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.

Beating Writer's Block (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

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

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

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

EligibilityPhD SCE and MVM All years MScR MVM All Years MScR SCE All Years
Date Monday 02-Nov-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
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.

Finding Academic Literature (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

There will be an opportunity for hands-on practice. If you would like to bring your laptop/device with you, please do.

  • Search skills and why you need them
  • Literature databases and cited reference searching
  • Getting the full-text
  • Journal impact factors
  • Keeping up to date
  • Alerts and/or saved searches
  • Brief Introduction to Reference management software

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

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

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

2. Understand and demonstrate ability to use reference management software

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

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

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 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 06-Oct-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to do an Informatics PhD

Description

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

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

Pre course work:

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

If you are a SICSA member and not matriculated at the University of Edinburgh you will need to register for an EASEfriend account before completing the booking form: https://www.ease.ed.ac.uk/userdocs/friend.html

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

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

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

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

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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 Tuesday 20-Oct-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

PhD Thesis Workshop: School of GeoSciences

Description

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

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

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

PhD Thesis Writing Workshop: School of Engineering

Description

This workshop will cover the process and regulations surrounding thesis writing, submission, examination and final approval.  It will cover both the rules, deadlines and regulations governing the examination for and award of a PhD and will offer guidance and discussion of the process from the student/supervisor perspective.  Thesis-writing is a very individual process, even within a College or School, but there are guidelines and general advice that are relatively generic.

 The aim is to de-mystify the thesis-writing process and to equip the course participants with a set of conceptual and attitudinal tools to make that process maximally effective and efficient.

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

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.

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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.

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

Surviving the Confirmation Process: School of Geosciences

Description

This workshop is for 1st year PhD students in the School of GeoSciences. The first year progress review and confirmation process is a key milestone in your PhD studies and this course is a great opportunity to start preparing for it. Through a mix of presentations, and small group discussions led by second year PhD researchers, this workshop will:

  • Explain the purpose and structure of the PhD confirmation process
  • Outline what makes a good confirmation report and presentation
  • Suggest common mistakes to avoid 
  • Provide advice and tips on how best to prepare and what to expect

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

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

1.Identify the purpose and structure of the confirmation process

2. Identify practical steps to help prepare for the review

This course relates to domains A and B of the RDF

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

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 28-Sep-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
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Writing a Literature Review (CSCE and CMVM)

Description

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

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

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

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

Prerequisite

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

Pre-Course Work

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

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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.

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

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.

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