Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Communication

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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.

Be Better than Boring Bullet Points

Description

Have you ever seen a really great presenter and wondered how they do what they do?

Giving a great presentation is largely about practice, but there are many things that you can learn to do that will improve your stage presence and the way that you connect with a conference audience. This interactive session will focus on your needs and explore the tricks, tips and techniques of great presenters - and at all times the context will be research presentations.

Specifically, we’ll help you to:

  • Deliver a message the audience will respond to, and guide an audience through dense and difficult material;
  • Build a rapport with an audience;
  • Show a confident stage presence, project your voice more effectively and deal with nervousness;
  • Use audio visuals effectively and so avoid PowerPointlessness;
  • Handle questions with confidence.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand and be able to use key skills to deliver presentations which have maximum impact and influence on your audience;
  2. Increase knowledge of how to prepare your presentation focussing on the audience’s interests and needs;
  3. Increase your confidence in giving presentations.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Wednesday 22-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 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 .

Digital Capabilities & Skills for Researchers

Description

This workshop will explore the concept of the digital scholar and help participants identify the digital skills they may need to develop in their research role. A number of frameworks will be introduced to help participants identify and prioritise digital skills and capabilities. The use of digital tools and technologies will also be explored using a Visitor & Residents model, and participants will be encouraged to share their experience of using digital tools as part of their research work. Participants will also be asked to consider the collaborative nature of some of these tools and how digital technology could help expand their network and enhance their research profile.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the underlying concept of the digital scholar;
  • Identify a range of digital skills and capabilities relevant to researchers;
  • Consider the potential of digital tools and technologies in their research role.

 This workshop relates to domains A1, D1, D2 and D3 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.

Digital Footprint: creating an effective online presence for research & impact (online session)

Description

Eligbility: Researchers and staff

This session will focus on managing your digital footprint and how to create an effective online presence for research and impact. 

The session will:

  • Highlight the importance and benefits of having an effective online presence e.g. in relation to research impact
  • Provide advice on managing social media profiles
  • Highlight the guidance from various Professional Bodies e.g. General Medical Council; Law Society etc.
  • Provide an overview of how to create of a social media/online presence strategy
  • Hints and tips on saving time when using social media, for example scheduling tweets and Facebook/blog posts

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and your own hints and tips.

No previous experience or knowledge is needed to attend this session.

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.

Effective Collaborations

Description

Collaboration can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a research career, and yet can bring some of the biggest challenges.  This session is aimed at researchers new to, or thinking of establishing, a collaborative research project.  The aim is provide an opportunity to reflect on your reasons for collaborating, what each party might offer, and also look at some practical ideas for establishing effective working practices and relationships.

This interactive session will be both reflective and practical, providing an opportunity for you to stop and reflect on your own approach and openness to collaboration, as well as some of the practical aspects of managing collaboration relationships and projects.

We will consider:

  • Benefits and risks associated with collaborative research;
  • Strategies to identify potential partners and work with them effectively;
  • Assessing your readiness to collaborate and convince funders;
  • Establishing a collaborative relationship: agreements and decisions.

 After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Describe what you offer, and wish to gain from, a research collaboration;
  2. Plan effective ways to enhance your visibility and attractiveness to potential collaborators;
  3. Enter in to collaborations with greater awareness of how to effectively establish and manage the process.

This workshop relates to domains B3, D1 and D3 of the RDF

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 17-May-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
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 .

Gaining Teaching Accreditation for Your PhD Supervision

Description

Doctoral supervision is an important aspect of academic practice, but the contribution of PhD supervisors to high quality learning and teaching in higher education is sometimes overlooked.

This short workshop is designed to help you to identify ways of gaining teaching accreditation for the work you do in doctoral supervision.  You will find out about Higher Education Fellowship and the Edinburgh Teaching Award. You will have the opportunity to reflect on the values, knowledge and activities that inform your supervision practice and do some action planning for gaining HEA accreditation.

In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider:

  • What are the aspects of your supervision that map on to the UKPSF?
  • What kinds of evidence can you present for accreditation?
  • Action Planning.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Articulate your own supervision strengths and areas for development.
  2. Make a plan to gain accreditation for your current contribution and to develop your practice for the future

This workshop relates to domains B3 and D3 of the RDF.

All dimensions (A1-5) (K1-6) (V1-4) of the UKPSF.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 07-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 11:00
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 .

How to Create a 2D White Board Animation to Illustrate Your Research

Description

Animation as a communication tool for research will be introduced in this 2-hour workshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Script writing;
  • Voiceover production;
  • Story boarding and animation production followed by a software demonstration.  Applications for the use of such an animation will be highlighted through case studies.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Have written and recorded a script describing your own research topic;
  2. Have sketched out a storyboard;
  3. Know how to proceed to complete production of your animation.

Participants should give some thought to how they would like to tell the story of their research, keeping in mind what audience they are trying to target.  They should also have thought about what visuals can be used to illustrate their research topic. 

Participants are welcome to bring along their laptops if they want to trial out the software.

This workshop relates to domains A1, A2, A3, D2 and D3 of the RDF

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Wednesday 06-Dec-2017, 14:00 - 16:00
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 .

Managing Difficult Conversations Assertively

Description

When faced with difficult behaviour from your colleagues it can be difficult to know how to respond in an assertive way which helps solve the situation rather than escalate it.  

This workshop explores:

  • The different types of difficult behaviour that you may be faced with and different strategies for responding to these;
  • Communication strategies for dealing with difficult behaviours;
  • What does it mean to be assertive and how to be more assertive in your communication?
  • Providing feedback on difficult behaviours;
  • Managing your self during difficult conversations.

The workshop will provide you with practical tools to enable you to be more effective in these situations and will also give you the opportunity to explore research focussed scenarios to ensure you can apply the approaches discussed within your workplace.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the different behaviours that you may come across in your role;
  2. Identify strategies to manage difficult conversations;
  3. Understand how to be more assertive in difficult situations.

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

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 13:15 - 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 .

Presenting with Ease (Online Workshop)

Description

Whatever your discipline and whatever stage you are at, being able to give a clear, effective and informative presentation is an important professional skill. This online course, aims to teach you the basic rules of giving presentations. This workshop is relevant for individuals from any subject area who either have little or no previous lecturing experience, or those who wish to improve their presentation skills. 

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the importance of preparation;
  • Know how to design a presentation;
  • Be aware of the effective use of PowerPoint - less is more;
  • Know how to deal with questions;
  • Be able to apply the seven Es to present with ease.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Prepare an effective, well-sign-posted presentation;
  2. Deal effectively with questions posed after a presentation;
  3. Put into practice the seven principles of effective presenting.

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 D2 of the RDF. 

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 16-Nov-2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Professional Networking, Engaging & Strategy

Description

Building a network and using it effectively is a key requirement for all professionals, whether it is in an academic research setting, industry engagement or a conference. This workshop will focus on how to establish a network and build it to support your career and aims.

We will cover networking strategies, engagement methods and how to “pitch” yourself and/or your ideas. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use in a variety of situations with a range of different audiences. How can we turn conversations to our advantage? How do we approach and engage with senior academics? When and how should we follow up with people?

Each individual will be encouraged create a personal strategy that they can use after the workshop and build on in future. The workshop will comprise a mixture of group work, class discussion and individual exercises.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of networking strategy and be incentivised to develop a personal networking strategy;
  2. Draw on the networking experience gained at the workshop to spot opportunities and “pitch” themselves;
  3. Apply the knowledge from the workshop to the development of their own personal networking plan.

This workshop relates to domains B1 and B3 of the RDF. 

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 07-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
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 .

Publishing and Open Access

Description

Many research funders and institutions have introduced policies requiring research publications to be made available on an open access basis.  This workshop explains the various policies as they apply to staff at the University of Edinburgh and outlines the various options available to researchers to enable them to make their work open access.  The workshop will cover ‘green’, ‘gold’ and ‘hybrid’ open access, the policy environment (including REF), as well as the support provided by the Library Research Support Team to help researchers navigate this evolving landscape.   

This is a short workshop delivered over a single two-hour period.  Much of the content will be delivered by presentation, but there will be plenty of room for questions and discussion as part of the session.  In addition, the Scholarly Communications Team will be able to provide follow-up support for individuals or small groups. 

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand business models for academic publishing;
  2. Understand why Open Access is important;
  3. Understand Institutional and funder Open Access policies;
  4. Understand current and future changes in scholarly communications.

This workshop relates to domains C1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Wednesday 13-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 11:30
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 .

Social Media: Sharing, Connecting and Building an Audience

Description

This workshop is designed specifically for staff who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media.

There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

We will explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with. What engages people? How can you attract attention? What should you post and what should you avoid? How should you manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement?

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify social media tools that can be used to build your online brand.
  • Understand the different type of content that you can work with to engage people.
  • Develop your online presence to boost your research and promote yourself to employers.

This workshop relates to domains B2, B3, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 01-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
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 .