Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact

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:

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Monday 23-Oct-2017, 13:15 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Be Better than Boring Bullet Points

Description

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

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

Specifically, we’ll help you to:

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

This workshop relates to domains B1 and D2 of the RDF

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Wednesday 22-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

CV Briefing Session: Academic CVs

Description

This workshop is for research staff will focus on writing academic CVs. It will address how to present your skills, experience and research effectively, and assist you to tailor your CV for different roles within academia.

This one and half hour briefing session is for research staff thinking of applying for a new job in academia, whether academic teaching or academic research.

The session will explore:

  • What makes for a good CV;
  • What counts in an academic CV;
  • How to present your skills and experience effectively;
  • Supporting or personal statements, or cover letters for academic applications.

The session will include a presentation and group discussion of some example CVs.

Please note that feedback on individual CVs is not possible at this session. This is best done by arranging an individual career development consultation.  Further information on these consultations can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/university-staff/careers-service-support-for-staff

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Improve your confidence in writing and tailoring your CV;
  2. Increase your understanding of how to adapt your CV for different roles, including teaching focused or research focused roles;
  3. Understand what should be addressed in a cover letter or supporting statement.

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 15-Mar-2018, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

CV Briefing Session: Non-Academic CVs

Description

This workshop for research staff will focus on creating a CV for non-academic jobs. It will address how to present your skills, experience and research effectively, and assist you to tailor your CV for different roles.

This one and half hour briefing session is for research staff thinking of seeking a change to a non-academic job (within or out of higher education) or making a career switch.

The session will explore:

  • What makes for a good CV;
  • How to adapt your CV for careers outside academic research;
  • How to present your skills and experience effectively.

The session will include a presentation and group discussion of some example CVs. 

Please note that feedback on individual CVs is not possible at this session. This is best done by arranging an individual career development consultation.  Further information on these consultations can be found at:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/university-staff/careers-service-support-for-staff

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Improve your confidence in writing and tailoring your CV;
  2. Increase your understanding of how to adapt your CV for different roles, specifically roles outside of academic research.

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Collaborative Writing and Publishing

Description

Collaboration is at the heart of academic life. Strong research often results from collaborative effort, many grants involve collaboration across institutional and geographic boundaries, and many employers will scan CVs for evidence of successful collaboration. Collaborative writing, while stimulating and rewarding, can also be challenging.

In this workshop we will discuss the affordances and drawbacks of different types of collaboration; issues around ownership, contribution and authorship; co-authoring and technology; and communication habits and strategies of strong collaborators.

Please come prepared to write and collaborate. You will need to bring a laptop to this workshop.

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of collaborative writing skills that are relevant in research;
  2. Understand and apply collaborative writing to their research.

This workshop relates to domains 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 Thursday 31-May-2018, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Creating the Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Description

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

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

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

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

Who is it for?

Supervisors of research students at any point in their candidature.

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

Dealing with International PhD Students' Writing Issues

Description

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

The topics covered include:

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

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Tuesday 12-Dec-2017, 11:30 - 13:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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

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Effective Collaborations

Description

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

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

We will consider:

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

 After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 17-May-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Gaining Teaching Accreditation for Your PhD Supervision

Description

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

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

In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider:

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 07-Feb-2018, 09:30 - 11:00
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 .

Getting the First Lecturing Job

Description

This short workshop will outline the experience and skills expected of new lecturers.  It will encourage reflection and discussion on how to continue to build your profile and develop relevant experience to improve your competitiveness for an academic career.

You should attend this workshop if:

If you are wondering how to make the transition from early career researcher to first lecturing job then this interactive session will be of interest.  Drawing on the results of a national survey of academic staff in universities across the UK, the session will outline the experience and skills looked for in new lecturers.  We will discuss what experience you need to develop (and share tips about how you can be gaining this experience) and what to emphasise at application and interview stages.

 After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Understand the experience, skills and qualifications that make a good candidate for a lecturer role;
  2. Assess your own experience and identify gaps in light of what is required for lectureship positions;
  3. Share and gain ideas of how you can build additional relevant experience.

This workshop relates to domains B1, B3 and D3 of the RDF.

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 07-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Holyrood
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 .

Introduction to MBTI: Understanding Your Work and Communication Style

Description

This workshop is an introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a widely used self- report personality questionnaire. This will provide an understanding of your preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions and working.

This half day workshop is useful for anyone who wishes to understand more about their own preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions and working. This information is useful in helping you understand yourself, and is also helpful when working in teams or managing people.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used, self-report personality questionnaire, designed to assist in understanding personal style and preferences. It has been used in a variety of areas, including personal development, career planning and team building in industry, for many years.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the basic MBTI framework and the concept of type;
  • Recognise how this framework applies to you by understanding your unique preferences / profile;
  • Have an increased understanding of individual differences, and of how people of other types may see the world and behave;
  • Be able to view your preferences as positive assets, and be aware of aspects of self which may be less developed;
  • Be aware of the idea of self-development and have increased self-understanding, which can be used to inform career planning and development.

You'll complete the MBTI questionnaire and you will engage in exercises and discussion to self-assess your MBTI type.

After attending this session you will be able to:

  1. Increase self-awareness and understanding of how you prefer to interact and communicate;
  2. Enhance your understanding of individual differences which can help you to improve your communication with colleagues;
  3. Improve your awareness of how you can work more effectively with others. 

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Thursday 22-Mar-2018, 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 .

Managing Difficult Conversations Assertively

Description

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

This workshop explores:

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

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Thursday 02-Nov-2017, 13:15 - 16:30
Venue Holyrood
Bookings This event is full. If you are eligible, you can Book a place on a waiting list for this course .

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 .

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 AMN3 ACT3
Date Wednesday 29-Nov-2017, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 AMN3 ACT3
Date Thursday 18-Jan-2018, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 AMN3 ACT3
Date Tuesday 27-Mar-2018, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityMVM Academic Grades UE08 UE09 UE10 AMN3 ACT3
Date Thursday 03-May-2018, 09:15 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Presenting with Ease (Online Workshop)

Description

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

This session will help you to:

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

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

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

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

Publishing and Open Access

Description

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

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers
Date Wednesday 13-Dec-2017, 09:30 - 11:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Social Media: Sharing, Connecting and Building an Audience

Description

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

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

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

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityTechnical and Scientific Services All Academic Staff
Date Wednesday 01-Nov-2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Spotlight on ... Co-supervision

Description

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

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

Spotlight on ... Supervising international PGR students

Description

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Friday 01-Jun-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Spotlight on ... mental health and wellbeing support for PGR students

Description

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

EligibilityAll Academic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Thursday 01-Feb-2018, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Supervisor Discussion Group

Description

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

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

What Does Leadership in Research Look Like?

Description

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

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

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

In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider:

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

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

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

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

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

EligibilityAcademic Staff Technical and Scientific Services
Date Monday 20-Nov-2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane Holyrood
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

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 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 Room 4.22, St John's Land Moray House
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on 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 .