Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

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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 Thursday 01-Mar-2018, 14:00 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPGR students
Date Wednesday 28-Mar-2018, 14:00 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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'Just Present' Presentation Peer Practice Session

Description

This session will provide you with an opportunity to practice delivering a presentation and 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, 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.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 23-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

'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, 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 work

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 Monday 13-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane 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 Thursday 07-Dec-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 08-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
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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 19-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 21-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 16-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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 27-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 08-May-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Academic Communication Skills Workshop (CAHSS)

Description

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 Workshop (SCE&MVM)

Description

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 Writing Peer Review

Description

The Academic Writing Peer Review workshop is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.

If you are offered a place on the peer review workshop, you will be required to submit an extract (approximately 1000 words) from your academic writing two weeks in advance. All submissions will be circulated, anonymously and in strict confidence, to other course participants.

If your writing is discussed during the session– something which depends on the number of submissions – your text will be approached as a ‘mimimal viable product’ rather than a finished piece. Feedback will focus on the strengths of your writing as well as any writing patterns that may inhibit clarity or make your writing less effective. 

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and critically reflect on the strengths of their writing and any writing patterns that make their writing less effective

2.Reflect on how feedback is offered and received, and how this impacts on the development of writing and other communication skills

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the ‘minimal viable product’ approach and how this method can be used to improve academic writing

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 21-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Academic writer - creative writer

Description

Academic writers and creative writers sometimes appear to be at opposite ends of a long spectrum. Do skills and techniques employed by fiction writers have any relevance for academic writing? Could writing creatively, even occasionally, enrich your academic work (as well as your life)? In this workshop we explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through short writing exercises that initially take us outside the realm of academic writing, and eventually back into it.

Pre-course Information

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

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Advising on Personal & 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

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 15-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 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 21-Mar-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

An Introduction to Academic Publishing: From Writing to Ranking

Description

In this workshop, Publishers from Elsevier will host a session covering: best practice on how to write scholarly articles; how to identify the right journal for your paper and common pitfalls to avoid when submitting your work. We will also be exploring why and how journal and research quality is measured. We will consider the origins, features and drawbacks of the Impact Factor as well as looking at the H-Index, SCImago Journal Rank and several other metrics. This will be an open and informative session, aimed at those looking to publish their first paper and/or who are interested in the numbers associated with academic publishing, how they work and how they can affect a researcher's career.

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

1. Understand what is meant by best practice when writing articles for publication and what the common pitfalls are when submitting work to a journal for publication

2. Understand how to identify appropriate journals for submission

3. Explain how journal and research quality is measured and be aware of the different metrics used within academic publishing.

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

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 Friday 27-Oct-2017, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 4.22, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 02-Mar-2018, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
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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 comment on students' work.

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. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 25-Oct-2017, 13:30 - 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 21-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
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 with marking responsibilities, particularly those involved in science courses.

It focuses on marking and commenting on essays and laboratory reports. 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 comment on students' work.

You will get most out of this workshop if you are already teaching and are familiar with the type of work you will be marking. Before signing up, please check for any sessions running in your School which may be mandatory. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 07-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC 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 01-Nov-2017, 11:30 - 17:00
Venue Lab G20 (Mechanical Engineering Teaching Labs), 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 typically not only affects planning but well-being and motivation as well.  In this workshop, we’ll look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice.

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 HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 06-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 12:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 14-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Beating Writer's Block (SCE&MVM)

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 typically not only affects planning but well-being and motivation as well.  In this workshop, we’ll look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice.

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 13-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G69, Joseph Black 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 Monday 12-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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? 16th October 2017– and it is FREE!

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.

Communications Toolkit for a Public Audience

Description

This workshop is ideal for researchers who are new to engaging members of the public with their research. It is an interactive session which 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 Postgraduate Researchers
Date Thursday 09-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Conference and Event Organising

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for staff and 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.

This course is for postgraduate students and staff who are interested in holding events related to their research. The content of this course 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

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

Creating Effective Collaboration

Description

Collaboration is a skillset with great benefits for postgraduate researchers, both in researching for their PhD and beyond. This highly interactive workshop is an opportunity for participants to reflect on their strengths, determine what they want and develop a constructive approach to current and future collaborations. In particular, participants will:

  • recognise their greatest strengths and skills as collaborators;
  • explore practically what makes collaborations work;
  • identify their own collaboration goals.

This is an interactive session: participants will be expected to work in pairs and small groups, and share their ideas with the workshop.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 27-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 course will allow participants to bring along their own real problems and explore them from a number of new angles.

The course 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

 

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 22-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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 All Research Staff All Academic Staff PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 09-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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.

EligibilityPHD HSS Business School 3rd year PhD HSS Business School 1st Year PhD HSS Business School 2nd Years
Date Wednesday 28-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Designing & 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.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Off Campus
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 Friday 02-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Developing Your Personal Presence and Contacts

Description

This 2-hour participative session will help develop your self-awareness of how you come across to others and enhance your skills in developing professional contacts. The session will include:

  • Presenting yourself positively
  • Understanding the impact of your non-verbal behaviour on others
  • Realising that first impressions DO matter
  • Adapting to different situations

This course relates to domains B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, and D3 of the RDF.

Pre-Course Work 

Please think back to the last conference or important meeting you attended and reflect on the number of new contacts you made and how you achieved this.

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Developing a Writing and Publishing Strategy in the Internet Age

Description

Researchers need to operate within networks, to disseminate their ideas, findings and critical insights. The Internet has expanded the spectrum of outlets, as well as publication and peer review processes. It has also introduced new modes of research, including those identified under the heading of the digital humanities.

In this workshop we examine and hone skills in researching, writing, editing and reviewing your own work and that of others. It’s a case of strategic planning. What’s the best outlet for each stage in the development of your research, and how can you get the most out of your research and writing? The workshop will be run by Richard Coyne, the author of several books with MIT Press, Addison Wesley and Routledge, and with experience in co-authorship ofscientific journal articles as well as texts with a cultural bent, both on and off line. Two of his students used their PhDs as the basis of books with mainstream publishers.

Pre course information:

Please bring a short (200-300 words) text explaining your research, suitable for publication on the web, for discussion in the session.

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

1. Understand how the internet has expanded the range of outlets for academic writing, publication and peer review processes.

2. Identify new modes of research made possible by the internet, including those under the heading of the digital humanities.

3. Understand what the best outlet is for each stage in the development of research and be able to develop strategies for making use of the internet to get the most out of research and writing. 

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

Dialogue: Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures!

Description

*This is a two day workshop running on the 29th and 30th November 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 Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC TBC
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Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence (online session)

Description

If I Googled you, what would I find?

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

The session will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence e.g. in relation to employability, research impact etc.
  • Provide advice on managing social media profiles e.g. privacy settings
  • Highlight the guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council; Law Society etc.
  • Tips for creating a clear and effective message/brand for your online presence
  • 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.

What is your digital footprint? It’s the data you leave behind when you go online. It’s what you’ve said, what others have said about you, where you’ve been, images you’re tagged in, personal information, social media profiles and much more. Further information and other workshop details can be found www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint

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.

EligibilityAll students All staff
Date Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Off Campus
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence for research & 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.

Doctoral Student Experience Discussion Group

Description

The University has recently embarked on a comprehensive Programme of work looking into the student experience for postgraduate researchers at the University. http://edin.ac/2pFy7zo  This aims to map current experience and provision, to identify and share good practice and to identify gaps and suggested enhancements. It focuses on three areas: supervisor training and support, mentorship and wellbeing and personal and professional development record.

As current doctoral students (at any stage) you are invited to take part in these discussions, and help shape proposals and future work on the doctoral student experience. All information shared in these groups will be fully anonymised in any reports.

Coffee and tea will be provided. 

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry all years
Date Friday 09-Feb-2018, 10:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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.

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 Thursday 29-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online Off Campus
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Effective Presentation Skills - School of Biological Sciences

Description

A short, 3 hour intensive workshop on top presentation tips for a dynamic and effective presentation. This workshop will look at rarely visited areas such as 'deep design', 3 part drama (structure), introvert and extrovert openings, Graphic heaven and hell and personal presence and the art of rhetoric/persuasion. Your Facilitator: Iain Davidson. Iain is an experienced teacher-trainer and has worked for companies such as Glaxo-Smithkline Pharmaceuticals, VickersMeadBBDO Advertising, The Czech Management Centre in Prague, The Rambers Association and many universities throughout Scotland and Ireland."

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years
Date Thursday 09-Nov-2017, 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 .

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.  

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 24-Jan-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
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 08-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 11-May-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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End of First Stage Review and Confirmation of PhD Registration: School of Social and Political Science

Description

This workshop is aimed at First Year PhD student's, or Masters by Research student's who are considering a PhD, in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Preparing for The End of First Year Review is a major milestone in the PhD. All PhD students need to pass the review before their registration is confirmed. At this workshop we will: learn what is involved in the review, what you need to put in your proposal, and how to prepare for the day. Staff from the Graduate School will be there to offer advice and answer questions.

This workshop aims to help demystify the First Year Review process, by providing you with a clear understanding of the purpose and structure of the review, and to get you thinking at an early stage about what you need to do and why. The course will be delivered through a mixture of short presentations and group work and will cover the following topics:

* The purpose and structure of the review process* Feedback from supervisors on what makes a good thesis proposal and presentation together with common mistakes to avoid.* Practical and realistic tips on how to prepare for it.* Small group discussions and activities to encourage you to start preparing your thesis proposal and presentation.

* Talk to PhD Students who have been through the review

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

1. Understand the purpose and structure of the first year annual progression review process

2. Identify the elements of a successful review paper and presentation 

3. Recognise the common mistakes students make and understand how to avoid them

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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 Tuesday 14-Nov-2017, 10:30 - 12:30
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff PGT All Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 31-Jan-2018, 10:30 - 12:30
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn 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.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 14-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Finding Academic Literature - Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies

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.

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

Finding Academic Literature - College of Science and Engineering

Description

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

There will be an opportunity for hands-on practise. If you would like to bring your laptop/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 Wednesday 01-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room 1.08, Main Library Central Area
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 Tuesday 21-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room 3212, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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. There will be an opportunity for hands-on practice.  The course 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 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 

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

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 post graduate research study.

The workshop explores key data management topics including day-to-day data management, data management planning, back-up and security, encryption, metadata and documentation, data sharing and preservation, and dealing with ethical issues around collecting and processing personal and confidential data. 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.

 

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

EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 23-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPGR students
Date Friday 09-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 19-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPGR students
Date Tuesday 26-Jun-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Thursday 16-Nov-2017, 15:00 - 16:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (CAHSS)

Description

Skilful editing will transform a draft and turn a good piece of writing into an excellent one. This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of good writing – such as clarity, conciseness and flow – and analyse, by means of written examples, how these qualities are realised linguistically. Working with a draft text, 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.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 19-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (SCE&MVM)

Description

Skilful editing will transform a draft and turn a good piece of writing into an excellent one. This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of good writing – such as clarity, conciseness and flow – and analyse, by means of written examples, how these qualities are realised linguistically. Working with a draft text, 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 Tuesday 31-Oct-2017, 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 MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 26-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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 now 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 2018.

Pre-Requisites:

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

•Postgraduate researchers should have previously attended the two day course ‘Public engagement beyond public lectures!’. This is not a requirements for other researchers.  However, …

•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 Thursday 22-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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:

19th and 20th October 2017

16th and 17th November 2017

22nd and 23rd February 2018

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 16-Nov-2017, 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 22-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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.

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

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 PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year MScR SCE Informatics
Date Wednesday 15-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics 1st Years PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year MScR SCE Informatics
Date Wednesday 28-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

IntroAP: Information Session

Description

Information about the Introduction to Academic Practice (HEA-accredited course for T&Ds).

This is an information session about a six month course for experienced T&Ds which is accredited by the HEA at Associate Fellowship. In the session, we discuss the course outcomes, course completion requirements, eligibility for participating in it, what is involved and whether this is the right course for you. Detailed information about this course is available at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/cpd/intro-ap

If you would like to know more about this course but cannot make this session and cannot find the information on the above website, please email IAD.tutdem@ed.ac.uk.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Friday 03-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Thursday 26-Oct-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Classroom 10, Alrick Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 31-Jan-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 1

Description

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors’ backgrounds in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and will try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points, as well as more general interaction with the course team. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered in the 5 weeks:

  1. An introduction to the course and VLE
  2. Basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis
  3. Some basic concepts in probability
  4. Confidence intervals
  5. Hypothesis testing

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

The course runs for 5 weeks. A Level 2 course will run in the second half of Semester 1 and 2 to describe a number of additional topics and methods of analysis to enhance participants’ knowledge of, and confidence with, statistical methods.

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

1. Describe and apply the basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis.

2. Identify and apply basic concepts in probability

3. Define and construct confidence intervals and be able to apply hypothesis testing appropriately

Enquiries regarding course content should be sent to the course organiser at Niall.Anderson@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers MScR SCE All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR MVM All Years MScT All Colleges All Years PGR students
Date Monday 29-Jan-2018, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists - Level 2

Description

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will build on the material covered in the Level 1 course to describe a number of useful principles and methods of analysis that are commonly needed for Masters or PhD research projects.  Participants should either have completed Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1 or be familiar with the basic ideas of the statistical approach, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and so on.

It is aimed mainly at student undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors background in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points, as well as more general interaction with the course team. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered in the 5 weeks:

  1. Study design – randomisation and blocking
  2. Study design – power calculations
  3. Correlation and simple linear regression
  4. One and Two-way analysis of variance models
  5. Method comparison/ reproducibility studies

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

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

1. Define randomisation, blocking and power calculations and be able to apply to study design

2. Define correlation and simple linear regression 

3. Carry out one and two-way analysis of variance

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 06-Nov-2017, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 05-Mar-2018, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue LEARN Online Course via Learn Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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 direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a 'hands-on' workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

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

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 06-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (SCE&MVM)

Description

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a 'hands-on' workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

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 31-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

MScR Project Planning and Ethics (MVM)

Description

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
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 Friday 10-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 1, 7 Bristo Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Managing Your PhD: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This course 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.

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 1st Years
Date Wednesday 25-Oct-2017, 13:00 - 16:30
Venue Classroom 4, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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. The short, interactive course will be delivered through a mixture of short presentations and group work and there will be an opportunity to get advice and information from a variety of experienced researchers, supervisors and PhD students.

Topics covered include:

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

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

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 most jobs and being a researcher is no different.   This workshop is designed to help you take control of your research and support you in the successful completion of your PhD and future research projects.

This 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 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 successful2. Develop a plan for the whole research project including project time-lines, budgets and plans to manage project risks3.Identify when things are not going to plan, and what action to take to solve this

This course relates to domains A1, A3, B2, C2, and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 04-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 05-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD MVM All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 17-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Managing Your Work, Yourself and Your Goals

Description

Managing Your Work, Yourself and Your Goals for Flow, Depth and a Healthy, Productive Life

Delivered in a half day workshop, this is a highly interactive exploration of how important and personal our daily working practices, time management and goal setting can be to help us achieve our life and career goals.

We’ll explore themes such as:

·               Personal preferences, personality and their importance

·               Building a resilient and workable work pattern

·               Time management tips that work and those that don’t

·               The power of habit and routine to motivation

·               How to take control of our well-being and performance

·               Why work doesn’t always happen at work

We might also be looking at goals, diaries and schedules!

The workshop tutor, Iain Davidson, works with many different people to help them improve their personal habits, effectiveness and working preferences for the challenges of the knowledge working society and economy.

This workshop will challenge the way you think about traditional time management and goal setting models as well as the future of our working practices and lives.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.21 Paterson's Land Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 06-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
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 PhD HSS All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 07-Nov-2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityMScR SCE All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 07-Feb-2018, 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 PhD HSS All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Thursday 05-Apr-2018, 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.

Mapping Your Mind

Description

This course will provide you with a small toolkit of techniques that you can apply to help you to manage the piles of information, papers, letters and articles that clutter your desk and mind. It will help you to make notes quickly and in a way that your mind may process more readily. After the course, if you practice and use the techniques, you may improve your recall of information, improve your note-m/taking and enhance your creativity.

During the workshop you will:

  • Understand how using tools such as mindmaps relate to the way your mind deals with information . Examine how note-taking can restrict your ability to process information . Learn how to use graphical and mapping techniques that can aid your creativity and research

This course relates to domain A1 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 Tuesday 24-Oct-2017, 13:30 - 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 .

Networking Skills Workshop for Research Students: School of Law

Description

Eligibility: This course is for 2nd Year and above PhD students in the School of Law

The networking skills workshop is aimed at second year 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.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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
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 Thursday 09-Nov-2017, 13:00 - 16:30
Venue

The Project Room, 50 George Square

Central Area

Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
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 Thursday 01-Feb-2018, 09:15 - 13:00
Venue

The Project Room, 50 George Square

Central Area

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 23-May-2018, 09:15 - 13:00
Venue

The Project Room, 50 George Square

Central Area

Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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

•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

•Laptops are not provided

 

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 Friday 03-Nov-2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 15-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

This 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 course will:

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD SCE Biology 4th Year PhD SCE Biology 3rd Year
Date Tuesday 30-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PhD Thesis Workshop - School of Informatics

Description

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses.Through formal presentations and group discussion this course will:

  • provide advice and information on how to write a thesis and prepare for the examination process.
  • Give detailed information about administrative aspects of thesis preparation, submission and examination.

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

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

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

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 Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year PhD MVM 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year
Date Tuesday 13-Mar-2018, 14:00 - 17:00
Venue Seminar Room 1, Medical Education Centre Western General
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PhD Thesis Workshop: School of GeoSciences

Description

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. It will be taught by senior academic staff in your school who have a great deal of experience supervising and examining PhD theses, together with staff from the College Office. Through formal presentations and group discussion this course will:* Provide advice and information on how to write a thesis and prepare for the examination process.* Give detailed information about administrative aspects of thesis preparation, submission and examination.It also provides an invaluable opportunity to meet and get to know other PhD students at the same stage as you.

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

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Friday 02-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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 14-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

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

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 26-Oct-2017, 09:30 - 13:30
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 MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Thursday 08-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Wednesday 25-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Preparation of Your PhD Proposal for 1st 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.

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

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 9th October 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Preparing for First Year Review: School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

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

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

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 Biology 1st Years
Date Thursday 17-May-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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:

•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 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 Thursday 29-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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 19-Apr-2018, 14:00 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Biological Sciences

Description

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

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

 We will discuss:

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

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

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

Preparing for the Viva: School of Geosciences

Description

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

 We will discuss:

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

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

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

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 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

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Friday 20-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Friday 20-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Preparing for the Viva: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

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

We will discuss

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

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 dayThe course relaties to domains A and B of the RDF

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

Presentation Skills Workshop: School of Law

Description

This workshop will cover: what makes a good presentation, effective public speaking skills, and how to use powerpoint effectively when giving a presentation.

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 

EligibilityLAW ALL PhD HSS Law First Year PhD HSS Law 2nd Year & Above PhD Law All Years
Date Thursday 25-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Presentation Skills: 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

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

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

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

Presenting Made Easy - Delivering Presentations

Description

This workshop is an optional follow on from the Presentations Made Easy - 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.

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

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 course, you must have attended the theory session "Presenting Made Easy  - 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 

EligibilityPhD SCE All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD MVM All Years
Date Monday 13-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 26-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD SCE All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD MVM All Years
Date Friday 23-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (CAHSS)

Description

This workshop is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. The content of the course addresses specific needs identified by the participants through their completed pre-questionnaires.

Topics covered includes:

  • Confident and engaging delivery
  • Dealing with stage-fright (controlling nerves)
  • Body language
  • Structure
  • Coping with Q and A
  • Enjoy Presenting

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills, the course is structured as follows:

  • First half day covers techniques and skills
  • Second half day (Presenting Made Easy-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.

 We aim to dispel the fear many people feel when being faced with speaking in public.

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:1. Identify techniques to deal with nerves and stage fright2. Equip you with skills to deliver a successful presentation

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

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 06-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 22-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 19-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE&MVM)

Description

The course is designed to equipt participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. The content of the course addresses specific needs identified by the participants through their completed pre-questionnaires.

Topics covered includes:

  • Confident and engaging delivery
  • Dealing with stage-fright (controlling nerves)
  • Body language
  • Structure
  • Coping with Q and A
  • Enjoy Presenting

To enable participants to maximise the benefits of these new skills , the course is structured as follows:

  • First half day covers techniques and skills
  • Second half day (Presenting Made Easy-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.

We aim to dispel the fear  many people feel when being faced with speaking in public.

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful."

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:1. Identify techniques to deal with nerves and stage fright2. Equip you with skills to deliver a successful presentation

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

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 07-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Teaching Studio 1206c, JCMB Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 23-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years
Date Tuesday 20-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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.

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

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 course, aims to teach you the basic rules of giving presentations. This course 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 •know how to deal with questions •be able to apply the seven Es to present with ease.

 **This is an online workshop**

EligibilityPGR students
Date Friday 03-Nov-2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPGR students
Date Thursday 15-Mar-2018, 12:00 - 13:00
Venue Online Off Campus
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Presenting with Ease- A guide to giving Effective Presentations (CMVM MScR)

Description

Whatever your professional role and whatever stage you are at, 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.

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**

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 27-Oct-2017, 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 .
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years
Date Friday 17-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityMScR MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 24-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Presenting your Poster Pitch: School of Engineering, Chemistry and Geosciences

Description

A follow up to the Writing and Designing Your Academic Poster workshop.

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 conferences.

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.

Please bring your poster (or a draft copy) to the workshop with you. 

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 

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

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 Friday 10-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Friday 09-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 09-May-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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Research, Researchers and Media - A Hands On Approach to Communicating Your Research

Description

*This is a 3 day course. This workshop will run on Thursday 19th April and Friday 20th April from 9.30am – 5.30pm in B1.11-1 Outreach Centre, and on Saturday 21st April from approximately 10am – 1pm at the BBC Studios in Glasgow. Participation is required for the full duration of the workshop and transportation is not provided to the BBC studios in Glasgow.*

The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway.

Aims and Objectives:

• to give a first hand insight into how the media works

• to practise media techniques like interviewing, scriptwriting and editing

• to acquire a renewed, savvy attitude to the media and wider engagement

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

1. To identify and engage with media techniques such as interviewing, scriptwriting and editing  

2. To identify the various ways in which those in the research community engage with the public

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

*Attendance of the full course is required*

 Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.

Further Information

Please note that transportation will not be provided to the BBC Studios in Glasgow, participants will need to make their own way there.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers MVM All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff PhD SCE and MVM All years Researchers HSS Academic Reseachers CAHSS Researchers SCE Researchers MVM Academic Researchers SCE
Date Thursday 19-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 17:30
Venue Room B1.11-1, Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road Holyrood
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Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies (CAHSS)

Description

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

The workshop is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and developing Good practice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the workshop are:

  • Develop an understanding of information resources printed and electronic 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 syntax, search operators, search limits, and menu driven search platforms.
  • Develop the ability to use appropriate referencing systems for subject area and cite bibliographic references correctly. This will include hands-on training and experience of some of the IT tools that are available to help manage bibliographies (e.g. EndNote)

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

1.Develop skills in effective literature searching

2. Develop the ability to use appropriate referencing systems for subject area and cite bibliographic references correctly.This workshop relates to domains A1 and C1 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Wednesday 22-Nov-2017, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room EW.10 Argyle House Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Wednesday 24-Jan-2018, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room EW.10 Argyle House Central Area
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EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS 1st Years
Date Thursday 08-Mar-2018, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room EW.10 Argyle House Central Area
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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 28-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:00
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 Tuesday 21-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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 Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 11-May-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Social media for impact: strategy, connecting & 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. 

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 01-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.27, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 Tuesday 24-Oct-2017, 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 All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 21-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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 Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Friday 11-May-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane 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 Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 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 .
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 Thursday 30-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Friday 26-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Friday 23-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Friday 23-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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Storytelling Techniques for Effective Communication

Description

This workshop is an introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective communication about research. It is ideal if you want to find a way to make your talks more engaging. It is suitable for both informal talks (e.g. chatting at drop-in sessions) and formal presentations.

We will look at what makes a story engaging (for example, anecdote) as well as at the variety of ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings.  You will learn simple ways of working with story structure and techniques for telling.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Friday 01-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Structured Writing Retreat

Description

Course Description

Come to 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 will be interspersed with short discussions and reflections. The retreat 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**

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 27-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 24-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 11-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Supervising Projects & 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.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 14-Mar-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Surviving the Confirmation Process: School of Geosciences

Description

This course 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

EligibilityPhD SCE Geosciences 1st years
Date Thursday 01-Feb-2018, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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, glitter and glue, offering support for developing your own ideas for creative teaching.

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 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 04-Apr-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Holyrood
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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 Wednesday 25-Oct-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Description

Description

We all want our writing to be coherent and well-structured – but what does that mean in practice? This workshop focuses on what makes a text ‘hang together’ in a way that makes sense to your reader. Workshop topics include ensuring focus and unity; ordering sentences and paragraphs; signposting to support logic and smooth transitions; and developing a coherent 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 Monday 29-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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 MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 28-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:00
Venue TBC TBC
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The Writing Process: Getting Started (CAHSS)

Description

For many researchers, starting to draft is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome that sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for when and how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

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.

EligibilityPhD HSS All Years MScR HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 23-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE&CMVM)

Description

For many researchers, starting to draft is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome that sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for when and how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

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 05-Feb-2018, 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

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 25-Oct-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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

Description

Can you capture in an engaging way what your research is about?  Can you convey your enthusiasm for your research, ‘translating’ where necessary, so that it makes sense to others who might not share your background? Being able to do this is not so much a talent as a skill, and in this workshop you will get a chance to practise this skill and hone it. You will learn to sketch and articulate your research succinctly, engaging your listener without dumbing down or getting too technical. And in doing so you will clarify (to others and perhaps also to yourself) 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 06-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Three Minute Thesis - Competition Preparation

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 HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 14-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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EligibilityPhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years
Date Wednesday 21-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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 Friday 24-Nov-2017, 10:00 - 11:30
Venue Room G07, Informatics Forum, Crichton Street Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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. 

EligibilityAll staff All PGs
Date Wednesday 24-Jan-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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:

  • identify sources of support for their viva preparation;
  • explore practical strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis;
  • 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

EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Tuesday 14-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room G.37, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Wednesday 15-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD HSS 3rd Year PhD SCE Informatics 2nd Year PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Biology 2nd Years PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD HSS 2nd Year PhD SCE 3rd Years PhD MVM 3rd Year
Date Wednesday 28-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop

Description

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice interesting and sustainable. 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 look at:

•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, Prezis or similar.

By the end of 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 of expression

3.Use vocal techniques and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation

Pre requisites

Please bring a 5-10 minute prepared speech or presentation on any topic to deliver on the day.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Thursday 01-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Writing Abstracts

Description

Abstracts are an important academic ‘micro-genre’: they serve to attract the interest of an article’s potential readership, and to engage and focus its actual readers. In this workshop we will be scrutinising abstracts, taking abstracts apart and putting abstracts together. We will consider the function of abstracts; their typical components and structure; abstract-related conventions in different disciplines; and the stylistic conventions associated with abstracts. We will also compare the function 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 20-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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 13-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing Clinic

Description

Sign up for a writing clinic if you would like individual feedback on your writing or if you struggle with particular writing issues.

Writing clinics enable researchers to get one-to-one feedback that focuses on their writing habits and challenges. You will be asked to submit a piece of writing in advance and book a slot, during which you can discuss any writing-related problems you may have, and/or get constructive suggestions for improving your writing. (25 minutes per student).

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.

Although you will be given a dedicated 30 minute time slot students who sign up to this course must ensure they keep the entire course duration free (3 hours) until we are able to confirm your time 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 25-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 Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue 01M.469, Teaching Room 12, Doorway 3, Medical School Central Area
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 Monday 11-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Tuesday 27-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
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Writing Well: Language and Style

Description

This workshop focuses on stylistic aspects of writing and the way these make a text more elegant or more pleasurable to read. We will identify key aspects of good writing- such as economy and flow - and analyse, by means of examples, how these qualities are reaslised linguistically. We will also consider stylistic advice from authorities in the areas of both academic and creative writing, and put principles into practice through a range of exercises.

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 Monday 30-Oct-2017, 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 MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years
Date Monday 05-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
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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. Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable 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 23-Oct-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScR HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 27-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Literature Review (SCE&MVM)

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD, because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable 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 Tuesday 20-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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 Wednesday 21-Mar-2018, 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 02-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 6, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
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Writing an Informatics Research Paper

Description

This course is for Informatics, 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 Informatics 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 paper

2.Identify the key stages in producing a scientific paper

3. Identify appropriate journals 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 course relates to domains A1, A2, A3 and D2 of the RDF.

EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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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

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.

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

Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters: School of 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! 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.

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE Engineering all years
Date Thursday 08-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters: School of Geosciences

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

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**

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years
Date Wednesday 07-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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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**

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers PhD MVM All Years PGR students
Date Wednesday 14-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing and Designing your Academic Poster: School of Chemistry

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

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**

EligibilityPhD SCE Chemistry all years
Date Wednesday 18-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
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Writing for Publication

Description

Publications are central to the success of departments as well as the careers of individuals, but getting your work published can be daunting, challenging and even perplexing. This workshop aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages and providing information and tips for each step. We will look at developing a publication strategy; revising material into a publishable article; targeting 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

EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 12-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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EligibilityPGR students All Postgraduate Researchers PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Wednesday 28-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing up Science - MScR CMVM

Description

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)
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 Tuesday 30-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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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 28-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
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