Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Open workshops

Booking: these events generally open for booking three weeks 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 which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via MyEd. Go to MyEd > News and Events > Training and event booking > 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.

(PGT) Critical (Reading, Writing, Thinking!)

Description

What does your supervisor mean when they tell you that your writing is ‘too descriptive’ or ‘not critical enough’? Are you supposed to criticise published work by more senior authors? In this workshop, we address these questions by exploring ‘critical reading’ in theory and practice: what it means, how to read critically, and how to develop a scholarly mindset.

This interactive workshop is open to all PGT students and is not discipline-specific. You will be invited to engage and respond via the chat function, and encouraged to ask questions.

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

(PGT) Dissertation Planning

Description

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are about to start, or have started their dissertation or research project.

A dissertation is a key part of a Masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation, including top tips to set you up to complete in time.

Discussion and questions are warmly welcomed and encouraged during this workshop.

This workshop will not cover

  • Referencing
  • Subject or discipline specifics
  • Project or dissertation specifics
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 04-Jun-2024, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 20-Jun-2024, 13:10 - 14:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Toolkit - Editing

Description

This is the final in the Dissertation Toolkit series. This online workshop will be most beneficial for those students who have already begun to draft their dissertation. It will be all about the close work – or what writers like to call line-by-line editing. (This is not necessarily something to leave until you’ve finished writing – you can edit while you’re drafting). The session will be structured around the three Cs – clarity, conciseness, coherence – as benchmarks for constructing strong sentences and flowing paragraphs. Techniques for managing your word count will also be addressed.

This workshop is the final in a series of three. However, you don’t need to have attended the previous Dissertation Toolkit workshops to benefit from this session.

The workshop will not be discipline specific – the techniques will apply broadly to students of both the sciences and humanities.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 17-Jun-2024, 14:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 17-Jun-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Toolkit - Structure and Focus

Description

This is the first in the Dissertation Toolkit online workshops. To benefit from this session, you should already be reading for your dissertation. You might have begun to plan or draft.

We’ll outline several ways to structure your dissertation. There will also be techniques to help focus your work after you start writing.  Participants can use the session to produce a working plan or to impose a structure on work already done. You might also use it to reconsider or re-work an existing plan. During the session, we will look at writing an abstract and how this can help you to focus your writing as your project develops. Come along to the workshop with your research question/statement.

This workshop is the first in a series of three. However, you don’t need to attend all of the workshops to benefit from this session.

The workshop will not be discipline specific – the techniques will apply broadly to students of both the sciences and humanities.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 03-Jun-2024, 14:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 03-Jun-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Dissertation Toolkit - Techniques for Writing

Description

This is the second in the series of the Dissertation Toolkit online workshops. It is aimed at students who are already reading for their dissertation and who have perhaps begun to draft.

This workshop will present some ways of getting started and finding the ‘voice’ of your dissertation. It will include generative techniques – useful for anyone struggling with the blank page or stuck on a particular section of their dissertation. The techniques – including freewriting, effective paraphrasing and producing strong topic sentences – can help you to keep your focus or get you started again if you’ve slowed down halfway through.

This is the second in a series of three workshops. However, you don’t need to attend all of them to benefit from this session.

The workshop will not be discipline specific – the techniques will apply broadly to students of both the sciences and humanities.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 10-Jun-2024, 14:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 10-Jun-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Dissertation Writing

Description

Writing your dissertation can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to get started and really easy to put off! But no-one else can write your dissertation but you…

So how can you start, and maintain, writing your dissertation?

This online, friendly and interactive session will give you strategies:

  • Thinking about writing
  • Planning your writing and,
  • Actually starting writing your dissertation.

Discussion and questions are warmly welcomed and encouraged during this workshop.

This workshop will not cover

  • Referencing
  • Formatting or software
  • Subject or discipline specifics
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 04-Jun-2024, 11:30 - 12:20
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 20-Jun-2024, 14:30 - 15:20
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Writing Bootcamp: Part 1 - Writing strategies

Description

Are you currently writing your dissertation? Or are you struggling to make a real start? Maybe you’ve already started but have run out of steam? The Dissertation Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and space to focus on writing by introducing writing techniques, strategies and tips, followed by a dedicated writing session. 

Writing strategies

This bitesize session will focus on preparing and planning for your writing. A dissertation is a considerable piece of work and takes time and effort. Therefore knowing what you need to do and how you are going to do it will give you a good start and help you keep on track.

We will look at things you should think about when planning your writing and some writing strategies, and then introduce the goal setting and writing session.

Writing session

To get the most from the writing session please make sure you have something specific you want to work on, doing any necessary reading or planning beforehand. You will be asked this as part of the booking process to help you focus. It’s ok if you have to change this by the time the session happens.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 03-Jul-2024, 15:10 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 03-Jul-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Writing Bootcamp: Part 2 - Beating writer's block

Description

Are you currently writing your dissertation? Or are you struggling to make a real start? Maybe you’ve already started but have run out of steam? The Dissertation Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and space to focus on writing by introducing writing techniques, strategies and tips, followed by a dedicated writing session. 

Beating writer’s block

Have you ever found yourself seemingly writing for hours but the page is still blank? This bitesize session will focus on why some of us struggle with writer’s block and look at some practical tips for overcoming and working around it. (Spoiler alert… it involves writing!). We’ll then introduce the goal setting and writing session.

Writing session

To get the most from the writing session please make sure you have something specific you want to work on, doing any necessary reading or planning beforehand. You will be asked this as part of the booking process to help you focus. It’s ok if you have to change this by the time the session happens.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 10-Jul-2024, 15:10 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 10-Jul-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Writing Bootcamp: Part 3 - Being your own proof-reader

Description

Are you currently writing your dissertation? Or are you struggling to make a real start? Maybe you’ve already started but have run out of steam? The Dissertation Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and space to focus on writing by introducing writing techniques, strategies and tips, followed by a dedicated writing session. 

Being your own proof-reader

Most people get a complete draft of their writing together before proof-reading it. But given the size of a dissertation this can be too late. And most of us don’t proof-read effectively as we’ve never really been taught how to do it. This bitesize session will look at the difference between proof-reading and editing and introduce some effective strategies for proof-reading. We’ll then introduce the goal setting and writing session.

Writing session

To get the most from the writing session please make sure you have something specific you want to work on, doing any necessary reading or planning beforehand. You will be asked this as part of the booking process to help you focus. It’s ok if you have to change this by the time the session happens.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 17-Jul-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 17-Jul-2024, 15:10 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Writing Bootcamp: Part 4 - Being your own editor

Description

Are you currently writing your dissertation? Or are you struggling to make a real start? Maybe you’ve already started but have run out of steam? The Dissertation Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and space to focus on writing by introducing writing techniques, strategies and tips, followed by a dedicated writing session.

Being your own editor

Most people tend to think that once they’ve got a full draft together, the hard work is done. It just needs to be proof-read and then submitted. But writing is the easy part, it’s just throwing words on a page... the real work comes in re-crafting and refining those words, honing your argument. All writing, especially a dissertation, will benefit from proper editing where you step into the marker’s shoes. This bitesize session will look at the difference between proof-reading and editing and introduce some effective strategies for editing. We’ll then introduce the goal setting and writing session.

Writing session

To get the most from the writing session please make sure you have something specific you want to work on, doing any necessary reading or planning beforehand. You will be asked this as part of the booking process to help you focus. It’s ok if you have to change this by the time the session happens.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 24-Jul-2024, 15:10 - 17:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 24-Jul-2024, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation: Practical Proofreading

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students. 

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.

This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process.  It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work. 

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 12-Jun-2024, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 08-Jul-2024, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 22-Jul-2024, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertations for Publications

Description

Want more from your dissertation? Think about a publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get the most out of it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. And it doesn’t have to be just journal articles!

This online interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation.

This workshop does not include

  • Referencing and formatting
  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

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

(PGT) Dissertations: Revisiting Your Structure

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.  

This session will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Feedback on individual pieces of work
  • Proof-reading or editing of individual pieces of work

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Tuesday 02-Jul-2024, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Tuesday 16-Jul-2024, 15:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Find Your Masters Dissertation Genius

Description

For many students, the masters dissertation is the first major piece of work where they have to use professional knowledge working skills to self-manage, design, write and present. This interactive workshop will focus on the key skills of small project design, managing your research and writing, building in time for flow and reflection, and finally how to set realistic and inspirational goals for the dissertation journey. You will end the workshop with key action points to keep you on track and motivated.

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

(PGT) Mini Writing Bootcamp

Description

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your assignments or dissertation? Or trying to write for publication? Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have create some time to practise them? 

The aim of the ‘writing bootcamp’ is to facilitate a time for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life. 

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a writing session.  No distractions, just writing. 

Thinking of signing up? You’ll need to do any necessary preparation before attending the mini writing bootcamp (guidance will be sent out prior to the session). 

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the session in full. 

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 05-Jun-2024, 14:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 05-Jun-2024, 09:00 - 10:50
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Research Question Design through Visual Thinking

Description

This highly interactive workshop is open to all PGT students and is not discipline specific – the techniques can be applied in any subject.

Participants will be required to actively engage with the session (via the chat function if held online), and are encouraged to ask questions.

Research questions are critical to conducting research, yet the process of crafting questions has not advanced. This workshop takes research question design to a new level by combining principles of visual thinking, urban design, academic research, and critical enquiry. Bring your dissertation research topic and get ready to approach research question design in a radically new way!

This workshop will cover:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Fundamentals of Asking Questions
  • The Four (Visual) Qualities of Urban Design
  • Sample Research Topic and Application of Method
  • Design Your Own Research Question Step by Step

Please have your research question (or draft version) to hand to use during the workshop.

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

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

Description

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.  

This session will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Feedback on individual pieces of work
  • Proof-reading or editing of individual pieces of work

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 29-May-2024, 11:10 - 12:00
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Searching Research Literature

Description

This session is delivered using a blend of presentation, demonstration and hands-on practice to help participants understand the information research process and develop good practice in literature searching.

Participants are encouraged to follow along using their own device as presenters demonstrate online search strategies and techniques.

Learning objectives – as a result of this session you will:

  • Develop an understanding of how the Library's print and electronic information resources are organised
  • Be able to identify, select and use library resources appropriate to your research or study
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as using Boolean search operators
  • Be aware of how to manage search results.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 29-May-2024, 10:10 - 11:30
Venue Online (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

Learning outcomes are tailored to fit your aims and queries submitted when you register, but sessions in the past have covered:

  • Why use EndNote (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
  • Adding records to EndNote
    • Manually
    • Exporting from literature databases
    • Creating citations in Word from EndNote
      • Inserting citations and reference lists
      • Changing the formats of citations and reference lists
      • Added value – managing your literature sources
        • Attachments to records
        • Adding your research notes
        • Alternatives to EndNote

EndNote is installed on all on-campus open access computers (like the Library) but you can get your own copy of EndNote desktop version via the UoE Licence https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/software/main-software-deals/endnote    Comparison chart of EndNote and other bibliographic management software options http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/BiblioManagersTable.pdf

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

(UG, PGT and PGR) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Zotero

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.

Learning outcomes are tailored to fit your aims and queries submitted when you register, but sessions in the past have covered:

  • Why use Zotero? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Overview: browser, web and standalone options
    • Registration & installation
    • Intalling plugins
  • Adding records
    • Manually
    • Importing pdfs and using watched folders
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word
    • Inserting citations and reference lists into Word
    • Changing the formats of citations and reference lists
  • Added value
    • Searching records & attached files
    • Adding your research notes
    • Organising into collections, sharing with groups, using tags
  • Zotero: comparative strengths & weaknesses

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1. Sign up for a Zotero account https://www.zotero.org/user/register/

2. Download Zotero: https://www.zotero.org/download/

 3. Follow these video tutorials for getting started https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

 4. Try to use Zotero before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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