Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Writing workshops

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.

Booking information for Technicians: If you are a technician interested in booking a workshop don't book via MyEd, instead email iad.researchers@ed.ac.uk. In this email include the name and date of the workshop you are interested in attending, and your UUN. Once we receive this we will book you onto the course. If the course is already full, we will add you to the waiting list.

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.

Collaborative Writing and Publishing

Description

Collaborative writing is often stimulating and rewarding, but it can also be stressful. In this workshop, we explore both the benefits and potential pitfalls of writing in collaboration with others; the affordances and drawbacks of different types of collaboration; issues around ownership, contribution and authorship; co-authoring and technology; and communication habits of strong collaborators.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Wednesday 03-Mar-2021, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Get that Paper Written and Published

Description

** This is a two part course, run on consecutive days 20th and 21st April (10.00 - 12.00 both days), participants should attend both days**

This two-day workshop helps 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) researchers with little or no experience of writing papers for peer-reviewed journals;
  • More experienced 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

EligibilityAcademic Researchers MVM All Research Staff Academic Researchers SCE
Date Tuesday 20-Apr-2021, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Online Off Campus
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 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)
Date Monday 19-Apr-2021, 13:30 - 15:30
Venue Online Off Campus
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) Academic Staff (MVM)
Date Monday 19-Apr-2021, 10:00 - 12:00
Venue Online Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Imposter Syndrome and How to Deal with It

Description

Have you ever sat in a meeting and looked around the table and heard an inner voice say what are you doing here? Have you ever spent sleepless nights worrying about not being good enough to answer the questions after a talk you have to give? Have you ever just felt like a fraud? If you have, you are not alone.  Most professionals have suffered from so-called “Imposter Syndrome” at some point in their careers, and for others it can be a lifelong affliction.  In this webinar we will look at this attitude, what causes it and offer strategies for dealing with it.

After this session the attendees will:

·       Know what is meant by “Imposter Syndrome” 

·       Be aware of how widespread it is

·       Understand its causes

·       Know how to deal with it when it happens.

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

Researcher Writing Hour

Description

The aim of this writing hour is to give you a dedicated writing time to focus on writing projects whilst working from home. 

The session will include a 10-minute check-in at the start to allow you to share hints and tips (optional) and to focus on what you want to achieve in the session, there will then be a full hour dedicated to writing.

Timetable:

10:00 – 10:10: General check-in and planning

10:10 – 11:10: 1 hour of writing

11:10 – 11:15: Wrap up and check in

This session is for all postgraduate researchers and research and academic staff

EligibilityResearchers MVM MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff Researchers HSS Researchers SCE
Date Monday 25-Jan-2021, 10:00 - 11:15
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityResearchers MVM MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff Researchers HSS Researchers SCE
Date Thursday 28-Jan-2021, 10:00 - 11:15
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityResearchers MVM MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff Researchers HSS Researchers SCE
Date Tuesday 02-Feb-2021, 10:00 - 11:15
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityResearchers MVM MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff Researchers HSS Researchers SCE
Date Monday 08-Feb-2021, 10:00 - 11:15
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .
EligibilityResearchers MVM MScR SCE All Years MScR MVM All Years MScR HSS All Years PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers All Research Staff All Academic Staff Researchers HSS Researchers SCE
Date Thursday 11-Feb-2021, 10:00 - 11:15
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .

Top Tips for Writing Policy Briefs

Description

A policy brief is a concise summary of a particular issue, the policy options to deal with it, and some recommendations on the best option. These briefs are aimed at those who make decisions and often those who control budgets such as government policymakers and others who are interested in formulating or influencing policy.  Many academics will be required to write these briefs and just how well they are written may have significant consequences for the policy in question.

 

In this session, we will look at the challenges faced by policy brief writers, especially understanding your audience, using appropriate language and style and thinking about impact.

 

After this session each participant will:

•      know what a policy brief is, who it’s for and what it looks like

•      appreciate the challenges of writing for a non-technical reader

•      have simple strategies for writing effective policy briefs.

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 logged into the online session, with brief scheduled discussions at the start of each writing slot, 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.

This full day writing retreat will be held online via Blackboard Collaborate and will include two 1hr 50minute writing slots, with a large break in the middle.  Participants are asked to attend both parts. 

Timings:

Part 1: 09:30 – 11:30 – Planning at the start followed by 1hr 50min minute writing slot

Extended break

Part 2: 13:30 – 15:30 – Revising planning from start of the day followed by 1hr 50min Writing slot 

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.

 

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 

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

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.

EligibilityAll Academic Staff PGR students All Postgraduate Researchers
Date Monday 22-Mar-2021, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Online (via Collaborate Ultra) Off Campus
Bookings If you are eligible, you can Book a place on this course .