Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Practical Project Management for Research Students

7th March 2017

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

Time Management and Goal Setting

8th March 2017

This workshop will look at how important our daily management and goal setting can be to help us achieve our life and career goals.  More information here

Speed Reading

8th March 2017

This workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically. More information here

Simply Assertive

8th March 2017

The aim of this workshop is to enable delegates to have a greater self confidence in difficult situations and feel able to express their opinions.  More information here

Viva Survivor

10th March 2017

This workshop is for postgraduate researchers close to submission who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva.  More information here

You can find a full list of our workshops here

A Creative Enlightenment 2017: Social and Digital Ventures

A Creative Enlightenment 2017

16 | 23 | 30 March 2017

Dundee | Edinburgh | Glasgow

Do you have a creative idea? Are you thinking about starting your own company or social enterprise? Looking for inspiration in how digital platforms can enhance your work? A Creative Enlightenment is for you …

This three-day training programme is for doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities from across Scotland who are thinking about how they can apply their skills and experience beyond the PhD, particularly in relation to being self-employed or starting a business or social enterprise.

Programme overview

A Creative Enlightenment (ACE) incorporates a mix of workshops and talks that look at aspects of setting up a social enterprise, protecting your intellectual property, using digital to develop audiences, sources of funding and pitching your idea.

The programme aims to strike a balance between focusing on your own professional development and bigger picture issues affecting creative and social enterprises.

Highlights:

  • Hear from a range of industry speakers including:Beth Bate, Dundee Contemporary Arts;Gillian Easson, Creative Dundee; Katie Ailes, Loud Poets; Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors; Rebecca Thompson, Hot Tap Media/Social Screen; Susan Morrison, Bright Club
  • Build skills through a Social Enterprise Academy workshop on starting and running a social enterprise
  • Get an insider view on juggling research with artistic enterprise
  • Find out how to identify, protect and exploit your IP and free IP rights
  • Gain insights into future trends in digital
  • Find out about sources of funding and learn how to find your voice and pitch your idea through a Bright Club Workshop
  • Apply your research thinking to real industry challenges

Find out more here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming IAD PhD workshops:

 

Three Minute Thesis – Competition Preparation Workshop

22nd February 2017

In this interactive workshop we will focus on the creativity and personal innovation required to enter the three minute thesis competition. Find out more and book a place here

How to be an Effective Researcher

23rd and 24th February 2017

This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first and second year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.  Find out more and book a place here

Practical Project Management for Research Students

7th March 2017

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

Simply Assertive

8th March 2017

The aim of this workshop is to enable delegates to have a greater self confidence in difficult situations and feel able to express their opinion.  More information and booking here

Speed Reading

8th March 2017

This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically. More information and booking here

 

How to be an Effective Researcher Workshop

What can you do to make yourself a more effective PhD researcher and get the most out of your PhD?

We are running the ‘How to be an Effective Researcher’ workshop on the 23rd and 24th February 2017

This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first and second year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.

The course will cover:

  • PhD project planning
  • Effective working practices
  • Working with others in the research environment
  • Maximising your impact
  • Managing your supervisor
  • Negotiating
  • Getting feedback
  • Making the most of your PhD – planning for the future

Participants work in groups to work on a range of activities. From this you will gain awareness of your performance as an individual and in a team. You will use and develop skills that are essential for a researcher such as communication, planning, time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness, as well as building a greater self-awareness of your learning and working styles. The course was developed at the University of Edinburgh with support from Vitae and has been attended by thousands of researchers at universities across the UK. It was devised with input from tutors from academia, industry and other sectors to ensure its relevance to PhD research and future careers.

Find out more, and book a place here

Edinburgh Local GradSchool 2017

Edinburgh Local Gradschool is a three day non-residential course that gives you time to step back from your PhD, think about the skills you have developed and how they will help you to take that next step in your career.  You’ll have the chance to meet researchers from other universities or subjects and work on group case studies, which give you the opportunity to practice skills such as communication, networking, leadership, influencing, team working and time management.

The GRADschool is aimed at 2nd and 3rd year PhD researchers and has a strong focus on career development and personal impact.  As well as having a Careers Adviser on hand, our team of experienced tutors are from a range of backgrounds and will be able to talk to you about how their research background helped to get them where they are now. It is designed to support you in making informed choices about what you would like to do next, motivate you to write up and challenge your assumptions about your skills.

As a result of the programme, you will:

  • develop your professional and personal effectiveness
  • broaden your skills for becoming a more effective researcher, such as communication, team working, project planning, and decision-making.
  • plan and manage the next steps of your career
  • understand yourself and challenge your assumptions

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • meet doctoral researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds countries, and career stages
  • work with experienced tutors as role models who openly share their career experiences both of research and other careers
  • practice building and working in a successful team

The course will run on Wednesday 31st May – Friday 2nd June 2017 from 09.00am – 5:30pm each day.  Participants MUST attend on all days.

For more details please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/gradschool/outline

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Structured Writing Retreat

We are running a structured writing retreat on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

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.

You will get the most out of this retreat if you:untitledgyh

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don’t use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend this session in full

Find out more, and book a place here