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.

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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Presentation Skills: School of GeoSciences


This course is for you if you are new to speaking in front of an audience and want to gain advice and skills practice in a safe environment. It is geared towards anyone who has to present at an upcoming event and you wish some support with your preparation.

The course addresses the issues and choices involved in delivering effective presentations and talks. You will have an opportunity to explore your own current style of presentation and identify practical ways of enhancing it.

The course will explore:

  • The purpose of presentations
  • What internal resources do you have at your disposal?
  • What external resources can you use?
  • Creating and enhancing your relationship with an audience
  • Impact, engagement, presence, passion

The session will use a range of learning activities including presented content, group discussion and practical exercises. You will also have the opportunity to request a companion document after the course,

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • increase your confidence in developing your professional presence and know how you might present more persuasively
  • understand the origin and purpose of nerves, and how you might address them prior to giving a presentation
  • be better able to have an impact on your audience such that the learning you offer is embedded.

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.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

Presenting with Impact: School of Informatics


 A short, 3 hour intensive course 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 Thursday 02-Jun-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room LG.06 David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Presenting your Poster Pitch: School of Engineering, Chemistry and Geosciences


A follow up to the previous 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 pready for any eventuality in the conference hall.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

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 in February.

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.

The main course venue is St Leonards Hall, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh but the final part (Saturday 20th February) will be held at BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

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

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster Workshop: School of Chemistry


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

In this course 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 course 'Presenting your Poster Pitch' which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

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

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.