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Lent term 2020




Professional and Personal development resources


Staying up to date & registering for LfP events


Lent Term Card Courses, workshops & other events 08

Data science in R course


How to find your voice as a writer


Digital verification and open source investigation workshop with the BBC


Unlocking how academic English works: simple strategies & principles for writing your thesis & getting published


First aid course


Science communication: how to pitch your research to the press


Public engagement in research


Accessibility workshop: planning more accessible events and programmes


Main LfP event venues


Get in touch!



A few words from your LfP co-directors

“Education changes people People change the world.” Welcomeback tothesecond Termly Booklet provided by Learning for Purpose! Wehopeyou have enjoyed the previous termand will keep engaging with LfPthis term. By nowmost of you will knowthat Learning for Purpose isa GatesScholar-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.

Maša Josipović, 2nd year PhD Clinical Biochemistry

Education givesusknowledge of the world around usand helpsusdevelop perspectivesto evaluate life. Yet there is so much to be done. One in five adults lack the written skills and 57 millionchildrendonot knowwhat it isliketostepintoa classroom. Theglobal challenge is not only about providing access, but about ensuring it. Being a part of the University of Cambridge, we are in a unique and privileged position to be surrounded by a bright researchers and endless opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge we desire. Fromformal education to workshops and engagement in University societies, the University of Cambridge has a lot to offer. The Learning for Purpose program isdevelopedtocomplement thoseresourcesthat arereadily providedandhelpyoubecome the changemakers we need! We truly hope that you will enjoy the content we’ve prepared for this term, that LfPwill 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.

Grateful farewell to the outgoing codirector! Kim van Daalen, 2nd year PhD Public Health & Primary Care

Lastly, as per the launch of this booklet we will say goodbye to Kimand welcome Anna to the LfPteam! 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! Warmwishes, Maša Josipović & Kimvan Daalen Warm welcome to the incoming codirector! Anna Guasco, 1st year PhD Geography


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

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...)

Talks.cam 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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Lent 2020 term card

Data Science in R Course

How to Find Your Voice as a Writer

16th, 23rd, 30th Jan

Digital Verification with the BBC 1st February

25 January Time TBA th

17:30 – 19:30

Improving Writing Strategies for Publication

09:00 – 17:00

Science Communication Workshop

First Aid Course 15th February

8th February 9:30 – 13:00

18th February 18:00 – 20:00

09:30 – 13:00

Public Engagement Workshop 24th February 18:30 – 20:30

Accessibility Workshop 3rd March 18:30 – 20:30


Courses, workshops & other events


Data science in r course

This general introduction to the statistical program takes off where last term’s workshop ended! But don’t worry, you can still attend if you have not been to any of the previous workshops. For those with basic experience in R now would be the right time to jump on the train and learn more! 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.

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: Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) Date: 16th, 23rd and 30th Jan 2020 Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided!

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How to find your voice as a writer They say you should dance like no one’s watching. Gary Younge, a former editor-at-large for the Guardian, thinks you should write in a similar frame of mind, giving full rein to your unique blend of references and values. During this inspirational masterclass, Gary will share his advice on how to develop your voice, structure a piece of writing and put forward a compelling argument. Whether you’re considering a career in journalism, or want to improve your writing skills, this is an unmissable opportunity to learn from one of the Guardian’s most respected writers. The workshop will cover •

Speaker: Gary Younge Award-winning author, broadcaster, academic and former editor-at-large for the Guardian

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Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 25th Jan 2020 TBA

Conveying your values and beliefs within your writing Raising important issues in your work Developing a strong and distinctive voice One column, one argument: the importance of clarity and focus in column-writing How to grab reader’s attention and make your writing accessible to as many people as possible The mechanics of writing a column and structuring a piece Anticipating counter-arguments and addressing them in your writing Q&A: a unique opportunity to pick the brains of one of the Guardian’s leading columnists

About the trainer

Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided!

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Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster, academic and former editor-at-large for the Guardian. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books and has made several radio and television documentaries (on topics ranging from gay marriage to Brexit). He has enjoyed a wide variety of prizes for his journalism and his books have received considerable acclaim. He is currently a visiting professor at the London South Bank University and Honorary professor at Manchester University. 9

Digital verification and open source investigation workshop with the bbc Learn the basics of establishing provenance, geolocating, pin-pointing time and investigating the source of digital images and video circulating on social media through a series of hands-on exercises.

About the trainer Benjamin Strick is an open source investigator for the BBC Africa Eye and an instructor in arms tracing, geospatial intelligence and network analysis. He has a background in law and the military, and focuses on using OSINT/GEOINT and intelligence methods for good, through human rights, conflict, and privacy. He is best known for his work for BBC Africa Eye on “Anatomy of a Killing” – together with a team of investigators and BBC journalists, Strick discovered where and when the execution of two women and two young children by Cameroon soldiers took place. This won the Peabody Webby and RTS awards.

Speaker: Benjamin Strick Open source investigator for the BBC Africa Eye

Location: GSCR Date: 1st Feb 2020 Time: 9:00 – 17:00

Coffee/tea, snacks and lunch will be provided!

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Unlocking how academic English works: simple strategies & principles for writing your thesis & getting published A Masters or PhD student life is nothing, if not busy. So, an obvious question to ask is, how do I improve my writing strategies to get my thesis written? However, one of the few criteria for getting a Cambridge PhD is that it ‘must be clearly written’ – which raises another obvious question, what does ‘clearly written’ mean?

Speaker: Matt Lane Director of the Researcher Development Partnership

This practical, intensive and interactive half-day course starts by taking a step back to go forward by answering simple questions such as ‘what actually is academic writing?’; ‘What is research?’ and ‘How does the English language actually work, when it comes to academic writing?’. Answers to these questions lay the foundation for exploring the expected structures of the different levels of academic writing, from the sentence, through to the paragraph and the thesis or article. The morning finishes with two writing exercises, so that when time is short you can write immediately to help get your thesis or publications written.

About the trainer Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 8th Feb 2020 9:30 – 13:00

Coffee/tea, snacks and lunch will be provided!

Matt Lane is currently the Director of the Researcher Development Partnership, which he cofounded 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.

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First aid course

On popular request the First Aid workshop is back! 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: • • • • • • • • • •

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)

Places are limited so act fast, book your place and boost your confidence to act appropriately when accidents occur!

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 15th Feb 2020 9:30 – 13:00

Coffee/tea, snacks and lunch will be provided!

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Science communication: how to pitch your research to the press

A two-hour workshop for researchers wishing to get their research out to a wider audience. It will cover everything from what to pitch, how to pitch it and who to pitch it to as well as how the university can help you let more people know about and understand the work you are doing.

About the trainer

Speaker: Mandy Garner Communications Officer University of Cambridge

Location: Date: Time:

Mandy Garner is a Communications Officer at the University of Cambridge where she works on the Gates Cambridge scholarship programme and public engagement events. She has worked as a journalist and editor for nearly 30 years, starting as a human rights researcher. She was features and opinions editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement [now THE] and a senior broadcast journalist at the BBC and has also worked for various news websites, including Community Care and Learnfree, the TES' education portal for parents. She is currently managing editor of workingmums.co.uk and workingwise.co.uk.

GSCR 18th Feb 2020 18:00 – 20:00

Coffee/tea and snacks will be provided!

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Public engagement in research

Good public engagement isn't easy. Training, development and networking opportunities can all help improve your skills, whatever your level of experience. This workshop will cover the basic principles behind public engagement as well as taking a look at new or unusual ways to engage audiences of all ages with your work. This workshop aims to extend our horizons on creative approaches to scientific conversations. Discover what makes public engagement so important. Explore the challenges and hot topics in the area and find out about public engagement opportunities in the University and beyond. Whether you are a natural or social scientist this workshop is suitable for you!

About the trainer As a Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Rebecca is responsible for creating a culture of openness and dialogue between researchers and the public through developing and delivering the Institute's public engagement strategy and programme. Before joining the Institute, she managed the University of Cambridge's RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund grant overseeing a series of strategic interventions to support and recognise researchers who engage. Prior to this, she worked in the Public Engagement team at the Royal Society, where she ran the annual Summer Science Exhibition and Royal Society Books Prize. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol, and was awarded a MRC Centenary Fellowship which she spent at Columbia University in New York setting up a public art/science programme. She recently returned to her role following a 15-month secondment at the Wellcome where as a Research and Engagement Relationships Manager she led on Public Engagement funding and support for UK and European Research.

Speaker: Rebecca Jones Public Engagement Manager, Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 24th Feb 2020 18:30 – 20:30

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Accessibility workshop: planning more accessible events and programmes Want to make your events and programmes more accessible, but don’t know where to begin? Curious about how to write an access statement? Interested in making the Gates Cambridge community more accessible and inclusive for current and future scholars? Accessibility is a hot topic, but many people don’t know where to start – and that’s what this workshop is for! This workshop will provide: • •

Speaker: Anna Guasco 1st year PhD in Geography Gates Cambridge Scholar

Location: Date: Time:

GSCR 3th Mar 2020 18:30 – 20:30

An overview to accessibility issues at Cambridge Broad and specific, practical ways you can incorporate accessibility into event and programme planning Choking Applied, marketable skills in accessibility thinking and planning Opportunities to brainstorm how to incorporate accessibility into your own current or future project planning

The workshop will be useful for scholars across all disciplines – for anyone hosting an event, working on community building, developing a programme, etc. The focus will be on accessibility in the context of health/disability, but we will also think more broadly about the many important definitions of ‘access’ and ‘accessibility’. If you’re interested in learning about these issues and skills and much more, attend this LfP training, ‘Accessibility Workshop’!

Coffee/tea and dinner will be provided!

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About the trainer Anna Guasco is a current Gates Cambridge Scholar and a first year PhD student in Geography. A former national park ranger and environmental educator, she found her way to accessibility advocacy, in part, by experiencing the inaccessibility of these fields. Anna’s professional experience with respect to accessibility training includes delivering professional development trainings on accessibility for national park rangers and speaking at the National Forums for Ocean Exploration about access and oceanic research. 15

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

How to Find Your Voice as a Writer Digital Verification and Open Source Investigation Workshop With the BBC Unlocking How Academic English Works: Simple Strategies & Principles for Writing Your Thesis & Getting Published First Aid Course Science Communication: How to Pitch Your Research to the Press Public Engagement in Research Accessibility Workshop: Planning More Accessible Events and Programmes

The weekly Data Science in R Course will take place at the Sainsbury Laboratory of Cambridge Unviersity (SLCU) Access information: There is wheelchair access. There is basic seating, a partially accessible toilet, general car parking, and blue badge parking. There is no gender-neutral toilet, no hearing loop, no bsl interpreter, nor designated quiet space.

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

SLCU, Bateman Street, CB2 1LR


Get in touch with us!

Do you have any questions, suggestions or concerns? You can contact us easily!

Email: learningforpurpose@gatescouncil.org or Learning for Purpose – Gates Cambridge or Speak to us in person


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