Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

A–Z Course list

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.

'Just Present' - Three Minute Thesis Competition Peer Practice Session

Description

This session will provide you with an opportunity to practice your 3 minute thesis presentation and receive constructive feedback from peers in preparation for the school and college heats. You do not need to have your final presentation prepared, it can be in draft format and you can bring notes or a script with you. It is simply an opportunity for you to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience.

This session is not facilitated, however a member of IAD staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session. 

EligibilityPGR students
Date Tuesday 25-Feb-2020, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPGR students
Date Tuesday 03-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

'Just Present' Presentation Peer Practice Session

Description

This session will provide you with an opportunity to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience, and give the option to receive constructive feedback from peers. You can use this session to practice delivering a presentation on anything related to your research.  Each participant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present, and feedback will be on the style and delivery of your presentation, not the content. 

You do not need to have your final presentation prepared, it can be in draft format and you can bring notes or a script with you. It is simply an opportunity for you to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience.

This session is not facilitated, however a member of IAD staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

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

'Just Write' for Research Students

Description

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to create a time and place for PhD students to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.

'Just Write' will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing. The session is not facilitated, you will not be provided with advice or guidance on your writing, however a member of staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:

  • You will get the most out of the time by coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you
  • You can use this time to focus on anything related to your research

Please make sure you arrive before the start time to allow time to set up, late comers will not be permitted to join the session as this is disruptive to the rest of the group.

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend this session in full.

Please note that laptops are not provided.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 14-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 15-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 15-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Dec-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.19, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 28-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 13-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 19-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 16-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Academic Communication Skills for International Students Workshop (CAHSS)

Description

**First Year International Students Only**

This session is aimed specifically at first year international postgraduate students for whom English is not their first language. It will provide guidance and confidence to students who may feel unsure as to whether they are able to communicate their research effectively.

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

Academic Communication Skills for International Students Workshop (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

**First Year International Students Only**

This session is aimed specifically at first year international postgraduate students for whom English is not their first language. It will provide guidance and confidence to students who may feel unsure as to whether they are able to communicate their research effectively.

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

Academic writer - creative writer

Description

Do approaches to writing adopted  by creative writers have any relevance for academic writing? Could writing creatively – whether occasionally or on a regular basis – enrich your academic work (as well as your life)? In this workshop we explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through exercises that first take us outside the realm of academic writing, and then back into it.

Pre-course Information

 Please bring a piece of writing that you are working on at the moment, and a laptop.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Advanced English Grammar and Punctuation (Online)

Description

The technical aspects of writing often present a challenge to those in academia.  In this session, we look beyond the more basic aspects of grammar and punctuation covered in our introductory online session and focus on some trickier ones. 

 These include:

 

•      The use of parallelism in lists

•      Semi-colons and colons

•      Misplaced modifiers

•      Singular and plural pronouns

•      Full stops in abbreviations and contractions.

EligibilityPGR students
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Advising on Personal and Academic Matters

Description

This workshop is for more experienced tutors and demonstrators. It discusses the full range of support that students can require (from study development to personal matters); the boundaries to your responsibilities; recording and confidentiality issues; and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations. It points to University Support services and resources for study development. 

If you are a Personal Tutor, the IAD offers specific support. For details, please see:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/staff/academic-pastoral

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.26, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 01-Apr-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.26, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

An Introduction to Copyright and Publishing

Description

This workshop provides an overview on the fundamentals of copyright as it applies to PhD students in terms of writing the PhD thesis and associated publications.  The workshop will also provide an introduction to academic publishing, including open access.  Much of the content will be delivered by presentation, but there will be plenty of room for questions and discussion as part of the session.  In addition, the Scholarly Communications Team will be able to provide follow-up support for individuals or small groups of students. 

After attending this workshop you will:

1.Understand the fundamental of copyright

2.Know what issues to consider in writing a PhD thesis

3.Understand the fundamentals of academic publishing

4.Know about Open Access and current and future changes in scholarly communications

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

An Introduction to Public Engagement with Research

Description

Public engagement is one of the many ways that research can have positive impact beyond the four walls of the University – not to mention benefits to the researcher. Done well, it can boost your communication skills, give you fresh perspectives on your research, inspire others and maybe even lead to a practical change in how society does things. But how do you get started? And would members of the public honestly be interested in what you do?  This introductory workshop helps answer these questions.

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the social context for your research
  • Make sense of the variety of stakeholders in your research
  • Identify the next steps you need to take in developing your public engagement skills
BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

Assessment and Providing Feedback

Description

This workshop is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for marking and/or providing feedback.

It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing feedback on students' work. Please note we do not do any practical marking exercises in this workshop due to the varied practices across disciplines and subjects.

You will get most out of this workshop if you have had some experience marking. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. School workshops will be able to provide subject specific advice and guidance.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.18, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Assessment and Providing Feedback in the Sciences

Description

This workshop is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for marking and/or providing feedback.

It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing feedback on students' work. Please note we do not do any practical marking exercises in this workshop due to the varied practices across disciplines and subjects.

You will get most out of this workshop if you have had some experience marking. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. School workshops will be able to provide subject specific advice and guidance.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.19 Murchison House Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Basic Engineering Workshop Skills

Description

This workshop is for School of Engineering students only.

This workshop will be of benefit to researchers who are undertaking a predominantly experimental or have stimulation and experimental PhD projects. Project that needs some experimental components made and or modified during its progression would benefit from having access to simple tool skills for minor modification. The course will involve a basic hand tool exercise, which will give the participant some experience in using tools like a hacksaw, hand files, vice, metal scriber, metal punch, threading, and drilling.

This workshop will not cover the skills to make a complex component. You will not be partaking in any welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, and lathe or Milling work.

This workshop will take you through the use of different basic equipment which you will gain basic proficiency in their use (angle grinder, linisher, pillar drill, scroll saw, jig saw and hand drill). It will focus initially on all health and safety aspects of using this equipment (1.5 Hours), followed by demonstrations of safe use. The second half of the course will include a practical assignment which is will be the manufacture of a small G-clamp (3.5 Hours).

Pre-course work

Ensure all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for the course. Also familiarise yourself with the school of Engineering health and safety documentation.

https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/EngIntranet/Health+and+Safety+in+the+School+of+Engineering

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Room G.20 Sanderson Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Beating Writer's Block (CAHSS)

Description

You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, and will have an impact on both your productivity and your well-being. In this workshop, we look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your writing and your confidence

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

 1. Understand and critically reflect on the causes of writer’s block and how it affects the writing process

2. Identify and apply strategies that can be used to manage periods when writing is challenging

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 23-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Beating Writer's Block (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, and will have an impact on both your productivity and your well-being. In this workshop, we look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your writing and your confidence

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

 1. Understand and critically reflect on the causes of writer’s block and how it affects the writing process

2. Identify and apply strategies that can be used to manage periods when writing is challenging

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 18-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 8, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 15-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Beginners Guide to Imaging for CMVM, CAHSS and CSCE Students

Description

About the course: This is a 10-week course delivered through online distance learning within the University’s e-learning platform, Learn.

What will I learn? This self-paced, online course, gives a basic understanding of the history of imaging, an explanation about each imaging modality (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT), as well as giving a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis.  This is a great starting point for those working on research projects in many different areas, including medicine, engineering, science, psychology and art.

If students wish to learn more about a particular modality or technique, they can progress onto the Edinburgh Imaging Academy ODL CPD teaching materials – which are offered as ‘read only’ for a vastly reduced price of £15 per 10 credits.

Target audience: We have had students from a wide range of disciplines including:

-       Political Studies – interested in using fMRI to assess people’s thoughts

-       Anatomy & Biology students – to gain a basic background in imaging

-       Psychology & Cognitive Science – understanding tools & techniques

-       College of Art – interested in using images for 3D design

-       Engineering, Physics & Chemistry

-       Veterinary Science & Bioscience

-       Medical & Biomedical Science students

When does it start? Monday 14th October - 16th December 2019

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

Want to learn more about one imaging modality or analysis tool?  Once students have grasped the basics, they may wish to go on to study a full 10 credit course in Light Microscopy or Image Processing. If they wish to gain credits then the PPD option is best, if not the CPD read only option is available.

The Edinburgh Imaging Academy offers the online CPD option, by giving students ‘read only’ access to the teaching material used in our ODL Master programs, for £15 per 10 credit course. Simply book through – http://bit.ly/EdinPhD .

For information on Edinburgh Imaging, and our imaging facilities based at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre, the Brain Research Imaging Centre, IGMM and The Roslin Institute – please visit www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the history of imaging

2. Identify different imaging modalities and how and when they should be used

3. Apply a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis to their own research project

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

Collaborative Writing and Publishing

Description

Collaborative writing is often stimulating and rewarding, but itcan also be stressful. In this workshop, we explore both thebenefits and potential pitfalls of writing in collaboration withothers; the affordances and drawbacks of different types ofcollaboration; issues around ownership, contribution andauthorship; co-authoring and technology; and communicationhabits of strong collaborators.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 09-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Communications Toolkit for a Public Audience

Description

Do you know how to capture your audiences’ attention? And how to keep it once you’ve got it?

This workshop is ideal for researchers who would like to improve their research communication skills and are new to engaging members of the public with their research. The skills we develop when we talk about our research with people outside our subject area can directly improve our skills when communicating with our research peers. This interactive session looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1. Draw from a selection of communication tools to perfect how you talk about your research.

2. Consider your audiences', and your own, experiences of participating in research communication.

3. Have at your disposal a tried and tested 1 minute talk about your research.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Conference and Event Organising

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for students who are interested in planning events, workshops or conferences. Organising a conference gives researchers the opportunity to boost their profile, develop new skills and to meet other academics in their field. 

In order to deliver a high-quality event it is crucial that organisers execute a sequence of well planned actions in advance, leaving plenty of time to solve any problems that arise unexpectedly. There are now a number of free online tools and event marketing systems, such as Eventbrite, that can be used to help you manage your conference so that you can achieve maximum impact and attract delegates.

The workshop is designed to cover event planning and design, management, finance, venues, online tools, marketing and promotion, attracting sponsorship and post-event actions. The content is taught via short lectures, demonstrations of free online tools and interactive group exercises, in addition to case studies and the instructor’s own experience. Participants are encouraged to share their own event ideas throughout. This workshop is popular with students, researchers and professional staff at universities.

 The content of this workshop is applicable to individuals who are interested in careers both inside and outside of academia.

  • Generating ideas for your event
    • What is your aim? Why hold an event?
    • Timing and length
  • Planning your event
    • Team, dates, venue, costs
    • Pre-event software
  • Event structure
    • Cutting edge talks, workshops, posters, papers, networking (speed)
    • Inviting & attracting high-quality speakers
    • Timing & livestreaming
  • Marketing and promoting your event
    • Early bird vs late bird rates
    • Digital & social engagement
    • Tools to measure your progress: website, Eventbrite, analytics
  • Attracting sponsorship
    • Who to ask?
    • Sponsorship packages: gold, silver, bronze
  • Event management
    • Badges, bags, stands and technical tests
    • Reminders & drop outs
    • Registration and welcoming delegates
    • Managing speakers, timing, questions and an audience
  • Post-event actions
    • Surveys and feedback
    • Mailing lists, videos and blogs

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Understand how to generate ideas for an event and the importance of having a clear objective at the outset

2. Identify the requirements of planning an event and how to structure, promote and manage the event.

3. Apply different methods of evaluation and be aware of other post-event actions

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 21-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Creating Impactful Public Engagement

Description

Interested in public engagement but unsure how to maximise the impact of your efforts? This workshop introduces a flexible approach to planning engagement activities with focus on the outcomes. What are you hoping participants (i.e. community groups, policymakers, researchers, etc.) get out of the interaction, and what activities are most likely to make these outcomes happen?

By the end of this workshop, you will have the key tools to take forward public engagement plans that match your impact goals.

This workshop is delivered by Stuart Dunbar (Public Engagement Manager, College of Science and Engineering, The University of Edinburgh) and Anne-Marte Bergseng (Communications Manager, ClimateXChange). It draws on material from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Please note that your email address will be used to share templates immediately after the event. We will also email you a short questionnaire 2-3 months after the workshop. If you wish to opt out, please let the organisers know during the workshop.

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

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers

Description

The core business of a PhD or early career researcher is to have new ideas and then explore them. Originality is our shared currency regardless of academic discipline. And yet many researchers report finding themselves stuck in a rut, having the same thoughts again and again, when what they really need are fresh insights, new concepts and original ideas.

This empowering and challenging workshop will allow participants to bring along their own real problems and explore them from a number of new angles.

The workshop will focus on the needs and personal creativity styles of all the participants and explore a range of creativity techniques and how to apply and implement them and review a toolkit for evaluating ideas.

This workshop relates to domains A2 and A3 of the RDF.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to: 

1. Understand how to explore a problem and tackle it in a number of different ways

2. Identify a range of creativity techniques and apply them to find original ways to resolve problems

3. Utilise the creative problem solving toolkit to evaluate ideas

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

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers - Business School

Description

The core business of a PhD or early career researcher is to have new ideas and then explore them. Originality is our shared currency regardless of academic discipline. And yet many researchers report finding themselves stuck in a rut, having the same thoughts again and again, when what they really need are fresh insights, new concepts and original ideas.

The course will focus on the needs and personal creativity styles of all the participants and will then will move on to explore:

  • How to explore a problem and tackle it from a number of new angles
  • A range of creativity techniques and how to apply and implement them

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

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

Critical Thinking Workshop for PGR's

Description

While critical thinking is at the heart of scholarship, it is often unclear what ‘critical' means in the context of reviewing the literature and writing a dissertation. How can you challenge or discuss the limitations of published work by much more senior authors? What do supervisors mean when they say that your writing is  ‘too uncritical’ or ‘too descriptive’? In this workshop we identify how critical engagement with academic work manifests and we explore how, as a student working with multiple sources, you can apply critical values to your dissertation writing,

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 27-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Designing Effective Slides

Description

Most of us use slides in our presentations, whether these are for short departmental meetings or major presentations at international conferences. However, one of the commonest features of all presentations is poor slide design.

Slides are visual aids to help our audience understand and follow what we are saying. Unfortunately, the slides presenters use are often overcrowded, difficult to see and badly designed. As visual aids they fail both visually and as aids for the audience.

Using lots of examples, the workshop facilitator, Allan Gaw, will introduce delegates to the acronym SWIPE and show how its component parts can be used to help us design clean, simple slides that have serve us best as great visual aids.

If you are completely new to making slides or if you feel that the slides you have been making for years could be better you will find this workshop useful and relevant to your work.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to: 

1. Understand what slides are for, the main problems in slide design and when they should not be used

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of SWIPE in slide design

3. Understand how to make your slides both visually appealing and useful to your audience

4. Implement a simple strategy for producing effective slides for any presentation

EligibilityAll Research Staff MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Designing and Delivering Lectures

Description

This workshop is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are relatively new to lecturing or embarking on it for the first time. It considers what is involved in planning a lecture, and discusses strategies for engaging students’ attention.

You will get most out of this workshop if you will be lecturing in the near future.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.18, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Dialogue: Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures!

Description

*This is a two day workshop running on 12th and 13th December and participants must attend both days*

All researchers are expected to do public engagement – to interact with stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ in order to increase the impact of their research. Public engagement takes different forms in different disciplines, but in all cases it is most effective when researchers talk with people rather than lecturing at them, when we are open to hearing what other groups have to say.

This course gives practical guidance on how to go about such ‘collaborative conversations’ in a way that is relevant to your research. It builds on the principles of ‘dialogue’, which has proved a powerful approach to communication in public engagement and many other areas. Come to this course and you will:

  • Learn to recognise and address where your publics are coming from;
  • Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;
  • Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;
  • Start developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

Our training approach combines theory and practice. We will take you through a series of focused exercises, interspersed with short presentations and time for reflection, so that you experience a range of approaches and techniques you can then use in your future work. 

Whether you are planning to engage with government bodies, business, product or service users or citizens, this course can help make you more effective. You will leave with a toolbox of skills and techniques that you can use (and refine) in a range of different settings, including – but not only – public engagement with research.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

2.Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

3.Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

4.Continue developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Thursday 12-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence for research and impact (online session)

Description

Eligbility: Researchers and staff

This session will focus on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence for research and impact. 

The session will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence e.g. in relation to research impact
  • Provide advice on managing social media profiles
  • Highlight the guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council; Law Society etc.
  • Provide an overview of how to create of a social media/online presence strategy
  • Hints and tips on saving time when using social media, for example scheduling tweets and Facebook/blog posts

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and your own hints and tips.

No previous experience or knowledge is needed to attend this session.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

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

EASTChem Thesis Workshop

Description

This workshop 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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Understand the role of the thesis and the doctoral regulations, including the external examiner’s perspective and responsibilities

2. Understand what makes a good thesis

3. Identify what is required in preparing for a successful viva

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

Ease the Load - Feel Good About Your Busy Life

Description

Staying on top and in control of our work in this fast-paced world is becoming increasingly difficult. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and have a knock on effect to our personal life. This session has been developed to help effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support us as we focus on the important, plan our work effectively and attack it with confidence.

This new, full day course looks at time management from a fresh perspective to support researchers at all levels, through the development of an approach which puts you back in control of your time.

Course Purpose:

This workshop aims to support researchers at all levels, providing an approach which puts you in control and reduces overall stress. Applying this helps you to enjoy, and not just cope with, your busy schedule, leaving you on top of your work, not buried by it. Productivity without the stress.

Objectives:

  • Skilfully manage a busy schedule
  • Feel on top of work and home life
  • Get the inbox back to empty
  • Effectively plan and progress projects
  • Clarify roles, prioritise goals and learn to say “No"
  • Efficiently organise paperwork, emails and other inputs

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify strategies to manage a busy and complex workload

2. Effectively plan and progress projects

3. Understand how to clarify roles and prioritise goals and when to say ‘No’ 

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

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

Edinburgh Local GRADschool

Description

Open to those in the last 18 months of their PhD

Edinburgh Local Gradschool is a three and a half day non-residential course that gives you time to step back from your PhD, think about the skills you have developed and how they will help you to take that next step in your career.  You’ll have the chance to meet researchers from other universities or subjects and work on group case studies, which give you the opportunity to practice skills such as communication, networking, leadership, influencing, team working and time management. 

The GRADschool is aimed at 2nd and 3rd year PhD researchers and has a strong focus on career development and personal impact.  The team of experienced tutors are from a range of backgrounds and will be able to talk to you about how their research background helped to get them where they are now. It is designed to support you in making informed choices about what you would like to do next, motivate you to write up and challenge your assumptions about your skills.  

As a result of the programme, you will:

  • develop your professional and personal effectiveness 
  • broaden your skills for becoming a more effective researcher, such as communication, team working, project planning, and decision-making.  
  • plan and manage the next steps of your career
  • understand yourself and challenge your assumptions

 Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • meet doctoral researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds countries, and career stages
  • work with experienced tutors as role models who openly share their career experiences both of research and other careers
  • practice building and working in a successful team

Please note Gradschool does NOT offer individual careers advice.  If you require career guidance please visit the Careers Service: www.ed.ac.uk/careers/postgrad

The course will run from 09.00am - 5:30pm each day, and will finish at 1pm on the Friday.  Participants MUST attend on all days.

For more details please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/gradschool/outline

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

Effective Tutoring Introduction

Description

This workshop is for tutors who are new or relatively new to teaching tutorials from across the University of Edinburgh with a focus on open-discussion classes.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up for this workshop, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory.  

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 22-Jan-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.26, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Effective Writing: Grammar

Description

Native speakers of English often have little knowledge of formal grammar and non-native speakers may know the grammar in theory but find the practice is a lot harder. This workshop starts by providing the vocabulary to discuss grammar. Using examples of academic writing from a variety of subject areas, we deal with common errors in sentence construction and punctuation in the work of native and non-native speakers.  Finally, we look at how a knowledge of grammar can help the writer communicate more effectively in a way that the reader will enjoy.

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

Learning outcomes:

1.Identify common errors in sentence construction and punctuation in academic writing

2.Understand how a knowledge of grammar can help writers communicate more effectively

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 06-May-2020, 10:00 - 16:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Engaging students in an online environment

Description

This online workshop is aimed at tutors from the University of Edinburgh who are new or have recently started teaching in an online environment. The course will be delivered via Collaborate Ultra to give participants experience of learning in an online context and to gain an understanding of some of the benefits and barriers that student s may face when learning online.

During the session we will explore what student expectations of learning in an online environment may be, approaches we can use to engage and support students online, and some of the skills an online tutor will need.

After attending this workshop you will:

  • Have gained experience of learning in an online environment;
  • Be aware of approaches that can be used to engage students online;
  • Have considered some of the skills an online tutor will need to develop to support students effectively online;
EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 14-Nov-2019, 10:30 - 12:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 21-Apr-2020, 10:30 - 12:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Enhancing Tutorials

Description

This course is intended for tutors from across the University of Edinburgh who have already started teaching tutorials.

It contains a stocktaking exercise of your recent teaching experiences; discussion of tricky issues and coping strategies; suggestions for how you can get feedback on your teaching; and a facilitated discussion on using technology tutorials.

This course will focus on your current tutoring experience. If you are not yet teaching tutorials this semester, you should not sign up for this course.***  NOTE:  Please bring along a device that can connect to the internet as we will be using interactive learning technology. ***

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 19-Feb-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.26, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Facilitation Skills for Public Engagement

Description

Do you need facilitation skills to do your job? Probably: good facilitation skills are critical to team working, collaborating with other teams and organisations, planning and holding meetings, and small group teaching.

If you’d like to improve the communication and inter-personal skills needed to facilitate well, this workshop may be for you!

Skills You’ll Develop:

  • Enabling everyone to speak openly about their views, interests and needs
  • Thinking together to tackle difficult problems or get a job done
  • Fostering creativity and realise the potential for ‘group intelligence’
  • Handling dominant voices and ensure all participants are heard
  • Working through conflict without confrontation
  • Recognising different patterns of communication and encourage ‘authentic’ communication
  • Using your power as a facilitator constructively

Training Approach:

Our training approach integrates some ‘theory’ with a lot of opportunities to practice. Specifically, we will:

  • Introduce key concepts – about different forms of communication and styles of facilitation, and about collaboration
  • Work on key skills and common challenges, giving you experience of some different techniques and approaches
  • Make this relevant to your circumstances and needs, and encourage your reflective practice.

What this Course Does Not Cover:

Facilitation involves two skill sets: thinking strategically (for planning and evaluation); and attending to communication and inter-personal dynamics in these critical conversations. This workshop aims to build capacity in the latter skill set only.

 While this workshop is extremely useful for people wishing to engage others with their research, this won’t be a specific focus on the day.

Suitability

This workshop is intended for people who already do some facilitation and want the opportunity to reflect on and deepen their practice in this area. Those new to facilitation and dialogue, are encouraged to attend Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures instead.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers Academic Staff Academic Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 26-May-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Finding Academic Literature (CAHSS)

Description

This workshop was previously Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies (CAHSS)

This short workshop is aimed at 1st Year CAHSS PhD students.

The key objectives and aims of the workshop are to help students:

  • Develop an understanding of the range of printed and electronic information resources that are available.
  • Develop the ability to construct complex search strategies, using mind mapping techniques, and apply them.
  • Develop the ability to conduct complex searches using search operators, search limits, and menu driven search platforms.

This concise workshop is a combined presentation and hands-on practical computer-based session, to help participants understand the information research process and develop good practice in literature searching.

This workshop relates to domains A1 and C1 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Thursday 23-Jan-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Thursday 05-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Finding Academic Literature (CSCE and CMVM)

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. If you would like to bring your laptop/device 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the different information resources available to students when producing a literature review including the use of online bibliographic databases

2. Understand and demonstrate ability to use reference management software

3. Apply knowledge of cited reference searching and journal impact factors 

If you cannot make the dates/times or places below, please contact your Academic Support Librarian for advice: www.ed.ac.uk/is/academic-support-librarians-a-z

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 18-Nov-2019, 11:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 3212, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Finding Academic Literature - CMVM

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 workshop will help by providing a brief introduction to library resources and services. However, as the workshop 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. This session will cover:

  •     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
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room G.02, Vet School Easter Bush
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Finding Academic Literature - School of Engineering

Description

One of the first tasks a research student has to undertake is producing a literature review. This course offers an introduction to information resources available to students, including the use of online bibliographic databases to search for research literature.The workshop will cover:

  • Literature databases for engineering research
  • Cited reference searching
  • Journal impact factors
  • Setting up alerts / saved searches
  • Library collections - print and online
  • Inter-Library Loan service
  • Reference management software

Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (laptop etc)

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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the different information resources available to students when producing a literature review including the use of online bibliographic databases

2.Understand and demonstrate ability to use reference management software

3.Apply knowledge of cited reference searching and journal impact factors 

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

Finding Funding for Research

Description

Research costs money. If you are contemplating conducting any form of research you need to think how it will be funded. There are many sources of potential funding, but not all are appropriate either for certain projects or certain investigators. This workshop will initially focus on examining the current funding landscape, helping researchers to identify the most promising sources of funding for their research. In the second part we will look at funding applications and they review process, highlighting the most important mistakes researchers make and defining a strategy for applying that will produce the greatest success.

After the workshop each participant will:

• be aware of the different sources of research funding

• know how to evaluate these and identify those that are most relevant

• understand the requirements of research funders and their different agendas

• be familiar with the most common reasons why grant applications fail

• have a working strategy for successful grant application.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 19-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Finding Funding for Research (online)

Description

Research costs money. If you are contemplating conducting any form of research you need to think how it will be funded. There are many sources of potential funding, but not all are appropriate either for certain projects or certain investigators. In this online presentation, Allan Gaw will take participants through the current funding landscape and help them to identify the most promising sources of funding for their own research. In addition, he will also highlight the most important mistakes researchers make in their grant applications, thus helping participants increase their chance of success. 

After the session each participant will:

· be aware of the different sources of research funding

· know how to evaluate these and identify those that are most relevant

· understand the requirements of research funders and their different agendas

· be familiar with the most common reasons why grant applications fail

· have a working strategy for making a successful grant application.

*this is an online workshop*

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Finding your genius: managing and developing your work, your goals and yourself

Description

Finding your genius: managing and developing your work, your goals and yourself, for happiness and success as a researcher and future knowledge worker

A half-day interactive workshop which takes a new look at how we manage our working life as knowledge workers so that we can stay creative, happy and productive. We’ll explore the natural rhythm of your day, your personal approach to work and how to prioritise and synchronise to make the most of your work time. This is not a traditional time management course. There will be no 'dos and don’ts’, although we will explore similar themes and concerns, but only from a different perspective. One based on ‘intrinsically’ driven daily routines and clever goal setting.

The workshop will invite you to apply the latest research on body-clocks, physiology and cognitive peaks and troughs as well as helping you to manage goals and expectations. By the end of this short session participants will be invited to change aspects of their approach to managing and thinking about their working life and also begin to implement motivational ‘next steps’ that really work!

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 12-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:45
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Getting Published (WriteFest)

Description

Getting Published’ is a WriteFest event for postgraduate students in history, classics, and archaeology-related subjects to help you understand the process of getting your work into print.

The Institute for Academic Development is working with colleagues at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Edinburgh University Press, to put together a panel of authors, editors and publishers to discuss what you need to know to get your research published. What is it that editors look for in a journal article? What do publishers expect from a book proposal? How does the whole process start?

Panel members will include:

  • Professor Ewen Cameron, Head of SHCA and co-editor of JSHS
  • Jen Daly, Commissioning Editor: Politics; Scottish Studies & Scottish History
  • Dr Manuel Fernández-Götz, Head of Archaeology Subject Area
  • Dr Theodora Hadjimichael, Teaching Fellow in Greek

This event is part of the IAD’s wider ‘WriteFest 2019’ activities across the month of November, and is aimed at postgraduate students in HCA or similar history-related subjects.

Coffee and tea will be provided, and you will have a chance to ask your own publishing-related questions to the panel.

 

WriteFest 2019 programme: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/research-roles/writefest

Institute for Academic Development: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development

Edinburgh University Press: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/

School of History, Classics and Archaeology: https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years All staff All students
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 15:00 - 17:00
Venue Room B1.11-2, Outreach Centre, 9c Holyrood Road, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Good Practice in PhD Research (CMVM)

Description

This session is taught by postgraduate advisors and senior academic staff from different parts of the College and will cover the key information and advice that you need as a 1st year PhD student in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine - students should try to attend the workshop which is local to where they are based.

Through a mixture of presentations and case studies this workshop will cover:

  • Project planning & experimental design
  • Keeping lab notebooks & managing your research results
  • Roles & responsibilities of PhD students and supervisors
  • Progress monitoring & assessment
  • Research ethics & ethical practice
  • Making the most of your PhD - training, support & opportunities

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

This course relates to domains A1, C1, C2, and D1 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

This workshop is only open to new PhD students in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Understand and be able to summarise the roles and responsibilities of PhD students and supervisors including regulatory requirements around progress monitoring, assessment and research ethics

2.Identify what training and support is available to PhD students and determine how to make the most of these opportunities

3.Apply knowledge of project planning and experimental design, and understand and be able to describe the importance of keeping lab notebooks and managing research results 

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

Good Practice in Research Data Management

Description

This workshop is aimed at all postgraduate researchers who are interested in finding out how to manage their research data effectively and efficiently during their research projects.

The workshop explores key data management topics (including day-to-day data management, back-up and security, metadata and documentation, data sharing and preservation, and data management planning). It includes presented content, group discussions and exercises, and is delivered by means of a participative seminar where you will be encouraged to contribute and ask questions. You will also have a chance to work on a simple data management plan for your own research project.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1. Understand the importance of proper data management and how to plan for this.

2. Work with your data efficiently and effectively to protect your data, make your research visible and has impact, and validate your research results if required.

3. Aware of the tools and services available to you at the University to help you manage your research data.

This workshop relates to Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact of the RDF.

Please bring a laptop if you can for an exercise where you will use DMPonline to create a Data Management Plan

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

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (CAHSS)

Description

Skillful editing will transform a rough early draft into a polished final version. This workshop will equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of  high-quality writing and explore how to achieve those. Working with a short draft, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

Pre-course Work

Please bring a piece of academic writing that you are currently working on, eg the first couple of pages of a chapter or a paper; bring two printed copies if possible.  Work in progress is fine. Please also bring a laptop if you have one.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 17-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

Skillful editing will transform a rough early draft into a polished final version. This workshop will equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of  high-quality writing and explore how to achieve those. Working with a short draft, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

Pre course information:

Please bring two printed copies of a piece of academic writing that you are currently working on, e.g the first two or three pages of a chapter or paper.  During the workshop you will be using the text to check and improve it, so please bring work in progress rather than a finished, polished piece.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify and apply the strategies for effective editing

2. Recognise the key aspects of good writing, including clarity, conciseness and flow

3. Understand and be able to analyse how these key aspects of good writing are realised linguistically

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to Design a Public Engagement Process

Description

It can be difficult to design public engagement activities to be truly interactive and inclusive. You may not feel confident about how to engage people or you may sense that some go away disappointed but don't know quite why. This workshop will help by giving you strategies to design public engagement activities where everyone is engaged and comes away with something useful. It will address:

•    What you want from the engagement

•    Who your participants should be, where they’ll be coming from and what they’ll want from the experience

•     What kind of process and communication are appropriate for your aims and your participants

•     How to enable everyone to be fully involved and to build understanding

•     How to ensure that the process meets both your and your participants’ aims. 

The core principles covered in this workshop are relevant for anyone planning a public engagement process that involves having conversations with other groups. Whether it is a short interactive event at a science festival or a longer workshop with stakeholders or an ongoing collaboration that you are planning, this course is for you.

The training approach in this course is practical and hands on.  We will introduce a 3 phase framework – strategic work, process design and process planning – which you will work through on a public engagement activity that you are planning, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect.

Please note: This course does not address the facilitation skills needed to implement your process design effectively: these are addressed in a separate one day course to be run on 10 May 2019.

Pre-Requisites:

•Participants should have in mind a particular public engagement activity which they can work on through the course.

•All participants are expected to have a basic understanding of dialogue and of deliberation. To this end we recommend that, prior to the course, you read the relevant sections of ‘Public Dialogue and Deliberation’ by Oliver Escobar, available at: www.Beltanenetwork.org/resources/Beltanepublications/

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1.Think strategically about the design of your public engagement activity, with a sensitivity to where your participants will be coming from.

2.Translate these requirements into a sensible step-wise design for your activity.

3.Develop a workable detailed plan that both attends to relevant practical considerations and meets everyone’s aims.

4.Apply this learning to your own public engagements plans.

EligibilityAll Research Staff PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 18-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster

Description

In research we are often called upon to present our work in the form of a poster at a conference. The design and layout of these posters is important, if we are to show our work in the best possible light. Many posters are, however, poorly thought out and badly designed. This workshop, using a series of short presentations and practical sessions will examine in detail the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters.

After the workshop each participant will:

• understand the purpose of the conference poster

• be familiar with the basic rules for poster design

• understand the importance of words, pictures and flow

• know how deliver a conference poster

• have a working strategy for designing a winning poster.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 31-Mar-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to be an Effective Researcher

Description

*This is a two day course*

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 two day course runs 3 times per year and you must attend on consecutive days.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify and develop effective working practices to meet the challenges of PhD study

2. Recognise and reflect on the different skills that are essential for researchers

3. Understand and be able to explain how to make the most of supervision and feedback

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, B2, B3, C1, and C2 of the RDF.

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

EligibilityPhD HSS 1st Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 28-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Holyrood
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 MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years
Date Thursday 27-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to do an Informatics PhD

Description

This workshop is open to 1st and 2nd Year students in the School of Informatics and the SICSA group.

This workshop will explore the nature of Informatics research and the diversity of methodologies that it employs. In particular, it will investigate the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes, and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated.

Pre course work:

Students will be required to bring a 1000 word summary of their research project to the workshop. Guidance will be sent out prior to the course.

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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Describe the nature of Informatics research and the methodologies that it employs

2. Identify the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated

This course relates for domains A1, A2, and C2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years MScR SCE Informatics PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Introduction to Laboratory Demonstrating

Description

This workshop is intended for demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh who are new to teaching or have recently started demonstrating.

We will discuss necessary skills to best assist students in laboratories and what strategies might be applied in challenging situations; the boundaries to the demonstrator’s responsibilities; and will have a short overview of safety issues.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 08-Jan-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Classroom 4, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 1

Description

You can access this resource all year round, Find out more, including how to enrol here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/online-courses/stats

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

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 2

Description

You can access this resource all year round, Find out more, including how to enrol here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/online-courses/stats

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

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (CAHSS)

Description

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and clear? This workshop explores the standards and  conventions (as well as the myths) that surround writing in an academic context. Our focus will be on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

This workshop relates to domains A1 and D2 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have attended 'The Writing Process - Getting Started'

This workshop is open to All PhD and MScR students in CAHSS

Pre Course Information

Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop. Work in progress is fine.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Understand and describe the standards and expectations associated with academic writing

2. Recognise different linguistic and stylistic choices 

3. Reflect on personal writing style and critically compare against academic writing conventions

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 25-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and clear? This workshop explores the standards and  conventions (as well as the myths) that surround writing in an academic context. Our focus will be on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Understand and describe the standards and expectations associated with academic writing

2. Recognise different linguistic and stylistic choices 

3. Reflect on personal writing style and critically compare against academic writing conventions

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

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have attended 'The Writing Process - Getting Started'

Pre-course Work

Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop. Work in progress is fine.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 6, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

MScR Project Planning and Ethics (CMVM)

Description

This workshop is for Masters by Research students in CMVM

This workshop will cover the key issues that you need to address when writing up science, for masters course assignments, research theses or academic papers.

Workshop content includes:

  • Project Planning and Experimental Design
  • Health & Safety and Risk Management
  • Ethics in Scientific Research

Please be aware that your school will be charged if you fail to attend this workshop.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years MScR MVM Veterinary Sciences All Years MScR MVM Neurosciences MScR MVM Medical Sciences All Years MScR MVM Life Sciences All Years MScR MVM Infectious Diseases All Years MScR MVM Genomics and Pathway Biology All Years MScR MVM Cardiovascular Biology All Years
Date Thursday 12-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Managing Stress and Nerves

Description

Many things can stress us. Academic pressures, not enough time, balancing various demands placed upon us and lots of others. And given that the academic world values 'criticism' perhaps above all else, these stresses can easily lead to researchers feeling like an impostor or simply not being able to work to their full potential.

In this workshop we'll examine how participants can:

  • Recognise and pre-emptively manage the things that stress them
  • Build a confident base to work from
  • Examine how confidence can be eroded
  • Deal with stress, nerves and the impostor syndrome in a positive way
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years PGR students
Date Friday 21-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Managing Your PhD: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This workshop is for 1st year PhD students.

This workshop 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. This interactive session 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 yourself and your project

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

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify practical steps to get started with your PhD

2.Identify the key milestones of a PhD and how to prepare for them

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 workshop 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. This short, interactive workshop 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify practical steps to get started with your PhD

2.Identify the key milestones of a PhD and how to prepare for them

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 many 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 project inside and outside academia.

This workshop, which is aimed at all postgraduate researchers, explores how you can apply project management principles to research projects. By attending the workshop 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 a 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Clearly define your project to ensure it is successful 2. Develop a plan for the whole research project including project time-lines, budgets and plans to manage project risks 3.Identify when things are not going to plan, and what action to take to solve this

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 19-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Managing a Bibliography in Endnote

Description

EndNote is used for managing bibliographic references and is available for Windows and Macintosh. This is an introductory course aimed at getting you started in using EndNote. The course topics include adding records to your EndNote database, using EndNote to insert citations in word documents and generate bibliographies, and tips for efficient management of bibliographic sources.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Understand and be able to use the basic functions of Endnote

2.Identify strategies for efficient management of bibliographic sources

Please note: this event is not catered.

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

EligibilityMScR SCE All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD HSS All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD HSS All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 16-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Managing your work: working with other people

Description

Finding your genius (2) by working with other people: leading, following and developing professional relationships at meetings, 1:1 and other group working events and opportunities; how to agree shared goals and support and be supported by the stakeholders in your research project.

A half-day, interactive workshop which develops themes from part one (managing yourself: finding your genius) and explores how we can manage our working life when working closely with the needs of others. These could be our supervisors, family and friends, funders, co-workers, corporate sponsors or interested members of the public, government or university. We usually underestimate how many people are touched by our research and how engaged they are with its impact and implications.

This workshop will develop your unique team working skills by helping you to focus first on how you like to work and then how to use this knowledge to co-operate and co-work with other professional people (and yes, even our friends and family sometimes). In a highly interactive session we’ll explore:

  • what role work plays in your life
  • what role work plays in the life of others
  • how to understand group dynamics
  • how to make meetings work by using creative solutions
  • why teams/groups succeed or fail
  • how to negotiate by being flexible yet strong
  • when to lead and when to follow
  • how to build a motivational team to support your work and the work of others

The workshop will use a variety of activities to make key points about how to adopt a creative and innovative solution to working with those key people in your working life. You should leave with a future strategy which will help you tackle this complex but important set of professional skills.

You do not need to have attended the 'managing yourself’ workshop to attend this session.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 14-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:45
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Networking Skills Workshop

Description

The networking skills workshop is aimed at postgraduate research students who will be attending conferences, presenting work, meeting academics and other PhD students.  It will encourage you to think about your existing network of contacts and how to expand this to meet key thinkers in your field, as well as offer practical skills for meeting people at conferences, networking and useful ways to explain your thesis to new contacts.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Effective Conference Posters (online)

Description

In research, we are often called upon to present our work in the form of a poster at a conference.  The design and layout of these posters is important, if we are to show our work in the best possible light.  Many posters are, however, poorly thought out and badly designed.  This online workshop will examine the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • understand the purpose of the conference poster
  • be familiar with the basic rules for poster design
  • understand the importance of words, pictures and flow
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Grammar and Punctuation (online)

Description

Grammar and punctuation are often cited by examiners as the worst aspects of many postgraduate theses.  Grammar should be like the background music in a film.  If it’s good you hardly notice it.  If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important.  We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries.  If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach.  Some people think grammar and punctuation are unimportant, being secondary issues to the main thrust of their writing.   However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • understand the importance of being able to write well in
  • know how to avoid the commonest grammatical errors in English
  • know how to avoid the commonest punctuation mistakes in English
EligibilityPGR students
Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event

Description

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

This event is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently. The event is being hosted by the Institute for Academic Development. You will be provided with information on:

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • current PhD students’ experiences
  • Library Services
  • Edinburgh University Students Association
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years PhD HSS 1st Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 05-Feb-2020, 09:15 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years PhD HSS 1st Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 20-May-2020, 09:15 - 12:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Presenting with Ease (online)

Description

Whatever your discipline and whatever stage you are at, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important professional skill. This online workshop aims to teach you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals from any subject area who either have little or no previous lecturing experience, or those who wish to improve their presentation skills. 

After the session each participant will:

  • understand the importance of preparation
  • know how to design a presentation
  • be aware of the effective use of PowerPoint - less is more
  • how to deal with questions
  • be able to apply the seven Es to present with ease

 

 **This is an online workshop**

EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Research Integrity and Ethics Workshop

Description
Research integrity: what does it mean, why does it matter, and how might it be challenged? This workshop explores current understandings of good research practice, supports you in making informed choices based on the principles of research integrity, and considers how you can contribute to a culture of integrity within and beyond your discipline.
  
Aims  
This workshop is designed to:  
introduce core aspects of research integrity and ethics within the context of the research lifecycle, and enable reflection on your own research practice  
identify potential challenges to good research practice, and how you can support yourself as you navigate the changing research environment  
consider the consequences of and responses to breaches of research integrity for the individual and the academic community  
explore researcher responsibilities, and introduce strategies for contributing to a culture of integrity
After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1. a greater understanding of the principles and concepts of research integrity and ethics, and the relevance to your own role and the academic community more broadly

2. an appreciation of the types of challenges which may occur in your research environment, and the sources of support and guidance available

3. increased clarity as to your own responsibilities, and priorities, as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh

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

PGR Summer Writing Retreats

Description

These PGR summer writing retreats provide you with a quiet time and space to focus on your writing without the distractions of the office, emails and daily life. These sessions are NOT facilitated, and catering is NOT provided, it is simply a dedicated space and time to progress your writing projects. 

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:

  • You will get the most out of the time by planning in advance and coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you - Laptops are not provided
  • You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work
  • You can attend as many sessions as you wish
  • You can attend for the full day or half a day, but please make sure you book a place on each session
  • Catering is not provided - please bring your own refreshments with you

Please make sure you arrive on time. Latecomers will not be permitted to enter the session as this is disruptive to the rest of the group.

The sessions will follow the timetable below:

AM

09:30-10:15 - Writing

10:15-10:25 - Short Break

10:25-11:25 - Writing

11:25-11:35 - Short Break

11:35-12:25 – Writing

PM

13:30-14:15 - Writing

14:15-14:25 - Short Break

14:25-15:25 - Writing

15:25-15:35 - Short Break

15:35-16:25 - Writing

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

PGR Time Management (online)

Description

The conduct of research requires us to assume many roles — administrator, manager, technician, IT specialist, statistician, writer — all of which are often piled on top of other tasks, maybe even a whole other job. How can we manage this process effectively and bring a research project to a successful conclusion? With the clock ticking, we only have one choice and that is to get organised. However, that’s easier said than done, especially if you are new to research or you have many professional commitments. This workshop will teach the basics of effective time management and will apply these principles throughout in the context of an academic role.

 

After the workshop each participant will:

•understand the importance of time management

•know the principles of time management

•appreciate how to apply these principles to the different aspects your academic role

•be aware of the commonest pitfalls in research management and know how to avoid them

•have a working strategy for effective personal time management.

 **This is an online workshop**

EligibilityPGR students
Date Monday 24-Feb-2020, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PGR Writing Retreat

Description

The aim of a structured writing retreat is to use dedicated writing time to progress writing projects in a supportive, non-surveillance environment. Example projects include book chapters, journal articles, research proposals and reports.

Most of the time is used for writing, everyone in the same room, with brief scheduled discussions between writing slots often generating solutions to writing problems, developing drafts, leading to research-orientated conversations and providing feedback on writing in-progress.

A retreat works best when you focus exclusively on writing, defining specific goals you want to achieve i.e. sections of a paper/chapter, number of words, etc.  It is also valuable to be prepared to define and discuss content and structure for writing goals, allowing you to take stock of your achievements through the programme and discuss your writing-in-progress with mutual peer support.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an awareness of how to use time and space for productive writing;
  2. Develop an understanding of how to plan writing and generate solutions to writing problems.

This workshop relates to domains A1, B1, B2 and D2 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit: http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE 

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.19, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 23-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

This workshop 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 workshop 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 4th Year PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year
Date Thursday 30-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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PhD Thesis Workshop: Preparing to Submit and Defend Your Thesis (CMVM)

Description

This workshop is for 3rd year students and those about to start writing up. 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 workshop 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 MVM 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD MVM Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year
Date Tuesday 17-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue IGMM Lecture Theatre, Western General Hospital Western General
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EligibilityPhD MVM 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD MVM Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year
Date Thursday 07-May-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Auditorium B (GU216), Chancellor's Building, Royal Infirmary, Little France Little France
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

PhD Thesis Workshop: School of GeoSciences

Description

This workshop 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 workshop 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.

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

PhD Thesis Writing Workshop: School of Engineering

Description

This workshop 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 Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Description

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career.

This workshop will cover various situations that academics are faced with regularly with regards to verbal interaction. We will cover delivery of oral presentations, how to get the most from your poster session at a conference, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt for a variety of situations; how do you respond to difficult questions? How do you turn a conversation to your advantage? How do you effectively engage with senior academics?

Effective verbal delivery and engagement takes practice and this workshop will introduce participants to concepts and techniques that they can use to their advantage. It is a key component to a successful career, both within academia and beyond.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to: 

1. Identify and apply the different concepts and techniques for effective verbal communication in a variety of different situations

2. Understand how to get the most from a poster session at a conference and how to respond to difficult questions

3. Understand how to pitch your research and how to network effectively

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Plan Your Final Year

Description

The final year of PhD research can be difficult. Finishing research, thesis writing, viva preparations, job hunting – candidates have many different things to accomplish and balance. In this session, participants will be given practical tools and space to plan the time leading up to thesis submission and examination. Project planning concepts will be applied to personal situations and during this interactive workshop, participants will:

•explore essential steps for planning;

•identify the different goals and components of their final year;

•start a plan detailing important targets and milestones.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Thursday 27-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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Plan Your PhD

Description

Postgraduate researchers need to manage many different elements of their research in order to achieve success. This workshop will introduce participants to essential ideas for effective planning. During this interactive session participants will:

  • explore essential steps for project planning;
  • demonstrate understanding by applying these steps to their own research;
  • create a plan for accomplishing their research objectives.

This workshop is suitable for students in the first 12 months of their PhD

EligibilityPhD HSS 1st Years PhD SCE Physics 1st years PhD SCE Maths 1st years PhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Geosciences 1st years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years PhD SCE Chemistry 1st years PhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE 1st Years PhD MVM 1st Years PhD HSS Law First Year PhD HSS Divinity 1st Year PhD HSS Business School 1st Year
Date Tuesday 03-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.19, Paterson's Land Moray House
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Practical Project Management for Research Students

Description

This workshop 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 students.

This course relates to domains B1, B2, and C2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 20-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Prepare for Doctoral Success

Description

*This course is for first year PhD students*

Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online course for all doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Starting a doctorate is a very exciting time, but it can also be difficult to know where to start.

We hope this online course will help you settle in to your doctoral studies by sharing essential information, tips and advice, and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage.

Course structure, dates & time committment

Course dates: this course will run for four weeks from Monday 7th October 2019

Time committment: we estimate you should expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week reading the materials and engaging with the tasks and online forums. It will be run as an asynchronous course, which means you can look at the tasks and post in the forums at a time that suits you.

Structure:

  • Week 1: Getting to know you – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants.
  • Week 2: Starting out – the essential information and expectations.
  • Week 3: The first year – milestones, planning and skills development.
  • Week 4: Working with your supervisor – hints and tips, expectations and supervisor styles.

This course relates to domains A1, B2, and C2 of the RDF.

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Preparing for Conferences - Presenting your Poster: School of Biological Sciences

Description

A follow up to the previous poster design workshops.

In this workshop we will focus on how you pitch your poster using new 'elevator' and 'pecha kucha' techniques in verbal/visual communication.

We'll explore your capacity to listen and influence others and give you some personal advice/tips to improve your overall pitch at conference. 

With increasing numbers of posters being displayed and presented in these new ways. This is an ideal opportunity to be ready for any eventuality in the conference hall!

N.B. Please bring your poster with you to the workshop so that you can practice presenting with it. Draft format is fine and this can be in print (full size or A4) or on an electronic device.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Understand the importance of being able to ‘pitch’ your poster and practice some techniques 

2.Build on listening and influencing skills 

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

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Preparing for First Year Review - School of Chemistry

Description

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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of a first year review

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry 1st years
Date Thursday 19-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of a first year review

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

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Preparing for First Year Review: School of Engineering

Description

This workshop is for 1st year PhD students in the School of Engineering. Through a mixture of short presentations and group discussion this workshop will:

•Give 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 the opportunity 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of a first year review

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering 1st years
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Preparing for First Year Review: School of Informatics

Description

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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of a first year review

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years
Date Wednesday 18-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
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Preparing for First Year Review: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of a first year review

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Physics 1st years
Date Thursday 09-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Informatics

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 workshop 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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:1. identify practical strategies to prepare for the viva2. Identify common viva questions and outcomes and clarify what to expect on the day

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
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Presentation Skills Workshop: School of Engineering

Description

This interactive workshop will explore the skills to help you create short but dynamic and powerful presentations that inform and engage your future audiences. We'll start by looking at issues such as confidence and mindset before moving to design, layout, structure and creative engagement before finally moving to dealing with questions and audience interaction. By the end of this workshop you should leave with the creative confidence to move forward to presenting your work with great design, great timing and great interaction

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 19-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Presentation Skills: School of GeoSciences

Description

At every stage of your PhD being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important skill. This workshop, which mixes short interactive lectures, videos and discussion, teaches you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals from any discipline who have no previous presenting experience, and for those who wish to improve their skills.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the importance of preparation
  • know how to design a presentation – beginnings, middles and end
  • be aware of the effective use of PowerPoint – less is more
  • know how to deal with questions

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Increase your confidence in developing your professional presence and know how you might present more persuasively2. Understand the origin and purpose of nerves, and how you might address them prior to giving a presentation3. Be better able to have an impact on your audience 

This course relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF

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Presenting Your Poster: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

This workshop is for postgraduate researchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy who are preparing an academic poster for presentation at conference.

In this workshop we follow key communication skill guidelines to focus on layout and writing (text). Posters require us to change our academic writing habits and style. We need to write with clarity, conviction and PUNCH (all will be revealed). Finally we'll pitch our work to our peers.

This is a half day workshop run in an interactive and relaxed manner.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify techniques to successfully present a poster

This workshop relates to domains A1 and D2 of the RDF.

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Presenting with Ease - Delivering Presentations

Description

This workshop is an optional follow on from the Presentations with Ease - Presentations Techniques course. This half day workshop 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.

 

Pre-course tasks

You are asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation for the course (this can be on any topic that you like, including your research piece). Your presentation can take the form of a PowerPoint, Prezi presentation, or other presentation formats.  A data projector and computer (for presentations), overhead projector, and flipchart (stand and paper) will be available on the day of the course. Please bring the presentation with you on the day.

 

Pre- Requisites

To attend this workshop, you must have attended the theory session "Presenting with Ease  - Presentation Techniques"

 

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

  1. Practice delivering a pre-prepared presentation to an audience
EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 02-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.37, Paterson's Land Moray House
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EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 07-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 30-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Presenting with Ease - Presentation Techniques (CAHSS)

Description

Whatever your professional role and whatever stage you are at in your research, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important skill. This workshop, which mixes short interactive lectures, videos and discussion, teaches you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals who have no previous presenting experience, and for those who wish to improve their skills.

After attending this workshop each participant will:

• understand the importance of preparation

• know how to design a presentation

• be aware of the effective use of slides

• know how to deal with questions

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills, there is also an optional follow up workshop:

Presenting with Ease-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.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Monday 03-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Monday 23-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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Presenting with Ease - Presentation Techniques (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

Whatever your professional role and whatever stage you are at in your research, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important skill. This workshop, which mixes short interactive lectures, videos and discussion, teaches you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals who have no previous presenting experience, and for those who wish to improve their skills.

After attending this workshop each participant will:

• understand the importance of preparation

• know how to design a presentation

• be aware of the effective use of slides

• know how to deal with questions

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills, there is also an optional follow up workshop:

Presenting with Ease-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.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 7, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 04-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 24-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Presenting with Ease- A guide to giving Effective Presentations (CMVM MScR)

Description

This workshop is for Masters by Research students in CMVM

Whatever your professional role and whatever stage you are at in your research, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important skill. This one-day workshop, which mixes short interactive lectures, videos and discussion, teaches you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals who have no previous presenting experience, and for those who wish to improve their skills.  The workshop allows participants to deliver a five-minute presentation and to have this critiqued. You should prepare a 5 minute presentation on any topic of your choice — this could be about your work or any non-work related topic such as a hobby.  During the day you will be given the chance to deliver this to the class, in order to practice your skills and to receive constructive criticism.  

After attending this workshop each participant will:

•             understand the importance of preparation – avoiding distant elephants

•             know how to design a presentation – beginnings, middles and end

•             be aware of the effective use of slides – less is more

•             know how to deal with questions – side-stepping banana skins.

Please note this workshop replaces the 'Effective Presentations' Workshop

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

Please be aware that your school will be charged if you fail to attend this workshop.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC
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Proof Reading

Description

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This workshop looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the thesis is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session. 

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

Pre-course Work

In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.

Learning Outcomes:

1.Identify techniques to spot common grammatical errors

2.Confidently approach the stages of copy-editing and proof reading prior to thesis submission

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 19-May-2020, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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Realising the Benefits of Good Research Data Management (PGR)

Description

This in-depth workshop will provide researchers at all stages of their career with an accessible and practical guide to Research Data Management (RDM) and how it can benefit their research. It covers the entire research data life cycle from Data Management Planning through to Improving the Visibility and Impact of research data in order to increase a researcher’s profile. With practical hints and tips throughout this workshop is ideal for those just setting out on a career in research as well as anyone looking to update or refresh their skills.

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

1. recognize the importance of RDM and Data Management Planning

2. understand the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive data and how that will impact on their research and RDM

3. apply basic RDM skills to their daily research practices

4. ensure that their research data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR)

This workshop relates to Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact of the RDF

EligibilityPGR students
Date Friday 06-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 20-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Description

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisor
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify strategies for successfully working with your supervisor

2.Identify tools for effective time management

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Simply Assertive

Description

"Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you are."  Shakti Gawain

The aim of this workshop is to enable delegates to have a greater self confidence in difficult situations and feel able to express their opinion by:

  • Understanding differences between assertive, passive and aggressive behaviours
  • Feel confident to ask for what they want and express their opinion
  • Expressing their opinion clearly and with confidence

Those who are truly assertive believe not only in the validity of their own views and requests but also of the views and requests of others. Therefore this half-day session will focus on an exploration what an assertive attitude is and how it will influence behaviour. This will be achieved through a blend of case study and situation-based discussion to share knowledge and skills, tutor input, paired work and practise of assertive behaviours.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the differences between assertive, passive and aggressive behaviour

2.Build self-confidence when dealing with difficult situations

This course relates to domains B1 and D1 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 15-May-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Social media for impact: strategy, connecting and metrics

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for students who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media.

There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

We will explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with. What engages people? How can you attract attention? What should you post and what should you avoid? How should you manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement?

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points. 

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Speed Reading

Description

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

The workshop will cover:

Initial exercises to identify personal needs for rapid reading.  Reading and assimilating written material.  Techniques to increase speed of reading, comprehension and retention including dealing with complex and difficult material. A short introduction on how to maintain improved information selection, absorption, retention and recall.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify techniques to increase speed of reading, comprehension and retention

2.Identify your own personal needs for rapid reading

This course relates to domain A1 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 21-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 15-May-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Statistics Consultancy 1:1 Session

Description

This is an opportunity to discuss your research one-to-one with an experienced medical statistician during a 45 minute slot. Please bring along your queries about your study design or data.

Time Slot

Each student will be allocated a 45 minute slot.

Although you will be given a dedicated 45 minute time slot students who sign up to this session must ensure they keep the entire course duration free until we are able to confirm your time slot.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 11:30 - 12:15
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 MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 10:15
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 MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 10:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Jan-2020, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Jan-2020, 11:30 - 12:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 14-Jan-2020, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Feb-2020, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Feb-2020, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 10:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 11-Feb-2020, 11:30 - 12:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 10:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Mar-2020, 11:30 - 12:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Mar-2020, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Mar-2020, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2020, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2020, 11:30 - 12:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2020, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 12-May-2020, 09:30 - 10:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 09-Jun-2020, 12:15 - 13:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 09-Jun-2020, 11:30 - 12:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 09-Jun-2020, 09:30 - 10:15
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 09-Jun-2020, 10:15 - 11:00
Venue Room G.113b, Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place Central Area
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Storytelling Techniques for Effective Communication

Description

A hands-on introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective research communication. We will look at how to make a story engaging as well as at the variety of creative ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings. You will learn simple ways of working with story structure as well as techniques for telling. By the end of the session, you will have an outline of a story about your own research to share.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Friday 07-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Friday 13-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Structured Writing Retreat

Description

Join a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots are interspersed with short discussions and reflections. This format of working alongside – and sometimes in conversation with – others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems. You will get the most out of this retreat if you:

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don't use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

Please bring your laptop and power cable with you, these will not be provided.

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend this session in full

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

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Supervising Projects and Dissertations

Description

This workshop is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on supervising responsibilities. It discusses the students’ needs at different stages and the type of support you might provide, the boundaries to your responsibilities, recording and confidentiality issues, and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations.

You will get most out of this workshop if supervising students is an immediate concern for you this semester.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.18, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.18, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 15-Apr-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.19 Murchison House Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Support for self and others, in the PhD

Description

This workshop is taught by Toni Jenkins (SPS) and Harriet Harris (University Chaplain).

This is a workshop for PGR students thinking about emotional and mental health throughout their PhD, or who are looking to support others who may be struggling with their mental health. You will learn the skills and knowledge to support yourselves and others, and gain the confidence to start those all important conversations. The aim of the workshop is to give you the knowledge to understand some of the most prevalent difficulties we face as research students, be equipped with the tools to listen to yourself and others, and find routes to maintaining wellbeing.

EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 12-Dec-2019, 10:00 - 15:00
Venue Room 1.19, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Surviving the Confirmation Process: School of Geosciences

Description

This workshop 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the purpose and structure of the confirmation process

2. Identify practical steps to help prepare for the review

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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

Teaching Outside the Box: Using Creativity in your Teaching

Description

What is ‘creative teaching’? How is it different from other teaching? And how can you make use of creativity in your higher education classroom? This session gets serious about creativity in teaching. It offers an insight into some key themes in creative teaching and introduces and models a range of creative teaching possibilities. We will experiment with plasticine, paint and glue, offering support for developing your own ideas for creative teaching.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 18-Mar-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 1.18, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Team Building and Leadership Fundamentals

Description

Today's pioneering research is conducted collaboratively and the ability to work as part of a team is rapidly becoming a key to academic success. This short (half day) interactive workshop will help you understand what you contribute to and how to be part of an effective team. It will explore leadership and how you can inspire and motivate other members of a team and resolve conflict. You will learn skills that every team leader and aspiring leader should know.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify your own strengths and weaknesses when working in a team

2.Identify the components of a successful team

3.Identify strategies for successfully managing a team

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 14-May-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Description

We all want our writing to be well-structured – but what does that mean in practice? In this workshop we look at different aspects of organising a text. Topics include creating coherence; ordering sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into sections; using signposting to highlight connections and support transitions; and developing an argument.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Develop techniques for effective structure of text

2. Identify ways to develop a coherent argument 

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

Prerequisites

If possible, students should already have attended 'The Writing Process: Getting Started'

Pre-Course Work

Please bring printed copy of a short excerpt from your academic writing, eg the first few pages of a thesis chapter or a paper. Work in progress is fine. Please also bring a laptop if you have one

Eligibility

MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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The Flipped Text (WriteFest)

Description

Daphne Loads offers a workshop in which you will be guided through the process of creating a new text by ‘flipping’ an existing text. You will then explore that new text….by working with opposites. Let's see what happens!

Our aim is to show teachers, researchers, writers and students that by looking at texts in unusual ways, we gain insight into our own writing practice and develop innovative approaches to our work. We hope you will leave this workshop with a new perspective on teaching and learning, creative and academic writing and reading, communication more generally and the great, wild, wonderful, turning world.

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The Imposter Syndrome: Why successful people feel like frauds

Description

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat".

The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over commitment.

At the end of this session you will:

  • know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
  • realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings
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 26-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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The Writing Process: Getting Started (CAHSS)

Description

For many researchers, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to turn ideas and outcomes into text? How do you overcome that sense of overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify key steps to getting started with academic writing

2. Identify the process of developing a first draft

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

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 28-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

For many researchers, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to turn ideas and outcomes into text? How do you overcome that sense of overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify key steps to getting started with academic writing

2. Identify the process of developing a first draft

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

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 24-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Think Strategically and Respond Rapidly

Description

Research often moves very slowly, but sometimes we need to be able to move very quickly indeed. Last minute conference invitations, grant announcements and journal calls (amongst other demands) all require research teams to mobilize their resources and respond straight away. In this workshop we’ll examine how to respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. We’ll also examine how to write rapidly to a pre-specification and respond to policy consultations and other stakeholder requests.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify strategies to quickly respond to opportunities

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This is what I do ... and this is why it matters

Description

Can you capture in an engaging way what your research is about, ‘translating’ where necessary, so that your work makes sense to people who might not share your background? In this workshop you will get a chance to hone this skill. You will learn to articulate your research succinctly without dumbing it down or making it too technical. And in doing so you will clarify (to others (and perhaps to yourself as well) what it is that you do – and why it matters. 

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 02-Jun-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Three Minute Thesis - Competition Preparation Workshop

Description

In this interactive workshop we will focus on the creativity and personal innovation required to enter this extraordinary challenge. Three minutes to talk about your life’s work with only one visual slide for your audience. But the three-minute challenge is also an ideal preparation for interviews and networking when you are asked to describe your work to others, an invaluable skill.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to plan and execute your three-minute pitch with creativity, innovation and flair. We will explore techniques to prepare both mentally and physically for the competition and learn how to drive your presentation with questions and stories. Finally we will work on visual and real life objects that will add depth and power to your performance.

Who is it for?

PhD students who are thinking about taking part in the university’s three-minute thesis competition and anyone who wishes to develop this new communication skill.

RDF Domain, B1, B2 D1, D2 and D3

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 19-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Three Minute Thesis Information Session

Description

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international competition celebrating the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition requires contestants to condense their research into a three minute, one-slide presentation for a non-specialist audience.

This information session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the competition and how you can take part, and will cover:

  • What is the 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • Who is eligible to take part
  • Why should you take part
  • The rules and judging criteria
  • Competition structure
  • Training available
  • Q&A

There will also be an opportunity to hear from previous winners and finalists

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 14:00 - 15:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Top Tips for Writing Policy Briefs (Online)

Description

A policy brief is a concise summary of a particular issue, the policy options to deal with it, and some recommendations on the best option. These briefs are aimed at those who make decisions and often those who control budgets such as government policymakers and others who are interested in formulating or influencing policy.  Many academics will be required to write these briefs and just how well they are written may have significant consequences for the policy in question.

 

In this session, we will look at the challenges faced by policy brief writers, especially understanding your audience, using appropriate language and style and thinking about impact.

 

After this session each participant will:

•      know what a policy brief is, who it’s for and what it looks like

•      appreciate the challenges of writing for a non-technical reader

•      have simple strategies for writing effective policy briefs.

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Top Tips for Writing a Literature review (Online)

Description

Whether you are writing a Masters Dissertation, a PhD Thesis, a Grant Application or a Paper you will be required to produce a literature review.  This aspect of academic writing presents many problems to those new, and sometimes not so new, to the task.  Some mistakenly think that a simple, and often exhaustive, catalogue of past research is what is required.  But, or course, a good literature review is much more than that.  This session will guide the participants through a carefully plotted route, helping them to produce a winning strategy for writing their next literature review.

 

After the workshop each participant will:

•      understand the key elements of a good literature review and its purpose

•      be able to formulate a literature review writing plan

•      understand the use of different referencing systems

•      appreciate the need for editing and review of the written work.

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Top Tips for Writing an Abstract (Online)

Description

Writing a winning abstract is an essential academic skill, but it is not a straightforward task.  Good abstract writing requires a clear, cohesive and above all concise approach.  Anyone who is planning on preparing an abstract for submission to a conference or who is working on an abstract for a manuscript would benefit from this session.

 

Topics covered include:

•      the structure and main components of the abstract

•      strategies for writing an effective abstract

•      the conference abstract selection process and why abstracts are not accepted

EligibilityPGR students
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 12:30 - 13:30
Venue Online Off Campus
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Tutoring in the Sciences

Description

This workshop is for tutors who teach problem-solving tutorials in science courses, who are new or relatively new to teaching.

We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching tutorials. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 and catering) which relates directly to places reserved.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend (more than 3 events), or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD Tutors & Demonstrators events.

Please arrive on time and remain for the scheduled period of the workshop. Although we try to be as inclusive as possible in our workshops and recognise that Wednesday afternoons may not suit all schedules, we need to consider others on the event by minimising disruptions and ensuring that everyone gets the most out of attending.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 13:20 - 16:30
Venue Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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Viva Survivor

Description

The viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can accompany the sense of achievement at completing one's thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about how to prepare and what the viva will be like.

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submission who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva. In this session participants will:

  • learn realistic expectations for the PhD viva;
  • identify allies for their viva preparation;
  • explore practical strategies for preparation and the day of the viva;
  • discuss common viva questions.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify sources of support for viva preparation

2. Explore practical strategies to prepare yourself and your thesis

3. Identify common viva questions

This workshop is suitable for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students

EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Geosciences 3rd and 4th Year PhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD HSS 4th year PhD SCE 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room LG.09, David Hume Tower Central Area
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EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Geosciences 3rd and 4th Year PhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD HSS 4th year PhD SCE 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Friday 22-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Geosciences 3rd and 4th Year PhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD HSS 4th year PhD SCE 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Friday 28-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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Viva Survivor for CMVM

Description

This workshop is only open to PhD students in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine 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 workshop 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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to: 1. identify practical strategies to prepare for the viva 2. Identify common viva questions and outcomes and clarify what to expect on the day

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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Viva Survivor for 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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:1. identify practical strategies to prepare for the viva2. Identify common viva questions and outcomes and clarify what to expect on the day

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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Viva Survivor for School of Geosciences

Description

This workshop is only open to PhD students in the School of Geosciences 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

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:1. identify practical strategies to prepare for the viva2. Identify common viva questions and outcomes and clarify what to expect on the day

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop

Description

Are you ready to take your vocal and presentation skills to the next level?

Would you like to learn how to use your body and voice to deliver a clear, confident and compelling presentation?

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice and interesting and sustainable and how you can use your body effectively to engage your audience and reinforce your message.

If you feel you are not using your voice to its full potential, or you are concerned that it is not as strong or expressive as you would wish, this course will help you to improve.

We’ll cover:

  • Pace
  • Rhythm
  • Clarity of speech
  • Facial expression
  • Projection
  • Intonation

As part of the workshop, we will also look at how to use your body language to enhance your communication.

Please note that this workshop focuses on how you deliver rather than the content of your presentation or technical aids. It does not cover the use of PowerPoint slides, Prezi or similar.

Learning outcomes After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Warm up your voice and body effectively to develop and protect it
  2. Recognise opportunities to use your voice with greater clarity and range o expression
  3. Use vocal technique and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation
  4. Implement techniques to increase audience engagement and ensure your presentations have more impact
EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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Working with your Supervisor and your Supervisory Team

Description

The aim of this workshop is to assist you with thinking about Student / Supervisor relationships and to help you to explore how you could manage these relationships more effectively.

Topics covered will be:

•             Expectations from both parties

•             How to build, manage and maintain supervisory relationships

•             Difficulties and strategies for dealing with potential problems.

In this workshop we deal with your questions, concerns and expectations and provide you with a toolkit to help your understanding of the supervisory agenda.   Our aim will be to help you proactively manage your side of the engagement so as to potentially help to build a relationship that works well for both parties.

Much of the philosophy and many of the models and content in this workshop will be taken from the book:

“Enhancing the Doctoral Experience”  (Hutchinson, Lawrence and Filipovic-Carter 2014)

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 05-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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WriteFest 'Just Write'

Description

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption? Would you like to have dedicated time to focus on research writing that would otherwise be difficult to do?

The aim of this session is to create a place to write without the distractions of emails, the office and everyday life. This is not a facilitated session, the purpose of this session is to provide you with the space and time to progress your writing projects. To get the most out of the session you should come prepared, with an idea of the writing project you want to focus on. 

This workshop is open to both PGR students and academic staff. 

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1.   Appreciate the use of time and space for productive writing

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 and D2 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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WriteFest Writing Retreat

Description

Join a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots are interspersed with short discussions and reflections. This format of working alongside – and sometimes in conversation with – others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems.

You will get the most out of this retreat if you:

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don't use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

Please bring your laptop and power cable with you, these will not be provided.

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WriteFest Writing Retreat

Description

This retreat falls within the University Mental Health and Wellbeing Week and as part of this we’ll be leading an optional lunchtime walk. 

Join a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots are interspersed with short discussions and reflections. This format of working alongside – and sometimes in conversation with – others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems.

You will get the most out of this retreat if you:

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don't use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

Please bring your laptop and power cable with you, these will not be provided.

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Writing Abstracts

Description

Abstracts are small bits of texts that have a big impact. Come to this workshop if you want to learn how to write an abstract that will inform and engage the readers you want to reach. You will work on producing and editing an abstract, and experiment with ways of putting it together and making stylistic choices. We will also compare the role of abstracts with that of introductions and conclusions.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.identify the key components of an abstract

2.Identify the purpose and impact of an abstract

Pre course information:

Please bring thoughts, notes or a draft version of a piece of (your own) academic writing that you might want to develop an abstract for. Please also bring a laptop if you have one.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 02-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.37, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 24-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Writing Café

Description

What can speech bring to writing? Join us for a few experiments in thinking through writing at our sociable writing café (tea and coffee supplied).There will be individual and group writing activities interspersed with discussion.Create poetry by erasing words and rewrite academic abstracts for other audiences.Come prepared to reflect on your writing process and share with others in a friendly atmosphere.

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Writing Clinic

Description

Come to a writing clinic if you want to get individual feedback on your writing or any writing-related issues you struggle with. You will be asked to submit a piece of writing in advance. At the clinic, you a will get a one-to-one session with Mimo Caenepeel, who will offer constructive comments on your writing and/or advise on any concerns you may have about your writing.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Receive one to one feedback on writing

2. Get constructive suggestions for improving writing

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

Time Slot

Each student will be allocated a 30 minute slot.

Prerequisite

If possible, students should have attended 'The Writing Process: Getting Started' workshop

Pre-Course Work

If you sign up to this course, you will be assigned a 30-minute slot for writing feedback/support during the writing clinic. It's up to you how you decide to use that time; you can tailor it to your needs and priorities. The format that works best for most people is to submit a piece of writing in advance; this allows me to check through it beforehand and make the most of the time available. Work in progress is fine! I won't mark your writing or show it to anyone, so don't stress about it. What I will do is reflect back what I see as the strengths and weaknesses of your writing. I will focus on recurrent patterns rather than one-off instances.

Please note you can only attend this workshop once per academic year

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 12:00 - 12:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 11:00 - 11:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 10:00 - 10:30
Venue Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 11:30 - 12:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 10:00
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 10:30 - 11:00
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 10:30 - 11:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 11:30 - 12:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 12:00 - 12:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 10:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 10:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 09-Mar-2020, 11:00 - 11:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 12:00 - 12:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 11:30 - 12:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 11:00 - 11:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 10:30 - 11:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 10:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 10:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 11:00 - 11:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 12:00 - 12:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 10:30
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 10:30 - 11:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 10:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 30-Apr-2020, 11:30 - 12:00
Venue IAD Mezzanine Seminar Room, Outreach Centre Holyrood
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Writing Well: Language and Style

Description

This workshop focuses on stylistic aspects of writing. We will look at the mechanics of building sentences and analyse, by means of examples, what helps or hinders the reading process. We will also explore punctuation and how it supports clear thinking.

Learning outcomes - by the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify key aspects of good writing

2.Understand best practice for academic and creative writing

Pre course information:

Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop. Work in progress is fine.

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 03-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.01, Classroom 1, High School Yards Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 29-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Writing a Data Management Plan for your Research (PGR)

Description

At the end of this practical workshop you will have produced a first draft Data Management Plan (DMP) for your research project. You will understand the basic components of good DMP.

Workshop contents include:

  • What is Data Management Planning?
  • Why does it matter?
  • An introduction to DMPonline.
  • What data will be collected or created?
  • How will the data be documented and described?
  • How will the data be stored, backed-up and secured?
  • How will ethics and intellectual property be handled?
  • How, when, and where will data be preserved and shared?
  • Who is responsible and what will it cost?

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the necessity/benefits of producing a DMP.
  • Know how to register for and use DMPonline.
  • Have drafted a basic DMP that they can complete after the workshop.

Please Note: attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to write their DMP on either using DMPonline or the basic template the tutor will provide. It would also be helpful if they could bring their project outline to base their draft DMP on.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Friday 20-Mar-2020, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Literature Review (CAHSS)

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. But developing a review is a complex task that involves taking effective notes and shaping these into a coherent piece of writing that launches your research. This workshop offers practical ways of managing this process and beginning to develop a review.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

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

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have already attended 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

Pre-Course Work

Please bring printed copy of an article (by an author other than yourself) that you are familiar with and are planning to incorporate into your literature review.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 02-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Writing a Literature Review (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. But developing a review is a complex task that involves taking effective notes and shaping these into a coherent piece of writing that launches your research. This workshop offers practical ways of managing this process and beginning to develop a review.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

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

Prerequisite

If possible, students should have already attended 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

Pre-Course Work

Please bring printed copy of an article (by an author other than yourself) that you are familiar with and are planning to incorporate into your literature review.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 16-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Literature Review for CMVM

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. But developing a review is a complex task that involves taking effective notes and shaping these into a coherent piece of writing that launches your research. This workshop offers practical ways of managing this process and beginning to develop a review.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

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

Prerequisite

If possible, students should have already attended 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

Pre-Course Work

Please bring printed copy of an article (by an author other than yourself) that you are familiar with and are planning to incorporate into your literature review.

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Writing a Research Paper: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This workshop is for Biology, 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 biological 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.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the key elements of a good scientific research paper

2.Identify the key stages of producing a good paper

3.Identify the different types of journals in which to publish

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

Pre-course Work

Students should be familiar with common concepts in biological research, have experience in reading the primary literature, and have a minimum of 6 months laboratory experience.

Prerequisites

Workshop is open to all Ph.D. students working in Biological research.  Experience with Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Genetics is desirable, though not essential.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Tuesday 17-Mar-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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 workshop 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

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify the key elements of a good research paper

2. Identify the key stages of producing a good paper

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 14-Nov-2019, 09:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing an Informatics Research Paper

Description

This workshop is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students in the School of Informatics

This workshop describes the purpose and stages of writing research papers and getting them published.

Over the course of the afternoon, we will cover:

(1) Publishing research.

(2) Sorting out your ideas.

(3) The structure of publications.

(4) Writing and submitting papers.

(5) The refereeing process.

We will draw on specific examples, including personal anecdotes, as illustrations.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

(1) Identify the key elements of a good Informatics paper

(2) Identify the key stages in producing an Informatics paper

(3) Identify appropriate venues in which to publish

Pre-course work

Please note that you will be asked to write a 1000 (+/- 10) word summary of your research project. Print this summary and bring it to the course with you. It is essential that you do this or you will not be able to play a full role in the practical part of the course. (It's ok to re-use text from your existing writing.)

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 4.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This creative and innovative workshop is for PhD researchers who are preparing their academic poster for presentation at conference or seminars. In this workshop we explore key visual design and communication skill guidelines to focus on layout, visual impact and powerful writing (text).

Posters require us to change our communication approaches, writing habits and style. We will learn to write and design with clarity, conviction and impact by using design-thinking methods and understanding what does, and does not, work on a wall and on a PC.

The aim is to explore your untapped creative and personal communication strengths through a well-designed and beautifully communicated message on a poster: potentially your CV on a page!

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a good poster presentation

2. Identify your own strengths in communication and presentation

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

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster - CMVM

Description

This creative and innovative workshop is for PhD researchers who are preparing their academic poster for presentation at conference or seminars.

In this workshop we explore key visual design and communication skill guidelines to focus on layout, visual impact and powerful writing (text). Posters require us to change our communication approaches, writing habits and style. We will learn to write and design with clarity, conviction and impact by using design-thinking methods and understanding what does, and does not, work on a wall and on a PC.

The aim is to explore your untapped creative and personal communication strengths through a well-designed and beautifully communicated message on a poster: potentially your CV on a page!

There is an optional follow up workshop 'Presenting your Poster Pitch' which gives you the opportunity to practice presenting your poster.

This workshop replaces the previous 'preparing for conferences' workshop.

**Please note lunch is not provided for this workshop**

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

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster Workshop - College of Science and Engineering

Description

This creative and innovative workshop is for PhD researchers who are preparing their academic poster for presentation at conference or seminars. In this workshop we explore key visual design and communication skill guidelines to focus on layout, visual impact and powerful writing (text).

Posters require us to change our communication approaches, writing habits and style. We will learn to write and design with clarity, conviction and impact by using design-thinking methods and understanding what does, and does not, work on a wall and on a PC.

The aim is to explore your untapped creative and personal communication strengths through a well-designed and beautifully communicated message on a poster: potentially your CV on a page!

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a good poster presentation

2. Identify your own strengths in communication and presentation

EligibilityPhD SCE 1st Years PhD SCE Physics 2nd years PhD SCE Physics 1st years PhD SCE Physics All Years PhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years PhD SCE Geosciences 1st years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE GeoScience all years PhD SCE Engineering all years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years PhD SCE Chemistry all years PhD SCE Chemistry 1st years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD SCE All Years PhD SCE 3rd Years
Date Thursday 05-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD SCE 1st Years PhD SCE Physics 2nd years PhD SCE Physics 1st years PhD SCE Physics All Years PhD SCE Physics 3rd and 4th Years PhD SCE Geosciences 1st years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE GeoScience all years PhD SCE Engineering all years PhD SCE Engineering 1st years PhD SCE Chemistry all years PhD SCE Chemistry 1st years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD SCE All Years PhD SCE 3rd Years
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Writing for Publication

Description

Publications are central to the success of individuals and departments, but the route to getting your work published can be perplexing. This workshop aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages, providing information and pointers for each one. We will look at developing a publication strategy; checking whether research material is publishable; choosing a journal; preparing a manuscript; working with editors; and making the most of the review process.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Understand the stages of the publication process

2.Understand how to develop a publication strategy

3.Learn how to revise material for publication

Pre course information:

Please bring with you to the workshop some material that you are planning to develop into an article, such as draft paper, a thesis chapter or some notes

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 11-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 18-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Writing for Publication for CMVM

Description

Publications are central to the success of individuals and departments, but the route to getting your work published can be perplexing. This workshop aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages, providing information and pointers for each one. We will look at developing a publication strategy; checking whether research material is publishable; choosing a journal; preparing a manuscript; working with editors; and making the most of the review process.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Understand the stages of the publication process

2.Understand how to develop a publication strategy

3.Learn how to revise material for publication

Pre course information:

Please bring with you to the workshop some material that you are planning to develop into an article, such as draft paper, a thesis chapter or some notes

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

Writing freely: blogging about your research

Description

Blogging is turning into a popular format for communicating research processes and results to different audiences. It may seem straight forward compared to other academic writing platforms, but taking the leap into publishing blogposts can be daunting. If you would like to start blogging or blog more frequently, this workshop is for you. We will explore what blogging can add to your academic practice; how to use it to support your research; and what will get (and keep) your readers interested.

IMPORTANT. To attend this course, you must bring a laptop.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.01, Classroom 1, High School Yards Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 01-Jun-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Writing up Science - MScR CMVM

Description

This workshop is for Masters by Research students in the CMVM

This workshop will cover the key issues that you need to address when writing up science, for masters course assignments, research theses or academic papers.

Workshop content includes:

  • What readers, examiners and referees are looking for
  • Basic statistics and presenting quantitative data
  • Writing up a scientific research project (diagrams, style and structure)

Please be aware that your school will be charged if you fail to attend this workshop.

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years MScR MVM Veterinary Sciences All Years MScR MVM Medical Sciences All Years MScR MVM Life Sciences All Years MScR MVM Infectious Diseases All Years MScR MVM Genomics and Pathway Biology All Years MScR MVM Cardiovascular Biology All Years
Date Wednesday 19-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .