Ancuta Asandei - BSc (Hons), MSc

Professional Meetings

15th July 2008:

Technical issues associated with groundwater monitoring

  1. Discussion – EA/NII Contaminated Land Inspection Plan
  2. Review of “exceedence” notifications received between 1 April and 30 June 2008
  3. Groundwater Monitoring 2008/2009 Task Status: Borehole quality survey; Field-based sample technique comparison
  4. Discussion – March 2008 Colloids Report and path-forward
  5. Transition of CEAR sampling inside SEP to Characterisation and Clearance sampling team

15th July 2008:

Environmental monitoring liaison

  1. Review of meeting minutes and actions from previous session
  2. Discussion on the progress
  3. GIS/GPS use for surveys
  4. Presentation of my initial findings on the sediment project

Graduate School Skills Workshops

25th March 2011:

Take to the Trees: branch into teambuilding

The combination of tutor facilitated discussion and reviews and activities (managed and organised by the delegates) was able to build on my existing knowledge of team working and develop these abilities in a team.

At the end of the day I had a deeper understanding of my own role in a team and a better understanding of the importance of communication in a team environment, especially when working in a multidisciplinary environment.

Ending the day I and the rest of the participants were asked to reflect on what we will take away from the event and how we will apply it in our own working day.

9th March 2011:

Going Global: Presenting a conference paper

As a consequence of attending this workshop, I am able to:

  • describe the main objectives of academic conferences
  • prepare a good presentation by adopting simple and robust guidelines
  • discuss some common presentation mistakes and pitfalls
  • deliver a well structured and coherent conference paper with minimum hassle and nerves
  • act as an excellent ambassador for the University of Exeter and their respective schools

8th February 2011:

SPSS workshop 3

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • multiple regression and modelling with both covariates and factors will be examined
  • correlation concepts will also be covered
  • reporting regression, residuals and unusual observations

1st February 2011:

SPSS workshop 2

At the end of this session I had a better understanding and confidence to use the following SPSS features:

-        Tests of difference

·         T-test

·         Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

~        One-way ANOVA

~        Contrasts

~        Two-way ANOVA

25th January 2011:

SPSS workshop 1

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • basic concepts and non-parametric tests
  • types of statistics and statistical significance
  • inferential statistics and types of errors
  • the value of matching, pairing and repeated methods

18th January 2011:

Introduction to SPSS

As a result of attending this session, I was able to get an overview of:

  • the three viewers, and how and when to use them
  • the importance of correct and careful variable planning and setup, including coding-user and system missing values-entering, editing and restructuring data display

2nd December 2010:

Avoiding PhD Pitfalls: Understanding plagiarism and academic misconduct

As a result of this workshop I am able to:

  • define plagiarism and academic misconduct
  • describe some common PhD pitfalls with respect to plagiarism and academic misconduct
  • differentiate between material that needs acknowledgment and that that does not
  • work appropriately with referencing and other academic writing conventions
  • understand the University of Exeter’s plagiarism policies and penalties

18th November 2010:

Impact Factor: Writing for Publication in Scientific Research

As a result of attending this session, I am able to:

  • choose the appropriate journal for my paper
  • understand ‘Impact Factor’ and how this should influence the publishing route
  • create a structure for my paper that is based around the need of the reader
  • write more efficiently
  • edit and submit with confidence

12th November 2010:

Data Visualisation

As a result of this workshop, I am able to:

  • select the most appropriate data presentation type for my research findings
  • recognise the need to adequately process data before presenting it
  • avoid accidentally making the data lie, produce information rich visualisations of my data
  • avoid presentational gimmicks and understand that I can't present what I don't understand
  • choose the appropriate software tools for data presentation

11th November 2010:

Researching online: getting the most from Science resources

As a result of attending this session, I am able to:

  • locate and effectively use a range of quality information resources in my subject area
  • plan effective search strategies
  • use advanced search techniques such as Boolean operators, truncation and wildcards to find research resources
  • download my search results
  • know how to locate the full text where appropriate

29th October 2010:

Efficient reading

As a result of this workshop I am able to:

  • reduce the load by intelligent selection
  • understand the possibilities (and limitations) of “speed reading”
  • understand how the brain works when reading and remembering and be able to apply this knowledge when tackling my own reading projects
  • retain more of what I read

29th October 2010:

Tackling a PhD literature review

By the end of the session I was able to:

  • understand the purpose and scope of a literature review and how this relates to the research question
  • know the criteria of a successful literature review
  • learn to choose an appropriate structure for the review
  • search and judge relevance of source material efficiently
  • know strengths and weaknesses of various types of sources
  • read and take notes with a defined purpose
  • feel confident when outlining and writing up the review

26th October 2010:

An introduction to electronic journals

As a result of attending this session, I am able to:

  • identify and log on to electronic journals available at University of Exeter
  • plan effective search strategies
  • use advanced/personalisation options
  • download and save search results

15th October 2010:

SmartStart - An introduction to your PhD

By the end of the session, I was able to:

  • understood better the nature of the PhD
  • considered the purposes, forms and processes of the PhD at the University of Exeter
  • begun to explore key issues in the management of both the project and of the relationship with supervisors
  • addressed practical issues relating to thesis production and to the upgrading process from MPhil to PhD
  • considered ways in which I can regularly plan and review my own development needs
  • start develop relevant team, time and project management skills
  • get an awareness of where to go for further help and guidance