A-Z Course list

The course directory provides a list of all face-to-face courses run for doctoral researchers by the IAD.

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.

'Just Write'

Description

Are you a PhD student writing your thesis? Or trying to write for publication? Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.

The session will provide you with a space to focus exclusively on your writing, with a member of staff present, to ensure that everyone abides by the rules.

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

  • You will get the most out of the time by coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you
  • You can work on anything, so long as it’s work

Schedule

9:30-10:15 - Writing

10:15-10:25 - Short Break

10:25-11:25 - Writing

11:25-11:35 - Short Break

11:35-12:25 - Writing

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

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 20-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 17-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Advising on Personal & Academic Matters

Description

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators. It discusses the full range of support that students can require (from study development to personal matters); the boundaries to your responsibilities; recording and confidentiality issues; and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations. It points to University Support services and resources for study development. 

If you are a Personal Tutor, the IAD offers specific workshops. For details, please see:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/academic-pastoral/events/iad

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 11-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Assessment & Providing Feedback in the Sciences

Description

This course is intended for tutors and demonstrators with marking responsibilities particularly in the sciences. It focuses in on marking and commenting on shorter items and reports on practicals. It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing comment on students' work.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching and are familiar with the type of work you will be marking.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 21-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Assessment and Providing Feedback

Description

This course is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with marking responsibilities. It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing comment on students' work.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 14-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Beating Writer's Block - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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 HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 06-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue G.05, 50 George Square Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 22-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Beating Writer's Block - SCE and 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
Date Friday 20-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years
Date Tuesday 19-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue 7.20 Swann Building Kings Buildings

Beginners Guide to Imaging for Scientists

Description

About the course: This is a 10-week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn. It will give students a basic understanding of the history of Imaging, imaging modalities (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT) as well as outlining how images are processed and manipulated. A brief guide on how images are processed and the analysis of the data will also be given, to assist with the most common types of image analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects.

Target audience: It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either Masters or PhD level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly those involving in-vivo imaging), but it may be of more general interest to scientists, engineers and physicists – and we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the course tutors background in medical imaging and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

This self-paced online course is an excellent introduction to all imaging modalities for those embarking on their first research project and is open to all University of Edinburgh Postgraduate students.

More information on all the online courses offered by Edinburgh Imaging, whether MSc, PPD or CPD is available on their website www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging and PhD students may also be interested to note that they can gain access to the online learning materials for any of the short courses, for £15 per 10 credit course. Simply book through – http://bit.ly/EdinPhD

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

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

Bitesize: An Introduction to Social Media Platforms

Description

This introductory session provides an overview of social media, including the popular social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, blogs, and professional/research sites, such as LinkedIn and academia.edu); time-saving platforms for scheduling information (e.g. tweetdeck); the benefits of using social media; as well as an opportunity to ask questions and hear about other workshops and resources.

This session is suitable for researchers and PhD students who want to know more about social media.

EligibilityPGR students PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years Academic Teaching and Research Academic Researchers
Date Wednesday 27-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Bitesize: Conference and Event Organising

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for staff and students who are interested in planning events, workshops or conferences. Organising a conference gives researchers the opportunity to boost their profile, develop new skills and to meet other academics in their field. 

In order to deliver a high-quality event it is crucial that organisers execute a sequence of well planned actions in advance, leaving plenty of time to solve any problems that arise unexpectedly. There are now a number of free online tools and event marketing systems, such as Eventbrite, that can be used to help you manage your conference so that you can achieve maximum impact and attract delegates.

The workshop is designed to cover event planning and design, management, finance, venues, online tools, marketing and promotion, attracting sponsorship and post-event actions. The content is taught via short lectures, demonstrations of free online tools and interactive group exercises, in addition to case studies and the instructor’s own experience. Participants are encouraged to share their own even ideas throughout. This workshop is popular with students, researchers and professional staff at universities.

This course is for postgraduate students and staff who are interested in holding events related to their research. The content of this course is applicable to individuals who are interested in careers both inside and outside of academia.

  • Generating ideas for your event
    • What is your aim? Why hold an event?
    • Timing and length
  • Planning your event
    • Team, dates, venue, costs
    • Pre-event software
  • Event structure
    • Cutting edge talks, workshops, posters, papers, networking (speed)
    • Inviting & attracting high-quality speakers
    • Timing & livestreaming
  • Marketing and promoting your event
    • Earl bird vs late bird rates
    • Digital & social engagement #
    • Tools to measure your progress: website, Eventbrite, analytics
  • Attracting sponsorship
    • Who to ask?
    • Sponsorship packages: gold, silver, bronze
  • Event management
    • Badges, bags, stands and technical tests
    • Reminders & drop outs
    • Registration and welcoming delegates
    • Managing speakers, timing, questions and an audience
  • Post-event actions
    • Surveys and feedback
    • Mailing lists, videos and blogs
EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 06-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Bitesize: Creating Remarkable Postgrad/Supervisor Relationships

Description

"I often forget what it is like to be a student, so simply listening to their experiences can be very powerful. And students may not understand what is going on in supervisors' heads until they hear it out loud (and then they may realise absent mindedness rather than malice is at work).”

Edinburgh University supervisor

Why this session?

Nobody says much about the emotional and social aspects of research – it’s the unspoken stuff.  Post-grad students and their supervisors are all part of the affective mix, and when they get it right it can make for a great research project, and a potentially great researcher.  But when the emotional mix is off-balance it can be destructive, without anyone wanting it to be so.

What is the session?

This is an interactive session, working with your own experience of post-grad/supervisor relationships.  We ask how the relationships can develop to support both parties effectively, and use assertiveness techniques, role play and the Transactional Analysis adult/parent/child model.

What will the session do?

Find out what you are doing right, and do more of it; and work on ways of challenging and changing less helpful emotions, behaviours and processes. 

Who are we?

The session is run by Alison Williams, a recent (2013) PhD, specialist in affect and creativity, and still remembering what the unspoken stuff is like; and Professor Judy Robertson of Digital Learning, already well known in Edinburgh University for being human.  Both are editors of BITE: Recipes for remarkable research.

What people have learned in previous sessions:

“Most people have problems similar to what I have, and I’m not the only person.”

“A better ability to think outside the box of my current supervisor/ student relationships; and to be able to think through how to change things constructively.”  

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

Bitesize: Designing Creativity and Innovation within Research

Description

What is it?

A new two-hour interactive workshop designed to help you access the natural creativity and innovation in your research projects. We will explore the difference between divergent and convergent approaches to problem solving and how working outside our comfort zones can bring radical changes in our perceptions and results.

Creativity is regularly quoted as being one of the top skills that employers now look for in a highly knowledgeable and specialist workforce.

What will I learn?

We will explore techniques used by the ‘creative industries’ to build a naturally creative, innovative and playful approach to commercial and research issues. We will also explore a more creative approach to work and how to build in opportunities to develop divergent skills to enhance professional careers and the effectiveness of our teams and organisations. Core skills will include associative thinking, brainstorming, design thinking and communication.

Who is it for?

PhD students and Early Career Researchers who wish to improve their creative and innovative approaches to their projects, working life and careers.

This course relates to domains B1 and B2 (Personal Effectiveness, Qualities and Self-Management) and D1 to D3 (Engagement, Influence and Impact) of the RDF

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

Bitesize: Designing Effective Slides

Description

Most of us use slides in our presentations, whether these are for short departmental meetings or major presentations at international conferences. However, one of the commonest features of all presentations is poor slide design.

Slides are visual aids to help our audience understand and follow what we are saying. Unfortunately, the slides presenters use are often overcrowded, difficult to see and badly designed. As visual aids they fail both visually and as aids for the audience.

Using lots of examples, the workshop facilitator, Allan Gaw, will introduce delegates to the acronym SWIPE and show how its component parts can be used to help us design clean, simple slides that have serve us best as great visual aids.

If you are completely new to making slides or if you feel that the slides you have been making for years could be better you will find this workshop useful and relevant to your work.

After this workshop each delegate should:

• Understand what slides are for and what they are not

• Be aware of the main problems in slide design

• Be familiar with the concept of SWIPE in slide design

• Understand how to make your slides both visually appealing and useful to your audience

• Have a simple strategy for producing effective slides for any presentation

EligibilityAll Research Staff PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 16-Feb-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Bitesize: Financial Skills Training

Description

This workshop is designed to give Researchers an overview of the financial system available in the University e.g. our expenses management system, eTime - timesheet recording system, WebFirst - Financial Reporting system, eFinancials and eITs for internal ordering and billing. The workshop will also provide an overview of the University's financial coding structure and how you can interact with Finance to get payments made to individuals or suppliers. This workshop is aimed at research staff and PhD students to give an overview of the systems and support available to help them with their research.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PhD SCE Informatics All Years PhD SCE GeoScience all years PhD SCE Chemistry all years PhD SCE All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years Academic Teaching and Research
Date Friday 23-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Bitesize: Measuring and Boosting Your Research Impact: Strategy, Tools and Communicating

Description

Particpants are encouraged to bring their own latop/ipad/tablet to this course.

Academic publishing is evolving rapidly and researchers can now take advantage of new technologies to enhance their research profiles. A range of new tools are emerging that compliment traditional publishing and communication methods. These allow researchers to track their research impact digitally, gain citations for their work, interact with their peers and engage with a non-academic audience.

Using tools such as these can be a beneficial for your research career and can be used to demonstrate public engagement in reports for the Research Excellence Framework. Researchers post opinions, negative results, figures, posters, data, old student projects (and more) and receive acknowledgement from their peers.

 The course will introduce you to a set of online tools (including Figshare, Researchgate, Academia.edu, Impact Story and F1000) designed specifically for academics that can be used to discuss, share and promote your research. In addition, the course will touch on how popular social media platforms can be used to your advantage. Examples of how other researchers use the tools successfully will also be included.

This course is for PhD students and research staff who are interested in building their digital research profile and using new online tools to interact with other researchers, potential collaborators and the public.

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

Bitesize: Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Description

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career.

This workshop will cover various situations that academics are faced with regularly with regards to verbal interaction. We will cover delivery of oral presentations, how to get the most from your poster session at a conference, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt for a variety of situations; how do you respond to difficult questions? How do you turn a conversation to your advantage? How do you effectively engage with senior academics?

Effective verbal delivery and engagement takes practice and this workshop will introduce participants to concepts and techniques that they can use to their advantage. It is a key component to a successful career, both within academia and beyond.

EligibilityPhD HSS SPS PhD SCE Physics All Years PhD SCE Informatics All Years PhD SCE Engineering all years PhD SCE Chemistry all years PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 09-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

COMPASS Academic Communication Skills - HSS

Description

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 for HSS students only.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 21-Oct-2015, 15:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

COMPASS Academic Communication Skills - SCE/MVM

Description

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

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 21-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

COMPASS Ghost Tour

Description

This event will start at 6.30pm - The group will leave Bristo Square promtly at 6.15pm. 

Booking a place through MyEd is only a registration of interest. Tickets must be purchased via the University epay website 

http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=133&prodid=1703 Please note that tickets are non-refundable

This tour ends in a section of Edinburgh’s legendary Underground City, where a population once lived in utter misery. Black as Satan’s jammies, with a fascinating history to match, these vaults were forgotten for centuries and only recently unsealed.

This part of the South Bridge Vaults is known as Damnation Alley. With good reason. These dark tunnels and are stalked by a malevolent presence known as the South Bridge Entity.

Underground City of the Dead is researched and written by the award winning novelist and historical author, Jan-Andrew Henderson.   The story of this hidden metropolis is told in his book The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh’s Legendary Underground City.

This event is also open to friends and partners of students but is not suitable for children.

 

 

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

COMPASS Glencoe Visit

Description

The International COMPASS Programme, a series of co-ordinated orientation modules for postgraduate research students studying in Scotland, has arranged a visit to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands for international postgraduates.

Students will be transported to the Glen by coach, before visiting the exhibition centre and being taken on a guided walk. Lunch is also included in the ticket price of £10.00 - so it is a real bargain.  This has been a sell-out event in the past and so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  The event is also open to friends and partners of students, although please do not bring children.

Glencoe has some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, and you will also have the opportunity to learn about some of its most famous (or infamous!) history.

Please ensure that you have adequate clothing and footwear for the activity.

Tickets are available to book on line via ePay. We do not accept cash bookings.  Refunds will not be issued

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

COMPASS Induction Event

Description

The Edinburgh COMPASS Programme Induction event is designed to welcome international postgraduates students to Scotland, meet each other and to encourage students to explore the opportunities that are available during study here at the University of Edinburgh.

EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 14-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue LG.11 David Hume Tower Central Area

COMPASS Scottish Parliament Event

Description

The International COMPASS Programme, a series of co-ordinated orientation modules for postgraduate research students studying in Scotland, has arranged a free visit to the Scottish Parliament for international postgraduates. The visit will include a tour of the Parliament followed by meeting an MSP. The visit may include the possibility to attend First Ministers Questions, although seats in the public gallery are not always available, there is normally an opportunity to watch them from one of the committee rooms. This is an extraordinary opportunity for international students to see the Scottish parliamentary process in action and gain an insight into the workings of the Scottish government. Bookings must be made, via the MyEd booking channel.

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

COMPASS Your Supervisor and You

Description

The International COMPASS Programme, a series of co-ordinated orientation modules for postgraduate research students studying in Scotland, is shortly to run a free event for international postgraduate students entitled Your Supervisor and You.

The event will feature a panel of late-stage or completed PhD students who will each give a short talk on a range of issues surrounding the student/supervisor relationship, including practical guidelines, trouble-shooting and managing expectations. There will also be a brief talk from an existing, experienced supervisor to provide a perspective from the other side of the relationship. All of these sessions will be followed by an informal period of questions and answers, which it is hoped will help international students develop and manage the most productive relationship possible with their supervisors.

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

Creating an effective online presence for research and impact (MVM)

Description

Eligibility: PhD researchers and staff in MVM

This session will focus on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence.

The session will:

  • Focus on 4 areas: audience, purpose, choice of media, and evaluation.
  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence for disseminating research and increasing impact
  • Highlight guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council etc.
  • Tips for creating a clear and effective message/brand for your online presence
  • Hints and tips on saving time when using social media, for example scheduling tweets and Facebook/blog posts

 

No previous experience or knowledge is needed to attend this session.

After the session, there will be a drop-in clinic where you are welcome to come along and ask questions or seek advice on specific social media platforms.

EligibilityAll staff PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 04-Nov-2015, 12:45 - 13:45
Venue Wellcome Auditorium QMRI Little France
Bookings No booking required.

Creative Problem Solving in Research

Description

The core business of a PhD or early career researcher is to have new ideas and then explore them. Originality is our shared currency regardless of academic discipline. And yet many researchers report finding themselves stuck in a rut, having the same thoughts again and again, when what they really need are fresh insights, new concepts and original ideas.

This empowering and challenging course will allow participants to bring along their own real problems and explore them from a number of new angles.

The course will focus on the needs and personal creativity styles of all the participants and will then will move on to explore:

  • How to explore a problem and tackle it from a number of new angles
  • A range of creativity techniques and how to apply and implement them
  • A toolkit for evaluating ideas

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

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years Academic Researchers SCE Academic Researchers MVM Academic Researchers Academic Reseachers HSS PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 27-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years Academic Researchers SCE Academic Researchers MVM Academic Researchers Academic Reseachers HSS PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 18-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Designing & Delivering Lectures

Description

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are relatively new to lecturing or embarking on it for the first time. It considers what is involved in planning a lecture, and discusses strategies for engaging the students’ attention. 

You will get most out of this workshop if lecturing is an immediate concern for you this semester.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 04-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.

Designing Courses

Description

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on course design responsibilities. It discusses some institutional dimensions that have to be taken into account when designing a course; it provides an overview of what is involved in turning subject content into a course; and discusses what makes for a well-designed course.

You will get most out of this workshop if course design is an immediate concern for you this semester.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 25-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Designing Effective Posters - School of Law

Description

This session will cover what makes an effective poster, it will cover the general principles behind poster design, the content and layout of the poster and how to use the poster to clearly communicate your research.

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

Developing a Writing and Publishing Strategy in the Internet Age

Description

Researchers need to operate within networks, to disseminate their ideas, findings and critical insights. The Internet has expanded the spectrum of outlets, as well as publication and peer review processes. In this workshop we examine and hone skills in writing, editing and reviewing your own work and that of others. It’s a case of strategic planning. What’s the best outlet for each stage in the development of your research, and how can you get the most out of your writing? The workshop will be run by Richard Coyne, the author of several books with MIT Press, Addison Wesley and Routledge, and with experience in co-authorship of scientific journal articles as well as texts with a cultural bent, both on and off line. Two of his students recently used their PhDs as the basis of books with mainstream publishers.

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

Developing Your Personal Presence and Contacts

Description

This 2-hour participative session will help develop your self-awareness of how you come across to others and enhance your skills in developing professional contacts. The session will include:

  • Presenting yourself positively
  • Understanding the impact of your non-verbal behaviour on others
  • Realising that first impressions DO matter
  • Adapting to different situations

This course relates to domains B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, and D3 of the RDF.

Pre-Course Work 

Please think back to the last conference or important meeting you attended and reflect on the number of new contacts you made and how you achieved this.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 03-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue LG.10 David Hume Tower Central Area

Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence (online session)

Description

This session will focus on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence. 

The session will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence e.g. in relation to employability, research impact etc.
  • Provide advice on managing social media profiles e.g. privacy settings
  • Highlight the guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council; Law Society etc.
  • Tips for creating a clear and effective message/brand for your online presence
  • Hints and tips on saving time when using social media, for example scheduling tweets and Facebook/blog posts

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and your own hints and tips.

No previous experience or knowledge is needed to attend this session.

What is your digital footprint? It’s the data you leave behind when you go online. It’s what you’ve said, what others have said about you, where you’ve been, images you’re tagged in, personal information, social media profiles and much more. Further information and other workshop details can be found www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint

EligibilityAll students
Date Tuesday 13-Oct-2015, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Ease the Load - Feel Good about Your Busy Life

Description

Staying on top and in control of our work in this fast-paced world is becoming increasingly difficult. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and have a knock on effect to our personal life. This session has been developed to help effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support us as we focus on the important, plan our work effectively and attack it with confidence.

This new, full day course looks at time management from a fresh perspective to support researchers at all levels, through the development of an approach which puts you back in control of your time.

 Course Purpose:

This course aims to support researchers at all levels, providing an approach which puts you in control and reduces overall stress. Applying this helps you to enjoy, and not just cope with, your busy schedule, leaving you on top of your work, not buried by it. Productivity without the stress.

Objectives:

  • Skilfully manage a busy schedule
  • Feel on top of work and home life
  • Get the inbox back to empty
  • Effectively plan and progress projects
  • Clarify roles, prioritise goals and learn to say “No"
  • Efficiently organise paperwork, emails and other inputs
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 27-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

EASTChem Thesis Workshop

Description

'This course provides advice and information on how to write a chemistry PhD thesis and prepare for the examination process. The session will include practical, interactive activities and contributions from experienced PhD supervisors, examiners and recent PhD graduates.

 

Course Content:

The role of the thesis and doctoral regulations

The external examiner's perspective and responsibilities

Organisation, motivation and planning

What makes a good thesis

Writing and reviewing the thesis

Anticipating the viva

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry all years
Date Wednesday 03-Feb-2016, 10:30 - 16:30
Venue Theatre 250, Joseph Black Building Kings Buildings

Effective Tutoring Introduction

Description

This course is intended for tutors who are new or relatively new to teaching tutorials from across the University of Edinburgh with a focus on open-discussion classes.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and there is ample time for sharing experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Please check first if there is a session in your school that you have to sign up for instead, as that session will be more specific and may be mandatory. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 23-Sep-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 30-Sep-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Effective Writing: Grammar

Description

Native speakers of English often have little knowledge of formal grammar and non-native speakers may know the grammar in theory but find the practice is a lot harder. This workshop starts by providing the vocabulary to discuss grammar. Using examples of academic writing from a variety of subject areas, we deal with common errors in sentence construction and punctuation in the work of native and non-native speakers.  Finally, we look at how a knowledge of grammar can help the writer communicate more effectively in a way that the reader will enjoy.

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

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years
Date Monday 12-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years
Date Monday 23-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years
Date Friday 18-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years
Date Monday 09-May-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

End of First Stage Review and Confirmation of PhD Registration - SPS

Description

This course is for you if you are a First Year PhD student, or Masters by Research student who is considering a PhD, in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Preparing for The End of First Year Review is a major milestone in the PhD. All PhD students need to pass the review before their registration is confirmed. At this workshop we will: learn what is involved in the review, what you need to put in your proposal, and how to prepare for the day. Staff from the Graduate School will be there to offer advice and answer questions.

This course aims to help demystify the First Year Review process, by providing you with a clear understanding of the purpose and structure of the review, and to get you thinking at an early stage about what you need to do and why. The course will be delivered through a mixture of short presentations and group work and will cover the following topics:

* The purpose and structure of the review process

* Feedback from supervisors on what makes a good thesis proposal and presentation together with common mistakes to avoid.

* Practical and realistic tips on how to prepare for it.

* Small group discussions and activities to encourage you to start preparing your thesis proposal and presentation.

* Talk to PhD Students who have been through the review

EligibilityPhD HSS SPS
Date Wednesday 16-Mar-2016, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Graduate School Practice Room (1st Floor), Chrystal MacMillan Building Central Area

Engaging students in an online environment

Description

This face-to-face short workshop (2.5hrs) is aimed at tutors from across the University of Edinburgh who are new or have recently started tutoring in an online environment (e.g. via Learn, Moodle or a custom virtual learning environment).

The session will focus on the themes of community, identity and engagement online. We will explore the benefits and challenges of online learning; how to engage students in an online environment; practical advice for tutoring online; and more. There will be time to share experiences and ask questions.

In order for us to better understand your role, you will be asked two questions when you register for this workshop.

EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 23-Sep-2015, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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.

Finding Academic Literature - Science and Engineering

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 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.

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

Good Practice in PhD Research - College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Description

This session is taught by postgraduate advisors and senior academic staff from different parts of the College and will cover the key information and advice that you need as a 1st year PhD student in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine - students should attend the course which is local to where they are based.

Through a mixture of presentations and case studies this course will cover:

  • Project planning & experimental design
  • Keeping lab notebooks & managing your research results
  • Roles & responsibilities of PhD students and supervisors
  • Progress monitoring & assessment
  • Research ethics & ethical practice
  • Making the most of your PhD - training, support & opportunities

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

This course relates to domains A1, C1, C2, and D1 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

This course is only open to new PhD students in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

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

HEA Accreditation of Teaching (workshops for applicants)

Description

The IAD offers bi-monthly workshops on Thursdays for experienced T&Ds who are working on an application to the HEA via the Direct Individual Recognition Route. The agenda of each session is open.

The workshops are intended for discussion of work in progress and sharing of drafts. They are not information sessions. For those seeking general information about accreditation, this can be found on the IAD website: http://edin.ac/1nJ43fg

To find out what is required for seeking accreditation via this route, you can attend one of the Practical Strategies sessions for seeking HEA accreditation [link to here: http://edin.ac/1F9BQGV] take the course 'Developing Teaching & Routes to Accreditation' [link to here: http://edin.ac/1uNDQlf] or consult the HEA website for detailed information about their accreditation route at:

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition

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

How to be an Effective Researcher

Description

*This is a two day course*

What can you do to make yourself a more effective PhD researcher and get the most out of your PhD?

This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first and second year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.

The course will cover:

  • PhD project planning
  • Effective working practices
  • Working with others in the research environment
  • Maximising your impact
  • Managing your supervisor
  • Negotiating
  • Getting feedback
  • Making the most of your PhD - planning for the future

Participants work in groups to work on a range of activities. From this you will gain awareness of your performance as an individual and in a team. You will use and develop skills that are essential for a researcher such as communication, planning, time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness, as well as building a greater self-awareness of your learning and working styles. The course was developed at the University of Edinburgh with support from Vitae and has been attended by thousands of researchers at universities across the UK. It was devised with input from tutors from academia, industry and other sectors to ensure its relevance to PhD research and future careers.

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, B2, B3, C1, and C2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD HSS 1st Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 15-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS 1st Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 25-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

How to be your own Best Editor (HSS)

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 HSS All Years
Date Monday 12-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 01-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

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 PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 23-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 11-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

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.

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 18-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year
Date Wednesday 10-Feb-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Introduction to Academic Practice: Information Session

Description

Information about the Introduction to Academic Practice (HEA-accredited course for T&Ds).

This is an information session about a six month course for experienced T&Ds which is accredited by the HEA at Associate Fellowship. In the session, we discuss the course outcomes, course completion requirements, eligibility for participating in it, what is involved and whether this is the right course for you. Detailed information about this course is available at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/tutors-demonstrators/support/enhancement/intro-ap

If you would like to know more about this course but cannot make this session and cannot find the information on the above website, please email IAD.tutdem@ed.ac.uk.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Tuesday 18-Aug-2015, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 1, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Tuesday 03-Nov-2015, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Introduction to Laboratory Demonstrating

Description

This course is intended for demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh who are new or have recently started demonstrating.

If you are new to demonstrating, check first if there is a session in your school that you have to sign up for instead, as that session will be more specific and may be mandatory. 

This workshop contains discussion of the skills required to best assist students in laboratory settings; the boundaries to the demonstrator’s responsibilities; what strategies might be applied in tricky situations; and a short discussion of safety issues. You will get most out of this workshop if you are already demonstrating.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 30-Sep-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 1

Description

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors’ backgrounds in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and will try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points, as well as more general interaction with the course team. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered in the 5 weeks:

  1. An introduction to the course and VLE
  2. Basic principles of statistical inference and  exploratory data analysis
  3. Some basic concepts in probability
  4. Confidence intervals
  5. Hypothesis testing

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

Course starts week beginning Monday 19th January 2015, and runs for 5 weeks. A Level 2 course will run in the second half of Semester to describe a number of additional topics and methods of analysis to enhance participants’ knowledge of, and confidence with, statistical methods.

Enquiries should be sent to the course organiser at Niall.Anderson@ed.ac.uk

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

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 2

Description

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will build on the material covered in the Level 1 course to describe a number of useful principles and methods of analysis that are commonly needed for Masters or PhD research projects.  Participants should either have completed Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1 or be familiar with the basic ideas of the statistical approach, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and so on.

It is aimed mainly at student undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors background in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points, as well as more general interaction with the course team. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered in the 5 weeks:

  1. Study design – randomisation and blocking
  2. Study design – power calculations
  3. Correlation and simple linear regression
  4. One and Two-way analysis of variance models
  5. Method comparison/ reproducibility studies

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

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

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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 HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 23-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 13-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue G.05, 50 George Square Central Area

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? - College of Science and Engineering and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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 29-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 01-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Managing a Bibliography in Endnote

Description

EndNote is used for managing bibliographic references and is available for Windows and Macintosh. This is an introductory course aimed at getting you started in using EndNote. The course topics include adding records to your EndNote database, using EndNote to insert citations in word documents and generate bibliographies, and tips for efficient management of bibliographic sources.

Please note: this event is not catered.

This course relates to domains A1 and B2 of the RDF.

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

Managing Your PhD - School of Biological Science

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students.

It aims to provide you with an opportunity to take stock of where you are and make practical steps towards an effective start on your PhD. The short, interactive course will be delivered through a mixture of short presentations and group work and there will be an opportunity to get advice and information from a variety of experienced researchers, supervisors and PhD students.

Topics covered include:

  •  PhD targets and goal setting
  • Advice on practical day to day issues of good research practice
  • Advice and approaches to managing oneself and ones project

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 A1 and B2 of the RDF.

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

Managing Your PhD - School of Chemistry

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to take stock of where you are and make practical steps towards an effective start on your PhD. The short, interactive course will be delivered through a mixture of short presentations and group work and there will be an opportunity to get advice and information from a variety of experienced researchers, supervisors and PhD students.

Topics covered include:

  •  PhD targets and goal setting
  • Advice on practical day to day issues of good research practice
  • Advice and approaches to managing oneself and ones project

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 A1 and B2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry 1st years
Date Friday 09-Oct-2015, 11:45 - 14:00
Venue Theatre 40, Joseph Black Building Kings Buildings

Managing Your Research Project

Description

Project management is a core skill for most jobs and being a researcher is no different.   This workshop is designed to help you take control of your research and support you in the successful completion of your PhD and future research projects.

This course, which is aimed at all postgraduate researchers, explores how you can apply project management principles to research projects.   By attending the course you will learn how to:

  • Clearly define your project to ensure it is successful.
  • Identify stakeholders and plan how to engage and communicate with them effectively to ensure your research has impact.
  • Define clear roles and responsibilities for the individuals involved in executing the research.
  • Develop a high-level plan for the whole research project including project time-lines, budgets and plans to manage project risks.
  • Identify time critical activities so you can prioritise these.
  • Develop detailed plan for shorter term activities to effectively manage your time.
  • Monitor the progress of your project and what action to take when the project is not progressing as planned.

The workshop is interactive and you will have opportunities to learn project management tools through group activities as well as having time to reflect on your own research.

This course relates to domains A1, A3, B2, C2, and D3 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 04-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 02-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 12-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Mapping Your Mind

Description

This course will provide you with a small toolkit of techniques that you can apply to help you to manage the piles of information, papers, letters and articles that clutter your desk and mind. It will help you to make notes quickly and in a way that your mind may process more readily. After the course, if you practice and use the techniques, you may improve your recall of information, improve your note-m/taking and enhance your creativity.

During the workshop you will:

  • Understand how using tools such as mindmaps relate to the way your mind deals with information . Examine how note-taking can restrict your ability to process information . Learn how to use graphical and mapping techniques that can aid your creativity and research

This course relates to domain A1 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 01-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Maximising Your Influence At Meetings

Description

This is a highly participative 2-hour session to explore how you can become more effective and influential, particularly in meetings, thus developing a key everyday work skill.

The session includes:-

  • Defining effective meetings
  • Active listening
  • Encouraging good participation
  • Identifying and practising important verbal behaviours to influence others
  • Dealing with difficult behaviour

This course relates to domains D1, D2, and D3 of the RDF.

Pre-Course Work

Please give some thought, before attending the session, to the following questions:

  1. Why are meetings one of the most important methods of communicating in organisations?
  2. Reflect on one or more meetings in which you have been involved and assess the success of these meetings in terms of outcomes.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 09-Dec-2015, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

MScR Project Planning and Ethics (MVM)

Description

This course will cover the key issues that you need to address when writing up science, for masters course assignments, research theses or academic papers.

Course content includes:

  • Project Planning and Experimental Design
  • Health & Safety and Risk Management
  • Ethics in Scientific Research

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

Networking Skills Workshop for Research Students (School of Law)

Description

Eligibility: This course is for 2nd Year and above PhD students in the School of Law

The networking skills workshop is aimed at second year students who will be attending conferences, presenting work, meeting academics and other PhD students.  It will encourage you to think about your existing network of contacts and how to expand this to meet key thinkers in your field, as well as offer practical skills for meeting people at conferences, networking and useful ways to explain your thesis to new contacts.

EligibilityPhD HSS Law 2nd Year & Above
Date Thursday 22-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC

PhD Thesis Workshop: Preparing to Submit and Defend Your Thesis (Medicine)

Description

This course is for 3rd year students and those about to start writing up. 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 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 Workshop - School of Biological Sciences

Description

This workshop is only open to PhD students in the School of Biological Sciences.

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 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 - SPS

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 (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 25-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings

Poster Production

Description

As a postgraduate or early stage researcher, this course will help you with the initial layout and design of an academic poster and provide you with simple guidelines to avoid creating a "missed opportunity" poster. The course will show that creating an effective poster improves your ability to engage with others, and succinctly and clearly communicate your research to a wide audience.

Focusing on the practical elements of a poster event, it will take you through the process of production, completion and final presentation of 'your research on a page'. 

As a group we'll discuss a variety of real examples of academic poster styles - what works and what doesn't. We'll explore ideas on balance, colour and structure to help you incorporate your aims and creative ideas into a valuable poster. The university facilities and technical assistance available will also be discussed.

This course relates to domains D2 and D3 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS Public Health Research All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 17-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD SCE All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS Public Health Research All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 23-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD SCE All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS Public Health Research All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Thursday 21-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area

Practical Project Management for Research Students

Description

This one day course will introduce you to project management, with a focus on the development of practical skills. 

 You will learn how to:

  • Set clear and realistic objectives
  • Plan, organise, and document your research project 
  • Identify your stakeholders, and to understand their needs
  • Manage stakeholder expectations
  • Manage risks and issues, including changes to scope
  • Review and learn from strengths and weaknesses identified on completion  of a project. 

 The session will include presented content, class discussion, and group exercises centred on a research project scenario.  There is also a course handbook for reference.

 You should attend if you want to:

  • Understand more about project management, the role of the project manager, and project success
  • Learn about the lifecycle of a project
  • Increase your confidence in managing projects
  • Obtain tools and techniques that you can start to use immediately
  • Discuss the challenges of research projects with other research staff.

This course relates to domains B1, B2, and C2 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 03-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 26-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Preparation of your PhD proposal for 1st year review (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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years
Date Thursday 10-Mar-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Preparing for Conferences: Presenting Your Poster

Description

A follow on from the ‘Your PhD on a page’ workshop, this workshop will focus on how you pitch your research and your poster using traditional 'show and tell' and new 'pecha-kucha' style techniques in visual and verbal interactive communication.

We'll explore your capacity to listen and influence others and give you personal advice/tips to improve your overall pitch at conference. We'll base this on an understanding of elements of psychology such as attention span, listening skills, observation and understanding of human behaviour in environments such as large, noisy conference spaces.

With increasing numbers of posters being displayed and presented in these new ways, this is an ideal opportunity to prepare for any opportunity. If you make a good  impression at conference you should be prepared to stand with your poster for three minutes presenting in the conference hall and on the big screen.

Are you ready for this type of exposure and this opportunity to share your vision?

By the end of the course we will have worked on a clear, concise pitch that allows you to talk with confidence with anyone in the room. This is potentially an essential career and networking skill for your future.

To attend this course, you must have attended one of the School Specific "Preparing for Conferences: Your PhD on a page".

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

Preparing for Conferences: Presenting your Poster--School of Biological Sciences

Description

A follow up to the previous poster design workshops.

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 conference. 

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!

N.B. Please bring your poster with you to the workshop so that you can practice presenting with it.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 1st Years
Date Monday 24-Aug-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Preparing for Conferences: Your PhD on a Page - School of Biology

Description

This course is for researchers who are preparing an academic poster for presentation at conference. Please note that this course will run as two half days in June 2015. The first half day runs on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 (9:30-12:30) and the second half day runs on Thursday 4th June 2015 (9:30-12:30) in 4325C JCMB.

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 poster.

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’ which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

This course relates to domains D1, D2, and D3 of the RDF.

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

Preparing for Conferences: Your PhD on a Page - School of Engineering

Description

This course is for researchers who are preparing an academic poster for presentation at conference.

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 poster.

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’ which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

This course relates to domains D1, D2, and D3 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 20-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB Kings Buildings

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
Date Monday 13-Jun-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.20, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

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 Years
Date Tuesday 09-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Preparing for Your 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 19-Apr-2016, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.02 Informatics Forum Central Area

Presentation Skills: School of GeoSciences

Description

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

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

Presentation Skills: School of Law

Description

This workshop will cover: what makes a good presentation, effective public speaking skills, and how to use powerpoint effectively when giving a presentation.

EligibilityPhD HSS Law 2nd Year & Above PhD HSS Law First Year
Date Friday 22-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Delivering Presentations

Description

This course is an optional follow on from the Presentations Made Easy - Presentations Techniques course. This half day course gives participants the opportunity to deliver a presentation.  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.

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

Pre-course tasks

You are asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation for the course (this can be on any topic that you like, including your research piece) as well as completing the questionnaire upon booking. Your presentation can take the form of a PowerPoint, Prezi presentation, or other presentation formats.  A data projector and computer (for presentations), overhead projector, and flipchart (stand and paper) will be available on the day of the course. Please bring the presentation with you on the day.

Pre- Requisites

To attend this course, you must have attended the theory session "Presenting Made Easy  - Presentation Techniques

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 16-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 21-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (HSS)

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 09-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 14-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE & MVM)

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 15-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings

Presenting with Impact- Biological Sciences

Description


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."

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

Presenting with Impact- Informatics

Description


 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."

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

Presenting Your Poster Pitch

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE GeoScience all years PhD SCE Engineering all years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Thursday 24-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325B, JCMB Kings Buildings

Presenting Your Poster - School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

This course is for postgraduates who are preparing an academic poster for presentation at conference.

In this initial course we follow key communication skill guidelines to focus on layout and writing (text). Posters require us to change our academic writing habits and style. We need to write with clarity, conviction and PUNCH (all will be revealed). Finally we'll pitch our work to our peers.

The course is a half-day course run in an interactive and relaxed manner.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics All Years
Date Thursday 01-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:45
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme Forum 2015

Description

The Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) offers staff at Edinburgh the opportunity to apply for grants for pedagogical development or research projects, which will make a significant contribution to enhancing teaching, learning or assessment practices. PTAS has been running since 2007, with annual funding of around £100,000. The scheme is an invaluable source of support for educational innovation and enquiry within the University. The PTAS scheme has excellent reach within the University with over 200 different members of staff having been involved in successful PTAS projects since the start of the scheme across 20 different Schools. You will get the chance to hear about some of the successful projects and to meet grant holders to ask their advice. We will also have two inspiring keynote speakers. More details and a programme will be available soon.

**Please note that filming may take place during keynote talks**

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

Producing a Thesis in Word 2013

Description

This course is primarily aimed at postgraduate students intending to produce a thesis using Word 2013. You can attend at any stage of your thesis writing, but it may be most beneficial at the start. The course shoes you how to use Word's advanced features to efficiently produce a quality document. You will learn how to use styles to format and structure your thesis, create numbered headings, position and label images, work with tables, add structure with section breaks and headers and footers, and create tables of contents and figures. Practical exercises take you through the process of creating your thesis from start to finish.

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, B2, C2, and D2 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of Word 2013

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 03-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 08-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area

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 thesis 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. 

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

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.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 16-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 07-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 06-Jun-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area

Publishing Using LaTeX

Description

This course is a two-day course running on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th January 2016, 09.30 - 12.30 on both days. You must attend both morning sessions. 

This course provides an introduction to the widely available LaTeX document preparation system, covering document structure, typesetting text, tables, mathematical material and figures.  It consists of a series of presentations, each followed by a practical session in which participants use their new knowledge for working with a text.

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

Prerequisites

Familiarity with open access lab Windows PCs.

Please bring files with your own short plain text (e.g. prepared using notepad not word) and pictures to use in the practicals. Please also remember that this is a 2-day course.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 26-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area

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

Description

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 September.

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

*Attendance of the full course is required*

This course relates to domains A1, C2, D1 and D2 of the RDF.

 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 City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh but the final part (Saturday 4th October) 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.

Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Description

This course is aimed at 1st Year HSS PhD students.

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and developing Good practice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop an understanding of information resources printed and electronic that are available.
  • Develop the ability to construct complex search strategies using mind mapping techniques and apply them.
  • Develop the ability to conduct complex searches using search syntax, search operators, search limits, and menu driven search platforms.
  • Develop the ability to use appropriate referencing systems for subject area and cite bibliographic references correctly. This will include hands-on training and experience of some of the IT tools that are available to help manage bibliographies (e.g. EndNote)

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

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Monday 12-Oct-2015, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Wednesday 18-Nov-2015, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.10, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Tuesday 29-Mar-2016, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Description

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisor
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

  

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

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

Simply Assertive

Description

"Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you are."  Shakti Gawain

The aim of this course is to enable delegates to have a greater self confidence in difficult situations and feel able to express their opinion by:

  • Understanding differences between assertive, passive and aggressive behaviours
  • Feel confident to ask for what they want and express their opinion
  • Expressing their opinion clearly and with confidence

Those who are truly assertive believe not only in the validity of their own views and requests but also of the views and requests of others. Therefore this half-day session will focus on an exploration what an assertive attitude is and how it will influence behaviour. This will be achieved through a blend of case study and situation-based discussion to share knowledge and skills, tutor input, paired work and practise of assertive behaviours.

This course relates to domains B1 and D1 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 26-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 17-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 17-May-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Social Media for Research and Impact

Description

This workshop will provide an introduction to social media for staff and researchers. It will particularly focus on 4 areas: audience, purpose, choice of media, and evaluation. In doing so, you will understand what social media is and how it can be beneficial. The workshop will provide an introduction to social media, case studies and an initial outline of how to use social media effectively for research and impact.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years All Academic Staff Academic Teaching and Research Academic Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 21-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years All Academic Staff Academic Teaching and Research Academic Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 09-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

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.

The workshop will cover:

Initial exercises to identify personal needs for rapid reading.  Reading and assimilating written material.  Techniques to increase speed of reading, comprehension and retention including dealing with complex and difficult material. A short introduction on how to maintain improved information selection, absorption, retention and recall.

This course relates to domain A1 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 01-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 26-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 17-Mar-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 17-May-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Statistical Consultancy 1:1 Session

Description

A half-day workshop for doctoral research students to discuss their research projects and data analysis needs. Led by an experienced medical statistician, the session will provide an opportunity for up to 5 participants to present a brief (5 minute) summary of their work, and then to lead a discussion of the statistical issues raised. Each participant presenting should take away some ideas for the most appropriate and robust statistical methods that they should employ in their projects subsequently. There will also be room for up to 10 non-presenting participants - they will be very welcome to observe and to take part in discussions and may take away some valuable insights of their own.

 The workshop is intended to provide support to students from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine who are carrying out research in medical or biomedical areas. However, students from other disciplines/ colleges may find something of value too, as many of the general issues remain the same regardless of research topic. We would be very happy for non-CMVM students to participate.

 

Please register as either a presenting or non-presenting participant. 

If you have booked a "presenting" place, please don't spend too much time preparing for that. An outline of the general context and aims of your research is quite sufficient, and that may need little supporting material. There will be a PC available for use of PowerPoint, but think about using at most 4-5 slides.

The 5 presenting places are available on a first come-first served basis.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 28-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 26-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 3211, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 30-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Castle Rock Room, Postgraduate Education centre Little France
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 25-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 28-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 30-May-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House

Statistics Consultancy 1:1 Session

Description

This is an opportunity to discuss your research one-to-one with an experienced medical statistician during a 45 minute slot. Please bring along your queries about your study design or data.

Time Slot

Each student will be allocated a 45 minute slot.

Although you will be given a dedicated 45 minute time slot students who sign up to this course MUST ensure they keep the entire course duration free as we will be unable to confirm your dedicated slot until 3 days before the course commences.

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

Supervising Projects & Dissertations

Description

This course is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on supervising responsibilities. It discusses the students’ needs at different stages and the type of support you might provide, the boundaries to your responsibilities, recording and confidentiality issues, and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations.

You will get most out of this workshop if supervising students is an immediate concern for you this semester.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 18-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Geosciences 1st years
Date Friday 12-Feb-2016, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue 2.01 Old Library Geography building Drummond Street Central Area

Teaching Outside the Box: Using Creativity in your Teaching

Description

What is ‘creative teaching’? How is it different from other teaching? And how can you make use of creativity in your higher education classroom? This session gets serious about creativity in teaching. It offers an insight into some key themes in creative teaching and introduces and models a range of creative teaching possibilities. We will experiment with plasticine, paint, glitter and glue, offering support for developing your own ideas for creative teaching.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 02-Dec-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 30-Mar-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Team Building and Leadership Fundamentals

Description

Today's pioneering research is conducted collaboratively and the ability to work as part of a team is rapidly becoming a key to academic success. This short (half day) interactive workshop will help you understand what you contribute to and how to be part of an effective team. It will explore leadership and how you can inspire and motivate other members of a team and resolve conflict. You will learn skills that every team leader and aspiring leader should know.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 02-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Description

Description

We all want our writing to be coherent and well-structured – but what does that mean in practice? This workshop focuses on what makes a text ‘hang together’ in a way that makes sense to your reader. Course topics include ensuring focus and unity; ordering sentences and paragraphs; signposting to support logic and smooth transitions; and developing a coherent argument.

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

Prerequisites

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

Pre-Course Work

To attend, participants need to bring printed copy of something they are currently working on, such as a thesis chapter or a paper.

 

Eligibility

MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 25-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.11, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 18-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

The Writing Process: Getting Started (HSS)

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 HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 21-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 11-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

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 Monday 28-Sep-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 20-Jan-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Think Strategically and Respond Rapidly

Description

Research often moves very slowly, but sometimes we need to be able to move very quickly indeed. Last minute conference invitations, grant announcements and journal calls (amongst other demands) all require research teams to mobilize their resources and respond straight away. In this workshop we’ll examine how to respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. We’ll also examine how to write rapidly to a pre-specification and respond to policy consultations and other stakeholder requests

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 02-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Three Minute Thesis - Competition Preparation

Description

In this interactive workshop we will focus on the creativity and personal innovation required to enter this extraordinary challenge. Three minutes to talk about your life’s work with only one visual slide for your audience. But the three-minute challenge is also an ideal preparation for interviews and networking when you are asked to describe your work to others, an invaluable skill.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to plan and execute your three-minute pitch with creativity, innovation and flair. We will explore techniques to prepare both mentally and physically for the competition and learn how to drive your presentation with questions and stories. Finally we will work on visual and real life objects that will add depth and power to your performance.

Who is it for?

PhD students who are taking part in the university’s three-minute thesis competition and anyone who wishes to develop this new communication skill.

RDF Domain, B1, B2 D1, D2 and D3

 

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 18-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 25-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.20, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

Time Management and Goal Setting

Description

This new two-part course, delivered in a half day, is a highly interactive exploration of how important and personal our daily management and goal setting can be to help us achieve our life and career goals.

We’ll explore themes in Time Management such as:

  • Chronological preferences and their importance
  • Time management tips that work and those that don’t
  • How seasons and work routine/or not have impact on us
  • How to take control of our well-being and performance
  • Why work doesn’t always happen at work

We won’t be looking at diaries...

In Purpose and Goal Setting we’ll look at:

  • Writing your individual purpose statements
  • Working on your work/life strategies
  • Models for goal setting that work for you
  • Traditional models that don’t...and why
  • Devising workable and daily action plans based on Japanese Kaizen principles of incremental change

The course tutor, Iain Davidson, works with many students and staff in universities throughout Scotland and Ireland to help them improve their personal effectiveness and their working preferences for the challenges of rapidly changing world.

Managing your time, your goals and yourself is a new course which will hopefully challenge the way you think about traditional time management and goal setting models.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 08-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 05-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building Central Area
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 10-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Troubleshooting and Enhancing Tutoring in the Sciences

Description

This course is particularly suited for tutors in science courses who have already started teaching tutorials. The workshop is very much driven by the participants, who will benefit from reviewing their recent teaching experiences. We will engage in discussions of tricky issues and coping strategies, as well as considering strategies for seeking feedback. Furthermore, there will be some information on wider resources available for tutors across the University of Edinburgh.

If you are not yet teaching tutorials this semester, you should not sign up for this course yet.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 28-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Troubleshooting Tutorials

Description

This course is intended for tutors from across the University of Edinburgh who have already started teaching tutorials. It contains a stocktaking exercise of your recent teaching experiences; discussion of tricky issues and coping strategies; a short discussion about how you find out how you are doing; and some pointers to wider resources for tutors at Edinburgh.

If you are not yet teaching tutorials this semester, you should not sign up for this course yet.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 28-Oct-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Tutoring in the Sciences

Description

This course is intended for tutors who teach problem-solving tutorials in the Sciences and who are new or relatively new to teaching these tutorials. In this workshop, we consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and there is ample time for sharing experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Please check first if there is a session in your school that you have to sign up for instead, as that session will be more specific and may be mandatory. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 23-Sep-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Viva Survivor

Description

The viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can accompany the sense of achievement at completing one's thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about how to prepare and what the viva will be like.

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submission who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva. In this session participants will:

  • identify sources of support for their viva preparation;
  • explore practical strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis;
  • discuss common viva questions.
EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Thursday 19-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Friday 20-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Writing Abstracts

Description

Abstracts are an important academic ‘micro-genre’: they serve to attract the interest of an article’s potential readership, and to engage and focus its actual readers. In this workshop we will be scrutinising abstracts, taking abstracts apart and putting abstracts together. We will consider the function of abstracts; their typical components and structure; abstract-related conventions in different discipines; and the stylistic conventions associated with abstracts. We will also compare the function of abstracts with that of introductions and conclusions.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 04-Dec-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 20-May-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Writing a Literature Review - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

Prerequisites

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 HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 09-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue G.05, 50 George Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 30-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Writing a Literature Review - College of Science and Engineering and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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 Wednesday 28-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 05-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters - School of Biological Sciences

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Wednesday 01-Jun-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325B, JCMB Kings Buildings

Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters - School of Engineering

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 17-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB Kings Buildings

Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters - School of Geosciences

Description

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Wednesday 30-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325B, JCMB Kings Buildings

Writing an Informatics Research Paper

Description

This course is for Informatics, 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 Informatics 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.

 

Pre-course work

Please note that you will be asked to write a 1000 (+/- 10) word summary of your research project. Print this summary and bring it to the course with you. It is essential that you do this or you will not be able to play a full role in the practical part of the course. (It's ok to re-use text from your existing writing.)

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 25-Nov-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Writing a Research Paper - School of Biological Sciences

Description

This course 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

Course 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 03-Mar-2016, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue 7.20 Swann Building Kings Buildings

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 11-Feb-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB Kings Buildings

Writing Clinic

Description

Sign up for a writing clinic if you would like individual feedback on your writing or if you struggle with particular writing issues.

Writing clinics enable researchers to get one-to-one feedback that focuses on their writing habits and challenges. You will be asked to submit a piece of writing in advance and book a slot, during which you can discuss any writing-related problems you may have, and/or get constructive suggestions for improving your writing. (25 minutes per student)

This course relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF.

Time Slot

Each student will be allocated a 30 minute slot.

Although you will be given a dedicated 30 minute time slot students who sign up to this course MUST ensure they keep the entire course duration free (3 hours) as we wil be unable to confirm your dedicated slot until 3 days before the course commences.

Prerequisite

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

Pre-Course Work

If you sign up to this course, you will be assigned a 25-minute slot for writing feedback/support during the writing clinic. It's up to you how you decide to use that time; you can tailor it to your needs and priorities. The format that works best for most people is to submit a piece of writing in advance; this allows me to check through it beforehand and make the most of the time available. Work in progress is fine! I won't mark your writing or show it to anyone, so don't stress about it. What I will do is reflect back what I see as the strengths and weaknesses of your writing. I will focus on recurrent patterns rather than one-off instances. If you want me to look at your writing in advance, you need to send it to me (mimo.caenepeel@gmail.com) two days before the clinic. Please send your text in .doc, .docx or .pdf format. I will focus on the first two or three pages for feedback.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 13-Oct-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue IAD 7 Bristo Square, Meeting Room (Central) Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 25-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue IAD Seminar Room, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 04-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road Moray House
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Date Friday 06-May-2016, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC

Writing for Popular Audiences

Description

This course deals with issues around communicating your research for popular audiences. In particular the differences between research articles and news and online media are dealt with. The course involves practical writing tasks focused on writing texts such as micro-blogs, press-releases, newspaper articles, and websites. Participants will see how the audience and structure of news and online media can affect how research comes across.

This course requires participants to work individually and in small groups, as well as to occasionally contribute to whole group discussions. The course is interactive and based on experiential and reflective learning models. The content is evidence based, drawing on linguistics, sociology and education research on research writing. All activities are practical and directly relevant to writing a research paper.

Audience: Researchers, experienced or novice, staff or postgraduate, who are publishing research and wish to improve their skills at writing for popular audiences.

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

Writing for Publication

Description

Publications are central to the success of departments as well as the careers of individuals, but getting your work published can be daunting, challenging and even perplexing. This workshop aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages and providing information and tips for each step. We will look at developing a publication strategy; revising material into a publishable article; targeting a journal; preparing a manuscript; working with editors; and making the most of the review process. 

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 24-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Monday 25-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Writing Well: Language and Style

Description

This workshop focuses on stylistic aspects of writing and the way these make a text more elegant or more pleasurable to read. We will identify key aspects of good writing- such as economy and flow - and analyse, by means of examples, how these qualities are reaslised linguistically. We will also consider stylistic advice from authorities in the areas of both academic and creative writing, and put principles into practice through a range of exercises.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 13-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue LG.08 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 18-Apr-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
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