Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Writing

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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.

'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 .

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 .

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 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 .

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 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 .