Easy the Load – Feel good about your Busy Life Workshop

Ease the Load – Feel Good about your Busy Life – 19th October 2016

Staying on top and in control of our work in this fast-paced world is becoming increasingly difficult. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and have a knock on effect to our personal life. This session has been developed to help effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support us as we focus on the important, plan our work effectively and attack it with confidence.

This new, full day course looks at time management from a fresh perspective to support researchers at all levels, through the development of an approach which puts you back in control of your time.imagesCALDO9DF

Course Purpose:

This course aims to support researchers at all levels, providing an approach which puts you in control and reduces overall stress. Applying this helps you to enjoy, and not just cope with, your busy schedule, leaving you on top of your work, not buried by it. Productivity without the stress.


  • Skilfully manage a busy schedule
  • Feel on top of work and home life
  • Get the inbox back to empty
  • Effectively plan and progress projects
  • Clarify roles, prioritise goals and learn to say “No”
  • Efficiently organise paperwork, emails and other inputs

More information and booking here


Compass Programme for International Research Students

The international COMPASS programme is a series of workshops and events for international research postgraduates studying in Scotland.

compassThe programme aims to provide:

  • The opportunity to socialise, network and learn about Scotland
  • Transferable skills training
  • Professional and career information and advice

We have several workshops and an event taking place this semester.

COMPASS Induction Event – Thursday 6th October 2016

COMPASS Academic Communication Skills – Wednesday 12th October 2016

COMPASS Visit to the Scottish Parliament – Thursday 17th November 2016

For more detailed information on the workshops please click here

Prepare for Doctoral Success – A New Online Course

banner-prepare-for-doctoral-successPrepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive 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. This course aims to help you settle in by sharing essential information, tips and advice and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage. The course is structured as follows:

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 course is hosted in Learn and you can find out more and book a place here

Welcome along/back!

A warm welcome to newOld College 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 2016/2017

See our new brochure here: http://edin.ac/2cKJHal

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

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Louise McKay

Doctoral Training Manager at the IAD