Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Communication

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 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 Friday 19-Jan-2018, 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 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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
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-Jun-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.

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 01-Feb-2018, 09:15 - 13:00
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 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.

Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE&MVM)

Description

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 23-Jan-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3211, James Clerk Maxwell Building 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 20-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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. 

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

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 05-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.