Research planning

Courses offering information and techniques ensuring you are equipped with the essential skills for PhD research

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.

Finding Academic Literature - Chemistry, Maths and Physics

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.

RDF Subdomains

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

Finding Academic Literature - Science and Engineering

Description

One of the first tasks a research student has to undertake is producing a literature review. This can seem like a daunting prospect, especially for students who are new to this University and its library facilities. The course will help by providing a brief introduction to library resources and services. However, as the course concentrates on the use of online bibliographic databases, its main purpose is to help you find relevant research literature efficiently.

There will be an opportunity for hands-on practise. If you would like to bring your laptop with you, please do.

  • Search skills and why you need them
  • Literature databases and cited reference searching
  • Getting the full-text
  • Journal impact factors
  • Keeping up to date
  • Alerts and/or saved searches
  • Brief Introduction to Reference management software

This course relates to domains A1 and B3 of the RDF.

RDF Subdomains

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

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, indoors and outside. 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.

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

How to do an Informatics PhD

Description

 This workshop is only open to 1st 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.

RDF Subdomains

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

In Conversation with Oxford University Press

Description

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Charlotte Green, Senior Assistant Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press. Charlotte will give a short presentation about publishing to encourage a closer relationship between institutions and academic publishers. She will cover:

1) What is suitable for a book as opposed to a journal article

2) How to write a good proposal

3) Who should I approach? Agent/publisher, academic publisher/trade publisher?

4) The legal stuff: how to read a contract

5) The writing process: what we expect from you

6) The publishing process: what you can expect from us

7) The world of digital vs. print

This will be followed by a question and answer session.

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

Introduction to MBTI Personality Type

Description

This half day course is useful for anyone who wishes to understand more about their own preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions and working. This information is useful in helping you understand yourself, and is also helpful when working in teams or managing people.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used, self-report personality questionnaire, designed to assist in understanding personal style and preferences. It has been used in a variety of areas, including personal development, career planning and team building in industry, for many years.

The objectives of this session are for you to:

  • understand the basic MBTI framework and the concept of type.
  • recognise how this framework applies to you by understanding your unique preferences / profile.
  • have an increased understanding of individual differences, and of how people of other types may see the world and behave.
  • be able to view your preferences as positive assets, and be aware of aspects of self which may be less developed.
  • be aware of the idea of self-development and have increased self-understanding, which can be used to inform career planning and development.

You'll complete the MBTI questionnaire, and your questionnaire type, along with your self-assessed type, will be sent out after the session, together with further information on type.

  • You should attend if you would like to:
  • increase your self-awareness of how you prefer to interact and communicate.
  • improve your communication with colleagues.
  • work more effectively with others.

This course relates to domains A1, D1, D2, and D3 of the RDF.

RDF Subdomains

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

Managing Your PhD - School of Biological Science

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students.

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

Topics covered include:

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

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

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

RDF Subdomains

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

Managing Your PhD - School of Chemistry

Description

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

Topics covered include:

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

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

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

RDF Subdomains

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

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.

RDF Subdomains

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Thursday 17-Apr-2014, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.07, Main Library Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

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.

RDF Subdomains

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

PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses, together with staff from the College Office.

Through formal presentations and group discussion this course will:

  •  Provide advice and information on how to write a thesis and prepare for the examination process.
  • Give detailed information about administrative aspects of thesis preparation, submission and examination.
  • It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you.

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

RDF Subdomains

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

PhD Thesis Writing Workshop (Engineering)

Description

This course will cover the process and regulations surrounding thesis writing, submission, examination and final approval.  It will cover both the rules, deadlines and regulations governing the examination for and award of a PhD and will offer guidance and discussion of the process from the student/supervisor perspective.  Thesis-writing is a very individual process, even within a College or School, but there are guidelines and general advice that are relatively generic.


The aim is to de-mystify the thesis-writing process and to equip the course participants with a set of conceptual and attitudinal tools to make that process maximally effective and efficient.

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

RDF Subdomains

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

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 Wednesday 30-Apr-2014, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 3, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Preparation of your PhD proposal for 1st year review (Informatics)

Description

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

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

 

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

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

RDF Subdomains

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

Preparing for First Year Review - School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

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


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

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

RDF Subdomains

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years
Date Friday 02-May-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue G26 Daniel Rutherford Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.

Preparing for the Viva (School of Geosciences)

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
EligibilityPhD SCE Geosciences 3rd Year Only
Date Monday 02-Jun-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.01, Geography Building, Drummond Street Central Area

Preparing for the Viva - School of Biological Sciences

Description
This workshop is only open to PhD students in the School of Biological Sciences who are approaching the end of their PhD.

The PhD viva is an integral part of the PhD process in the UK. It offers great opportunities for a well prepared candidate to discuss their work with experts in the field.  This course aims to demystify the viva process, help build your confidence and give you an overview of the viva in the context of your own PhD research.

 We will discuss:

  • The 'big picture' of your research in terms of originality and contribution
  • The role of your supervisor and both examiners
  • What to expect on the day - typical questions and possible outcomes
  • Any other concerns raised during the workshop

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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

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 thefield. 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.

Searching Research Literature - Biological Sciences

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 practice.

  • 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 C1 of the RDF.

RDF Subdomains

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

Accessibility menu