Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Course

We have places available on the following online course:

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1

29th January 2018 (for 5 weeks)

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in 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’ backgrounds in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

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, as well as more general interaction with the course team. 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 in the 5 weeks:dddd

  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

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

The course runs for 5 weeks. A Level 2 course will run in the second half of Semester 2 to describe a number of additional topics and methods of analysis to enhance participants’ knowledge of, and confidence with, statistical methods.

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

1. Describe and apply the basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis.

2. Identify and apply basic concepts in probability

3. Define and construct confidence intervals and be able to apply hypothesis testing appropriately

For more information and booking see: http://edin.ac/2dd5UOL

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Three Minute Thesis Competition 2018

Are you thinking of entering the Three Minute Thesis Competition but not sure if its for you?

The 6th annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition will take place on the 22nd June 2018. The competition requires doctoral researchers to compete to deliver the best research presentation in just 3 minutes (and one slide).

We have a range of resources and information on our website to help you prepare for the competition, including:

  •  3MT ‘Competition Preparation’ workshops, running on the 14th and 21st February 2018
  • 3MT ‘Peer Practice’ Sessions, running on the 1st and 28th March 2018
  • Effective Slide Design workshop on the 2nd February 2018
  • a 3MT Handbook with tips on how to prepare your presentation and interviews with previous finalists
  • Video’s of previous competitions on the University’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about the competition, as well as details on how you can enter, here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/3mt

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Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Just Write for Research Students

19 January 2018

‘Just Write’ will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. More information here

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques

22 or 23 January 2018

This workshop is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. More information here

The Writing Process: Getting Started

23 January 2018

This workshop provides tools and tips for when and how to get started with the writing process; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. More information here

Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

24 January 2018

The workshop will help participants understand the information research process and developing good practice in literature searching. More information here

Structured Writing Retreat

24 January 2018

This writing retreat will allow you to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. More information here

For a full list of workshops please see here

 

Happy New Year from the IAD!

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018 from the IAD!  imagesCAJDXVCV

As a new year starts we continue to provide a range of resources and workshops for Postgraduate Researchers.  Take a look at some of the things we are offering this year:

  • Writing Workshops: We offer a range of writing workshops including Getting Started, Grammar, Writing for Publication, Is my Writing Academic Enough and Writing Abstracts.
  • Online Statistics: We run a 5 week online Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Course
  • PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event: This event is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently.
  • 3 Minute Thesis: The sixth annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition will take place on the 22nd June 2018.  Training is available to anyone interested in taking part in this competition, this will take place on the 14th and 21st February 2018.
  • Prepare for Doctoral Success: this online course starts on the 12th February and 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.
  • Follow us on twitter @iad4phd to keep up to date with the latest workshops and events

For more information on all of the above please see here

Places available: IAD PhD Workshops in January 2018

We have places available on the following workshops running in January 2018:

Just Write for Research Students

Friday 19th January 2018

‘Just Write’ will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing.  More information here 

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques

22nd and 23rd January 2018

This workshop is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. More information here

The Writing Process: Getting Started

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

This workshop provides tools and tips for when and how to get started with your writing; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft.  More information here

Structured Writing Retreat

Wednesday 24th January 2018

Come to a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. More information here

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists

Monday 29th January 2018

This online course will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. More information here

For a full list of our workshops please see here

Writing Courses for International PhD Students

English Language Education run a number of courses for international PhD students, including:

Writing a First Year Report for first year doctoral students  https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9; this course will start in the week beginning 29th January.

Reviewing the Literature for second year doctoral students (and students at the end of their first year, if they have passed their Board / been upgraded) https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit. This course will start in the week beginning 19th February.

For these two courses, there are also independent study materials available, for those students who are unable to attend face-to-face classes, or who already have a good level of academic written English and would simply appreciate some reference materials: https://www.edweb.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/independent-study-materials

Writing up your PhD: Quantitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/writing-phd. For this course, there are no independent study materials, as we use a very helpful course book, which students can buy at Blackwells: Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English by Hilary Glasman-Deal. The course starts in the week beginning January 22nd.

Writing up your PhD: Qualitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-qual . This course will start in the week beginning 5th February, and there are independent study materials available.

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Structured Writing Retreat

Monday 27th November 2017 (9.30am – 4.30pm)

Come to a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots will be interspersed with short discussions and reflections. The retreat format of working alongside (and sometimes in conversation with) others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems.  More information and booking here

 An Introduction to Copyright and Publishing

Wednesday 29th November 2017 (10.00am – 12 noon)

 This workshop provides an overview on the fundamentals of copyright as it applies to PhD students in terms of writing the PhD thesis and associated publications.  The workshop will also provide an introduction to academic publishing, including open access.  More information and booking here

Managing your Research Project

Monday 4th December 2017 (9.30am – 4.30pm)

This workshop is designed to help you take control of your research and support you in the successful completion of your PhD and future research projects, and explores how you can apply project management principles to research projects.   More information and booking here

 For a full list of our workshops please see here

 

‘Just Present’ Presentation Peer Practice Session 23/11/17

This session will provide you with an opportunity to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience, and give the option to receive constructive feedback from peers. You can use this session to practice delivering a presentation on anything related to your research.  Each participant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to preseimagesllnt, and feedback will be on the style and delivery of your presentation, not the content.

You do not need to have your final presentation prepared, it can be in draft format and you can bring notes or a script with you. It is simply an opportunity for you to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience.

This session is not facilitated, however a member of IAD staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Find out more here

Three Minute Thesis Competition Information Session 24/11/17

Are you thinking of entering the 3 Minute Thesis competition?

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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Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the upcoming workshops, open to all postgraduate research students:

Managing Your Work, Yourself and Your Goals

Wednesday 8th November 2017

This interactive workshop explores how important our daily working practices, time management and goal setting can be to help us achieve our life and career goals More information here

Communications Toolkit for a Public Audience

Thursday 9th November 2017

This workshop is ideal for researchers who are new to engaging members of the public with their research.  More information here

Beating Writers Block

Monday 13th November 2017

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

Viva Survivor

Tuesday 14th November 2017

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 here

For a full list of our workshops please see here