Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities

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Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on "My Bookings" - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

Digital Capabilities & Skills for Researchers

Description

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

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

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

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

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

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

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 All Academic Staff
Date Tuesday 07-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

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

Description

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

Topics covered will include:

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

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

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Wednesday 06-Dec-2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 workshop focusses on subjects covered by AHRC and ESRC.

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services AHSS Academic Staff (CAHSS)
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land Moray House
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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services MVM Academic Staff (MVM) Academic Staff (SCE) Technical and Scientific Services SCE
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Managing Your Research Data: Why Is It Important and What Should You Do?

Description

Research Data Management is a hot topic these days, with various funding councils increasingly requiring researchers to meet certain data management criteria both during and beyond their research project.  This workshop provides an overview on research funders’ and University requirements from researchers, research data lifecycle, data management plans, storing data securely during a research project, options for sharing or archiving data at the end of a research project, and services and tools available at the University to help researchers manage their data.

This workshop is aimed at all research staff. It will shed light on the following questions:

  • What is research data management? Why is it important?
  • What are the funder and University requirements from researchers?
  • What is a data management plan? Why is it important to have one?
  • Where could you store your data securely?
  • How could you make your data available openly? What are the options?
  • What if you are collecting personal and confidential data? What should you do to minimise the risks involved in working with such data?
  • What are the services and tools available to you at the University to help manage your research data effectively and efficiently?

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Recognise your responsibility to the University and research funders in the way you conduct your research.
  2. Understand the importance of proper data management and how to plan for this.
  3. Aware of the tools and services available to you at the University to help you manage your research data.

This course 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 Wednesday 15-Nov-2017, 14:00 - 16:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Writing Freely: Turning An Idea Into A Blogpost

Description

Blogging is becoming a popular platform for expressing research ideas and may seem straightforward compared to other forms of academic publishing. Nevertheless, starting a blog and posting regularly can feel daunting. Are you considering taking the leap, or would you like to post more frequently?

In this workshop, we will explore key issues for academic bloggers:

  • What can blogging add to your academic practice?
  • How can you use it to support your writing?
  • What will get (and keep) your readers interested?
  • How often should you blog and how do you find the time?

You will generate blogging material and experiment with space, focus, style, voice and format. Bring an open mind and a laptop.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. To introduce participants to networking strategy and incentivise them to develop blogging material;
  2. Increase knowledge and confidence in academic blogging.

This workshop relates to domains A3, 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 Monday 04-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue CCC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 Tuesday 28-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 Tuesday 20-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 13:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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. Please note that the emphasis of the workshop 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 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, 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 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

EligibilityAcademic Staff (SCE)
Date Tuesday 14-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 13:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 25-Oct-2017, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Friday 03-Nov-2017, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .
EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 08-Nov-2017, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Moray House
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .