Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster Workshop

Thursday 28th March 2019

This workshop is for PhD researchers who are preparing their academic poster for presentation at a conference or seminar.  More information and booking here

Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Friday 29th March 2019

This workshop will cover various situations that academics are faced with regularly with regards to verbal interaction. We will cover delivery of oral presentations, how to get the most from your poster session at a conference, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. More information and booking here

Managing a Bibliography in Endnote

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

This is an introductory course aimed at getting you started in using EndNote. The course topics include adding records to your EndNote database, using EndNote to insert citations in word documents and generate bibliographies, and tips for efficient management of bibliographic sources. More information and booking here

Conference and Events Organising

Friday 5th April 2019

This workshop is designed specifically for students who are interested in planning events, workshops or conferences. More information and booking here 



IAD Public Engagement

IAD Public Engagement team supports researchers across the university (staff and students) in their public engagement activities.

This includes:

  • Providing expert advice and support for academic managers and researchers about public engagement with research
  • Leading university-wide public engagement related projects
  • Developing and facilitating networking and training opportunities for researchers involved in public engagement
  • Working with external organisations to provide opportunities for public engagement activities
  • Working with Edinburgh’s many festivals to provide public engagement opportunities for researchers including: the Fringe, the Science Festival, the Just Festival, the Film Festival and the History Festival.
  • Representing the University of Edinburgh at the Beltane Public Engagement Network

For more information, please contact the team at

About the Beltane Public Engagement Network

The Beltane Public Engagement Network is a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and The University of Edinburgh. There is an agreement between the four universities to coordinate their approaches to public engagement with research, and training in public engagement.

Beltane was established in 2008, when the universities in Edinburgh were awarded over £1 million of funding to become an RCUK Beacon for Public Engagement. From 2012-2017, the Network was funded by the four universities in Edinburgh to provide a central team based at The University of Edinburgh. This funding has now ended, but the partnership continues.

By joining forces, the four universities can share best practice and opportunities. Having a recognisable point of contact also makes it easier for other organisations to work with Edinburgh’s universities – and to do so without seeming to favour one over the other.

By being part of a university in Edinburgh, you are part of the Network. This means that you can participate in any public engagement opportunity (event or training) at any of the four universities.

For more information visit

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Workshop from international guest speaker Hugh Kearns

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisor
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • key-2114334_1920dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

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

1.Identify strategies for successfully working with your supervisor

2.Identify tools for effective time management

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

This workshop will take place on Monday 25th March. Find out more here

Research, Researchers and the Media – A Hands on Approach to Communicating your Research Workshop

The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway.

Aims and Objectives:

  • to give a first hand insight into how the media works
  • to practise media techniques like interviewing, scriptwriting and editing
  • to acquire a renewed, savvy attitude to the media and wider engagement

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

  1. To identify and engage with media techniques such as interviewing, scriptwriting and editing
  2. To identify the various ways in which those in the research community engage with the public

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

 Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.

This is a 3 day workshop. This workshop will run on Thursday 25th April and Friday 26th April from 9.30am – 6.00pm in St Leonard’s Hall, Pollock Halls, and on Saturday 27th April from approximately 10am – 1pm at the BBC Studios in Glasgow. Participation is required for the full duration of the workshop and transportation is not provided to the BBC studios in Glasgow.

For more information and booking see here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Viva Survivor – 15th February 2019

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. More information and booking here

Beating Writers Block – 19th February 2019

This workshop will look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your writing and your confidence. More information and booking here

Time Management (Online) – 20th February 2019

This workshop will outline the basics of effective time management for researchers.  More information and booking here

Practical Project Management for Research Students – 21st February 2019

This workshop will introduce you to project management, with a focus on the development of practical skills.  More information and booking here

How to Design a Public Engagement Process – 21st February 2019

This workshop give you strategies to design public engagement activities where everyone is engaged and comes away with something useful. More information and booking here


Three Minute Thesis Competition Preparation

Are you thinking about entering the Three Minute Thesis Competition this year? We have a number of workshops and resources to help you prepare your presentation:

Find out more about the Three Minute Thesis Competition here



Edinburgh Local Gradschool 2019

Edinburgh Local Gradschool 2019 – Tuesday 4th June – Friday 7th June 2019

GRADschool is an experiential 3.5 day non-residential learning course, designed for doctoral researchers in the last 18 months of their PhD, aiming to raise participants’ awareness of their personal and professional transferable skills.

The course uses small facilitated groups to enable you to review your experiences at intervals as the GRADschool progresses.

It offers you the unique opportunity to:

  • take a step back from your research and consider your next step
  • develop a wide variety of personal and professional skills
  • build a network with students from across Scotland
  • develop self awareness and self confidence

The course aims to help you develop:

  • communication, networking, time management, and team work skills
  • awareness of your own individual qualities and strengths
  • self-confidence in research and beyond
  • career management skills and raised awareness of the range of career options open to PhD graduates.

For more information see: 

Presentation Skills Training at IAD

Will you be attending a conference or seminar to deliver a poster or presentation this semester? If so we have a number of workshops to help you develop your presentation skills, these include:

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques

Presenting Made Easy – Delivering Presentations

‘Just Present’ Presentation Peer Practice Session

Designing Effective Slides


Presenting with Ease (Online)

Writing and Designing your Academic Poster

Effective Conference Posters (Online)

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster

Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Prepare for Doctoral Success


Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online course for all new 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 Monday 11th February 2019

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.


  • 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.

The next course starts on Monday 11th February 2019.  Find out more here

PGR Mid Semester Welcome Event

PGR Mid Semester Welcome Event – Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Postgraduate research students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events.

These welcome sessions are aimed at any new postgraduate research student who was not able to attend the September or January Welcome Week.


You will be provided with information on:

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • Information from the Institute for Academic Development, Library Services and the Students Association
  • current PhD students’ experiences

Find out more here