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 remotely, and will continue to run online events and provide digital-based support and information for staff and students.
Update May 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 https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/ 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 AY20/21 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 AY20/21. All Postgraduate Researchers will be able to access the full range of IAD provision whether they are on campus, in Edinburgh or elsewhere.
All workshops and events running in academic year AY20/21 will be delivered digitally and 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: www.ed.ac.uk/is/collaborate You can also access a Collaborate test room here - https://eu.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/afdc56bc026d4488905d7cc62b52622a
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
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Workshops by theme
Workshops mapped to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
Humanities & Social Science
Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
Science & Engineering
Getting Started with Postgraduate Research
Mid-Semester Welcome Event
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.