Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Open workshops

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.

(PGT - Online) 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 1 hour, online interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation. It is open to online and on-campus students.

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 16-May-2019, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT - Online) Getting Started Writing Your Dissertation

Description

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

Getting started 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 do you start, and maintain, writing your dissertation?

This online interactive session will give you practical strategies for thinking about writing, planning your writing and actually starting to write your dissertation.

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or 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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 15-Apr-2019, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT - Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation

Description

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

A dissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encourage to ask questions and raise issues.

This session will not cover:

  • 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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 03-Apr-2019, 12:10 - 13:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT - Online) Proof Reading

Description

You will be expected to produce significant pieces of academic writing for your Masters e.g. reports, essays and your dissertation! They are a major investment of time and effort, so it is worth spending time polishing it by properly proofreading and editing.

This interactive online session will introduce useful tips and strategies to help you incorporate effective proof-reading and editing into your writing process.

This session will not cover:

  • 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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 11-Jul-2019, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT - Online) 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.  

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Tuesday 16-Jul-2019, 15:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT - Online) Top 10 Tips for Delivering your project

Description

All successful projects need to be actively managed.  This is true of writing a dissertation, planning a research project, gaining employment or even cooking a meal for friends.  In this online lecture we will look at how we should approach a project, plan it and execute it.  Along the way we will look at the commonest mistakes people make as well as a number of tips that will help us bring our project to a successful completion.

After the session each participant will:

•        be able to define the different component parts of a project•        understand the common challenges that arise when managing a project•        be familiar with simple project management tools and techniques•        be able to put these into practice

 

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 - Online) Top 10 Tips for Getting Published

Description

Whether we like it or not, in modern academia we are judged by how much we publish and where it is published. Thus, all academics strive to get their work  accepted in the highest impact journals. However, this takes work and often requires persistence. In this online presentation, Allan Gaw, who has been an academic for over 30 years and who has published extensively, will give you his top tips for success.  

After the presentation, the attendees will:

• be aware of the importance of choosing the right journal

• understand the need to follow the instructions to authors

• know how to structure an academic paper

• appreciate the peer review process

• know how to respond to, and when to challenge, a review

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 01-May-2019, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT - Online) Top 10 Tips for Writing a Literature Review

Description

Whether you are writing a Masters Dissertation, a PhD Thesis, a Grant Application or a Paper you will be required to produce a literature review. This aspect of academic writing presents many problems to those new, and sometimes not so new, to the task.  Some mistakenly think that a simple, and often exhaustive, catalogue of past research is what is required.  But, or course, a good literature review is much more than that.  This online presentation will guide the participants through a carefully plotted route, helping them to produce a winning strategy for writing their next literature review.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the key elements of a good literature review and its purpose
  • be able to formulate a literature review writing plan
  • possess the necessary critical skills to summarise & synthesise literature
  • appreciate the need for editing and review of the written work.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 29-May-2019, 19:00 - 20:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT and UG - Online) Managing Your Exams: Effective Revision Techniques

Description

When it comes to effective revision, what works and what doesn’t? This online workshop will focus on revision techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective and how you can use and adapt your current habits to incorporate them.  

This session is informal, friendly and includes discussion in a supportive atmosphere.  You are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

This workshop will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific examination formats
  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

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

(PGT and UG - Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

Description

This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The session will focus on issues raised by participants and so could cover, for example, exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practicing your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

This session is suitable for any taught postgraduate student who wants to improve their exam technique.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years UG
Date Wednesday 17-Apr-2019, 15:10 - 16:00
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Creative Problem Solving

Description

Despite what you might believe, there is no great secret to creativity. All it requires is a brain and some techniques. You bring your brain, and I'll provide the techniques. I don't promise you'll be composing sonnets by the end of the session, but you will leave with some clear approaches to being more creative in your work.

 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 02-Apr-2019, 09:00 - 12:00
Venue Room 3.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Critical Thinking and the Art of Asking Questions

Description

Jonas Salk, the scientist whose team discovered one of the first successful polio vaccines, once said: "What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” We ask questions constantly to learn about the people and the world around us. We also ask questions in the initial stages of our research. Yet where do we learn our questioning skills?

This highly engaging session will focus on deconstructing and reconstructing the way you think about asking questions with the ultimate aim of being able to approach your research in a whole new way including revisiting your question.

The format of this session includes video clips, tutor input, pairs and group exercises, and an infographic to help you take your research topic and hypothesis and craft your research question using principles of design thinking, urban design, investigative reporting, and academic research.

By the end of the session, you will

  • Understand the optimum questioning mindset
  • Have learned the Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Discovered the secret to creating compelling question sequences
  • Thought about your research question in a whole new way

Pre-course Work

Please bring a dissertation/research topic to the session

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 02-May-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Room 1.21, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

Pre-course Work:  Please bring printed copy of a short academic article that is relevant to your research interests.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 02-Apr-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 21-May-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.21, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Masterclass

Description

This is a half-day workshop for students who are already reading for their dissertation and who have perhaps begun to plan or draft. The focus will be on honing your research question, getting to the heart of what your thesis is about, planning your structure and starting to write. The workshop will be highly interactive, offering creative ways to get started and tips to maintain focus. Techniques for managing your word count will also be addressed. Participants will use the session to produce a working plan and an abstract.

You will be asked to submit your research question or a paragraph about what your dissertation will be about by 23rd May

EligibilityPGT
Date Thursday 30-May-2019, 09:00 - 12:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityPGT
Date Thursday 30-May-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

Description

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.

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; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

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

 

This workshop will not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice
  • English Language advice

 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 28-Mar-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 30-May-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Thursday 13-Jun-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

Description

Wanting more than just a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from 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. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This friendly, interactive session will look at options of where and how you can publish your dissertation.

This session will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
  • Referencing
  • Proofreading and editing

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 30-Apr-2019, 13:10 - 15:00
Venue Sydney Smith, Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Teviot Place Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

Description

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts. 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Monday 20-May-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Room 1.21, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) How to Plan, Run and Complete Your Project

Description

A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to research projects and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • be able to define the different component parts of a research project
  • understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
  • be familiar with project management tools and techniques
  • be able to put these into practice
  • understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 04-Apr-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Room 2.12, Appleton Tower Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Influencing Skills and Leading

Description

As our careers grow and develop we can often find ourselves in positions where we have a great deal of responsibility and perhaps not too much authority.   This is where our ability to Lead and Influence becomes paramount. 

These elements come naturally to some, but they are just rules in a game that can be learned and assertively applied. 

This session will focus on building an understanding of how to effectively influence people around us.   We’ll also consider a few basic elements of how to lead in an authentic way – and not simply rely on a badge that says ‘in charge’.

This will be achieved through a blend of situation-based discussion, tutor input, paired work and real-life problem solving.

By the end of the session, participants will

  • Have built a toolkit of influence skills and techniques.
  • Understand how to assertively influence with confidence.
  • Establish some rules and tools for leading, influencing and dealing with challenging individuals.

 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 01-Apr-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Room 2.3, Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

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.

Pre-Course Work:

Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 28-May-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Just Write Sessions

Description

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?

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

We’ve organised a space and time (over 2.5hrs) for you to write in a focused way, with a member of staff to facilitate the writing sessions (and to ensure that everyone abides by the rules).

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

-       You will get most out of the time by coming prepared to write (e.g. do any necessary reading beforehand)

-       Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you

Schedule

09.15-09.30 - Arrival/ Set-up

09.30-10.15 - Writing

10.15-10.25 - Short Break

10.25-11.25 - Writing

11.25-11.35 - Short Break

11.35-12.25 - Writing 

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

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students
Date Tuesday 09-Jul-2019, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue Room G.05, 50 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students
Date Wednesday 24-Jul-2019, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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 space to practise them?

The aim of the ‘writing bootcamp’ is to facilitate a time and place 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 2-and-a-half-hour writing session. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

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

• If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets. 

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

 

Cancelling

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 04-Jun-2019, 09:00 - 13:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Networking for your Project

Description

Do you need to start making some connections with people who might help you with your research project and who will be interested in your findings? You might also be thinking about networking for your future career. This interactive workshop will help you develop a strategy for networking with your stakeholders and provide some hints and tips for effective networking. Students should come prepared to talk about why they would like to build connections.

EligibilityPGT
Date Wednesday 01-May-2019, 13:10 - 15:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Practical Proofreading and Editing

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. 

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 12-Jun-2019, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 2.3, Lister Building Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 10-Jul-2019, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue 4.1 Lister Building Lister Learning and Teaching Centre Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Proof Reading

Description

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session. 

Pre-course Work

In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Monday 24-Jun-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room G.05, 50 George Square Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. 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. 

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work:  Participants are asked to print out and bring along a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

What does this workshop not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific referencing, formatting, or advice.
  • English Language advice.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Wednesday 29-May-2019, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Teaching Room 07, Old College Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 04-Jul-2019, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Room 1.21, Paterson's Land Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies - Dissertations

Description

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and develop good practice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop  an understanding of how information resources provided by the Library and beyond, both printed and electronic, are organised and their major features
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as by using Boolean search operators
  • Develop the ability to manage search results and citation styles with the help of a bibliographic management software such as EndNote

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityPGT MScT All Colleges All Years
Date Thursday 25-Apr-2019, 09:00 - 12:00
Venue Room G6 Thomson's Land,(Computer Room) Holyrood Moray House
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Speed Reading

Description

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

Course Objectives

The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading.  The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.

We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:

  • Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
  • Speed  - Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
  • Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
  • Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.

Pre- coursework

There will a small amount of pre- coursework sent to you around two weeks before the course.  This will not take long and is nothing that you should not naturally be doing anyway.

This workshop does not include:

  • Subject or discipline-specific advice
  • English Language advice
EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 02-Apr-2019, 13:10 - 16:00
Venue Room 3.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

(PGT) The Art and Craft of Editing

Description

Editing can feel like the hardest part of writing a thesis – some dread it, others complain it’s dull. But it’s a skill and it can be incredibly productive, as any professional writer will affirm. This half-day workshop will explore the difference between editing and writing, it will examine the different kinds of editing. There will be an emphasis on writing as a craft and how practical editorial skills can contribute to the process.

Participants will be asked to submit a sample (no more than two double-spaced pages) of their own writing for the tutor to read in advance of the workshop. You will also be required to bring a hard copy to edit during the session.

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

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

Description

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for 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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Tuesday 14-May-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room 1.16, Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

Description

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue. 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.

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.

 

 Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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 (eg photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT
Date Wednesday 24-Apr-2019, 10:00 - 13:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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(PGT, PGR and UG - Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote Web

Description

This session is open to all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Learners who would like to get help or advice for using the web-based version of Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. Please note that this session is focussed on the web-based version of EndNote and will not cover the desktop version.

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

  • Why use EndNote web? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Registration
    • Downloading plugins
  • Adding records to EndNote web
    • Manually
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word from EndNote web
    • 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 web

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1. register for the web version of EndNote using your UoE identity, so you get additional server space and referencing styles: http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/EndNote_Web_registration.pdf

2. follow this online tutorial for getting started with the web-based version of Endnote:  https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/HowTowiki/Using+EndNote+Online+to+Manage+your+References

3. Try to use EndNote web before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students UG
Date Thursday 09-May-2019, 09:00 - 09:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

(PGT, PGR and UG - Online) Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Learners who would like to get help or advice for using Mendeley 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 Mendeley? (or any bibliographic manager)
  • Getting started
    • Overview: web and desktop components
    • Registration & downloading Mendeley desktop
    • Intalling plugins
  • Adding records to Mendeley
    • Manually
    • Importing pdfs and using watched folders
    • Exporting from literature databases
  • Creating citations in Word from Mendeley
    • 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
    • Folders and Groups
    • Finding & merging duplicate records
    • Mendeley’s File Organiser
  • Mendeley: comparative strengths & weaknesses

 *Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

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

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Friday 17-May-2019, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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

Description

This session is intended for all UG, PGT and PGR 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 both the Firefox plugin and the standalone client: 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.

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.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at the earliest opportunity and at least 3 working 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.

EligibilityMScT All Colleges All Years PGT PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers UG
Date Thursday 23-May-2019, 10:00 - 10:50
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.