Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Open workshops

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.

(PGT - Online) Being Critical for Your Dissertation

Description

As a masters student, you will need to demonstrate your critical thinking skills throughout your dissertation.

This interactive online workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to plan for, practice and communicate critical thinking in your dissertation.

Students should have their dissertation title (it does not need to final) and the dissertation marking criteria if possible (this maybe in the programme guide or online).

Students are encouraged to comment and ask questions during the workshop.

This workshop does not include

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice

 

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

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

(PGT - Online) Getting Started Writing Your Dissertation

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

Getting started writing your dissertation can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to get started and really easy to put off! But no-one else can write your dissertation but you…

So how do you start, and maintain, writing your dissertation?

This online interactive session will give you practical strategies for thinking about writing, planning your writing and actually starting to write your dissertation.

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice
  • English Language advice

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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, which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 17-Apr-2017, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Blackboard Collaborate (online) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT - Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it.

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice
  • English Language advice

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 05-Apr-2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Blackboard Collaborate (online) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT - Online) Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques

Description

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been proven to be effective and how you can use and adapt them your current habits to be more effective. This session will informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific examination formats
  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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. You can cancel via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel and click on “My Bookings” where there is the option to cancel your booking.

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

(PGT - Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

Description

This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

 

The pre-course work prompts will be used within the class.  The class may cover exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practicing your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

 

This session is suitable for any taught postgraduate student who wants to improve their exam technique.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 19-Apr-2017, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Blackboard Collaborate (online) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT - Online) Mendeley (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial

Description

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using Mendeley to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

3. Try to use Mendeley before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

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

(PGT - Online) Networking for your Project

Description

Great networking takes preparation and practice. This workshop will focus on practical strategies for good networking and help you prepare for mixer events.

This workshop will include:

  • Designing your networking words  
  • Planning what you want to find out from people
  • Planning what you want to tell people
  • Practicing networking the room
  • Post network
  • Good practice

This workshop will not cover:

  • Online networking strategies 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

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

(PGT - Online) Top 10 Tips for Delivering your project

Description

All successful projects need to be actively managed.  This is true of writing a dissertation, planning a research project, gaining employment or even cooking a meal for friends.  In this online lecture we will look at how we should approach a project, plan it and execute it.  Along the way we will look at the commonest mistakes people make as well as a number of tips that will help us bring our project to a successful completion.

After the session each participant will:

•        be able to define the different component parts of a project•        understand the common challenges that arise when managing a project•        be familiar with simple project management tools and techniques•        be able to put these into practice

 

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

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

(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

Description

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 04-Apr-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 24-May-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

Description

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

Discussion and questions are warmly welcomed and encouraged during this workshop.

 

This workshop will not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice
  • English Language advice

 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 27-Mar-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room S1, 7 George Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 01-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.06 50 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 15-Jun-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

Description

More than a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This session will not cover: Referencing and formatting, subject or discipline specifics, proof-reading or editing.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 02-May-2017, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

Description

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts. 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 22-May-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project

Description

A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to research projects and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • be able to define the different component parts of a research project
  • understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
  • be familiar with project management tools and techniques
  • be able to put these into practice
  • understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 06-Apr-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.416 Teaching Room 9 - Doorway 3, Medical School Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Influencing Skills and Leading

Description

As our careers grow and develop we can often find ourselves in positions where we have a great deal of responsibility and perhaps not too much authority.   This is where our ability to Lead and Influence becomes paramount. 

These elements come naturally to some, but they are just rules in a game that can be learned and assertively applied. 

This session will focus on building an understanding of how to effectively influence people around us.   We’ll also consider a few basic elements of how to lead in an authentic way – and not simply rely on a badge that says ‘in charge’.

This will be achieved through a blend of situation-based discussion, tutor input, paired work and real-life problem solving.

By the end of the session, participants will

  • Have built a toolkit of influence skills and techniques.
  • Understand how to assertively influence with confidence.

Established some rules and tools for leading, influencing and dealing with challenging individuals.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

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

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Friday 26-May-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Mini Writing Bootcamp

Description

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on an assignment?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them.

The aim of a Writing Bootcamp is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2.5 hours of writing split over 3 sessions. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets. 

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the session in full.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 12-Apr-2017, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room G.15, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 12-Jun-2017, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Proof Reading

Description

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session. 

Pre-course Work

In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 26-Jun-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.5, 14 Buccleuch Place Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Revisiting your structure

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations. 

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

What does this workshop not include: Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice. English Language advice.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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, which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 31-May-2017, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue 01M.469, Teaching Room 12, Doorway 3, Medical School Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 06-Jul-2017, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.17, Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Speed Reading

Description

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

Course Objectives

The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading.  The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.

We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:

  • Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
  • Speed  - Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
  • Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
  • Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.

 

Prework

There will a small amount of prework sent to you around two weeks before the course.  This will not take long and is nothing that you should not naturally be doing anyway.

 

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 11-May-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

Description

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for 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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 17-May-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue

Room 2.05, Ogilvie Room, Institute of Geography Drummond Street

Central Area

Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students

Description

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write a publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

This Writing Bootcamp shall give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. By the end of the Bootcamp we will have discussed writing strategies, and you will have a personalised writing plan and, most importantly, done some writing!

There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Bootcamp. Split into half-day sessions, each section will begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques, followed by writing blocks. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Bootcamp.

Between writing blocks there will be short breaks and refreshments available. The break for lunch will be for an hour, but please note that lunch will not be provided (there are several cafes and shops nearby, or feel free to bring your own).

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • There will be over 8 hours of writing, split into 10 blocks over the two days.
  • You will get most out of the time by doing the preparatory work, following the instructions in the “Guidance Information for Participants”.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets. If you don’t have a laptop let us know, we will have a small number available.

Places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the Writing Bootcamp in full (2 days)

Due to the popularity of this Bootcamp, booking will close on Monday 13th June 2016.

The Writing Bootcamp does not include:

  • Subject specific guidance or advice
  • Editing or individual feedback/advice

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 20-Jun-2017, 08:45 - 17:00
Venue TBC Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

Description

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue. 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.

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 27-Apr-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.19 Old Geography Library, Drummond Street Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.