NPDC 2021 - Pre-Conference Networking: Codenames Game

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Get to know other NPDC delegates and win prizes by playing a fun, describing game “Codenames” online!

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For postdocs used to describing their research in lots of precise terminology comes the ultimate challenge. In this describing game, brevity is key. From a grid of 25 words, the spymaster must use all their cunning to describe a set of random words using just one ‘codename’ for their team to guess. What word might link together “screen”, “indoors” and “pants” (oh yeah, “pandemic”).

You’ll have to use all your wits, as you’ll be pitted against a rival team to identify all your team's codenames first. And beware, you don’t want to accidentally alert the “assassin” and end the game entirely.

This family-favourite game will take place over Zoom, where we’ll explain the rules, or you can visit our confrence website for a guide on how to play’. Each team will then be given a unique URL to play in small groups on their browsers.

There will be prizes to be won - in the shape of £10 Love2Shop vouchers - for those master communicators among you!

By the end of this session, participants will have:

● Got to know each other informally

● Honed their communicate skills

● Had some fun playing a game!

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If you require any accessibility reasonable adjustments or have any questions about this session, please contact The Academy's Researcher Development Team at seven working days before the event so that your requirements can be addressed by the organisers and/or referred to the facilitator(s) who will make every effort to address them where possible.

Academy Researcher Development Inclusivity Statement

The Academy is committed to providing an environment which recognises and values people's differences, capitalises on the strengths that those differences bring to the institution and supports all staff and students in maximising their potential to succeed. In line with the Academy's firm commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we offer all postdoctoral and research-related opportunities to develop and network irrespective of a researcher’s gender, ethnicity, age, self-identification, disability, religious affiliation, or any other criteria used to separate and define.

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The Academy recognises the vital role that researchers play in developing and maintaining the reputation of the University, creating a leading environment for innovation, new thinking and world-changing discoveries. Our researcher development activities aim to foster this culture of excellence, providing opportunities for all research active staff to enhance their practice. Visit our Researcher Hub to learn more about our researcher development activities and resources.

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