It is now a requirement of graduate funding institutions that students studying for a Ph.D. receive research training in addition to the academic guidance offered by their supervisors. Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars that are relevant to their subject area and also to attend relevant training courses in IT (provided by the University Computing Service), in the use of library facilities (provided by the University and Faculty libraries) and in generic skills (provided by the University Staff Development Office). The student should agree with his/her supervisor on a programme of training to develop his/her research skills.
All postgraduate students should make the most of their time here and ensure that they develop their transferable skills and abilities. This is particularly important for all new PhD students who join the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The Degree Committee now requires all research students to attend at least three seminars, workshops or courses a term.
Researcher Development is aimed at the training and development of its Cambridge Researchers specifically in managing their research projects and managing their time. Researcher Development activities significantly help its researchers to develop their approaches in communicating, presenting and working efficiently and effectively in the demanding academic cultures within the University of Cambridge.
A wide range of courses on topics such as: Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Statistical software, Web page authoring, Word/text processing and World Wide Web are available from the University Information Services. Courses can booked directly on their website at: http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/
The Literary and Linguistic Computing Centre also has relevant courses:
Researcher Development training opportunities are offered as seminars and courses.
The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies strongly encourage their researchers to sign up for as many courses and training opportunities as possible.
For more information about these programmes, please refer to the following webpage on the Personal and Professional Development website:
Lecture and Seminar Series held at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
The Research Groups offered in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies seminars and other lectures involve (mostly) outside speakers who come to present their research and findings. Graduate students in the Faculty are expected to attend those sessions, which are relevant to their studies:
1. The East Asian Studies Seminar Series: every Monday during term time from 5-7pm in rooms 8-9 (ground floor) of the Faculty. Please refer to the following webpage for further details:
2. The China-Research Seminar Series: every Wednesday during term time from 5-7pm (tea from 4.45pm) in rooms 8-9 (ground floor) of the Faculty.
3. Korean Studies Talks: every Friday during term time from 5-7pm (2-3 talks per term). All talks are held in Robinson College.
4. The Wright Lecture Series: every Tuesday during term time from 5-6:30pm (2-3 talks per term in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms). Talks are usually held in rooms 8-9 (ground floor) of the Faculty. Please refer to the following webpage for further details:
5. The Woolf Institute Events: These talks are a series of open panel events which explore the historical and contemporary dimensions of Muslim-Jewish Relations. For details about the forthcoming events talking place at the Woolf Institute, please refer to their wepage below:
For further information about the Research Group seminar and lecture series offered in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and events related to Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, please refer to the following webpage on the Faculty’s website:
Lecture and Seminar Series held outside of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
There are several Faculties, Departments and Centres at the University of Cambridge who give organised lectures, seminars and workshops which are related to or relevant to the subjects taught in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Below are some regular events which take place during term time:
1. The World History Seminars: every Thursday during term time from 5-7pm in the Rushmore Room inside St Catharine's College. Please refer to the Faculty of History's website for further details:
2. Text Reading Seminars in Chinese and Japanese: Please refer to the Needham Research Institute's website for further details:
3. Lectures of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit: Seminars are held at the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit in the Mond Building Seminar Room every Tuesday from 4.30–6.00pm. Please refer to the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Division of Social Anthropology's website for further details:
4. Cambridge Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH): CRASSH organise a large number of interdisciplinary events throughout the year. For further information about the events taking place, please refer to their website below: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events
5. HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS): For further information about the conferences, lectures and events hosted by the CIS, please refer to their website:
6. The Festival of Ideas: The Cambridge Festival of Ideas will take place from the 19 October - 1 November 2015. For further information about the programme, please refer to their website below:
Qualitative Research Methodology Training Courses (Text Reading)
The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies offers a range of subject related text reading and methodology courses for its graduate students. These courses are tailored to a students individual needs and are arranged at the beginning of the academic year.
Please check the class details with each course convenor for 2015-2016:
- Classical Chinese Text Reading: Students who are interested in this class should contact Profesor Roel Sterckx (email@example.com)
- The Edo-Period Text Reading Group:Students who are interested in this class should contact Dr Laura Moretti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sanskrit Graduate Seminar (Reading Group of Classical Texts): Students who are interested in this class should contact Dr Vincenzo Vergiani (email@example.com)
- The Pali Text Reading Group: Dr Margaret Cone. Students who are interested in this class should contact Dr Margaret Cone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Classical Arabic Reading Group: Students who are interested in this class should contact Dr Shady Nasser (email@example.com) and Professor James Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Classical Persian Text Reading Group: Students who are interested in this class should contact Professor Charles Melville (email@example.com)
- Persian Calligraphy Workshop: Students who are interested in this class should contact Professor Charles Melville (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chinese Historical documents Reading Group: Students who are interested in this class should contact Professor Hans van de Ven (email@example.com)
- Intensive Course in Edo-Period Written Japanese: This course teaches all of the skills (both linguistic and palaeographic) which one needs to access, decode and interpret Edo-period printed and handwritten materials. 1. Kanbun and kanbun kundoku; 2. Sōrōbun; 3. Wabun (hentaigana and kuzushiji). Interested students should contact Dr Laura Moretti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Language Centre (English Language Provision)
The Language Centre, in collaboration with the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, offers a number of academic reading courses to all graduate students.
For further information about the programmes offered, please refer to their webpages given below:
Any graduate students who have specific language training needs, should speak to their supervisor for advice.
Small Bursaries for Researcher Development
The Faculty understands that some graduate students will have specialised needs and it is sometimes necessary to take courses outside of the University or to invite teachers from the outside to give talks. For the academic year 2015-2016, the Faculty will have limited funds to offer small bursaries to enable its graduate students to attend special methodology, text-reading or foreign language courses (including travel costs). Please note that the funds cannot be used for languages taught in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies or The Language Centre. Researcher Development activity is intended to be used for transferable skills and it cannot be used for any training which is used for students to complete their current course.
For further information and an application form, please contact the Secretary of the Degree Committee Dr Michael Shin (email@example.com)
English Academic Writing
The majority of graduate students who study in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies are International and non-native English language speakers. The Faculty are mindful of the fact that for these students, there are different teaching methods used at their Home Institutions. It is particularly important for these students to learn how to develop their ideas in a logical, cohesive and sophisticated manner and to adopt an independent style in their research and thinking.
The Faculty strongly encourage these students to attend the Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) (formly known as English for Academic Purposes (EAP)) session offered at The Language Centre before they start their course:
Teaching Training at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
There is no formal teaching training requirement required for graduate students who study within the United Kingdom. The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies understands however, that this is a concern among its graduates. The Faculty encourages its students to be proactive and speak to their supervisor and discuss any possible opportunities for teaching training in their subject area.
The Language Centre has put together a web resource with tools to help with Language teaching in collaboration with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies:
Courses offered at The Language Centre include ‘Training for Supervisors: How to Improve Students Writing’.
Any research students who wish to supervise undergraduate students in the Faculty, must sign up for the 'Supervising Undergraduates: An Introduction' course which is taught by Dr Matthew Lane (Researcher Development Consultant for the School or Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences):
Any research students who are interested in supervising undergraduate students must approach their supervisor in the first instance to discuss what options for gaining teaching experience are available to them.
The Language Centre has compiled a web resource guide for graduate students in language-based disciplines. Please refer to their website for further details:
Pilot Project: Training Workshop Organised by the Faculties of Modern and Medieval Languages and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and The Language Centre
Please check The Language Centre's website to see if this will be running in 2015-2016
Training for Supervisors: How to Improve your Undergraduate students Writing
This pedagogy course trains graduates and Faculty members to teach academic writing skills to the undergraduates which they supervise.
The training programme will have four components:
1) An initial online module which seeks to raise awareness of what is expected of its undergraduates in their supervision essays as well as what the key features of 'good writing' are. The module will also highlight what the key difficulties are which undergraduates grapple with in their writing, especially the challenges which non-native speakers face.
3) Having completed both the online module and the workshop, the participants will be allocated mentors from the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and The Language Centre who will be available to discuss any matters which they may encounter in their supervisions. Depending on the nature of the enquiry, these mentoring sessions may be conducted over the telephone, via e-mail or in person.
Conference Workshop and Conference Bursaries offered by the School or Arts and Humanities
The School of Arts and Humanities offers bursaries to both its graduate students and early career researchers towards the cost of organising workshops and conferences.
For further information, please contact Dr Ben Warn at the School of Arts and Humanities E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Guidance and Advice
At the completion of their degrees, the majority of graduate students start to look for employment. Your Principal Supervisor will be able to advise you on which Researcher Development Courses to take to make you more attractive to potential employers. Supervisors are happy to look through job and grant applications and give their advice on application covering letters, application forms and CVs etc. Your supervisor and advisor (PhD students only) will be able to provide you with reference letters.
There are a number of extremely useful courses offered by the University via the Cambridge University’s Skills Portal and the Human Resources Division of the University of Cambridge:
Graduate students should also check other Faculty and Department websites to see if there are career guidance or relevant opportunities there.
For graduate students who are particularly interested in teaching, there is a one-year Teaching Associate Programme offered by the Higher Education Academy which is accredited:
There are a variety of relevant transferable skills courses which are offered by the School of Arts and Humanities, other Faculties and Departments and the University's Researcher Development Programme - PPD. For further information about these courses and how to sign up for the services which they provide, please refer to the PPD Researcher Development Programme website below: