Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Courses & events

Information on our training courses and events for doctoral researchers, including course details, eligibility, and how to book.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Institute for Academic Development office is currently closed to in-person events and enquirers. We are still working mostly remotely, and will continue to run online events and provide digital-based support and information for staff and students.

Update Sep 21: The IAD will continue to run most of our events and workshops online as we move into the new academic year.  Online events have been popular with staff and students, more convenient and easier to fit in with other constraints and time demands.  We will also begin to run events on campus as soon as it is safe to do so and when room capacity is available.  Looking to the future we will offer a mix of online and on-campus opportunities to staff and students.


If you have any issues with the workshop pages below, you can visit the University's Event Booking website and select Provider - Institute for Academic Development from the drop down list. You should be able to view and book currently open workshops there.

Studying online - Information Services have collated this Guidance for students: using online learning tools

IAD Digital Workshop Attendance

The IAD is committed to supporting hybrid teaching, research and working during AY21/22 and have developed new content and adapted existing provision to address the needs of researchers. 

We have planned a comprehensive programme of digital provision (workshops, events, small group and individual consultations) for AY21/22.  All Postgraduate Researchers will be able to access the full range of IAD provision whether they are on campus, in Edinburgh or elsewhere.  

Workshops and events running in Semester Two of academic year AY21/22 will be delivered using a hybrid model, with a portion of workshops running in-person and the remaining running digitally. This will be continuously reviewed following the latest government guidelines relating to Covid-19. Please see below for frequently asked question.

How do I attend a digital workshop?

You can book a place on all IAD PGR workshops using the links below.

Two weeks and one day in advance of the workshop you will receive an email with a link and details on how to access the session digitally, either through Blackboard Collaborate or through Zoom.

I have not used Blackboard Collaborate before?

Further information about Collaborate can be found: You can also access a Collaborate test room

Most IAD PGR workshops require active participation, such as group work and discussion.  You may be asked to contribute using your microphone or on the chat function.

Do you record sessions?

We do not record IAD PGR workshops, this is due to the interactive and participatory nature of the workshops, and also to ensure data protection and confidentiality of participants during discussions and on the chat boards.

Why are maximum numbers set on digital workshops?

Maximum numbers are set for digital workshops for a number of different reasons, these are delivered as interactive sessions and not lectures and so we need to limit the number of participants to allow for effective group work, discussion, feedback and questions, this would not be possible with a large number of participants. Workshop facilitators set maximum numbers to ensure participants get the most from the session. If a workshop is fully booked please add your name to the waiting list, we often get cancellations in advance of a workshop, and we will try to arrange additional dates for workshops with large waiting lists.

Should I still cancel my place if I’m not able to attend?

As maximum numbers are set for digital workshops it is important you still cancel your place if you find you are no longer able to attend, this allows others the opportunity to attend


A–N Course list

The course directory provides a list of all workshops run for doctoral researchers by the IAD.

O-Z Course List

The course directory provides a list of all workshops run for doctoral researchers by the IAD.

Workshops by theme

IAD workshops for postgraduate researchers by theme.

Workshops mapped to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Workshops mapped against the UK's Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Humanities & Social Science

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Humanities & Social Science. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Science & Engineering

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Science & Engineering. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Training information

Course eligibility, booking and cancelling instructions, and contact information for the IAD researcher development team.

Online courses

PhD student online training courses (topics include statistics; imaging; academic writing; and data management). Some you can do any time, and others run at specific times of the year.

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research is a 3-week, interactive online course for all new postgraduate researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Mid-Semester Welcome Event

Postgraduate students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events. Find out more here.

Courses for tutoring and demonstrating

Taking on  a part-time tutoring or demonstrating role? To supplement School-based support, we provide generic training courses and resources designed for all tutors and demonstrators across the University.

Courses and resources for tutors and demonstrators