Memos for: Staff

Participants wanted: Multisensory perception of motion in depth

This study is about the effects of combining audio and visual signals in detecting movement towards or away from an observer.

The experiment involves a computer which presents audio and/or visual signals, and the task is to respond to these signals as quickly and accurately as possible. The experiment lasts for two hours, and pays £10 upon completion.

To sign up, visit SONA (https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=929) or contact sfac@st-andrews.ac.uk

UTREC approval code: PS12994

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Advanced GIS techniques with QGIS (27th November)

NEW this year, this intensive one-day GRADskills workshop for research students/staff explores advanced techniques and processes for analysing and interpreting spatial data in QGIS, including 3D visualisation and process automation. The course is most suited to delegates who already have a good working understanding of QGIS. Please note you must bring your own laptop and mouse with the latest ‘Long Term Release’ of QGIS installed.  Lunch is provided.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Visualising spatial data
  • Raster analysis
  • 3D visualisation
  • Processing & Automation
  • Reporting
  • Plug-ins

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=8919

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Rapid, critical and strategic reading (27th November)

NEW this year, this GRADskills workshop for research staff/students 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.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9042

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The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Scholarships and Fellowship 2019-2020

Applications for The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Scholarships and Fellowship for 2019-20 close on Friday 23 November 2018.

The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Scholarships are open to all final year students of any nationality with the exception of United States citizens and provide substantial support for one year of study at Emory University in Atlanta. They cover all mandatory costs at Emory as well as the transatlantic airfare and a generous stipend for personal spending.

The Robert T Jones Memorial Trust Graduate Fellowship is available to final year students and recent graduates. It provides tuition, a living stipend and an opportunity to engage in up to two years of graduate work at Emory.

Please encourage any graduating students you know who would be eligible for this programme to ensure they have started their applications already.  Students may apply for BOTH awards. Thank you in advance to those of you will be supporting students with references, and please ensure that you forward the reference to the student allowing them time to submit a complete application on 23 November by 5pm.

For further information about the programme please visit:
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/robert-jones-scholarship-programme/

Applications must be submitted through MySaint by 5 pm on Friday 23 November 2018.

Interviews for the scholarships will take place in St Andrews on Friday 15 February 2019 only.

Interviews for the fellowship will take place in St Andrews on Friday 1 February 2019 only.

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Software Carpentry (27th & 28th November)

Do you currently/intend to write code, develop or maintain programs, scripts or other code as part of your research? If so, this two-day CAPOD workshop for research postgraduates and staff is for you!

Dedicated to teaching basic computing software development skills to researchers, this workshop run by Software Carpentry is aimed at researchers who want to develop the computing skills they need to streamline their workflow, organise their data and get more done in less time, and with less pain!

Outline
Day 1 morning:      Automating tasks with Unix shell
Day 1 afternoon:    Building programs with Python
Day 2 morning:      Version control with Git
Day 2 afternoon:    Building programs with Python

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?CourseID=9006

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Applied Multivariate Analysis using R (3rd & 4th December)

This two-day GRADskills workshop (lunch is provided) aims to provide familiarity and confidence with the statistical analysis of several or many variables simultaneously. There is a strong emphasis on the use of graphs to present results.  You must be familiar with basic statistics, regression, and analysis of variance and have at least basic familiarity with R. Topics will include:

  • How to think about the data and how to organise the data in a file before analysis.
  • Graphical methods to explore multivariate data.
  • Principal components.
  • Discriminant analysis.
  • Correspondence analysis.
  • Factor analysis.
  • Relationships among samples.
  • Ordination.
  • Cluster analysis.
  • Partial least squares and principal component regression.
  • Classification and regression trees.

You must sign-up for both days:

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “This course is a must for all research postgrads; I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t be running at least one of the tests covered.”
  • “The structure and material covered in the workshop was fantastic. Even though the material is hard to grasp if you have never seen it, the instructor explains it so well.”
  • “It covers multiple topics and goes deep enough to give a perfect overview.”
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Participants wanted: Musical preference and online communication style

This study is being conducted as part of a research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (Ethics approval code – PS12215).

All participants will receive a £4 voucher which can be redeemed for cash in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

We are interested in the effect of musical preference on communication style. You will rate various clips of music, and then participate in a recorded webcam interaction with another participant. The study should take less than 40 minutes and takes place in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

The information you provide will be held confidentially by the researchers involved in this this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my/our research before consenting to participate.

To take part please sign up on SONA – https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1001

Alternatively please contact Fergus Neville (fgn@st-and.ac.uk)

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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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SID (Student Information Desk) showcases – Wednesday 21 November 2018

**REMINDER**

On Wednesday, 21 November there will be two showcases open to all staff interested in learning more about the online Student Information Desk (SID) software available through the “Ask a Question” facility on the University website.

There is a current initiative to encourage all Schools and relevant student-facing Units to use SID for both student enquiry and case management.  The two showcases are an opportunity to meet current users and hear experiences about the software as well as plans for further implementation.

Both showcases will feature the same content.

The morning event will be in Parliament Hall from 9.45-11.30 and the afternoon event will be held at the Gateway, Room 2 from 13.45-15.30.

All staff are welcome to attend.  Further details are available from Alix Harvey (Business Liaison SID) on ash23@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

 

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Black Friday & Christmas

For the attention of all members of staff:

Please note that the existing arrangements regarding the delivery and collection of Personal Mail will continue to apply over the Black Friday sales period and the lead into the Christmas holidays.

The Mailroom handles an increasing volume of mail at this time of year and staff are reminded that the internal mail system provided is for University business and not for personal convenience.

The Mailroom team will endeavour to accommodate the collection of items, however the 48-hour collection or Return to Sender policy will be strictly adhered to as we do not provide storage facilities.

Staff are urged to use the readily available Amazon lockers within the University for the collection of items and this is easily achieved by using the delivery drop down menu when ordering items.

Regards,

Dave Hamilton

Mailroom Supervisor

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