Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development


Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on "My Bookings" - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

COMPASS Academic Communication Skills (SCE&MVM)


This session is aimed specifically at international postgraduate students for whom English is not their first language. It will provide guidance and confidence to students to ensure that they are able to communicate their research effectively.

This session is open to students from SCE and MVM only

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Making the transition to masters study


This workshop will provide insights into what distinguishes masters study and introduce you to the skills you'll be expected to develop.

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PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event


Postgraduate students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events.

This morning is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently. The event is being hosted by the Institute for Academic Development. You will be provided with information on:

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • current PhD students’ experiences

Registration from 9.15am and the event will start at 9.30am

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Presentation Skills: School of GeoSciences


At every stage of your PhD being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important skill. This workshop, which mixes short interactive lectures, videos and discussion, teaches you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals from any discipline who have no previous presenting experience, and for those who wish to improve their skills.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the importance of preparation
  • know how to design a presentation – beginnings, middles and end
  • be aware of the effective use of PowerPoint – less is more
  • know how to deal with questions

This course relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF

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Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE&MVM)


The course is designed to equipt participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. The content of the course addresses specific needs identified by the participants through their completed pre-questionnaires.

Topics covered includes:

  • Confident and engaging delivery
  • Dealing with stage-fright (controlling nerves)
  • Body language
  • Structure
  • Coping with Q and A
  • Enjoy Presenting

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills , the course is structured as follows:

  • First half day covers techniques and skills
  • Second half day (Presenting Made Easy-Delivering Presentations) participants will present a prepared 5 min(max) talk on subject of their own choice or give an overview of their subject preferably using visual aids. They will then receive positive and encouraging feedback.


We aim to dispel the fear  many people feel when being faced with speaking in public.

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."


This course relates to domains A1, D1, and D2 of the RDF.

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Presenting with Impact: School of Informatics


A short, 3 hour intensive workshop on top presentation tips for a dynamic and effective presentation. This course will look at rarely visited areas such as 'deep design', 3 part drama (structure), introvert and extrovert openings, Graphic heaven and hell and personal presence and the art of rhetoric/persuasion. Your Facilitator: Iain Davidson. Iain is an experienced teacher-trainer and has worked for companies such as Glaxo-Smithkline Pharmaceuticals, VickersMeadBBDO Advertising, The Czech Management Centre in Prague, The Rambers Association and many universities throughout Scotland and Ireland."

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Tuesday 06-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.16, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
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Presenting your Poster Pitch: School of Engineering, Chemistry and Geosciences


A follow up to the Writing and Designing Your Academic Poster workshop.

In this workshop we will focus on how you pitch your poster using new 'elevator' and 'pecha kucha' techniques in verbal/visual communication.

We'll explore your capacity to listen and influence others and give you some personal advice/tips to improve your overall pitch at conferences.

With increasing numbers of posters being displayed and presented in these new ways, this is an ideal opportunity to be ready for any eventuality in the conference hall.

Please bring your poster (or a draft copy) to the workshop with you. 

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Research, Researchers and Media - A Hands On Approach to Communicating Your Research


The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway.

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

*Attendance of the full course is required*

 Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.



Venue information

Please note that this is a 3 day course and participation at all parts is required.

Please note that transportation will not be provided to the BBC Studios in Glasgow, participants will need to make their own way there.

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Social media for impact: strategy, connecting & metrics


This workshop is designed specifically for students who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media.

There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

We will explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with. What engages people? How can you attract attention? What should you post and what should you avoid? How should you manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement?

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points. 

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 01-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
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Writing and Designing your Academic Poster: School of Chemistry


This creative and innovative workshop is for PhD researchers who are preparing their academic poster for presentation at conference or seminars.

In this workshop we explore key visual design and communication skill guidelines to focus on layout, visual impact and powerful writing (text). Posters require us to change our communication approaches, writing habits and style. We will learn to write and design with clarity, conviction and impact by using design-thinking methods and understanding what does, and does not, work on a wall and on a PC.

The aim is to explore your untapped creative and personal communication strengths through a well-designed and beautifully communicated message on a poster: potentially your CV on a page!

There is an optional follow up workshop 'Presenting your Poster Pitch' which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

This workshop replaces the previous 'preparing for conferences' workshop.

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