Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Courses & events

Professional development workshops for academic research staff. These workshops are free to all academic research staff.

The researcher development workshops and courses have been organised in different ways:

  • A-Z list: contains all the workshops in alphabetical order, with full workshop info.
  • At-a-glance: lists workshop names and dates this month and next, in date order.
  • Researcher Development Framework (RDF): workshops mapped to the national framework for researcher skills.

Please be aware that each grouping contains the same workshops overall, just presented in different ways.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Institute for Academic Development office is currently closed to in-person events and enquirers. We are still working remotely, and will continue to run online events and provide digital-based support and information for staff and students.

Update May 21: The IAD will continue to run most of our events and workshops online as we move into the new academic year.  Online events have been popular with staff and students, more convenient and easier to fit in with other constraints and time demands.  We will also begin to run events on campus as soon as it is safe to do so and when room capacity is available.  Looking to the future we will offer a mix of online and on-campus opportunities to staff and students.


IAD Digital Workshop Attendance

The IAD is committed to supporting hybrid teaching, research and working during AY20/21 and have developed new content and adapted existing provision to address the needs of researchers. 

We have planned a comprehensive programme of digital provision (workshops, events, small group and individual consultations) for AY20/21.  All Research Staff will be able to access the full range of IAD provision whether they are on campus, in Edinburgh or elsewhere.  

All workshops and events running in Semester one of AY20/21 will be delivered digitally and we will review semester two provision nearer the time and following the latest government guidelines relating to Covid-19. Please see below for frequently asked question.

How do I attend a digital workshop?

You can book a place on all IAD Research Staff workshops using the links below.

Two weeks and one day in advance of the workshop you will receive an email with a link and details on how to access the session digitally, either through Blackboard Collaborate or through Zoom.

I have not used Blackboard Collaborate before?

Further information about Collaborate can be found: You can also access a Collaborate test room here -

Most IAD Research Staff workshops require active participation, such as group work and discussion.  You may be asked to contribute using your microphone or on the chat function.

Do you record sessions?

We do not record IAD Research Staff workshops, this is due to the interactive nature of the workshops, and also to ensure data protection and confidentiality of participants during discussions and on the chat boards.  

Why are maximum numbers set on digital workshops?

Maximum numbers are set for digital workshops for a number of different reasons, these are delivered as interactive sessions and not lectures and so we need to limit the number of participants to allow for effective group work, discussion, feedback and questions, this would not be possible with a large number of participants. Workshop facilitators set maximum numbers to ensure participants get the most from the session. If a workshop is fully booked please add your name to the waiting list, we often get cancellations in advance of a workshop, and we will try to arrange additional dates for workshops with large waiting lists.

Should I still cancel my place if I’m not able to attend?

As maximum numbers are set for digital workshops it is important you still cancel your place if you find you are no longer able to attend, this allows others the opportunity to attend.

A-Z course list

The workshop directory provides a list of all workshops we run for research staff, plus links to an overview of other University training providers.

At a glance - workshops this month

Researcher development workshops quick-glance schedule. Workshops this month and next.

Workshops mapped by Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Our researcher development workshops mapped against the UK's Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Related Links

Learning & teaching - IAD workshops and events

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Online Development Toolkit enables all staff, particularly those in leadership and management roles, to quickly find relevant information and practical advice to help them deal with different situations they may be facing in the workplace.

LinkedIn Learning - online video courses. Courses cover technology, business and creative skills, and include an extensive section focussing on education and e-learning.

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The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS) An initiative of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to provide a locus for data-driven and digitally-engaged research across the disciplines.

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