Professional development

Training aimed at improving your personal and professional skills relevant to your PhD and your future career

Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

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

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

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

Building Business Value

Description

What's my business (or my project) worth?

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Are you trying to raise money for a company? Or are you working with large capital projects? 

This workshop explains how to understand the bit on Dragon's Den when they say 'I'm offering 37.5% of my company for £500,000'. Where do those numbers come from and how are they calculated?

We will illustrate a number of simple valuation methods including book value, market capitalisation, and discounted cash flow and show you how to calculate them using Microsoft Excel. You will become familiar with terms such as net present value, internal rate of return, risk-free rate and risk premium. As a side effect you will also understand more about our current banking and financial crisis!

As well as potential entrepreneurs, this workshop would be of interest to anyone working in areas where large capital projects are planned, costed and valued - architecture, civil and chemical engineering, aerospace, and renewable energy to name just a few.

Attendees should be familiar with basic financial concepts such as profit and loss, balance sheets, and cash flows. 

Attendees should bring a laptop and a usb drive to the workshop.  

This course relates to domains B2, B3, C3, and D1 of the RDF.

Attendees interested in developing their finance skills further could attend our ‘Business Finance' workshop www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 26-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Business Planning

Description

This workshop is aimed at students who are interested in preparing a business plan, whether it is for raising finance, convincing others (or yourself) about an opportunity or as a working tool for the business. The participants will learn about the mechanics of a plan and will also receive examples of how to prepare and present the document. 

It will be delivered by means of a participative seminar where students will be encouraged to contribute and ask questions during the session.

Topics covered:

  • Communicating the opportunity
  • Assessing the customer, market and industry
  • Route to market and first customers
  • Team structure and capabilities
  • Operations
  • Sales forecasts and financial statements
  • Funding needs
  • Risk assessment 

This course relates to domains C2, C3 and D2 of the RDF.

Further information on business and enterprise workshops can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 05-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 11.18 David Hume Tower Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Business Strategy and Market Research

Description

When establishing a business it's important to ensure that what you are doing is aligned positively with the forces of change that are affecting our world. By taking advantage of change, you are much more likely to be successful than if your activities oppose it.

What things are changing our world at present?

Some people say that every problem is really an opportunity in disguise, so what 'unsolved opportunities' are there in the world? 

Are these opportunities only for technology companies, or can musicians, linguists, fine artists, or architects address them as well?

This workshop will:

a) identify some current opportunities and forces for change in the world

b) show you methods for mapping  the "big picture" of your Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural and Technological environment

c) set you some real context-based problems to analyse

Please bring a device that connects to the internet - a laptop or a 3G phone

This course relates to domains A2, A3, B2, and D3 of the RDF.

Attendees interested in finding out more about planning a business could attend our ‘Business Planning’ workshop in November www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 20-Jan-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library 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.

This course relates to domains A2, B3, D3 and D2 of the RDF.

Further information on business and enterprise workshops can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 03-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

Facilitation Workshop: Supporting learning in others: the facilitation approach

Description

This course is aimed at doctoral researchers and early career researchers who have responsibility for supporting the learning of others though demonstrating, tutorials, seminars and supervision. 

We all learn in different ways, but we don't always appreciate the impact of these differences on our ability to retain and use information. This course will explain some of the theories that describe learning approaches and give you a set of practical tools to use in your own work.

Facilitation is the art of bringing about learning from the perspective of the learner, so the whole workshop will be based around improving your understanding about learning, by seeing how different teaching and development approaches favour different kinds of learners.

We'll also look at the practicalities of helping people learn - what steps you need to take and how to handle potential tricky elements such as feedback and handling questions.

 

If you want to improve your approach to teaching and supporting the development of others, this course will help you to develop effective and engaging methods.

 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.

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.

Further information on business and enterprise workshops can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Thursday 12-Feb-2015, 09:00 - 12:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Networking 4 Success

Description

Each day in your life you interact with other people from friends to strangers to business colleagues. Some of these relationships we take for granted some of them we prepare for in trepidation.

How amazing would it be if you could interact easily and gracefully with all people and create more meaningful relationships? If you could turn fear and anxiety into fun and ease, and knew that everytime you met someone you naturally engaged with them, leaving a lasting postive impression.

The art of networking is all about making others feel good and to do that you have to feel good too. Networking is about building relationships. 

This is a fun, high energy, interactive workshop that will introduce you to:

  • A Definition of Building Rapport  
  • How to Create Dynamic Relationships 
  • The Networker’s Tool Kit
    • Creating the right state of mind
    • Developing awareness of your communication style
    • Understanding other people’s communication styles
    • Effective use of your Emotional Intelligence
    • Building Rapport
    • How to get the conversation started
    • How to expand your circle of influence
  • What to watch out for. . .

These are the basic foundations to building self confidence, being a valued member of a team, providing excellent customer service, selling, networking and leading.

Participants are asked to bring business cards, if they have any.

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

Further information on business and enterprise workshops can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 10-Feb-2015, 12:30 - 14:00
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area

Preparing for First Year Review - School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

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

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

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics 1st years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2015, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 2511, JCMB Kings Buildings

Presenting Made Easy - Delivering Presentations

Description

This course is an optional follow on from the Presentations Made Easy - Presentations Techniques course. This half day course gives participants the opportunity to deliver a presentation.  Participants will present a prepared 5 min(max) talk on subject of their own choice or give an overview of their subject preferably using visual aids. They will then receive positive and encouraging feedback.

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

Pre-course tasks

You 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
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE/MVM)

Description

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

Topics covered includes:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Nov-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.

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.

This course relates to domains C2, D3 and D2 of the RDF.

Further information on business and enterprise workshops can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/iad/enterprise

EligibilityAll Research Staff All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 24-Feb-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.09, Main Library Central Area

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

Time Management and Goal Setting

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 Thursday 13-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Resource Room, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 06-Mar-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3211, level 3, JCMB Kings Buildings

Writing an Informatics Research Paper

Description

This course is for Informatics, 2nd and 3rd Years.

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

 

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

 

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 19-Nov-2014, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Writing a Research Paper - School of Engineering

Description

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

The workshop will cover the following topics:

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Wednesday 18-Mar-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings Kings Buildings

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