Viva Survivor Workshop

Is your viva approaching?

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submission who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva.

The viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can accompany the sense of achievement at completing one’s thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about how to prepare and what the viva will be like. In this session participants will:

  • learn realistic expectations for the PhD viva;
  • identify allies for their viva preparation;
  • explore practical strategies for preparation and the day of the viva;
  • discuss common viva questions.

More information and booking here

 

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Public Engagement Workshops

The IAD offer a range of workshops to support the development of core public engagement skills, these include:

You can also find out more about the support for public engagement with research at the University of Edinburgh here

3 Minute Thesis Competition Information Session 22/11/18

Are you thinking of entering the 3 Minute Thesis competition and want to find out more?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international competition celebrating the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition requires contestants to condense their research into a three minute, one-slide presentation for a non-specialist audience.

This information session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the competition and how you can take part, and will cover:

  • What is the 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • Who is eligible to take part
  • Why should you take part
  • The rules and judging criteria
  • Competition structure
  • Training available
  • Q&A

There will also be an opportunity to hear from previous winners and finalists

Find out more here

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Writefest 2018

Write Fest 2018

November is Academic Writing Month. This annual event was established as a way to support academic writing via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

During November 2018, the Institute for Academic Development will be running WriteFest, a local contribution to this academic writing month, with the aim of bringing people together to raise awareness and celebrate academic writing.

WriteFest is a collaboration with the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter, Bristol, Kings College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Derby and Adelaide.

Aims

The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:

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During WriteFest the IAD will be running writing retreats and ‘just write’ sessions to provide you with space and time to write, along with a selection of workshops and resources to support your writing.

How to get involved 

  • Book onto a workshop or writing retreat – have a look at our list to see what is running.
  • We will be regularly blogging during the festival from iad4researchers.wordpress.com and iad4phd.wordpress.com, where we will share some experiences, promote events and courses and reflect on academic writing. It will feature a range of voices from the researcher community in The University of Edinburgh and beyond. Please do go and have a look.
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest18 to share your progress with other researchers, and follow @researchersated and @IAD4PhD to keep up to date with what is happening during the month.
  • Also use the Academic Writing Month hashtag #AcriWriMo to get some inspiration from Academic Writing month overall.
  • Festival of Creative Learning: You many consider running a Pop-up event as part of the Festival of Creative Learning, linked to academic writing.  Both staff and students are invited to apply to run events in the Festival (February) and throughout the year as Festival Pop-up events, in order to encourage new ways of learning and teaching. There is a great deal of support to help you design and deliver your idea.

For more information see: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/research-roles/writefest

Go Abroad

Erasmus+ funding available – any subject area!

Going abroad isn’t just for undergraduates or language students. Find out how you could go abroad as part of your Research Masters or PhD – and get funded to do it.

PhD and Research Masters students can apply for Erasmus+ grants worth between €400-450 month, to help you undertake work or research abroad. As the funding is towards your travel and living expenses, it isn’t restricted to a particular activity or subject area; it just has to be in an Erasmus+ programme country, and last between 2 and 12 months.

Some examples of what you could do with the funding are:

  • A supervised research placement at another university, at an institute, or with an expert in your field of specialisation
  • Field work for data collection, or to test your research findings
  • Hands-on experience in a laboratory or specialised organisation
  • Using your expertise as a specialist within a work organisation

Erasmus + funding is available for both paid and unpaid placements, and you can still get it if you’re receiving a salary, PhD bursary, or student loan. Already received Erasmus+ funding during your undergraduate degree? Don’t worry, you’re still eligible!

Applications are open year-round. For full eligibility criteria and to find out more, visit https://www.ed.ac.uk/global/go-abroad/work-abroad.

Any questions? Email workplacements@ed.ac.uk or pop into the Go Abroad Office on central campus for our weekly drop-in sessions – Tuesdays 2-4pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm.

A Beginners Guide to Imaging Online Course

This is a 10-week course delivered through online distance learning within the University’s e-learning platform, Learn.

What will I learn? This self-paced, online course, gives a basic understanding of the history of imaging, an explanation about each imaging modality (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT), as well as giving a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis.  This is a great starting point for those working on research projects in many different areas, including medicine, engineering, science, psychology and art.

If students wish to learn more about a particular modality or technique, they can progress onto the Edinburgh Imaging Academy ODL CPD teaching materials – which are offered as ‘read only’ for a vastly reduced price of £15 per 10 credits.

Target audience: We have had students from a wide range of disciplines including:

–       Political Studies – interested in using fMRI to assess people’s thoughts

–       Anatomy & Biology students – to gain a basic background in imaging

–       Psychology & Cognitive Science – understanding tools & techniques

–       College of Art – interested in using images for 3D design

–       Engineering, Physics & Chemistry

–       Veterinary Science & Bioscience

–       Medical & Biomedical Science students

When does it start? 22nd October 2018 – and it is FREE!

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

Want to learn more about one imaging modality or analysis tool?  Once students have grasped the basics, they may wish to go on to study a full 10 credit course in Light Microscopy or Image Processing. If they wish to gain credits then the PPD option is best, if not the CPD read only option is available.

The Edinburgh Imaging Academy offers the online CPD option, by giving students ‘read only’ access to the teaching material used in our ODL Master programs, for £15 per 10 credit course. Simply book through – http://bit.ly/EdinPhD .

For information on Edinburgh Imaging, and our imaging facilities based at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre, the Brain Research Imaging Centre, IGMM and The Roslin Institute – please visit www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the history of imaging

2. Identify different imaging modalities and how and when they should be used

3. Apply a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis to their own research project

For more information see: https://edin.ac/2OzCafM

 

 

 

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Online Course

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists is a 10-week on-line course within Learn. It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking and outline some of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects.

You can access this course at any time of the year, there is no fixed start or end date.

Target audience

It is aimed mainly at students undertaking research projects (at either Masters or PhD level) in the College of Medicine (particularly lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors background in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

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Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and will try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered:

  1. An introduction to the course and VLE
  2. Basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis
  3. Some basic concepts in probability
  4. Confidence intervals
  5. Hypothesis testing
  6. Study design – randomisation and blocking
  7. Study design – power calculations
  8. Correlation and simple linear regression
  9. One and Two-way analysis of variance models
  10. Method comparison/ reproducibility studies

Find out more here: https://edin.ac/2QUXevt

Prepare for Doctoral Success

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Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online course for all doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Starting a doctorate is a very exciting time, but it can also be difficult to know where to start.

We hope  this online course will help you settle in to your doctoral studies by sharing essential information, tips and advice, and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage.

Course dates: this course will run for four weeks from 8th October 2018

Time commitment: we estimate you should expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week reading the materials and engaging with the tasks and online forums. It will be run as an asynchronous course, which means you can look at the tasks and post in the forums at a time that suits you.

Structure:

  • Week 1: Getting to know you – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants.
  • Week 2: Starting out – the essential information and expectations.
  • Week 3: The first year – milestones, planning and skills development.
  • Week 4: Working with your supervisor – hints and tips, expectations and supervisor styles.

More information and booking here: https://edin.ac/2D7dFNZ

Welcome along/back!

A warm welcome to new students to the University of Edinburgh and a welcome back to returning students! This academic year has another packed programme of events and workshops here at the Institute for Academic Development.  We will use this blog to provide useful hints and tips as well as keep you up to date with events throughout the year.

You can find out about transferable skills, professional and personal development training and support for postgraduate researchers from the IAD in our new brochure for 2018/2019

See our new brochure here: https://edin.ac/2MmF9Hg welcome_primarylogo_main

You can find our monthly newsletter here: http://edin.ac/2cQtq3G

For details of Prepare for Doctoral Success Online Resource click here: http://edin.ac/2cica25

See our website for more information: https://edin.ac/2wrNqRm

Follow us on twitter: @iad4phd

Best wishes

Louise McKay

Programme Manager – Doctoral Provision at the IAD

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following workshops running in September:

The Writing Process: Getting Started  (CAHSS)– 17/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation 18/9/18

This workshop looks at different aspects of organising a text. Topics include creating coherence; ordering sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into sections; using signposting to highlight connections and support transitions; and developing an argument.

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE/CMVM) 20/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

The Writing Process Getting Started (CSCE/CMVM) 24/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Academic Writer – Creative Writer 25/9/18

This workshop will explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through exercises that first take us outside the realm of academic writing, and then back into it.

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS) 26/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

Just Write for Research Students 28/9/18

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to create a time and place for PhD students to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.