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 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.

EASTChem Thesis Workshop

Description

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

 

Course Content:

The role of the thesis and doctoral regulations

The external examiner's perspective and responsibilities

Organisation, motivation and planning

What makes a good thesis

Writing and reviewing the thesis

Anticipating the viva

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry all years
Date Wednesday 04-Feb-2015, 10:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4325c, 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 Thursday 09-Apr-2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 3212, JCMB Kings Buildings

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 Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.
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 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 Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
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

Managing Your PhD - School of Biological Science

Description

This course is for 1st year PhD students.

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

Topics covered include:

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

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

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

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

Managing Your PhD - School of Chemistry

Description

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

Topics covered include:

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

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

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

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.

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
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course.
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date 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

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 - 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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year
Date Wednesday 14-Jan-2015, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Informatics

Description

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses, 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 Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 14-Jan-2015, 13:00 - 16:00
Venue Lecture Theatre 5, IAD, 7 Bristo Square 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 Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course.
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date 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

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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years
Date Wednesday 20-May-2015, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

Preparing for the Viva - School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

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

We will discuss

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

The course relaties to domains A and B of the RDF

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics 3rd Years
Date Tuesday 16-Dec-2014, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings

Statistical Consultancy Workshop

Description

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

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

 

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

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

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

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 03-Nov-2014, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for 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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