Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Research planning

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.

Academic Writing Masterclass (SCE&MVM)

Description

A Masterclass is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.

If you are offered a place on the Masterclass, you will be invited to submit an extract (approximately 1000 words) from your academic writing two weeks in advance. All submissions will be circulated, anonymously and in strict confidence, to other course participants.

If your writing is discussed at the Masterclass – something which depends on the number of submissions – your text will be approached as a ‘mimimal viable product’ rather than a finished piece. Feedback will focus on the strengths of your writing as well as any writing patterns that may inhibit clarity or make your writing less effective. 

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years
Date Friday 27-Jan-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 07-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Beating Writer's Block (SCE&MVM)

Description

You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, and typically not only affects planning but well-being and motivation as well.  In this course, we’ll look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 07-Dec-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Beginners Guide to Imaging for CMVM, CAHSS and CSCE Students

Description

About the course: This is a 10-week course delivered through online distance learning within the University’s e-learning platform, Learn.

What will I learn? This self-paced, online course, gives a basic understanding of the history of imaging, an explanation about each imaging modality (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT), as well as giving a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis.  This is a great starting point for those going working on research projects in many different areas, including medicine, engineering, science, psychology and art.

If students they wish to learn more, about a particular modality or technique, they can progress onto the Edinburgh Imaging Academy ODL CPD teaching materials – which are offered as ‘read only’ for a vastly reduced price of £15 per 10 credits.

Target audience: We have had students from a wide range of disciplines including:

-       Political Studies – interested in using fMRI to assess people’s thoughts

-       Anatomy & Biology students – to gain a basic background in imaging

-       Psychology & Cognitive Science – understanding tools & techniques

-       College of Art – interested in using images for 3D design

-       Engineering, Physics & Chemistry

-       Veterinary Science & Bioscience

-       Medical & Biomedical Science students

When does it start? 12th October 2015 – and it is FREE!

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

Want to learn more about one imaging modality or analysis tool?  Once students have grasped the basics, they may wish to go on to study a full 10 credit course in Light Microscopy or Image Processing. If they wish to gain credits then the PPD option is best, if not the CPD read only option is available.

The Edinburgh Imaging Academy offers the online CPD option, by giving students ‘read only’ access to the teaching material used in our ODL Master programs, for £15 per 10 credit course. Simply book through – http://bit.ly/EdinPhD .

For further info on all courses offered, please visit www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging/imaging-academy .

For information on Edinburgh Imaging, and our imaging facilities based at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre, the Brain Research Imaging Centre, IGMM and The Roslin Institute – please visit www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging

EligibilityPGR students PhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 10-Oct-2016, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn Off Campus
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Finding Academic Literature (SCE)

Description

One of the first tasks a research student has to undertake is producing a literature review. This can seem like a daunting prospect, especially for students who are new to this University and its library facilities. The course will help by providing a brief introduction to library resources and services. However, as the course concentrates on the use of online bibliographic databases, its main purpose is to help you find relevant research literature efficiently.

There will be an opportunity for hands-on practise. If you would like to bring your laptop/device with you, please do.

  • Search skills and why you need them
  • Literature databases and cited reference searching
  • Getting the full-text
  • Journal impact factors
  • Keeping up to date
  • Alerts and/or saved searches
  • Brief Introduction to Reference management software

This course relates to domains A1 and B3 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 14-Oct-2016, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
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EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 07-Feb-2017, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
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Finding Academic Literature - School of Engineering

Description

One of the first tasks a research student has to undertake is producing a literature review. This course offers an introduction to information resources available to students, including the use of online bibliographic databases to search for research literature. There will be an opportunity for hands-on practice.  The course will cover:

  • Literature databases for engineering research
  • Cited reference searching
  • Journal impact factors
  • Setting up alerts / saved searches
  • Library collections - print and online
  • Inter-Library Loan service
  • Reference management software

This course relates to domains A1 and B3 of the RDF.

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

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (SCE&MVM)

Description

Skilful editing will transform a draft and turn a good piece of writing into an excellent one. This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of good writing – such as clarity, conciseness and flow – and analyse, by means of written examples, how these qualities are realised linguistically. Working with a draft text, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 25-Oct-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 09-Feb-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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How to do an Informatics PhD

Description

This workshop is open to 1st and 2nd Year student in the School of Informatics and the SICSA group.

We will explore the nature of Informatics research and the diversity of methodologies that it employs. In particular, we will investigate the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes, and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated.

Pre course work

Students will be required to bring a 1000 word summary of their research project to the course.  Guidance will be sent out prior to the course.

If you are a SICSA member and not matriculated at the University of Edinburgh you will need to register for an EASEfriend account before completing the booking form: https://www.ease.ed.ac.uk/userdocs/friend.html

This course relates for domains A1, A2, and C2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year
Date Wednesday 16-Nov-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room LG.09, David Hume Tower Central Area
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EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year
Date Wednesday 08-Feb-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room LG.06 David Hume Tower Central Area
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Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (SCE&MVM)

Description

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a 'hands-on' workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

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

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have attended 'The Writing Process - Getting Started'

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 04-Oct-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Feb-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Informatics

Description

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses.Through formal presentations and group discussion this course will:

  • provide advice and information on how to write a thesis and prepare for the examination process.
  • Give detailed information about administrative aspects of thesis preparation, submission and examination.

It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you.

This course relates to domains A1, C1, and D1 of the RDF.

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

PhD Thesis Workshop: School of GeoSciences

Description

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses, together with staff from the College Office. Through formal presentations and group discussion this course will:* Provide advice and information on how to write a thesis and prepare for the examination process.* Give detailed information about administrative aspects of thesis preparation, submission and examination.It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you.

This course relates to domains A1, C1, and D1 of the RDF.

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

PhD Thesis Writing Workshop: School of Engineering

Description

This course will cover the process and regulations surrounding thesis writing, submission, examination and final approval.  It will cover both the rules, deadlines and regulations governing the examination for and award of a PhD and will offer guidance and discussion of the process from the student/supervisor perspective.  Thesis-writing is a very individual process, even within a College or School, but there are guidelines and general advice that are relatively generic.

The aim is to de-mystify the thesis-writing process and to equip the course participants with a set of conceptual and attitudinal tools to make that process maximally effective and efficient.

This course relates to domains A1, C1, and D1 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 23-Mar-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Preparation of Your PhD Proposal for 1st Year Review: School of Informatics

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students. Through a mixture of short presentations and group discussion this course will:

  • Giving a clear understanding of the purpose and structure of the First Year Review process
  • Allow you to meet students who have already completed their First Year Review
  • Give a chance to ask questions of academic staff within your school
  • Offer ideas about how to get the most out of the review

 

It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you from across your school.

This course relates to domains A1, C2, and D1 of the RDF.

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

Preparing for First Year Review: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students. Through a mixture of short presentations and group discussion this course will:

  • give you a clear understanding of the purpose and structure of the First Year Review process
  • allow you to meet students who have already completed their First Year Review
  • give a chance to ask questions of academic staff within your school
  • offer ideas about how to get the most out of the review

It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you from across your school.

This course relates to domains A1, C2, and D1 of the RDF.

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

Preparing for First Year Review: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students. Through a mixture of short presentations and group discussion this course will

  • gives you a clear understanding of the purpose and structure of the First Year Review process
  • allow you to meet students who have already completed their First Year Review
  • give a chance to ask questions of academic staff within your school
  • offer ideas about how to get the most out of the review

It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you from across your school.

This course relates to domains A1, C2, and D1 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics 1st years
Date Wednesday 05-Apr-2017, 14:00 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This workshop is only open to PhD students in the School of Biological Sciences who are approaching the end of their PhD.

The PhD viva is an integral part of the PhD process in the UK. It offers great opportunities for a well prepared candidate to discuss their work with experts in the field.  This course aims to demystify the viva process, help build your confidence and give you an overview of the viva in the context of your own PhD research.

 We will discuss:

  • The 'big picture' of your research in terms of originality and contribution
  • The role of your supervisor and both examiners
  • What to expect on the day - typical questions and possible outcomes
  • Any other concerns raised during the workshop

 

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 4th Year
Date Thursday 15-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.20, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Geosciences

Description

The PhD viva is an integral part of the PhD process in the UK. It offers great opportunities for a well prepared candidate to discuss their work with experts in the field.  This course aims to demystify the viva process, help build your confidence and give you an overview of the viva in the context of your own PhD research.

 We will discuss:

  • The 'big picture' of your research in terms of originality and contribution
  • The role of your supervisor and both examiners
  • What to expect on the day - typical questions and possible outcomes
  • Any other concerns raised during the workshop
EligibilityPhD SCE Geosciences 3rd and 4th Year
Date Tuesday 13-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 304B, Geology, Grant Institute Kings Buildings
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Informatics

Description

The PhD viva is an integral part of the PhD process in the UK. It offers great opportunities for a well prepared candidate to discuss their work with experts in the field.  This course aims to demystify the viva process, help build your confidence and give you an overview of the viva in the context of your own PhD research.We will discuss:

  • The 'big picture' of your research in terms of originality and contribution
  • The role of your supervisor and both examiners
  • What to expect on the day - typical questions and possible outcomes
  • Any other concerns raised during the workshop

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Tuesday 25-Apr-2017, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.12, Appleton Tower Central Area
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

The PhD Viva is an integral part of the PhD process in the UK. It offers great opportunities for a well prepared candidate to discuss their work with experts in the field. This course aims to demystify the viva process, help build your confidence and give you an overview of the viva in the context of your own PhD research.

We will discuss

  • The "big picture" of your research in terms of originality and contribution
  • The role of your supervisor and both examiners
  • What to expect on the day - typical questions and possible outcomes
  • Any other concerns raised during the workshop

The course relaties to domains A and B of the RDF

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years
Date Thursday 16-Feb-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325C, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Surviving the Confirmation Process: School of Geosciences

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students in the School of GeoSciences. The first year progress review and confirmation process is a key milestone in your PhD studies and this course is a great opportunity to start preparing for it. Through a mix of presentations, and small group discussions led by second year PhD researchers, this workshop will:

  • Explain the purpose and structure of the PhD confirmation process
  • Outline what makes a good confirmation report and presentation
  • Suggest common mistakes to avoid 
  • Provide advice and tips on how best to prepare and what to expect

It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other 1st year PhD students from your school.

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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

The Writing Process: Getting Started (SCE&MVM)

Description

For many researchers, starting to draft is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome that sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for when and how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, and D2 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Thursday 29-Sep-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G69, Joseph Black Building Kings Buildings
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EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Thursday 26-Jan-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Literature Review (SCE&MVM)

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD, because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.

 This course relates to domains A1, A2, and D2 of the RDF.

Prerequisite

If possible, students should have already attended 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

Pre-Course Work

Participants need to bring an article (by another author) that they plan to refer to in their literature review.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 15-Nov-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Thursday 23-Mar-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Research Paper: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This workshop is for Biology, 2nd and 3rd Years.

During a full afternoon, this lecture discussion will cover the basics of what you need to know to write a scientific paper and get it accepted at the journal of your choice. We will start by discussing a strategy for reading scientific papers, then carry on with the analysis of an example paper published in the journal Science.

Following this, we will discuss the different types of scientific papers and the different types of journals available for biological publications. Some attention will be given to explaining what an impact factor is and how to choose the best journal for your work.

We will then discuss the process of producing a paper from beginning to end. This will start with the importance of working with your lab head to decide when you are ready to write, why it is important to choose a title very early on in the process. We will end with how to respond to comments from journal editors and scientific referees.  In between, we will discuss what goes where in the manuscript, what data manipulations are acceptable (and some that are not!), how to explain your main points clearly, how to ensure that referees are not confused when they read your paper, and how your lab-mates and colleagues can help you to prepare a better manuscript. Significant attention will also be given to explaining how the editorial process works at common biological journals, and how to effectively interpret and then deal with comments from referees.

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3 and D2 of the RDF.

Pre-course Work

Students should be familiar with common concepts in biological research, have experience in reading the primary literature, and have a minimum of 6 months laboratory experience.

Prerequisites

Workshop is open to all Ph.D. students working in Biological research.  Experience with Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Genetics is desirable, though not essential.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Thursday 16-Mar-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325B James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Writing a Research Paper: School of Engineering

Description

Publishing a paper in a journal is the main and most important way of communicating the results of your research to the research community. This course offers advice and guidance from senior researchers at the University of Edinburgh on how to write a paper and get it published, from notebooks to the first draft, submission, referees' comments, publication and all steps in between.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Writing for publication 
  • How to read a paper 
  • How to write a paper 
  • Presenting your work for publication
  • Choosing the journal
  • Preparing the paper 
  • Journal formats, submission 
  • The editorial process 
  • Co-authors agreement, copyright transfer, reprints

 

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, and D2 of the RDF.

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