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 (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
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? 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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPhD SCE Informatics All Years
Date Friday 20-Apr-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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.

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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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