Improve your written communication, presentation skills, and develop public engagement skills

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Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on “My Bookings” - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

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


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,, Impact Story and F1000) designed specifically for academics that can be used to discuss, share and promote your research. In addition, the course will touch on how popular social media platforms can be used to your advantage. Examples of how other researchers use the tools successfully will also be included.

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

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

Effective Presentations for College of Science and Engineering and College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


The course is aimed at people who may be anxious about speaking in public and who would like to increase their confidence in developing structured presentations in order to present their material with flair and style. One of the main aims is to offer a supportive environment, giving positive and constructive feedback to help participants gain confidence and develop their skills through practice. The tutors aim to make it informal, interactive and fun by encouraging participation throughout the day.

The content of the course is tailored to meet the needs of the group (identified through completed pre-course questionnaires). In essence, it covers the knowledge and skills you need to prepare and deliver a well structured, engaging presentation with confidence to a variety of different audiences.

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

Pre-Course task

You will need to prepare one short presentation (maximum of 5 minutes) in advance, preferably with visual aids, on a subject of your choice.

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.

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

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


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

In this course we explore key visual design and communication skill guidelines to focus on layout, visual impact and powerful writing (text). Posters require us to change our communication approaches, writing habits and style. We will learn to write and design with clarity, conviction and impact by using design thinking methods and understanding what does, and does not, work on a poster.

The aim is to explore your untapped creative and personal communication strengths through a well-designed and beautifully communicated message on a poster: potentially your CV on a page!

There is an optional follow up course ‘Presenting your Poster’ which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

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

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

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE&MVM)


The course is designed to equipt participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. The content of the course addresses specific needs identified by the participants through their completed pre-questionnaires.

Topics covered includes:

  • Confident and engaging delivery
  • Dealing with stage-fright (controlling nerves)
  • Body language
  • Structure
  • Coping with Q and A
  • Enjoy Presenting

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills , the course is structured as follows:

  • First half day covers techniques and skills
  • Second half day (Presenting Made Easy-Delivering Presentations) participants will present a prepared 5 min(max) talk on subject of their own choice or give an overview of their subject preferably using visual aids. They will then receive positive and encouraging feedback.


We aim to dispel the fear  many people feel when being faced with speaking in public.

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."


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

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Nov-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.
EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 15-Mar-2016, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325A, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings

Writing for Popular Audiences


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

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

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

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

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