Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Leadership

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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.

Attracting Your Own Research Funding: Writing & Applying for Fellowships

Description

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field, but it is a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession. If you are aiming for a career in academic research it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent and attract your own funding. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding - this is a key requirement for a successful academic career.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. To be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive. In this workshop you will find out what steps you should take, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available and how to use your connections to your advantage.

This workshop is suitable for early career researchers/ postdocs who have less than five years of postdoctoral experience. The workshop will include case studies, individual exercises and the instructor’s own experience of successfully obtaining a postdoctoral research fellowship.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand the process and requirements for applying for a postdoctoral fellowship;
  2. Apply what you have learned to writing your own fellowship application;
  3. Design your own strategy for attracting funding and moving forward in your research career.

This workshop relates to domains B3 and C3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

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

Creating the Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Description

You know what your research higher degree (RHD) student should be doing, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Despite your best efforts to set up good habits for your student, it does not work. Why is this, and what can you do to make completing a RHD easier for your students and for you?

Students attending the seven secrets workshop have consistently reported a marked improvement in their progress towards completing their RHD. Now they have asked us to please tell their supervisors the same things!

This course gives you practical strategies to deal with common problems such as:

  • supervisor/student relations
  • dealing with writer’s block
  • attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to the RHD – it’s not a Nobel prize
  • getting your student to seek help when they are stuck
  • the student who never has enough time
  • treating the RHD like a job
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

Who is it for?

Supervisors of research students at any point in their candidature.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 01-Mar-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Dealing with International PhD Students' Writing Issues

Description

This one and a half hour session is intended for PhD supervisors who would like guidance on handling the problems that their supervisees -in particular, international students – may present or encounter in their academic writing.  ‘Handling’ does not necessarily involve ‘resolving’ the difficulties oneself; the session will include discussion of strategies to help students improve their writing, and some of the relevant resources available within and outwith the University of Edinburgh.

The topics covered include:

  • The nature and range of writing problems;
  • Likely reasons for students’ difficulties in written English;
  • Ways of harnessing students’ reading to improve their writing;
  • Helpful forms of feedback on students’ writing;
  • Language / writing support available at ELTC and IAD.
  • web-based writing resources

The session will include analysis and discussion of samples of PhD students’ writing. It will be led by three members of staff from the English Language Teaching Centre currently involved in teaching PhD writing courses: Dr Cathy Benson, Kenneth Anderson and Jill Northcott.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop confidence in supervising students with their academic writing
  2. Understand strategies that can be implemented to help students improve their writing 

This workshop relates to domains B1, D1 and D3 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit: http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Tuesday 12-Dec-2017, 11:30 - 13:00
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 .

Practical Project Management for Researchers

Description

This one day workshop will introduce you to project management, with a focus on the development of practical skills. 

You will learn how to: 

  • Set clear and realistic objectives;
  • Plan, organise, and document your research project;
  • Identify your stakeholders, and to understand their needs;
  • Manage stakeholder expectations;
  • Manage risks and issues, including changes to scope;
  • Review and learn from strengths and weaknesses identified on completion of a project. 

The session will include presented content, class discussion, and group exercises centred on a research project scenario.  There is also a course handbook for reference.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand more about project management, the role of the project manager, and project success;
  2. Identify and use tools and techniques to manage projects confidently;
  3. Understand the lifecycle of a project.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 and C2 of the RDF. 

For further information on the RDF visit: http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Tuesday 05-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Spotlight on ... Co-supervision

Description

This is part of the Spotlight on…… events for postgraduate research supervisors. The events will be a mixture of information sharing, signposting of useful resources and space for discussion. They will aim to feed directly into review of University policy and practice.  

EligibilityAll Academic Staff All Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 23-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Spotlight on ... Supervising international PGR students

Description

This is part of the Spotlight on…… events for postgraduate research supervisors. The events will be a mixture of information sharing, signposting of useful resources and space for discussion. They will aim to feed directly into review of University policy and practice.  

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Friday 01-Jun-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Spotlight on ... mental health and wellbeing support for PGR students

Description

This is part of the Spotlight on…… events for postgraduate research supervisors. The events will be a mixture of information sharing, signposting of useful resources and space for discussion. They will aim to feed directly into review of University policy and practice.  

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 01-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Supervisor Discussion Group

Description

These are informal discussion groups for postgraduate research supervisors, designed as a space to explore common challenges in supervision. They take place on the first Friday of the month at Levels café on Holyrood Road. Before each session, participants will be sent a case study which will help to frame discussion. Coffee/tea and cakes will be provided.

EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 03-Nov-2017, 09:00 - 13:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 01-Dec-2017, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 02-Feb-2018, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 02-Mar-2018, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 06-Apr-2018, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 04-May-2018, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAll Research Staff Technical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 01-Jun-2018, 09:00 - 10:30
Venue Levels Café, Holyrood Road Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Time Management

Description

The conduct of research requires us to assume many roles - administrator, manager, technician, IT specialist, statistician, writer - all of which are often piled on top of other tasks, maybe even a whole other job. How can we manage this process effectively and bring a research project to a successful conclusion? With the clock ticking, we only have one choice and that is to get organised. However, that’s easier said than done, especially if you are new to research or you have many professional commitments. This workshop will teach the basics of effective time management and will apply these principles throughout in the context of an academic role.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the importance of time management;
  • Know the principles of time management;
  • Appreciate how to apply these principles to the different aspects your academic role;
  • Be aware of the commonest pitfalls in research management and know how to avoid them;
  • Have a working strategy for effective personal time management.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Identify your own professional aims and objectives;
  2. Use your limited time effectively to help you achieve these;
  3. Avoid the commonest problems that disrupt effective time management.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and B2 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Thursday 09-Nov-2017, 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 .

Time Management (Online Workshop)

Description

The conduct of research requires us to assume many roles - administrator, manager, technician, IT specialist, statistician, writer - all of which are often piled on top of other tasks, maybe even a whole other job. How can we manage this process effectively and bring a research project to a successful conclusion? With the clock ticking, we only have one choice and that is to get organised. However, that’s easier said than done, especially if you are new to research or you have many professional commitments. This workshop will teach the basics of effective time management and will apply these principles throughout in the context of an academic role.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the importance of time management;
  • Know the principles of time management;
  • Appreciate how to apply these principles to the different aspects your academic role;
  • Be aware of the commonest pitfalls in research management and know how to avoid them;
  • Have a working strategy for effective personal time management.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Identify your own professional aims and objectives;
  2. Use your limited time effectively to help you achieve these;
  3. Avoid the commonest problems that disrupt effective time management.

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.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and B2 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 03-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

What Does Leadership in Research Look Like?

Description

A short workshop designed to help you to think carefully about what it takes to be an effective leader in research.  Using practical experience and theory, we will look at aspects of successful leadership and you will have the opportunity to benchmark your own skills and experience and do some action planning for your future development.

Once you gain your fellowship you will be navigating the transition from being managed and led by others to being in control of your own leadership and the management of others.  You are already undertaking outstanding research, so how do you become an outstanding leader?

This workshop is an opportunity for you to stop and take stock of your leadership:  to think about what are you aiming for and what needs to change to develop your research leadership skills.  We will do some benchmarking of where you are now and some action planning towards where you want to be.

In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider:

  • Your vision for your team and you: What leader would you like to be?
  • What are the qualities of a leader in academia and research?
  • Where are you now? Benchmarking yourself.
  • What skills do you need to develop?
  • Action Planning.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Describe the qualities required for effective research leadership.
  2. Articulate your own leadership strengths and areas for development.
  3. Make a plan to develop your research leadership skills.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2, B3, C2 and D1 of the RDF.

For further information on the RDF visit:  http://edin.ac/2cDDzAE

EligibilityAcademic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Monday 20-Nov-2017, 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 .