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Thesis Boot Camp: Drop and given me 20,000 words!

Over the past few years CAPOD has developed and integrated various ‘Writing Boot Camps’ for postgraduate students.  The impetus for such events arose from a PhD student who had previously studied at another institution where an assortment of student-led writing … Continue reading

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Passport to Research Futures programme evaluation

1. Background The Passport to Research Futures (PRF) is a structured development programme for early career researchers designed to focus thinking about career planning, professional development and employability.  It is recognised by the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM). The programme includes a … Continue reading

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Microsoft Certifications: Performance IT

Background The Microsoft Office Specialist Certification program (or MOS for short) was introduced 2 years ago to give staff and students the opportunity to accredit their IT skills in using the Microsoft Office suite of programs. To gain a certification … Continue reading

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Time to change

Most of us would quietly, if not openly, admit that we could likely do critical tasks better in some way. Whether that remedial action be a few tweaks to update a current skill set or instituting an entire culture and … Continue reading

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SCRAN – Access to learning and teaching materials…plus more images

Following on from the previous post about using royalty free images in your learning and teaching materials. I was reminded of a very good online repository that contains a wealth of archived, Scottish-based, multimedia resources such as video clips, audio clips, images … Continue reading

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Word to the wise

A family of related comments has become a regular feature of the response from participants to the IT Training courses they’ve elected to take.  It goes something like this (and generally in this sequence): Before training: “Yes I’ve used xyz before and … Continue reading

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Goth Carnival hits St Andrews. Oh wait, it’s Graduation…

Last week (at time of writing) saw Graduation come to St Andrews, and fashion sense hid under the table for a time. Black robes and garish hoods were in, and the academic procession (including yours truly) competed gleefully to see … Continue reading

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Lesson 1: Computers are only as good as the person using them!

A tale… A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud and pulled up beside him. The driver, a young man in a crisp suit and designer sunglasses, … Continue reading

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Make an impact on your learning materials – use free photos and icons

Having worked with a large number of colleagues over the years who develop learning materials, it comes as no surprise they have difficulties sourcing good examples of photos or icons to use in their learning materials, whether it is for … Continue reading

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Team building event for research staff and teaching fellows in Geography and Geosciences

Event details On 25 April 2013 Stephan Koeppe and Dr Pauline McLoughlin, joint Contract Research Staff Representatives in the School of Geography and Geosciences, hosted a team building event for research staff and teaching fellows within the school. Effective networking … Continue reading

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