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Current PhD Students

Registration

Health & Safety

Equality & Diversity

Points of Contact 

Welfare

Events

Demonstrating

 

Training & Development

Careers

Travel Grants 

Family and Caring 

Thesis Submissions

Leaving us?

Any Questions?

 

Dear fellow Postgraduate, on this webpage you will find information and links that are likely to be relevant for you during your time in the Department.

Please see the end of the page for the full list of the Graduate Student and Postdoc Committee members...

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Current Students

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology

Registration

Before or on your first working day, have a quick read of the page for New Students & Staff and Intranet (Raven Login). It gives you an overview of what you have to do upon arrival, which forms to fill out and the available facilities in the Department.

Health & Safety

As a graduate student you must attend a Graduate Safety Course, which is run centrally by the University Safety Office. There are two courses on the first Tuesdays/Wednesdays of Michaelmas (October) and Lent (January) terms. 

Our awesome Health and Safety Officer, , has set up an online training course which guides you through the safety details relevant for the Pharmacology Department. The departmental course can be taken before you come to Cambridge, but must be finished before you start any lab work - ideally within one week of your arrival.

Equality & Diversity

The Department of Pharmacology is committed to equality and diversity and, in recognition of this, has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The University’s training module gives a good introduction to the relevant material and is compulsory for any member of this Department.

Unconscious bias, or implicit association, is something every one of us is doing without realizing it. For example, when you imagine a doctor, an astronaut and a scientist with you in the room – what gender would you associate with them? Scientists of Project Implicit have collated a variety of Implicit Association Tests where you can anonymously assess your bias towards a multitude of subjects. None of them takes a lot of time, but they can give you an idea of where you are. Once aware of your biases, you can work on them! The Equality and Diversity Team has also made a training module available here.

While you are here…

Points of Contact 

 

Graduate Studies Coordinator 334017
Dignity@Work contact, Organiser of MoDA Course, Demonstrating 334034
Head of Department
334014
Deputy Head of Department 334053
 Departmental Administrator 334002
Principal Technician and Safety Officer 334031
Senior Secretary  334000

 

A full list of all departmental contacts, including admin and IT is available here .

Welfare

We all hope that we will have a great time at Cambridge, but sometimes we run into situations where we need different support than that given by friends and lab mates. The table below outlines the support structures available to you within Colleges, the Department and centrally. Please note that the availability of collegiate support structures is strongly dependent on the Colleges themselves, e.g. not every college has a counsellor. At the beginning of your time in Pharmacology, you should also be assigned a mentor within the Department who is not involved with your work.

 

College

Department

Pastoral

Other

Graduate Tutor

Supervisor

College Pastoral Support

University Counselling Service

MCR Welfare Officers

Mentor

Great St Mary’s

Disability Resource Service

College Counsellor

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Chaplains of Many Faiths

Dignity@Study

Mentor

Head of Department

 All Faiths

Dignity@Work

 

A lot more information is available here  

Events @ Pharmacology

Together, the post-doc and graduate student committee organises a variety of bi-weekly events to foster exchange between the different departmental research groups in a more social environment. We have career talks alternating with Journal Clubs and Technique Talks. For career sessions we invite a variety of people from academia, industry, policy, etc. If you know of anyone you think might be an interesting person to talk to, please let or  know. The Journal Clubs and Tech Talks will be given by post-docs and graduate students of the Department and provide a brilliant opportunity to practice your presentation skills. All events have an informal atmosphere, with nibbles and drinks provided.

The Tech Talks (Michaelmas Term) and Case Studies (Lent Term), which are organised for the Part II students, are open to all other members of the Department and will be advertised by email.

The current term calendar is available online.

Demonstrating

Every year over 200 undergraduates take the Part 1B Pharmacology course which involves both lectures and laboratory practicals. During the practical sessions the academic and teaching staff are supported by post-docs and graduate students who help out with demonstrating a variety of experiments. They are a great way to get some teaching experience within the Department and, as with any other teaching commitments, demonstrating is paid at the standard rates.     

If you would like to get involved with demonstrating contact . She gives a short training course at the beginning of every academic year. Following this, you train by attending two experimental sessions during your first year, which you will then supervise in the subsequent years.

Training and Development

As a graduate student at Cambridge you can already gain teaching experience either by becoming a demonstrator for the Department (see above) or by supervising small groups of undergraduates for a specific subject. If you are interested in supervising, contact the relevant Director of Studies in your College. If your College has no vacancies, you can also contact the Department that organises the course you are interested in, and they will be able to direct you towards other Colleges.

The University offers a multitude of courses for researcher development. Although you can search for all of them on the central website, look out for the emails from Ben Murton, Researcher Developer for the GSLS, who will advertise upcoming courses of interest.

In our experience these regular, GSLS-run courses are very useful:

  • Public Speaking Workshop
  • Writing and Publishing a Research Paper
  • Scientific posters; the good, the bad and the ugly

Other programmes you might consider:

  • Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to championing career and personal development for researchers. Particularly useful for ruminating about what you can do already (it is often more than you would guess at first!) is their Researcher Development Framework – or simply their “skills pie chart”.
  • Do you intend to write your thesis in LaTeX (it makes life so much easier), need to learn some programming, or want to get familiar with any other software? Then check out the University’s IT training courses

Careers

The University has an excellent Careers Service where you can book one-to-one sessions for help with your CV and cover letter  - no matter where you are applying to – or for careers advice. If you register with them, you can have regular updates and access a lot of information about a multitude of job markets.

As part of the post-doc-graduate network, we organise regular career events at which you can meet people from different sectors to quiz them about their work. We have also set up a Fellowship Mentoring System: If you would like to continue your career in research, a prestigious, independent fellowship can go a long way. At any one time the Department hosts multiple post-docs who hold a variety of fellowships (e.g. a Cambridge College, EMBO, or Marie Curie Fellowships). There are good and bad fellowship applications, both of which you can have a look at or speak about to post-docs. For more information contact

Travel Grants for attending workshops and conferences

Family and Caring Responsibilities

A summary of some University policies and support structures is given on our departmental website. In addition to that these are the main web pages which provide more detail:

SPACE (Supporting Parents & Carers at Cambridge) (Still under development!)

Childcare

About to finish?

Thesis Submissions

A few months before your deadline you should check all the information on the formal aspects of your thesis on the Cambridge Student website for Submitting & Examinations, which differs depending on the degree (MPhil/MRes or PhD). There is a lot of helpful information on word limits and what they contain (Pharmacology is part of the Biology Degree Committee), the summary, extensions and much more.

Leaving us?

Before you leave the department please make sure to fill out our exit survey (link to come) and leave an email with our Alumni Representative .

Any questions? - The Graduate Student and Postdoc Committee will be happy to help

 

Note: Any questions? - The Graduate Student and Postdoc Committee will be happy to help...

 

Chair and Equality Working Group representative
Marie Synakewicz Chair and Equality Working Group representative
Secretary and GEC representative
Karsten Bach Webpages word document editor
Robbin Francisca de Kruijf Treasurer
Nagendra Thillaiappan PdOD representative

Marie Synakewicz

Events secretaries

The Graduate Student and Postdoc Committee: Karsten Bach, Sampurna Chakrabart, Marie Synakewiczm, Margrit Müller, Jess Berry, Robbin Francisca de Kruijf and Nagendra Thillaiappan (from left to right).