PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event

Thursday 9th November 2017 (1.00pm – 5.00pm)

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

What will happen during this event?

This morning is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently. The event is being hosted by the  Institute for Academic Development. You will be provided with information on:welcome_primarylogo_main

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • current PhD students’ experiences

Find out more, and book a place here

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Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Academic Communication Skills Workshop

19th October 2017

This session is aimed specifically at first year international postgraduate students for whom English is not their first language. It will provide guidance and confidence to students who may feel unsure as to whether they are able to communicate their research effectively. More information and booking here

Team Building and Leadership Fundamentals

25th October 2017

This workshop will help you understand what you contribute to and how to be part of an effective team. It will explore leadership and how you can inspire and motivate other members of a team and resolve conflict. You will learn skills that every team leader and aspiring leader should know. More information and booking here

Think Strategically Respond Rapidly

25th October 2017

This workshop will examine how to respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. It will also examine how to write rapidly to a pre-specification and respond to policy consultations and other stakeholder requests. More information and booking here

Practical Project Management for Research Students

26th October 2017

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

For a full list of our workshops please see here

Think Strategically Respond Rapidly Workshop

We have places available on the following workshop:

Think Strategically Respond Rapidly – 25th October 2017

Research often moves very slowly, but sometimes we need to be able to move very quickly indeed. Last minute conference invitations, grant announcements and journal calls (amongst other demands) all require research teams to mobilize their resources and respond straight away. In this workshop we’ll examine how to respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. We’ll also examine how to write rapidly to a pre-specification and respond to policy consultations and other stakeholder requests.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to identify strategies to quickly respond to opportunities.

For more information see here

IAD Action Fund

The IAD offers funding for University of Edinburgh staff and students to develop and support academic networks and communities and/or test ideas for creative learning activities. (Includes Festival of Creative Learning Pop-ups.)

The aim of the fund is to support applicants to:

  • Establish, develop or support internal interdisciplinary networks, particularly strategically important internal cross-School and cross-College networks.
  • Establish, develop or support internal academic communities within a discipline, School or subject area, particularly involving both staff and students.
  • Run innovative professional development activities which would support groups of colleagues or students to develop skills in leadership, communication, networking, writing and other generic transferable skills. We encourage you to explore experimental or creative approaches to professional development.
  • To run a Festival of Creative Learning Pop-up event outside of the main programme in February. Please refer to the Festival of Creative Learning website (link at bottom of page) for additional information about Pop-ups.brainstorming-300x300

There are two levels of funding available:

IAD Action Fund Small Grants

Small grants can be for up to a maximum of £500. You can apply at any point during the academic year

IAD Action Fund Regular Grants

You can apply to up to a maximum of £3000. Application deadline in October. The next deadline is 16 October 2017.

Find out more here

‘Just Write’ Sessions for Research Students

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?

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.

‘Just Write’ will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing, the session is not facilitated, however a member of staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:333

  • You will get the most out of the time by coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you
  • You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

For a full list of dates please see here

In addition to the ‘Just Write’ Sessions there are also weekly ‘Shut up and Write’ drop in sessions, these take place as follows:

  • Wednesdays 10am-1pm @ Red Box Marchmont, Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh
  • Fridays 2-5pm @ Room 2.01, Old Infirmary (Geography), Drummond Street, Edinburgh

More information about “Shut Up & Write” here: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

PhD Writing Courses for International Students

English Language Support for International Students

A wide range of courses are available to help international students with their English and academic skills. For first year PhD students, there’s “Writing a PhD First-Year Report”, which aims to help students to prepare the paper (or report, or proposal) that they will be writing for their first year review (or ‘panel’ or ‘progression board’), towards the end of the first year of their doctoral studies.   This course starts in the week beginning 23 October 2017, and the application deadline is Friday 13 October.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9

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For second and third year PhD students there’s Writing your PhD: Reviewing the Literature.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit

This course starts week beginning 2 October 2017

Other workshops include:untitledgyh

  • Writing up Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Social Speaking Skills
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Academic Writing
  • Grammar for Academic Writing

Find out more here: www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-education

 

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Course

We have places available on the following online course:

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1

2nd October 2017 (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 1 and 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

Places available – Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE&CMVM)

20th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information here

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS)

27th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information here

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists (online)

2nd October 2017

This 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

Prepare for Doctoral Success (online)

9th October 2017

This 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. More information here

For information on all of our workshops please see here

 

Places available – Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have the following workshops running in September for Postgraduate Researchers:

The Writing Process – Getting Started (CAHSS)

Monday 18th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Tuesday 19th September 2017

This workshop focuses on what makes a text ‘hang together’ in a way that makes sense to your reader.  More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE&CMVM)

Wednesday 20th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE&CMVM)

Monday 25th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Academic writer – creative writer

Tuesday 26th September 2017

In this workshop we explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through short writing exercises that initially take us outside the realm of academic writing, and eventually back into it. More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS)

Wednesday 27th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

For more information on all our workshops please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/course-list

 

 

PGR Summer Writing Retreats

These PGR summer writing retreats provide you with a quiet time and space to focus on your writing without the distractions of the office, emails and daily life. These sessions are not facilitated, and catering is not provided, it is simply a dedicated space and time to progress your writing projects.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:

•You will get the most out of the time by planning in advance and coming prepared to write

•Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you

•You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

• You can attend as many sessions as you wish

•You can attend for the full day or half a day, but please make sure you book a place on each session

•Please bring your own refreshments with you

The sessions will take place as follows:

 

 

Date Time
Monday 7th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 7th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 8th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 9th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 9th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 10th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 10th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 11th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 11th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Find out more here