96JDT8wYt

Project: Atopic Diseases and Personality Experiment
Researcher: Olivia Coltman / Supervisor: Akira O’Connor (aro2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Ethical approval code: PS13947

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Participants wanted: Adult female perceptions of the importance of being “breast aware”

We are looking for female participants aged 18 or over to participate in an online study investigating perceptions of the importance of being “breast aware”.

We anticipate the study will take 15 minutes.

For more information please visit https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5arE4CiRXqj0Nbn

Ethical Approval: PS 14001

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