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This blog provides hints and tips, information and resources which are available from the Institute for Academic Development, for Doctoral students at The University of Edinburgh.

Academic Writing Masterclass

Academic Writing Masterclass Workshop – Thursday 1st June 2017 and Wednesday 7th June 2017.

A Masterclass is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.

Prior to the Masterclass you will be invited to submit an extract (approximately 1000 words) from your academic writing two weeks in advance. All submissions will be circulated, anonymously and in strict confidence, to other course participants.

If your writing is discussed at the Masterclass – something which depends on the number of submissions – your text will be approached as a ‘minimal viable product’ rather than a finished piece. Feedback will focus on the strengths of your writing as well as any writing patterns that may inhibit clarity or make your writing less effective.

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University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis Competition Final 2017

Audience tickets are now available for the University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis Competition Final on the 22nd June 2017.  The Three Minute Thesis competition requires doctoral researchers to compete to deliver the best research presentation in just 3 minutes and one slide.  Nine finalist from three Colleges will present a compelling presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

This year’s finalists are:

Name College
Isobel MacGregor CMVM
Toby Gurran CMVM
Laura Glendinning CMVM
Lulu Tucker CSCE
Euan Doidge CSCE
Jennifer Dodoo CSCE
William Kerr CAHSS
Tim Squirrell CAHSS
Vanitha Subramaniam CAHSS

You will also be able to live webstream the final from your own computer.

Find out more about the competition, and reserve tickets for the final here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/3mt/3mt-final

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PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event 6/4/17

Postgraduate Research Mid Semester Welcome Event – 6th April 2017

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:

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

Find out more and book a place here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Presenting Made Easy – Delivering Presentations

20th March 2017

This workshop gives the opportunity to deliver a presentation.  Participants will present a prepared 5 min(max) talk on subject of their own choice or give an overview of their subject preferably using visual aids. They will then receive positive and encouraging feedback. More information and booking here

Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

22nd March 2017

This workshop is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and developing Good practice in literature searching.  More information and booking here

Proof Reading

22nd March 2017

This workshop looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the thesis is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them.  More information and booking here

Writing a Literature Review

23rd March 2017

Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review. More information and booking here

For a full list of all our workshops please see here

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

Time Management and Goal Setting

Wednesday 8th March 2017

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

Speed Reading

Wednesday 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 and booking here

Simply Assertive

Wednesday 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 and booking here

Creating Effective Collaboration

Thursday 9th March 2017

This workshop is an opportunity for participants to reflect on their strengths, determine what they want and develop a constructive approach to current and future collaborations. More information and booking here

Viva Survivor

Friday 10th March 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 and booking here

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers

Friday 10th March 2017

This workshop will focus on the needs and personal creativity styles of all the participants and will then will move on to explore: How to explore a problem and tackle it from a number of new angles; A range of creativity techniques and how to apply and implement them; A toolkit for evaluating ideas.  More information and booking here

You can find a full list of workshops here

 

STEAM Transcultural Science Communication Summer School

STEAM Transcultural Science Communication Summer School

3-12 July 2017; Marathon, Greece

Join us for a 10-days intensive training in science communication in Marathon (just outside Athens), Greece. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and innovatively marries science and art in science communication practice.

University of Edinburgh students are eligible to apply for grants to cover fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence. Grant applications are due 7 April 2017. See: http://www.steamsummerschool.eu/register-steam/grant-conditions/

For more information see www.steamsummerschool.eu  or contact steam@um.edu.mt.

Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science  communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

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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