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Professional and Personal development resources


Staying up to date & registering for LfP events


Michaelmas Term Card

COURSES, WORKSHOPS & other events 08

BAME speed mentoring


First Aid Course


Fieldwork Panel


Imposter Syndrome workshop


Data science in R course


Public Speaking workshop


Writing your Literature Review


Open opinion writing with Financial Times


Co-creation: doing good without harm


Main lfp event venues


Get in touch!



A few words from your LfP co-directors

And always, there was the magic of learning things

A warm welcome to the first termly booklet provided by Learning for Purpose 2019-2020! Learning for Purpose is a Gates Scholar-led programme defined by its learning content and delivery strategies with a goal to equip every member of the community with skills to achieve their unique purpose. Education gives us knowledge of the world around us and helps us develop perspectives to evaluate life. Yet there is so much to be done. One in five adults lack the written skills and 57 million children do not know what it is like to step into a classroom. The global challenge is not only about providing access, but about ensuring it.

2nd year PhD Public Health & Primary Care

Being a part of the University of Cambridge, we are in the unique position to be surrounded by a bright researchers and endless opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge we desire. From formal education to workshops and engagement in University societies, the University of Cambridge has a lot to offer. The Learning for Purpose program is developed to complement those resources that are readily provided and help you become the changemakers we need! The learning content is delivered using three principle vehicles: workshops, personalized learning and an online library. All content is tailored to our scholars based on the yearly surveys, feedback and direct suggestions to the co-directors. Do you have any suggestions to improve our content? Get in touch!

2nd year PhD Clinical Biochemistry

We truly hope that you will enjoy the content we’ve prepared for this term, that LfP will be a positive contribution to your Gates Cambridge journey and that LfP will help you in your commitment to improving the lives of others, giving back to the societies we live in and work in. Yours sincerely, Kim van Daalen & Maťa Josipović 3

Professional and Personal Development resources The University of Cambridge provides a variety of resources for all its scholars. They vary from biostatistics courses to learning how to give an effective scientific presentation. Yet, it might be quite complicated to find all these resources. Therefore, we made an overview for you! By clicking on the titles, you will be directed to their respective websites! Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS)

PPD works to support students and in leadership and management development, professional and personal development and career development. PPD’s aim is to create a culture of ongoing learning and to enable people to achieve their potential, collectively and individually, in a respectful and inclusive environment. (e.g. communication essentials, conflict resolution, data protection, dignity at work)

The GSLS provides the researcher development programme which is using the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework divided in 15 competencies you should aim to develop into four easily approachable sections so that you can easily map own personal progression. (e.g. critical thinking in bioethics, core statistics, how to keep a lab notebook, how to write an academic paper and get published)

Cambridge Language Centre The language centre provides courses in fifteen languages for students and staff of the University. Their mission is to increase multilingualism; promoting, encouraging and supporting the learning of languages for personal, academic and professional purposes. (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Turkish)

University of Cabmridge Training

This website provides a central point for staff and students to reach out for a variety of training courses. These include among others the UIS, GSLS and PPD programs. To make a booking you use your Raven account. (e.g. analysis of DNA methylation, Data science in Python)

University Information Services (UIS) The UIS provides university-wide information services for the University of Cambridge, to enable to success of the collegiate University. Part of the UIS are a wide variety of trainings and workshops (e.g. LaTeX, Unix, Amazon Web Services, Excel, Adobe...) This website summarizes a big part of the talks that are happening each day all around Cambridge. Note: not all organizations share their talks here. Other talks can often be found via social media outlets

Cambridge Judge Business School The entrepreneurship centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship. The Centre encompasses the full entrepreneurial journey starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs through the creation and development of early-stage ventures, all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth

University of Cambridge Careers Service The Careers Service is comprised of a team of advisers dedicated to help you prepare for the future. This includes exploring job options, connecting you with potential employers, tips and tricks about writing a CV, interview practice and more. They offer one-to-one guidance consultations but also host various careerrelated events throughout the year.


Staying up to date & registering for LfP events This booklet and the term card provide you with all the information for the events for the upcoming Michaelmas term. For attending the events, you will have to book your place via Eventbrite. Eventbrite links will be shared via the E-bulletin and our Facebook page. As the Learning for Purpose events are specifically developed for Gates Scholars, you will need to provide a password to be able to register for the events. This password will be found in the Gates Scholars E-bulletin that will be shared via email. Photos and materials from events are usually shared via email, Facebook and Gates Scholars Instagram account. Lastly, as Learning for Purpose, we believe in constant personal development and growth. That means we also put great emphasis in the growth and improvement of Learning for Purpose programme. After most events we will therefore share feedback surveys to allow you to share with us your insights and ideas on the events we provide.

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Michaelmas 2019 term card

BAME Speed Mentoring Session 17th October 18:30 – 23:00

Imposter Syndrome Workshop 6th November 18:00 – 21:00

Academic Writing: Writing your Literature Review 23rd November 10:00 – 13:00

First Aid Course 19 October 9:30 – 13:00 th

Data Science in R Course 7th Nov – 5th Dec, Thursdays

Fieldwork Panel 2nd November 17:00 – 19:00

Public Speaking Workshop 13th November 19:00 – 21:00

17:30 – 19:30

Op-ed writing with the Financial Times

Co-creation: Doing Good Without Harm

25th November 19:00 – 21:00

5th December 19:00 – 21:00


COURSES, WORKSHOPS & other events


BAME Speed mentoring session Based on the success of last year’s event, the Community Officer and Learning for Purpose are reaching out to the members of the Cambridge BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) community to participate in a BAME Speed Mentoring Session. Being a mentor is an excellent opportunity to share your experiences and knowledge with Cambridge BAME undergraduates. During the evening, each Gates mentor will be paired with a small group (2-3) of students for short, informal conversations on topics such as study skills, work-life balance and career advice. All disciplines are welcome, however, in order to meet undergraduate demand, we are looking especially for mentors with experience in PR/Marketing Journalism, Education. To sign up, please complete this form, or alternatively email Alex, indicating your preferred pronoun, area of specialisation and career track at Additionally, if you know of any BAME undergraduate students who would benefit from speed mentoring sessions, please share this sign up form with them.

Location: Date: Time:

MCR, Newnham College 17th October 2019 18:30 - 23:00

Additionally, if you know of any BAME undergraduate students who would benefit from speed mentoring sessions, please share this sign up form with them:


First Aid course Did you know that 30-40% of people whose heart stops beating can survive with immediate treatment? Did you know that it is easy to learn first aid and CPR to be able to contribute to saving lives yourself? Feel more confident in emergency situations, whether at home, work or, really, anywhere you go! This course will be run by medical professionals from the British Red Cross and you will be able to earn a certificate valid for 3 years. All the key first aid skills for a range of situations will be covered, including hands-on practice sessions on mannequins:

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 19th October 2019 9:30 – 13:00

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Unresponsive and breathing person Unresponsive and not breathing person Choking Shock Hygiene techniques Bleeding and wounds Burns Heart attack Accident record Regulations regarding reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR)

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Fieldwork panel What is it like to go on fieldwork? What are the challenges you might face? How do you position yourself in an area of conflict? In this panel several Gates scholars will share their experiences, perspectives and tips on conducting fieldwork during your MPhil or PhD degree. Each of the speakers will give a short speech describing the most important points they learned, followed by a plenary discussion and the opportunity to ask questions. Afterwards you are welcome to stay and socialize at the Leckhampton bar!

Biographies of speakers Michael grew up around the fantastic swamplands and bottomland hardwood forests of Louisiana. These landscapes inspired his interests in community ecology and conservation science. He is now a third year PhD student in the department of Zoology where his research focuses on invertebrate responses to different ways of managing oil palm plantations. He focuses particularly on spiders, as he finds them especially fascinating amongst the invertebrates and they are important predators of oil palm pests. His research causes him to spend about half of his year in Sumatra (Indonesia), where he lives and works on an oil palm plantation. He has previously led or assisted fieldwork in various parts of the United States, Belize, and the UK. Tessa is pursuing a PhD in Development studies, focusing on local resistance to government driven land-land grabbing in Northern Uganda. This project stemmed from her recent involvement with a remote community in Amuru District, Uganda who are struggling to resist violent eviction from their land. After studying Anthropology and political science in New Zealand, for the past 6 years Tessa has lived and worked in northern Uganda as a community organiser and advisor to local government. Erik is a PhD student in Politics at Corpus Christi College. His research concerns the legitimacy and sovereignty of states and non-state actors in “tribal” societies, particularly in South Arabia. More specifically, his project focuses on the relationship between tribes, religious elites and the state, especially where these relationships were altered by large-scale interventions from outside actors and ideologies, or by the discovery of natural resources. Dino is a PhD student in the Department of Geography. His research considers the long-term resonances of political violence in urban space in Bosnia and Turkey, using ethnographic and participatory/creative methods. Drawing on 4 years of ongoing research engagement and fieldwork, he has written about the political possibilities of hip-hop in Bosnia. Erica is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin and a PhD candidate. Her research focus is on local hybrid, and substate forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria: both the current role and impact of these forces, and different accountability or control mechanisms applied by supporting countries.

Michael – 3rd PhD Zoology

Erik – 2nd PhD Politics & International studies

Tessa – 2nd Ph Develompent Studies

Dino – 1st PhD Geography

Erica – 3rd PhD Politics & International Studies

Location: Date: Time:

Leckhampton Hall, Corpus Christi College 2nd November 2019 17:00 - 19:00

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Imposter Syndrome workshop Have you ever experienced a nagging doubt that you owe your success to luck or timing? Do you feel you are not up to the task? How do you handle overconfidence, without dampening enthusiasm? The imposter phenomenon is experienced by around 70% of people at some point in their lives. Speaker: Kate Atkin Inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach

This interactive 3h workshop will provide you with some practical tips, tricks and techniques to give confidence a boost and help you effectively deal the imposter feelings. You will explore the reasons behind imposter feelings and how to spot them. You will discover how to grow inner confidence. If you are interested in learning about all these, and much more, attend this LfP's workshop on "Dealing with Impostor Syndrome" by Ms. Kate Atkin!

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 6th November 2019 18:00 - 21:00

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About the trainer Kate Atkin is an inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach. Speaking to audiences about courage, confidence and imposter, Kate inspires others to overcome their inner fears. For nearly two decades Kate covered the topics of management development, leadership and personal impact. She has been quoted by the BBC, Financial Times, Oxford English Dictionary blog and written articles for several magazines. In Cambridge she has given several lectures at the Cambridge Judge Business School and workshops at Learning for Purpose.


Data science in R course This is a general introduction to the statistical program R, which will give you foundational skills for doing exploratory data analysis. There are no prerequisites in terms of programming knowledge. This is specifically designed to be open for all disciplines. The sessions will be very hands-on, with a strong emphasis on data visualisation and manipulation using a collection of modern packages known as the ‘tidyverse ‘. Along the way, other topics will also be discussed, such as how to critically ask questions from data, explore sources of variation in the data, what makes a good visualisation, and so on. This course will run once weekly and will start from the basics, with gradually building up from there to more advanced topics and commands. A detailed description of every session will be provided preceding the start of the course, so you will be able to pick which session or sessions interest you the most. You will be required to sign up for each individual session, as spaces are very limited.

About the trainer Hugo Tavares is a bioinformatics analyst at the Leyser Group. His interests are in quantitative and evolutionary genetics/genomics and he has a broad interest in data analysis and visualization, statistics and programming in R. He runs weekly sessions for SLCU researchers to get advice on data analysis and regularly teaches introductory data analysis courses at the University Bioinformatics Training facility. He is a certified Data Carpentry instructor.

Speaker: Hugo Tavares Bioinformatics analyst and trainer at the University of Cambridge

Location: Date: Time:

Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) Every Thursday from 7th November to 5th December (continuing in January, TBA) 17:30 - 19:30

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Public speaking workshop A fear of public speaking was found to be a more pressing concern than death, according to a survey among common phobias. Yet, effective public speaking with confidence can be learned! Gabrielle will be running a general public speaking workshop. The workshop will focus on public speaking skills including: Speaker: Gabrielle McClymont, Biochemistry PhD Student, Gates Scholar and World-class debater

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Audience engagement Rhetoric and rhetorical devices Non-verbal communication and body language Confidence How to answer and deal with questions and interruptions How to structure a presentation

There will also be an interactive part of the workshop (participation in this section is highly encouraged though optional). Location: Date: Time:

MCR, Newnham College 13th November 2019 19:00 - 21:00

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About the trainer Gabrielle McClymont is a World-class debater having been a World’s finalist, Asia-Pacific finalist, AsiaPacific Women’s two-time finalist and Australian Championships three-time finalist. She has debated and adjudicated at international debating tournaments in 4 continents. She has also run tournaments in Australia the UK and Europe and has worked as a debating and public speaking coach since 2012. 13

Academic writing: write your literature review Writing a quality literature review is an important and necessary first step in pursuing any masters or doctorate degree. It is not an easy journey, requiring a lot of time and effort, but also a well-structured approach. Don’t be overwhelmed! This course will take participants through the ‘why’ we write a literature review to the 4 main steps of ‘how’ we write one. In the process it covers strategies for effective reading/review of the literature and will explore the ‘rhetorical templates’ that the reader is expecting.

About the trainer Matt Lane is currently the Director of the Researcher Development Partnership, which he co-founded in 2018. Prior to this position, Matt was a researcher developer for doctoral students at the University of Cambridge. The has trained over 6000 early career researchers across disciplines. During this time, in 2017, he was formally recognised by Cambridge for his outstanding contribution to their development. Matt specialises in People skills – teaching; personal effectiveness and resilience; leadership and collaboration – and writing skills.

Speaker: Matt Lane, Postgraduate transferable skills officer at University of Cambridge

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 23rd November 2019 10:00 - 13:00

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Op-ed writing with the financial times Have you ever dreamed of writing for the Financial Times’ Opinion section? Well, they want to hear from you! They particularly relish pieces that highlight unexpected places, explore new ideas and illuminate diverse points of view. It's one of the best ways to influence public debate and get policy ideas in front of people who matter. Brooke Masters will explain how the op-ed process works, how to grab their attention and how to write compelling pieces that stand out from the crowd. Speaker: Brooke Masters, Editor Comment & Analysis at the Financial Times

In this practical session, you will learn: • •

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 25th November 2019 19:00 - 21:00

What works and what doesn't, based on real life examples How to frame an argument and what kind of language to use

It will be followed by a Q&A session, with drinks and nibbles provided.

About the trainer

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Brooke Masters has been the FT’s comment and analysis Editor since 2018. She has previously served as Companies Editor, Chief Regulation Correspondent, City correspondent and as contributor to the Lex column. She spent the first part of her career in the US covering a variety of beats including criminal justice, local politics and education for the Washington Post.


Co-creation: doing good without harm From research to social impact, through cocreation: In this workshop the participants will learn how they can go from their academic expertise and insights to an application that can have social impact in the real world, while also being aware of 'not doing harm'. The Sustainable Development Goals will be used as a frame of reference for this first part. In the first part of the workshop the participants will use creative techniques to translate their research knowledge in a ‘proposition’ for social impact.

Speaker: Chiara Treglia, Global Innovation Designer

In the second part of the workshop, they will learn various co-creation techniques to engage multiple stakeholders in the development process of their proposition.

About the trainer Chiara Treglia is a designer for social and sustainable innovation. After an industrial design BSc from Eindhoven University, she continued her studies in global innovation design at the Royal College of Arts and Imperial College of London. Chiara believes in contextdriven and life-centred design approaches, in which the designer’s role is to empower creativity, enable dialogue and synthesise outcomes.

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 5th December 2019 19:00 - 21:00

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Main LfP event venues As a Gates Scholar you will be (or soon will be) familiar with the Gates Scholars Common Room (GSCR). Several Learning for Purpose events will be taking place here, including: • • • • •

First Aid workshop Imposter syndrome workshop Academic writing: Write your literature review workshop Op-ed writing with Financial Times workshop Co-creation: Doing good without harm workshop

Next to that a few of the events will be taking place at Newnham College Middle Common Room (MCR). A lively and sociable women’s College at the heart of the University. These include: • •

BAME speed mentoring session Public speaking workshop

Another event will be taking place at the graduate accommodation of Coropus Christi College – The Leckhampton House Hall •

Fieldwork panel

Lastly, the weekly Data science in R course will take place at the Sainsbury Laboratory of Cambridge Unviersity (SLCU)

Newnham College MCR, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DF

GSCR University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, CB2 1RU

SLCU, Bateman Street, CB2 1LR


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Booklet LfP Michaelmas Term 2019  

Booklet LfP Michaelmas Term 2019