Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

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Eligibility

We understand it can sometimes be unclear knowing what workshops are suitable for your career stage, or responsibilities. Please note below our workshop eligibility:

Workshops Theme: Careers Our careers workshops are open to academic research-only staff (research assistants and associates, post-docs, and research fellows) and early career academic teaching staff (teaching assistants and teaching fellows). This does not include academic staff on open-ended lecturing contracts.

Workshops Themes: Induction, Writing, Leadership, Communication and Funding All induction, writing, leadership, communication and funding workshops are open for booking to all academic research staff ( post-docs, research fellows, research assistants and associates and technicians).

Booking: these courses generally open for booking once we have scheduled a date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back at a later 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.

'Just Write' for Research and Academic Staff

Description

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?  Would you like to have dedicated time to focus on research writing that would otherwise be difficult to do?

The aim of this session is to create a place to write without the distractions of emails, the office and everyday life.  This is not a facilitated session, the purpose of this session is to provide you with the space and time to progress your writing projects.  To get the most out of the session you should come prepared, with an idea of the writing project you want to focus on. 

After attending this workshop you will be able to appreciate the use of time and space for productive writing.

Please note that catering is not provided on this workshop.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 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 27-Nov-2019, 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 .

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 08-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Collaborative Writing and Publishing

Description

Collaborative writing is often stimulating and rewarding, but itcan also be stressful. In this workshop, we explore both thebenefits and potential pitfalls of writing in collaboration withothers; the affordances and drawbacks of different types ofcollaboration; issues around ownership, contribution andauthorship; co-authoring and technology; and communicationhabits of strong collaborators.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 09-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4.3 Lister Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Communications Toolkit for a Public Audience

Description

Do you know how to capture your audiences’ attention? And how to keep it once you’ve got it?

This workshop is ideal for researchers who would like to improve their research communication skills and are new to engaging members of the public with their research. The skills we develop when we talk about our research with people outside our subject area can directly improve our skills when communicating with our research peers. This interactive session looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1. Draw from a selection of communication tools to perfect how you talk about your research.

2. Consider your audiences', and your own, experiences of participating in research communication.

3. Have at your disposal a tried and tested 1 minute talk about your research.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 27-Nov-2019, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Central Area
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

Copyright, Open Access and Publishing

Description

Copyright and Open Access training is an important way to build confidence, awareness, and staff skills, enabling the provision of teaching, research and information services in compliance with the law and open educational practices.

The practical applications in Higher Education of the most recent social or technical development (MOOCs, social media, digitisation and online collaboration etc.) or regulatory changes (RCUK & HEFCE OA policies, new copyright exceptions) has led to a new level of complexity vis-à-vis Open Access and Copyright compliance.

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 Staff
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 11:30
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 .

Creating Impactful Public Engagement

Description

Interested in public engagement but unsure how to maximise the impact of your efforts? This workshop introduces a flexible approach to planning engagement activities with focus on the outcomes. What are you hoping participants (i.e. community groups, policymakers, researchers, etc.) get out of the interaction, and what activities are most likely to make these outcomes happen?

By the end of this workshop, you will have the key tools to take forward public engagement plans that match your impact goals.

This workshop is delivered by Stuart Dunbar (Public Engagement Manager, College of Science and Engineering, The University of Edinburgh) and Anne-Marte Bergseng (Communications Manager, ClimateXChange). It draws on material from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Please note that your email address will be used to share templates immediately after the event. We will also email you a short questionnaire 2-3 months after the workshop. If you wish to opt out, please let the organisers know during the workshop.

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

Creating the Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student (for Supervisors)

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 27-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Central Area
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 out with 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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 14:30 - 16:00
Venue G.37 Patersons Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Dialogue: Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures!

Description

*This is a two day workshop running on 12th and 13th December and participants must attend both days*

All researchers are expected to do public engagement – to interact with stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ in order to increase the impact of their research. Public engagement takes different forms in different disciplines, but in all cases it is most effective when researchers talk with people rather than lecturing at them, when we are open to hearing what other groups have to say.

This course gives practical guidance on how to go about such ‘collaborative conversations’ in a way that is relevant to your research. It builds on the principles of ‘dialogue’, which has proved a powerful approach to communication in public engagement and many other areas. Come to this course and you will:

  • Learn to recognise and address where your publics are coming from;
  • Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;
  • Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;
  • Start developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

Our training approach combines theory and practice. We will take you through a series of focused exercises, interspersed with short presentations and time for reflection, so that you experience a range of approaches and techniques you can then use in your future work. 

Whether you are planning to engage with government bodies, business, product or service users or citizens, this course can help make you more effective. You will leave with a toolbox of skills and techniques that you can use (and refine) in a range of different settings, including – but not only – public engagement with research.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

2.Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

3.Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

4.Continue developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Thursday 12-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 17:00
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 .

Digital Capabilities and 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 and 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 Staff
Date Wednesday 05-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Facilitation Skills for Public Engagement

Description

Do you need facilitation skills to do your job? Probably: good facilitation skills are critical to team working, collaborating with other teams and organisations, planning and holding meetings, and small group teaching.

If you’d like to improve the communication and inter-personal skills needed to facilitate well, this workshop may be for you!

Skills You’ll Develop:

  • Enabling everyone to speak openly about their views, interests and needs
  • Thinking together to tackle difficult problems or get a job done
  • Fostering creativity and realise the potential for ‘group intelligence’
  • Handling dominant voices and ensure all participants are heard
  • Working through conflict without confrontation
  • Recognising different patterns of communication and encourage ‘authentic’ communication
  • Using your power as a facilitator constructively

Training Approach:

Our training approach integrates some ‘theory’ with a lot of opportunities to practice. Specifically, we will:

  • Introduce key concepts – about different forms of communication and styles of facilitation, and about collaboration
  • Work on key skills and common challenges, giving you experience of some different techniques and approaches
  • Make this relevant to your circumstances and needs, and encourage your reflective practice.

What this Course Does Not Cover:

Facilitation involves two skill sets: thinking strategically (for planning and evaluation); and attending to communication and inter-personal dynamics in these critical conversations. This workshop aims to build capacity in the latter skill set only.

 While this workshop is extremely useful for people wishing to engage others with their research, this won’t be a specific focus on the day.

Suitability

This workshop is intended for people who already do some facilitation and want the opportunity to reflect on and deepen their practice in this area. Those new to facilitation and dialogue, are encouraged to attend Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures instead.

EligibilityAll Postgraduate Researchers Academic Staff Academic Researchers PGR students
Date Tuesday 26-May-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Finding Funding for Research (online)

Description

Research costs money. If you are contemplating conducting any form of research you need to think how it will be funded. There are many sources of potential funding, but not all are appropriate either for certain projects or certain investigators. In this online presentation, Allan Gaw will take participants through the current funding landscape and help them to identify the most promising sources of funding for their own research. In addition, he will also highlight the most important mistakes researchers make in their grant applications, thus helping participants increase their chance of success. 

After the session each participant will:

· be aware of the different sources of research funding

· know how to evaluate these and identify those that are most relevant

· understand the requirements of research funders and their different agendas

· be familiar with the most common reasons why grant applications fail

· have a working strategy for making a successful grant application.

*this is an online workshop*

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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 spend time reflecting on and discussing your supervision, and 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.

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

This workshop relates to all dimensions (A1-5) (K1-6) (V1-4) of the UKPSF.

For further information on the UKPSF visit: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf

EligibilityAll Academic Staff
Date Thursday 07-May-2020, 09:30 - 11:00
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 .

Get Connected: Welcome Day & Networking for new Research Staff and Academics

Description

Have you recently joined the university in an academic or research role?

Attend this informal and interesting event to:

  • Discover the support and resources available to you. Round table discussions will focus on career development opportunities, applying for research funding, advice on engagement, impact and consultancy, information services and developing teaching skills
  • Meet other new colleagues from across the university (coffee and brunch is included)
  • Hear insights from senior academics
  • Get a professional profile picture (optional).  A photographer will be at this event.

The Get Connected event is an informal induction event for new research staff and academics, in all schools / colleges, who have recently joined the University. It’s also suitable for new post-docs who have previously done their doctoral studies at the University.

For more information visit the website: https://edin.ac/2ASNvP2

This workshop relates to domains B3, C1, C3 and D1 of the RDF. 

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

PRIVACY STATEMENT
Information about you: how we use it and with whom we share it
We will use your personal data to allow us to process your registration, communicate with you and obtain your feedback about the event. We are processing the information about you for these purposes because by registering for the conference, you give your consent for us to do so.
If you have given us your permission, we will share your name, affiliation and contact details with the other participants in the delegate list, and University support groups, involved in the day. We will not share information about you with any other third party.  We will hold the personal data you provided us for 6 months.
EligibilityAll Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 08-Jan-2020, 08:45 - 13:00
Venue Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Get that Paper Written and Published

Description

This one-day workshop helps STEM researchers learn the skills of writing research papers for peer reviewed journals. It focuses on all the steps involved in the writing process after the collection and analysis of data: clarifying the message of our paper; mapping out the manuscript to get the ideas into a logical structure; writing the first draft; editing the manuscript; submitting the manuscript; and successfully navigating the reviewing process to final publication.

During the workshop, through written exercises and discussions, delegates will examine all aspects of the process, and start drafting their own research manuscripts.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Early career (postdoc) STEM researchers with little or no experience of writing papers for peer-reviewed journals;
  • More experienced STEM researchers and staff who still struggle with the process and want to improve how they write their papers.

To get the most out of this workshop, delegates should bring results they are ready to write-up for publication, or bring a “stalled” manuscript and a recent issue of the journal in which they wish to publish their manuscript’.  This workshop does NOT cover experimental design and data analysis, nor does it provide a technical editing service.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. understand and identify the steps involved in the writing and publishing process
  2. understand why papers fail to be written, submitted or published
  3. create a personal action plan to write and publish

This workshop relates to domains A1 and D2 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services Academic Researchers SCE Academic Researchers MVM
Date Tuesday 21-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
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 .

Giving an Effective Presentation

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:

  • Understand and be able to use key skills to deliver presentations which have maximum impact and influence on your audience;
  • Increase knowledge of how to prepare your presentation focussing on the audience’s interests and needs;
  • 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

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

How to Design a Public Engagement Process

Description

It can be difficult to design public engagement activities to be truly interactive and inclusive. You may not feel confident about how to engage people or you may sense that some go away disappointed but don't know quite why. This workshop will help by giving you strategies to design public engagement activities where everyone is engaged and comes away with something useful. It will address:

•    What you want from the engagement

•    Who your participants should be, where they’ll be coming from and what they’ll want from the experience

•     What kind of process and communication are appropriate for your aims and your participants

•     How to enable everyone to be fully involved and to build understanding

•     How to ensure that the process meets both your and your participants’ aims. 

The core principles covered in this workshop are relevant for anyone planning a public engagement process that involves having conversations with other groups. Whether it is a short interactive event at a science festival or a longer workshop with stakeholders or an ongoing collaboration that you are planning, this course is for you.

The training approach in this course is practical and hands on.  We will introduce a 3 phase framework – strategic work, process design and process planning – which you will work through on a public engagement activity that you are planning, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect.

Please note: This course does not address the facilitation skills needed to implement your process design effectively: these are addressed in a separate one day course to be run on 10 May 2019.

Pre-Requisites:

•Participants should have in mind a particular public engagement activity which they can work on through the course.

•All participants are expected to have a basic understanding of dialogue and of deliberation. To this end we recommend that, prior to the course, you read the relevant sections of ‘Public Dialogue and Deliberation’ by Oliver Escobar, available at: www.Beltanenetwork.org/resources/Beltanepublications/

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1.Think strategically about the design of your public engagement activity, with a sensitivity to where your participants will be coming from.

2.Translate these requirements into a sensible step-wise design for your activity.

3.Develop a workable detailed plan that both attends to relevant practical considerations and meets everyone’s aims.

4.Apply this learning to your own public engagements plans.

EligibilityAll Research Staff PhD SCE and MVM All years PhD MVM All Years PhD HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Tuesday 18-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 17:00
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

How to Peer-Review Manuscripts for Journals (AHSS)

Description

The workshop is designed specifically for Arts, Humanities and Social Science postdocs and researchers at an early stage of their career with little or no experience of reviewing manuscripts for journals.

The peer-review system helps to ensure the quality of published research. Journal editors are therefore reliant on experts who can deliver independent reviews in a timely fashion. The ability to review manuscripts should be a core skill of every researcher.

By learning how to review research manuscripts quickly and effectively, you will:

  • Gain a core skill that every researcher should have;
  • Free up more time for your own research;
  • Develop a better understanding of how to write your own manuscripts.

After attending this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand how to critically evaluate a research manuscript;
  2. Apply practical methods for reviewing a manuscript quickly and effectively;
  3. Understand your responsibilities as a reviewer.

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (CAHSS) Technical and Scientific Services AHSS
Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 13:30 - 16:00
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 .

How to Peer-Review Manuscripts for Journals (SCE / MVM)

Description

This workshop is for STEM postdocs and researchers with little or no experience of reviewing manuscripts, this workshop focuses on the peer-review system and how to critically evaluate a manuscript.

Peer-review helps to ensure the quality and reputation of published scientific research. For the peer-review system to work, researchers who publish must reciprocate by reviewing the work of others.  Therefore, the ability to review manuscripts quickly and effectively for journals should be a core skill of every STEM researcher.

Journal editors are reliant on experts who can deliver independent reviews in a timely fashion. But what should go in the review?  And how long should you spend reviewing a manuscript? Find out from a survey of 80 editors of international peer-reviewed journals.

Through group exercises and discussions, attendees on this workshop will learn how the peer-review system works, including what editors expect, what to include in written comments and how long you should spend reviewing a manuscript

After attending this workshop you will be able to: 

  • Understand how to critically evaluate a research manuscript;
  • Apply practical methods for reviewing a manuscript quickly and effectively;
  • Understand your responsibilities as a reviewer.

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (SCE) Technical and Scientific Services SCE Technical and Scientific Services MVM Academic Staff (MVM)
Date Wednesday 22-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 12:30
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 .

IAD Summer Writing Retreats

Description

During the months of July and August, the IAD will be running a block of summer writing retreats.  Each retreat will follow the writing retreat structure (planning session at the start followed by writing blocks and breaks with discussions) allowing attendees the opportunity to have dedicated writing time in a supportive environment. 

The sessions will vary from half day to full day with researchers able to attend any date and time they wish, our aim is to make these sessions as convenient and flexible for you as possible.    

These writing days are only for researchers who have already attended an IAD writing retreat in the past and know the format and structure and of the writing retreats.

Not all sessions will be facilitated by a member of the IAD, so participants must come with the knowledge of how to plan their writing day and manage their time during the session.  We do ask that if you are booking onto a number of retreats during this time, you volunteer to lead a session - this is very low key facilitation and you will be required to initiate the planning session at the start and manage the time for the writing blocks and breaks during the day.  Facilitation of sessions will still allow you to fully participate in the retreat but allows us to be able to run more sessions which we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise, due to lack of facilitators during the summer months. 

Participants can attend as many retreats as they wish (subject to space availability).  The retreats will allow those looking to focus on writing regularly the time to do so, or those working on a large piece of writing or project the opportunity to spend dedicated time each week out of the office writing.  Writing retreats are often very popular so we ask that you please cancel your place with as much notice as possible, if you are unable to attend.

The IAD summer writing retreats will have the same principals as our core programme writing retreats, of allowing you the time and space to develop and progress writing in a distraction free setting whilst giving you the opportunity to speak to and seek feedback from others.

Timings: Morning Writing Retreat: 09:15 - 12:30 Afternoon Writing Retreat: 13:15 - 16:30 Full Day Writing Retreat: 09:15 - 16:30

Location: All retreats are in the Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road.  More information on MyEd when booking.

Please note that catering is not provided.  There is a water dispenser outside the room and a cafe on the floor above.

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

Making the Most of Your Postdoc (Strategies for Independence)

Description

This workshop will give you an opportunity to stop and reflect on your research career ambitions: what do you want and are you doing the right things during your postdoc to get what you want and make progress?  Aimed at postdocs who wish to develop their research careers either towards an independent fellowship or a permanent academic post, we will look at a variety of planning tools and strategies that will help you to make proactive steps towards independence.

Making the most of your time as a postdoctoral researcher requires self-leadership if you want to gain the experience and skills required to become an independent researcher.  It can also be a time of overwhelming options and demands on your time.

One of the most important aspects of leadership is having clarity on what you will achieve, and a strategy for how to get there.  From there, you can choose the best opportunities for your specific career ambitions.

In this reflective and interactive workshop, we will think about:

  • What does success as an independent researcher look like?
  • What is expected of you in terms of skills and experience?
  • What are you expecting of yourself?
  • What could you be doing with your time to be more strategic towards meeting your future career ambitions?

We will look at some tools and strategies that you might use in terms of achieving independence in research; including developing your reputation and visibility, collaborations, funding strategy and navigating the research ‘landscape’. Please note we cannot give advice on subject specific funding or fellowship applications.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Articulate what a successful research career would look like for you.
  • Benchmark yourself in terms of current progress.
  • Choose and plan a variety of activities and strategies to make progress towards your goals.

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

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Tuesday 04-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

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 (and time to practice these approaches) 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

Please note that lunch is not provided for this session.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 26-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
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 .

Managing Your Research Teams

Description

 'Managing your Research Teams' is a workshop that is compulsory for all existing and new Principal Investigators (PIs) in the Deaneries of Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and strongly recommended in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.

This full day workshop event has been developed to ensure that PIs and those in management roles in these Deaneries are appropriately trained in the management and development of the staff they are involved with and knowledgeable about the policies and procedures necessary for recruitment, development and management of their teams.  Workshops run in the central area and dates are available throughout the year.

Background

Professor Sir John Savill, Head of the College of MVM believes that this workshop is of high value in achieving the aims of the Athena SWAN award to the Clinical Sciences and Molecular, and Genetic and Population Health Sciences and therefore that it is compulsory in these two Deaneries.

Description

Data from the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders survey (PIRLS) suggests that in general, PIs are less confident in their managerial role than they are in their research leadership activities. The survey also identified that the following statements reflect important targets for excellent research leadership:

  • Advances significantly the discipline/research area;
  • Creating opportunities nurtures researchers’ careers;
  • Exemplifies the highest standards of research integrity and conduct.

Overview

This workshop aims to ensure staff carry out their role in the College confident in their management capabilities, sure of management practices, University policy and national legislation and able to emulate best practice to their groups and colleagues across the University. By focusing on managing people, the workshop will:

  • Equip staff with the essential skills required for managing groups of diverse and autonomous individuals;
  • Develop an understanding of University policy in recruitment, management and appraisal;
  • Ensure the highest possible standards in equality and diversity are achieved;
  • Enable staff to effectively manage the career development of their team, particularly for early career researchers.

Target Audience

This programme is compulsory for all PIs in the Schools of Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and is strongly recommended for all PIs in Biomedical Sciences. It is also recommended for Professional Support Staff who have managerial roles and are involved in helping to manage research teams.

This workshop relates to domains C1 and D1 in the RDF.

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

EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 ACN2 ACN3 ACN4 ACT3 AM3A AMN2 AMN3
Date Thursday 05-Dec-2019, 09:00 - 16:30
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 .
EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 ACN2 ACN3 ACN4 ACT3 AM3A AMN2 AMN3
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 09:00 - 16:30
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 .
EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 ACN2 ACN3 ACN4 ACT3 AM3A AMN2 AMN3
Date Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 09:00 - 16:30
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 .

Practical Project Management at the University of Edinburgh

Description

This one day workshop, delivered by the Project Management Office in the University’s Information Services Group will introduce you to project management, with a focus on the development of practical skills, and the project management tools available to you at the University of Edinburgh.

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:

  • Understand more about project management, the role of the project manager, and project success;
  • Identify and use University of Edinburgh tools and techniques to manage projects confidently;
  • 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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Wednesday 01-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
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 .

Practical Project Management: Delivering Your Project Successfully

Description

You have started your project, now what?  This half day workshop, delivered by the Project Management Office in the University’s Information Services Group, will focus on what you should do to keep your project on track to deliver successfully, and the project management tools available to you at the University of Edinburgh.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop a project plan;
  • Develop a communications plan;
  • Manage risks and issues;
  • Evaluate and manage 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:

  • Understand the lifecycle of a project;
  • Identify and use University of Edinburgh tools and techniques to manage projects confidently.

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

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Friday 06-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land, Holyrood, EH8 8AQ Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Practical Project Management: Laying the Foundations for Your Project

Description

This half day workshop, delivered by the Project Management Office in the University’s Information Services Group, will introduce you to project management and to the project management tools available at the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on giving your project a strong start.

You will learn how to:

  • Set clear and realistic objectives;
  • Identify benefits and deliverables;
  • Organise, and document your research project using free tools available within the University;
  • Identify your stakeholders, understand their needs; and manage their expectations.

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:

  • Understand more about project management, the role of the project manager, and project success;
  • Identify and use University of Edinburgh tools and techniques to give your project a strong start;
  • 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

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

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 Monday 24-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) 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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Friday 17-Jan-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Project Management (Research Staff)

Description

A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed plan, 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 academic research 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 and know how to avoid the;
  • be familiar with project management tools and techniques;
  • be able to put these tools into practice;

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 31-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Realising the Benefits of Good Research Data Management

Description

This in-depth workshop will provide researchers at all stages of their career with an accessible and practical guide to Research Data Management (RDM) and how it can benefit their research. It covers the entire research data life cycle from Data Management Planning through to Improving the Visibility and Impact of research data in order to increase a researcher’s profile. With practical hints and tips throughout this workshop is ideal for those just setting out on a career in research as well as anyone looking to update or refresh their skills.

Workshop contents include:

  • RDM - What are the benefits?
  • Introduction to Data Management Planning;
  • Overview of sensitive data, consent, and data protection;
  • Principles of information governance and data security;
  • Storing and backing-up your data;
  • Organising and documenting data;
  • Preserving and sharing data;
  • Improving visibility and impact;

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of RDM and Data Management Planning;
  • Understand the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive data and how that will impact on their research and RDM;
  • Apply basic RDM skills to their daily research practices;
  • Ensure that their research data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Tuesday 25-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Research Integrity & Ethics Workshop (Research Staff)

Description
Research integrity: what does it mean, why does it matter, and how might it be challenged? This workshop explores current understandings of good research practice, supports you in making informed choices based on the principles of research integrity, and considers how you can contribute to a culture of integrity within and beyond your discipline.
  
Aims  
This workshop is designed to:  
• introduce core aspects of research integrity and ethics within the context of the research lifecycle, and enable reflection on your own research practice  
• identify potential challenges to good research practice, and how you can support yourself as you navigate the changing research environment  
• consider the consequences of and responses to breaches of research integrity for the individual and the academic community  
• explore researcher responsibilities, and introduce strategies for contributing to a culture of integrity
After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1. a greater understanding of the principles and concepts of research integrity and ethics, and the relevance to your own role and the academic community more broadly

2. an appreciation of the types of challenges which may occur in your research environment, and the sources of support and guidance available

3. increased clarity as to your own responsibilities, and priorities, as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh

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

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 Friday 06-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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 .

Spotlight on ... Co-supervision

Description

Spotlight on…. Co-supervision

This event will be a mixture of discussion and short talks which focus on the co-supervision role. What works, what are the issues and are there tools which can help? It will also aim to feed directly into the review of the Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students.

 

13.30 – 13.45 Introduction and aims

13.45 – 14.30 Quick discussion – case study 14.30– 15.00 Short talks – sharing experiences

15.00 – 15.20 Coffee

15.20– 15.40 Code of Practice review

15.40 – 16.00 Current expectations and responsibilities – are these reasonable?

16.00 – 16.30 Sharing resources for co-supervision

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. 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. This event will be run in partnership with the Student Counselling Service, the Student Disability Service, the Chaplaincy and the Student's Association. It will be a mixture of case study discussions and round table presentations of services available.

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

Spotlight on...Supporting International Doctoral Students

Description

You will have the opportunity to discuss specific approaches to supervising international doctoral students and to share any challenges.  We’ll hear about the research on the international doctoral student journey, and from different services about the support they provide.

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

Storytelling Techniques for Effective Communication

Description

A hands-on introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective research communication. We will look at how to make a story engaging as well as at the variety of creative ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings. You will learn simple ways of working with story structure as well as techniques for telling. By the end of the session, you will have an outline of a story about your own research to share.

EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Friday 07-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.
EligibilityAcademic Researchers PGR students All Research Staff
Date Friday 13-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
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.

Supervisor Briefing - CAHSS College Wide Session

Description

For Supervisors in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS)

This supervisor briefing will provide a College overview of the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, as well as updating supervisors on changes to regulations, policies, support for supervisor and concessions.

Each School will then hold a workshop for supervisors to work through student case studies which will be provided by College and the Institute for Academic Development. 

New supervisors and supervisors needing to update their training (every 5 years) should attend one College-wide session and one school specific session (organised by the school).

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

Supervisor Briefing: Business School

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the Business School

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic (staff) - Business School Academic Staff (CAHSS) Academic Reseachers CAHSS
Date Monday 02-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Lecture Theatre 2, Business School Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Description

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic and PA MVM sup brief Academic Staff (MVM) Academic Researchers MVM Teaching and Research MVM Researchers MVM
Date Monday 03-Feb-2020, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Roslin G-022 (Auditorium) (Roslin Institute) Easter Bush
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAcademic and PA MVM sup brief Academic Staff (MVM) Academic Researchers MVM Teaching and Research MVM Researchers MVM
Date Thursday 02-Apr-2020, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Wellcome Auditorium QMRI Little France
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityAcademic and PA MVM sup brief Academic Staff (MVM) Academic Researchers MVM Teaching and Research MVM Researchers MVM
Date Tuesday 26-May-2020, 10:00 - 12:30
Venue Screening Room G.04 50 George Square Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: Edinburgh College of Art

Description

This workshop is for Supervisors from the Edinburgh College of Art. 

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityResearchers HSS Academic Reseachers CAHSS Academic Staff (CAHSS) Teaching and Research HSS
Date Wednesday 11-Mar-2020, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue L05 ECA Boardroom (Architecture Building) Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: Moray House School of Education

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Education.

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

 

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

Supervisor Briefing: School of Biological Sciences

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the Biological Sciences. 

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Tuesday 19-May-2020, 09:30 - 12:45
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of Chemistry

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Chemistry

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Monday 20-Apr-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of Engineering

Description

This workshop is for Supervisors from the School of Engineering. 

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training before the end of 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisros@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Academic Staff (Engineering) Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of GeoSciences

Description

This workshop is for Supervisors from the School of GeoSciences

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a compulsory 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Wednesday 29-Jan-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of Health in Social Science

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Health in Social Science.

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

Please note this room is not wheelchair accessible, if this affects your ability to attend please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk to make alternative arrangements

EligibilityAcademic Reseachers CAHSS Teaching and Research HSS Researchers HSS Academic Staff (CAHSS)
Date Thursday 12-Dec-2019, 12:30 - 14:30
Venue Room 4.1, Doorway 6, Medical Quad Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

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

Supervisor Briefing: School of Informatics

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Informatics.

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

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

Supervisor Briefing: School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

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

Supervisor Briefing: School of Mathematics

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Mathematics

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Friday 06-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 4325B James Clerk Maxwell Building Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

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

Supervisor Briefing: School of Physics and Astronomy

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Physics and Astronomy.

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phdsupervisors@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Researchers SCE Teaching and Research SCE SCE PhD Supervisors Researchers SCE
Date Tuesday 18-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Briefing: School of Social and Political Science

Description

This course is for Supervisors from the School of Social and Political Science

For those new to the role of supervising PhD students, and for those who need to renew their training after 5 years, we organise a 'Supervisor Briefing’ on behalf of the Colleges, which is offered several times a year, focusing on University regulations, procedures and support available.

This three-hour briefing will provide all supervisors with the information and support required for their role at the University of Edinburgh.

Designed to provide supervisors with information on University expectations, including regulations, procedures and support for their role, the session will also allow for opportunities to reflect on and discuss the process of supervising PhD students, including case studies and strategies for dealing with the challenges.

If you have an enquiry please contact iad.phd@ed.ac.uk

EligibilityAcademic Reseachers CAHSS Academic Staff (CAHSS) Teaching and Research HSS Researchers HSS
Date Tuesday 10-Dec-2019, 13:00 - 16:00
Venue Room 1.12 Practice Suite Chrystal Macmillan Building Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Supervisor Discussion Group

Description

These are informal discussion groups for postgraduate research supervisors, designed as a space to explore common challenges in supervision. They each focus on a theme. 

 

September: Getting your student off to a good start

October: Encouraging writing and giving feedback

November: Preparing for the viva

December: Recruiting the best candidates 

January: Supporting equality and diversity

February: Supporting welbeing and mental health

March: Supporting students to become part of the research community

April: Keeping on top of regulation, policy and change

May: Developing supervisory practice

 

Coffee/tea and cakes will be provided.

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

The Edinburgh Public Engagement Forum/Nov 2019

Description

The Edinburgh Public Engagement (formerly Threshold) group is aimed at public engagement support staff from all parts of the University of Edinburgh. It is a space where members can share experiences and best practice.

EligibilityAll staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 20-Nov-2019, 15:00 - 17:00
Venue Room 5.3 Lister Building, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre (Central Area) Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

The Flipped Text (WriteFest)

Description

Daphne Loads offers a workshop in which you will be guided through the process of creating a new text by ‘flipping’ an existing text. You will then explore that new text….by working with opposites. Let's see what happens!

Our aim is to show teachers, researchers, writers and students that by looking at texts in unusual ways, we gain insight into our own writing practice and develop innovative approaches to our work. We hope you will leave this workshop with a new perspective on teaching and learning, creative and academic writing and reading, communication more generally and the great, wild, wonderful, turning world.

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

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 Tuesday 19-Nov-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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 Wednesday 12-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 10:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop

Description

Are you ready to take your vocal and presentation skills to the next level?

Would you like to learn how to use your body and voice to deliver a clear, confident and compelling presentation?

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice and interesting and sustainable and how you can use your body effectively to engage your audience and reinforce your message.

If you feel you are not using your voice to its full potential, or you are concerned that it is not as strong or expressive as you would wish, this course will help you to improve.

We’ll cover:

  • Pace
  • Rhythm
  • Clarity of speech
  • Facial expression
  • Projection
  • Intonation

As part of the workshop, we will also look at how to use your body language to enhance your communication.

Please note that this workshop focuses on how you deliver rather than the content of your presentation or technical aids. It does not cover the use of PowerPoint slides, Prezi or similar.

Learning outcomes After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Warm up your voice and body effectively to develop and protect it
  2. Recognise opportunities to use your voice with greater clarity and range o expression
  3. Use vocal technique and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation
  4. Implement techniques to increase audience engagement and ensure your presentations have more impact
EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff
Date Wednesday 26-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

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 a variety of 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.

As you progress in your career you will be navigating the transition from being managed and led by others to leadership and management of yourself and 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 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.
  • The skills do you need to develop and how you might do this.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the qualities required for effective research leadership.
  • Articulate your own leadership strengths and areas for development.
  • 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 Tuesday 04-Feb-2020, 13:30 - 16:30
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 .

Working with Personal and Sensitive Data

Description

Researchers today are pressured to share their research data and make it accessible to other researchers. But what if you have collected sensitive or confidential data?

For many researchers, the sensitivity of research data is one of the main barriers to data sharing. Fear of violating ethical or legal obligations, lack of knowledge about disclosure control and the time required to anonymise data to a suitable standard often prevent valuable datasets from seeing the light of day.

In this two-hour awareness raising workshop, we introduce how to collect, share, store, and protect the sensitive data you may encounter as part of your work.

Workshop contents include:

  •  Ethical and legal perspectives on research data
  • Legal (GDPR) definitions, principles for research
  • Strategies for: 
  •  
    • Data management plans (DMPs) and data protection impact assessments (DPIAs).
    • Data collection, consent, and transparency.
    • Active data management and data security.
    • Data sharing - anonymisation and controlling access.
  • References for further information

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the principles of good research data management.
  • Have knowledge of GDPR and data protection regulations, and what these mean for research and research data.
  • Be aware of relevant services and resources available to researchers at the university.

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 09-Apr-2020, 09:30 - 11:30
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 .

WriteFest 'Just Write'

Description

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption? Would you like to have dedicated time to focus on research writing that would otherwise be difficult to do?

The aim of this session is to create a place to write without the distractions of emails, the office and everyday life. This is not a facilitated session, the purpose of this session is to provide you with the space and time to progress your writing projects. To get the most out of the session you should come prepared, with an idea of the writing project you want to focus on. 

This workshop is open to both PGR students and academic staff. 

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

1.   Appreciate the use of time and space for productive writing

This workshop relates to domains B1, B2 and D2 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.

WriteFest Writing Retreat

Description

Join a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots are interspersed with short discussions and reflections. This format of working alongside – and sometimes in conversation with – others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems.

You will get the most out of this retreat if you:

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don't use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

Please bring your laptop and power cable with you, these will not be provided.

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

Writing Research Proposals for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science (AHRC)

Description

This half day workshop is aimed at academic staff interested in AHRC specific funding for all career stages and will be of value if you have experience in, or are considering, applying for external research funding. Please note that the emphasis of the workshop will be applications being submitted to the UK Research Councils, in particular AHRC.

The first part of this workshop will provide practical tips on proposal writing, including how to understand what a funder is looking for in a proposal as a whole, as well as identifying and analysing some common errors and misconceptions.

In the second part you will hear the views of an experienced researcher, gaining a first-hand insight into what it takes to write a successful application.

The final part will provide an opportunity to review three key sections of a successful proposal and discuss in groups the strengths, and weaknesses, of each and understand how all these points can be incorporated into your next submission.

The session will use a range of learning activities, including short presentations and interactive group discussions. 

You should consider attending this workshop if:

  • You are applying for external Research Funding;
  • You want to be more aware of what it requires to write successful applications;
  • You wish to learn the ways of experienced (successful) researchers;
  • This event is held during the course of the academic year and targeted at a cross-College level, if you are from the Colleges of MVM or SCE please refer to the appropriate workshop for your College.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of what is required when writing an application for submission to an RCUK funding body;
  2. Evaluate and analyse key sections of a research proposal;
  3. Examine your existing techniques and develop a clear strategy for improvement.

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2 and C3 of the RDF.   

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (CAHSS)
Date Thursday 21-Nov-2019, 09:00 - 13:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing Research Proposals for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science (ESRC)

Description

This half day workshop is aimed at academic staff interested in ESRC specific funding for all career stages and will be of value if you have experience in, or are considering, applying for external research funding. Please note that the emphasis of the workshop will be applications being submitted to the UK Research Councils, in particular ESRC.

The first part of this workshop will provide practical tips on proposal writing, including how to understand what a funder is looking for in a proposal as a whole, as well as identifying and analysing some common errors and misconceptions.

In the second part you will hear the views of an experienced researcher, gaining a first-hand insight into what it takes to write a successful application.

The final part will provide an opportunity to review three key sections of a successful proposal and discuss in groups the strengths, and weaknesses, of each and understand how all these points can be incorporated into your next submission.

The session will use a range of learning activities, including short presentations and interactive group discussions. 

You should consider attending this workshop if:

  • You are applying for external Research Funding;
  • You want to be more aware of what it requires to write successful applications;
  • You wish to learn the ways of experienced (successful) researchers;
  • This event is held during the course of the academic year and targeted at a cross-College level, if you are from the Colleges of MVM or SCE please refer to the appropriate course for your College.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of what is required when writing an application for submission to an RCUK funding body;
  2. Evaluate and analyse key sections of a research proposal;
  3. Examine your existing techniques and develop a clear strategy for improvement.

This workshop relates to domains A1 and C1, C2 and C3 of the RDF.   

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (CAHSS)
Date Wednesday 25-Mar-2020, 09:00 - 13:30
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 .

Writing Research Proposals for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Description

This half day workshop is aimed at Early Career Researchers and Fellowship holders and will be of value if you have experience in, or are considering, applying for external research funding.

The workshop will provide practical tips on proposal writing such as how to understand what a funder is looking for in a proposal and different elements to include as well as identifying and analysing some common errors and misconceptions. There will also be an opportunity to review key sections of a successful proposal and discuss the pros and cons of different approaches and understand how all these points can be incorporated into your next submission.

You will also hear from a researcher, early in their career, to gain a first-hand insight into what it takes to write a successful application. 

The session will use a range of learning activities, including short presentations and interactive group discussions. 

You should consider attending this workshop if:

  • You are applying for external Research Funding;
  • You want to be more aware of what it requires to write successful applications;
  • You wish to learn the ways of successful researchers;
  • This event is held during the course of the academic year and targeted at a cross-College level, if you are from the Colleges of AHSS or SCE please refer to the appropriate course for your College.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of what is required when writing an application e.g. for submission to an RCUK funding body;
  2. Evaluate and analyse key sections of a research proposal;
  3. Examine your existing techniques and develop a clear strategy for improvement.

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2 and C3 of the RDF. 

 

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (MVM)
Date Wednesday 04-Mar-2020, 09:00 - 13:30
Venue TBC Kings Buildings
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing Research Proposals for the College of Science & Engineering

Description

This half day workshop is aimed at Early Career Researchers and Fellowship holders and will be of value if you have experience in, or are considering, applying for external research funding. Please note that the emphasis of the course will be applications being submitted to the UK Research Councils.

The first part of this workshop will provide practical tips on proposal writing, including how to understand what a funder is looking for in a proposal as a whole, as well as identifying and analysing some common errors and misconceptions.

In the second part you will hear the views of an experienced researcher, gaining a first-hand insight into what it takes to write a successful application.

The final part will provide an opportunity to review three key sections of a successful proposal and discuss in groups the strengths, and weaknesses, of each and understand how all these points can be incorporated into your next submission.

The session will use a range of learning activities, including short presentations and interactive group discussions. 

You should consider attending this workshop if:

  • You are applying for external Research Funding;
  • You want to be more aware of what it requires to write successful applications;
  • You wish to learn the ways of experienced (successful) researchers;
  • This event is held during the course of the academic year and targeted at a cross-College level, if you are from the Colleges of AHSS or MVM please refer to the appropriate course for your College.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of what is required when writing an application for submission to an RCUK funding body;
  2. Evaluate and analyse key sections of a research proposal;
  3. Examine your existing techniques and develop a clear strategy for improvement.

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2 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.

Writing Retreat

Description

The aim of a structured writing retreat is to use dedicated writing time to progress writing projects in a supportive, non-surveillance environment. Example projects include book chapters, journal articles, research proposals and reports.

Most of the time is used for writing, everyone in the same room, with brief scheduled discussions between writing slots often generating solutions to writing problems, developing drafts, leading to research-orientated conversations and providing feedback on writing in-progress.

A retreat works best when you focus exclusively on writing, defining specific goals you want to achieve i.e. sections of a paper/chapter, number of words, etc.  It is also valuable to be prepared to define and discuss content and structure for writing goals, allowing you to take stock of your achievements through the programme and discuss your writing-in-progress with mutual peer support.

Additional information:

The programme is based on retreats run by Professor Rowena Murray, University of West of Scotland. Rowena has published extensively on academic writing and is a very experienced facilitator. Rowena’s research indicates that writing retreats can result in significant outcomes in terms of growing research-orientated interactions and relationships, building confidence in writing and research and creating cross-disciplinary research conversations.

Please note - lunch is not provided on this course. Water will be provided throughout the day and coffee/tea and biscuits will be provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop an awareness of how to use time and space for productive writing;
  2. Develop an understanding of how to plan writing and generate solutions to writing problems.

This workshop relates to domains A1, B1, B2 and D2 of the RDF. 

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Monday 18-Nov-2019, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room 4.04, Charteris Land Moray House
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EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Tuesday 19-Nov-2019, 09:15 - 15:45
Venue Room 4.20, Charteris Land, Holyrood Campus Moray House
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EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Monday 25-Nov-2019, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room 3.02, Charteris Land Moray House
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EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Tuesday 26-Nov-2019, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room G.12, Murchison House, 10 Max Born Crescent, EH9 3BF Kings Buildings
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Writing a Data Management Plan for Your Research

Description

At the end of this practical workshop you will have produced a first draft Data Management Plan (DMP) for your research project. You will understand the basic components of good DMP.

Workshop contents include:

  • What is Data Management Planning?
  • Why does it matter?
  • An introduction to DMPonline.
  • What data will be collected or created?
  • How will the data be documented and described?
  • How will the data be stored, backed-up and secured?
  • How will ethics and intellectual property be handled?
  • How, when, and where will data be preserved and shared?
  • Who is responsible and what will it cost?

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the necessity/benefits of producing a DMP.
  • Know how to register for and use DMPonline.
  • Have drafted a basic DMP that they can complete after the workshop.

Please Note: attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to write their DMP on either using DMPonline or the basic template the tutor will provide. It would also be helpful if they could bring their project outline to base their draft DMP on.

This workshop relates to domains A1, C1, C2, D1, D2 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Friday 27-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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Writing freely: blogging about your research

Description

Blogging is turning into a popular format for communicating research processes and results to different audiences. It may seem straight forward compared to other academic writing platforms, but taking the leap into publishing blogposts can be daunting. If you would like to start blogging or blog more frequently, this workshop is for you. We will explore what blogging can add to your academic practice; how to use it to support your research; and what will get (and keep) your readers interested.

IMPORTANT. To attend this course, you must bring a laptop.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 04-Dec-2019, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room G.01, Classroom 1, High School Yards Central Area
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EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 01-Jun-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
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