Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development


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.

Academic Communication Skills for International Students Workshop (SCE&MVM)


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.

Making the transition to masters study


This workshop will provide insights into what distinguishes masters study and introduce you to the skills you'll be expected to develop.

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PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event


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

The Project Room, 50 George Square

Central Area

Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Presentation Skills: School of GeoSciences


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

EligibilityPhD SCE GeoScience all years PhD SCE GeoSciences 2nd and 3rd years PhD SCE Geosciences 1st years
Date Friday 06-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 1501 JCMB (King's Buildings) Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (CSCE&CMVM)


This workshop is designed to equipt participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. The content of the workshop 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 workshop 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 20-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325B James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Presenting your Poster Pitch: School of Engineering, Chemistry and Geosciences


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.

Research, Researchers and Media - A Hands On Approach to Communicating Your Research


*This is a 3 day course. This workshop will run on Thursday 19th April and Friday 20th April from 9.30am – 5.30pm in St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, 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 St Leonards Hall, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Social media for impact: strategy, connecting & metrics


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. 

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

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster: School of Chemistry


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 Room 5327, James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
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