Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Research planning

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.

Beating Writer's Block (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

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

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 15-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4312, James Clark Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Beginners Guide to Imaging for CMVM, CAHSS and CSCE Students

Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

-       Psychology & Cognitive Science – understanding tools & techniques

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

-       Engineering, Physics & Chemistry

-       Veterinary Science & Bioscience

-       Medical & Biomedical Science students

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

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 PhD Research, Veterinary Medicine

Description

This half day 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.

Through a mixture of presentations and case studies this course 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.

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

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

Description

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

Pre course information:

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

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

1. Identify and apply the strategies for effective editing

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

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

EligibilityPhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G69, Joseph Black Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

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

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

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

2. Recognise different linguistic and stylistic choices 

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

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

Prerequisites

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

Pre-course Work

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

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD MVM Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year
Date Tuesday 17-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue IGMM Lecture Theatre, Western General Hospital Western General
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPhD MVM 3rd Year PhD MVM medicine 2nd year 3rd year PhD MVM Royal Dick Vet School 2nd and 3rd Year
Date Thursday 07-May-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Auditorium B (GU216), Chancellor's Building, Royal Infirmary, Little France Little France
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

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

1. Identify key steps to getting started with academic writing

2. Identify the process of developing a first draft

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

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 24-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 7, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Writing a Literature Review (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

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

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

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

Prerequisite

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

Pre-Course Work

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

EligibilityMScR MVM All Years PhD SCE All Years PhD MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 16-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Classroom 7, Hudson Beare Building Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.