This is one of your newly elected postgraduate research reps here. I'm Jessica Ruth Austin and firstly I would like to thank you for electing me again for this position for ALSS (which I also held in the 2015/2016 academic year). If you are in the ALSS faculty feel free to email me anytime, and if you aren't I am happy to get your emails and pass them on to relevant people. As postgraduates many of us do not live in Cambridge, and many of us distance learn. Therefore I aim to make sure that I am available my email and by phone as a priority. If you are unsure about what research reps can do for you, I have provided a brief summary of our some of services below:
- If you are having issues on your course, perhaps you feel you are being treated differently than other students or you are having difficulties with your supervisor we are available for consultation
- If you feel that there is an issue on campus that is making it harder to complete your postgraduate degree, such as lack of faciliities, unavailability of free computer software, you disagree with the price of printing etc. we can campaign to try and fix these problems on your behalf.
- We attend commitee meetings and can take your feedback directly to the faculty and if the issue cannot be fixed at these meetings we as course reps are able to take it to the larger committees.
I am always happy to answer any questions on the ARU research society page as well.
So now we have got the research rep information out of the way I can remind you of what is offered this month for research students. Here are important dates for progressplatform research training, please be aware that booking onto these programmes via progressplatform is required:
Fri 10th: Preparing to enter the field and getting equipped to manage interviews from 10:00 – 11:30 MAR 213 Che
Mon 13th:3 minute Thesis Heat from 12:00 – 13:00 Lab 111 Cam
Mon 13th: Conceptual Framework from 13:00 – 15:00 Hel 113 Cam
Tue 14th: Stage 1 from 10:00 – 15:00 MAR 205 Che
Wed 15th: Communicating your Research (Conferences, Conference Papers and Proceedings) from 10:00 – 12:00 Lab 111 Cam
Wed 15th: Communicating your Research (Publishing in Journals and Book Chapters) from 13:00 – 15:00 Hel 109 Cam
Thu 16th: Intro to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research from 10:00 – 13:00 MAB 008 Che
Tue 21st: Introduction to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research from 10:00 – 13:00 Lab 309 Cam
Tue 21st: Stage 2A from 10:00 – 16:00 MAR 126 Che
Wed 22nd Communicating your Research Pathways to Impact from 13:00 – 14:00 in Lab 113 Cam
Thu 23rd Critical Writing from 10:00 – 12:00 LAB 113 Cam
Fri 24th Nov Career Planning from 12:00 – 13:00 MAR 213 Che
16th November "Brexit: What is the point of Article 50?" 4PM at LAB222, Guest Lecture by Prof. Kenneth Armstrong
22nd November One Hour Workshop on Practice Research 1-2PM at RUS 110
Please check back here in December and the ARU Research Soc Facebook Page for points of interest!