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 April 2022

In line with University guidance, the Institute for Academic Development is currently offering a mix of online and on-campus activities to staff and students.

All on-campus events are strictly adhering to University and Scottish Government requirements. Online events have been popular with staff and students, more convenient and easier to fit in with other constraints and time demands, which is why they continue to form the majority of our events. Looking to the future we will respond to the needs and preferences of our audiences and continue to offer both online and on-campus opportunities.

The Institute for Academic Development Offices (1 Morgan Lane) is currently closed to in-person events and enquirers. Staff are working in a hybrid way with most staff working part-time on-campus. For enquiries it is best to contact staff by email in the first instance.


IAD Digital Workshop Attendance

The IAD is committed to supporting hybrid teaching, research and working during AY21/22 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 and individual consultations) for AY21/22, and are starting to reintroduce more in person events.  All Research Staff will be able to access the full range of IAD provision whether they are on campus, in Edinburgh or elsewhere.  

Find out what to expect when attending an IAD in-person or online workshop here


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

Research data management online course

Learning and Organisational Development provide development opportunities for all staff through access to online development or face-to face workshops. They also provide access to mentoring and coaching opportunities and leadership programmes.

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.

Finance skills development

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.

Edinburgh Research Office events

Digital Skills and Training  Support to develop digital and information literacy, desktop and IT productivity skills.

Prepare for Doctoral Success guide - a guide to help staff facilitate activities and training for new doctoral researchers