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 the “My Stuff” tab within MyEd and then Event Booking. 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.

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.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-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

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

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 23-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Bitesize: Conference and Event Organising

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for research staff and students who are interested in planning events, workshops or conferences. Organising a conference gives researchers the opportunity to boost their career, develop new skills and to meet world renowned 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 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. Demonstrations of online tools, case studies and the instructor’s own experience will be included to illustrate key points.

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 21-Nov-2014, 09:00 - 12:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Research Staff
Date Monday 12-Jan-2015, 09:00 - 11:00
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

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 that slides you have been making for the last twenty 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 Thursday 12-Feb-2015, 09:00 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.07, 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.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years Academic Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 24-Oct-2014, 08:30 - 10:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Business Idea Development

Description

This half day course has a strong practical theme.  It will cover the following nine areas through a series of activities and discussions:

 

  1. Where do your ideas come from - are you working on having one big idea or growing a series of smaller ideas?
  2. Nurturing and propagating ideas - what is your process for this?
  3. Growing an idea logically vs. morphing an idea in random directions.   Examining idea growth.
  4. Exploring the concepts of 'A Technique for Producing Ideas' - the book by James Webb Young
  5. The role of money in idea development.  Whose money do you use and how much do you need?
  6. Thinking about your ideas and the environment you operate in - where will the support for your idea come from?
  7. Time and Timing.  Where to place your emphasis.
  8. Bringing others into the development of your ideas.  The upsides and the pitfalls.
  9. Who will buy your ideas? Who will buy the product of your ideas?

 

There is also the opportunity to stay for an optional 'surgery' session between 1 and 2pm to explore other business questions you may have that are not directly covered by the Business Idea Development session.

Attendees interested in pursuing their business ideas could attend other business and enteprise workshops running during Semester 1: www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

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

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 22-Oct-2014, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square 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 22-Oct-2014, 15:30 - 17:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

COMPASS Ghost Tour

Description

 

This year the COMPASS Programme will include a Ghost Tour as a newly added part to the social events.

The City of the Dead Graveyard tour combines the weirdest history with the wildest stories and wickedest humour around.The tour combines a careful blend of fascinating history and distinctive humour, culminating in a genuinely terrifying experience has made the Haunted Graveyard Tour a phenomenon.

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

Please note that booking a place through MyEd is only a registration of interest and a ticket must also be purchased for this event.  Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Details of how to purchase a ticket will be available closer to the time of the event

 This event is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers PGT All PGs PGR students
Date Thursday 30-Oct-2014, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue TBC Off Campus

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.

 

This year the COMPASS Programme will include a Ghost Tour as a newly added part to the social events.

The City of the Dead Graveyard tour combines the weirdest history with the wildest stories and wickedest humour around.The tour combines a careful blend of fascinating history and distinctive humour, culminating in a genuinely terrifying experience has made the Haunted Graveyard Tour a phenomenon.

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

Please note that booking a place through MyEd is only a registration of interest and a ticket must also be purchased for this event.  Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Details of how to purchase a ticket will be available closer to the time of the event

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

EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 15-May-2015, 09:00 - 18:00
Venue Glen Coe Visitor Centre Off Campus
EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 29-May-2015, 09:00 - 18:00
Venue Glen Coe Visitor Centre Off Campus

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 Friday 10-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 1, IAD, 7 Bristo Square 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.

Further details for the visit to the Parliament in November will be released nearer the time.

EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 27-Nov-2014, 10:15 - 13:00
Venue Scottish Parliament main entrance Off Campus
EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 05-Mar-2015, 10:15 - 13:00
Venue Scottish Parliament main entrance Off Campus

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 take place on Wednesday 13th November 2013.

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.

EligibilityAll International Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 14-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

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 PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 28-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 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 Friday 22-May-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, 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 PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 29-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on 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 PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 19-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 18-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Developing Your Personal Presence and Contacts

Description

This 2-hour participative session will help develop your self-awareness and enhance your skills in developing professional contacts. The session will include:-

  • Presenting yourself positively
  • Understanding the impact of your non-verbal behaviour
  • 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 Monday 10-Nov-2014, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

Digital Marketing: Campaigns, Social Media & Analytics

Description

How do you attract new clients and customers on a limited budget? Startups, social enterprises and small companies can rarely afford to spend large amounts of money on marketing and advertising making it more challenging to compete with larger organisations. Fortunately, there are now several free tools available that allow small organisations to control their marketing processes, analyse their campaigns and measure success. This workshop will focus on these tools and include the instructor's own experience in using them for international marketing.

In addition to the free services, this workshop will touch on the pay-per-click advertising services offered by several platforms including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. The workshop is designed to introduce start ups and SMEs to a variety of digital marketing tools and marketing strategies. It is suitable for any student or researcher who have a business or are thinking of starting a business; several of the techniques are also useful for marketing academic research.

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

Effective Tutoring for the Sciences at the King's Buildings (KB)

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 17-Sep-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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 PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 17-Sep-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 01-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 02-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 21-Jan-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 PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 22-Jan-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 Thursday 23-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 Thursday 13-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 Thursday 12-Mar-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 Thursday 04-Jun-2015, 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 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 04-Mar-2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue 6th Floor Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building Central Area

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.

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years
Date Wednesday 08-Oct-2014, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years
Date Thursday 04-Dec-2014, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years
Date Wednesday 04-Feb-2015, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings

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.

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Oct-2014, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 1.10, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Tuesday 21-Oct-2014, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Thursday 09-Apr-2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings

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 must 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.

EligibilityPhD MVM 1st Years
Date Wednesday 15-Oct-2014, 10:30 - 16:30
Venue Blackford Room, Postgraduate Education Centre, New Royal Infirmary Little France
EligibilityPhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 06-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Biomedical Seminar Room 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
EligibilityPhD MVM 1st Years
Date Wednesday 18-Feb-2015, 10:30 - 16:30
Venue Blackford Room, Postgraduate Education Centre, New Royal Infirmary Little France
EligibilityPhD MVM 1st Years
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Blackford Room, Postgraduate Education Centre, New Royal Infirmary Little France

HEA Accreditation of Teaching (monthly workshops for applicants)

Description

The IAD offers 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. 

To find out what is required for seeking accreditation via this route, take the course 'Developing Teaching & Routes to Accreditation' and consult the HEA website for detailed information about their accreditation route at: 

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

EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 07-Aug-2014, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 04-Sep-2014, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 02-Oct-2014, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 06-Nov-2014, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 11-Dec-2014, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 05-Feb-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 05-Mar-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 02-Apr-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 07-May-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 04-Jun-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGR students PGT
Date Thursday 02-Jul-2015, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

How to be an Effective Researcher

Description

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 06-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 16:45
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS 1st Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 05-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 16:45
Venue Room 1.07, 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 Friday 03-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 19-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

How to be your own best editor (SCE)

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 Monday 20-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 26-Jan-2015, 09:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, 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 26-Nov-2014, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year
Date Wednesday 04-Feb-2015, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

How to Make Great Business Presentations, and Enjoy Making Them!

Description

The ability to speak in public is a key skill for business people.  Whether you are an experienced speaker, needing to brush up on your delivery or you have had little or no experience of presenting, this course will give you the confidence to design and deliver an effective presentation. The prime focus is on delivery and speaking skills and the design and use of visual aids.

The course will cover the key tools and techniques for making outstanding presentations, covering what you say, how you say it, and key aspects of body language. The course content includes:

  • Ensuring you have effective audience-related content.
  • How to analyse your audience and pre-plan.
  • How to create meaningful visual aids.
  • How to open and close with impact.
  • Presentation construction techniques and strategies.
  • Ways to control and deal with nerves.
  • How to handle questions.
  • How to practice your presentation.

The course will contain a balance of tutor-lead input sessions, practical exercises, and group discussions. 

Particiapnts are encouraged to bring along any slides used in a recent presentation so you can start to sketch out any potential changes you'll make for future presentations.

Attendees interested in developing business skills could attend other business and enteprise workshops running during Semester 1: www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

This course relates to domains B2 and D2 of the RDF.

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

Introducing Intellectual Property for Innovation and Business

Description

Intellectual property (‘IP’) is a vital tool in protecting your ideas, creations and innovations and knowing how to identify, protect and exploit IP rights can set your business apart and realize real value.

This workshop will give you an introduction to intellectual property in a practical business context and will give you an understanding of how IP can be identified, generated, protected and exploited.  It will enable you to:

 

  • identify the main types of IP and appreciate why these are useful in a business context;
  • explore how IP rights are generated, protected, exploited and infringed;
  • consider practical steps to protect your ideas, innovations and creative works;
  • appreciate opportunities and challenges for IP in the digital age; and
  • review basic terms of confidentiality and commercial exploitation agreements.

This interactive workshop will use practical case studies to help you assess how you can make IP work for you in practice. 

This course relates to domains B3 and C1 of the RDF.

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

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 PGT PGR students
Date Monday 10-Nov-2014, 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.

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 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Thursday 02-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 16-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library 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 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Thursday 25-Sep-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3211, 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 Friday 09-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5215, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Laboratory Demonstrators Introduction at KB

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 PGT All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 24-Sep-2014, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 28-Jan-2015, 13:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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.

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 28-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Thursday 19-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 07-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.12, Main Library Central Area

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 Monday 06-Oct-2014, 12:00 - 14:00
Venue Chemistry Museum, Jospeh 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 Tuesday 25-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 09-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 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 Wednesday 15-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Mapping Your Mind - All Colleges

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 16-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Marking & Providing Feedback for the Sciences at KB

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 15-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Marking 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 Postgraduate Researchers PGT All staff
Date Wednesday 08-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGT All staff
Date Wednesday 18-Feb-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Maximising Your Influence At Meetings

Description

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

The session includes:-

  • Defining effective meetings
  • Active listening
  • Encouraging good participation
  • Identifying and practising the important verbal behaviours of meetings
  • Dealing with difficult behaviour

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

RDF Subdomains

 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 10-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

Negotiate to win-win

Description

‘He who has learnt to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a negotiator”

  • This course helps create win-win situations
  • Helps you understand why you should “do the deal you can do” rather than the perfect deal
  • Provides tools to help you deal with difficult people
  • Considers how to get what you want
  • Teaches you how to feel the fear and do it anyway

We all negotiate every day of our lives whether with partners, children, colleagues or unknown third parties.  The ability to understand how to get what you need whilst maintaining a positive relationship with the other party is key to personal and professional success.

The reading of body language the use of verbal language and understanding how to interpret both and use them to get to you desired end point is part of what this course teaches.  Practical tools you can use straight away.

This course relates to domains B2, D1, and D2 of the RDF

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

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.

EligibilityPhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year
Date Wednesday 29-Apr-2015, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Seminar Room 1, Medical Education Centre Western General

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Friday 27-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.01, Geography Building, Drummond Street Central Area

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.

EligibilityPhD HSS SPS 2nd/3rd Year
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue 6th Floor Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building Central Area

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 Tuesday 17-Feb-2015, 13:00 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325a, JCMB Kings Buildings

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 04-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 17:00
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 12-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 17:00
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 21-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Practical Strategies for...seeking Higher Education Academy Accreditation

Description

In this workshop we will introduce the various different options available for colleagues teaching within the University to develop their teaching practice and gain professional recognition for their teaching roles. This will include an overview of routes to the different levels of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition). This workshop is open to all including tutors, demonstrators, lecturers and colleagues within the support services who teach in workshops or support learning in other contexts.

EligibilityAll staff
Date Thursday 16-Oct-2014, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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"

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 26-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.20, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

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 Wednesday 20-Aug-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325b, James Clerk Maxwell Building 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.

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.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Tuesday 02-Jun-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB Kings Buildings

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 19-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB Kings Buildings

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

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Friday 20-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325c, JCMB 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

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

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 examinersWhat 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 Wednesday 22-Apr-2015, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.33 Informatics Forum Central Area

Presentations 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.

It is for research staff at all career stages.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Tuesday 27-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.01, Geography Building, Drummond Street Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Delivering Presentations

Description

This course is an optional follow on from the Presentaitons 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 will need to prepare one short presentation (maximum of 5 minutes) in advance, preferably with visual aids, on a subject of your choice. Please email this to iad.phd@ed.ac.uk at least one day in advance of the workshop.

For example, you might choose to give an overview of your subject (which would be ideal for a 5 minute talk) or you might choose to do a presentation on a subject of interest to you such as a hobby.

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 17-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (HSS)

Description

The course is designed to equip 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 10-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE/MVM)

Description

The course is designed to equip 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 MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

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."

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 15-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

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."

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

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 Monday 15-Sep-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325b, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

PR for your business

Description

The way you present and promote your company is an important aspect, and is especially important when setting up an establishing a business. This informative workshop will cover the ‘basics’ relating to PR and its place in the marketing mix, but will also have a comprehensive analysis on the various elements within the public relations mix, including:

* The ‘Print’ Media explained: What makes a good story for the press? What do they want? Looking at how a good press release is structured to be ‘eye-catching’ to a journalist.

* Digital and Social Media explained: How does your PR story get noticed amongst the intense maelstrom of digital and social media? Looking at the digital and social media ‘space’ and identifying the opportunities to heighten awareness of your activity across the most appropriate media channels.

* Key message development Learn the unique way to structure key messages. Use the formula to give real clarity and impact when you speak to the media.

This interactive workshop will give real life examples of good and bad PR and you will learn how to respond to key message development and have the confidence to impart these messages concisely and with clarity.

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

Producing a Thesis in Word 2010

Description

This course is primarily aimed at postgraduate students intending to produce a thesis using Word 2010, and looks at how to get the most out of Word to produce a quality document. The course introduces you to the concepts involved in planning a large document, and the features and functions you can use in Word that will save you time and effort. The session includes practical exercises that will 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 2010

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 12-Nov-2014, 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 Wednesday 11-Mar-2015, 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 01-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 09-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.07, 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 01-Jun-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Publishing Using Latex

Description

This course is a two-day course, Wednesday 15th and Friday 17th Janaury 2013, 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) and pictures to use in the practicals.

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 20-Jan-2015, 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.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers MVM PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years Researchers HSS Academic Reseachers HSS Researchers SCE Researchers MVM Academic Researchers SCE
Date Thursday 02-Oct-2014, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue Mezzanine Room, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church Off Campus

Simply Assertive

Description

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

The aim of this brief 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 27-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 16-Mar-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 21-May-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Social Enterprise

Description

This workshop will provide a practical introduction to social enterprise and beyond the introduction will cover three important elements to consider when setting one up:

1. Why should a social enterprise be started and what is its purpose?

2. Who will buy and what are they buying?

3. Who will fund the start up of a social enterprise and why would they?

The session's practical elements will include looking at a range of existing case studies of social enterprise, examining the motivations and requirements of social entrepreneurs with stories of Edinburgh University postgrads who have started their own social enterprise.

Attendees interested in developing business skills could attend other business and enteprise workshops running during Semester 1: www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

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

Social Media for Research and Impact (PhD)

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 PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 09-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 19-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square 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 16-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 27-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Resource Room, 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 16-Mar-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 21-May-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

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 12-Nov-2014, 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 30-Jan-2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 2.01, Geography Building, Drummond Street Central Area

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 17-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 Wednesday 19-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower 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 21-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
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 Wednesday 11-Feb-2015, 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 Tuesday 23-Sep-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 09-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Thursday 08-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Thursday 09-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

The Writing Process: Getting Started (SCE)

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 Tuesday 30-Sep-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 17-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 14-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings 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 17-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area

Time Management and Goal Settng

Description

This new two-part course, delivered in one 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 Tuesday 14-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 16-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 13-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 06-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

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 PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 22-Oct-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll staff PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 11-Feb-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC (Holyrood) Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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 12-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 18-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, 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 Tuesday 21-Oct-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 25-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, 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 Tuesday 04-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Friday 20-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Writing a Research Paper - School of Biology

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.

Precourse 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 Tuesday 03-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building 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 Wednesday 05-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.205b, 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 08-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.205b, 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 03-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.205b, 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 28-Apr-2015, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.205b, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

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.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years Academic Researchers
Date Wednesday 20-Aug-2014, 10:00 - 16:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.

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 Wednesday 04-Feb-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area

Writing Well: Langauge 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 05-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 28-Jan-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 05-May-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area
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