Graduate students and postdocs in HPS are encouraged to benefit from any undergraduate (Part IB and Part II) courses that they consider useful. They can provide systematic introductions to subject areas that are new to you, and point to research topics and reading materials even in areas you are reasonably familiar with.
Seminars and reading groups
The Department features a variety of seminars and reading groups, some long running such as the Cabinet of Natural History and CamPoS, others temporary, and many in between.
The graduate seminars offer a sustained and systematic introduction to specific cutting-edge areas of research, led by leading experts in those areas.
HPS Philosophy Workshop
Hardy Schilgen and Stijn Conix; Wednesdays 5–6pm, fortnightly
HPS Philosophy Workshop is a fortnightly peer group seminar devoted to the discussion of on-going work by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in philosophy. Short papers will normally be circulated by email one week in advance of each meeting, where the author will give a brief synopsis. The aim of the seminar is to provide a forum for informal, constructive interaction amongst those currently engaged in philosophical research.
HPS History Workshop
Andreas Sommer and Seb Falk; Wednesdays 5–6pm, fortnightly alternating with above
HPS History Workshop is a seminar group, run by and for graduate students and postdocs, devoted to peer discussion of work in progress on the history and historiography of science, for example PhD chapters, dissertations, articles intended for publication or conference papers. The seminar aims to provide an informal arena for the exchange of ideas among students of the history of science in HPS and elsewhere, but philosophers, sociologists etc are very welcome too.
Medieval and early modern science and medicine work in progress
Tuesday 4 October 5–8pm (further dates TBA) in the Board Room; convened by Lauren Kassell, Silvia De Renzi (OU), Elaine Leong (MPI) and Dániel Margócsy; organised by Boyd Brogan
This is a termly forum for early career scholars to discuss their work-in-progress. We conventionally discuss two pieces of work at each session. If you would like to participate, please email Boyd Brogan (bb320).
Supervisors' coffee mornings
Once your formal supervisor training is over, who do you turn to for continued support? Your fellow supervisors, of course! The College Liaison Officer can also be very helpful when disciplinary matters arise. Come and chat over coffee to other Department supervisors about how it's going, share the pleasures of good supervisions and seek advice over trickier issues.
The Greek Therapy and Latin Therapy groups each offer informal weekly sessions, led by an expert tutor, to help you improve your reading skills in these languages. If English is not your first language and you find yourself struggling to read, write and communicate effectively in an academic environment, come and talk to the Graduate Training Officer (Marta Halina) and/or explore the resources at the University's Language Centre.
Externally provided courses and resources
All graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to attend relevant training courses offered by other bodies, most of which are free to members of the University. There's now a central University of Cambridge Training website where you can sign up for any course. Here are some particularly noteworthy:
- Social Sciences Research Methods Centre
- Careers Service resources for arts, humanities and social sciences postdocs
- Computing Service
- Language Centre
- University Library
- Personal and Professional Development
- Disability Resource Centre
The University's Skills Portal also lists a lot of useful courses and resources for graduate students and research staff.
Travel and training grants
The Department offers small grants towards travel costs to conferences for those giving papers at conferences (not for attendance only), and towards any particular training need that is not catered for otherwise.