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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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

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Academic Writing Masterclass

Friday 27th January 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. More information here

Structured Writing Retreat

Monday 30th January 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. More information here

Poster Production

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Focusing on the practical elements of a poster event, this workshop will take you through the process of production, completion and final presentation of ‘your research on a page’. More information here

Practical Project Management for Research Students

Thursday 2nd February 2017

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

You can find a full list of our workshops here

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques

Monday 21st November or Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The course is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences.

More information and booking here

Simply Assertive

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The aim of this course 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

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

This empowering and challenging course will allow participants to bring along their own real problems and explore them from a number of new angles

More information and booking here

Developing your Personal Presence and Contacts

Friday 25th November 2016

This 2-hour participative session will help develop your self-awareness of how you come across to others and enhance your skills in developing professional contacts

More information and booking here

Viva Survivor

Monday 28th November 2016 or Tuesday 29th November 2016

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

 

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

‘Just Write’ 17/11/16

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.

More information here

How to be an Effective Researcher 17&18/11/16

This interactive and intensive 2-day workshop 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.

More information here

Presenting made Easy – Presentation Techniques 21/11/16 and 22/11/16

The workshop is designed to equipt participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences.

More information here

Simply Assertive 22/11/16

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 here

 

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following workshops running next week:

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Monday 24th October 2016 (AM)

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your PhD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a PhD

More information and booking here

The Imposter Syndrome: Why Successful People Often Feel Like Frauds

Monday 24th October 2016 (PM)

This session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over commitment.

More information and booking here

Effective Presentations

Monday 24th October 2016 (full day)

This course is aimed at people who may be anxious about speaking in public and who would like to increase their confidence in developing structured presentations in order to present their material with flair and style. One of the main aims is to offer a supportive environment, giving positive and constructive feedback to help participants gain confidence and develop their skills through practice.

More information and booking here

Effective Presentations

Tuesday 25th October 2016 (full day)

This course is aimed at people who may be anxious about speaking in public and who would like to increase their confidence in developing structured presentations in order to present their material with flair and style. One of the main aims is to offer a supportive environment, giving positive and constructive feedback to help participants gain confidence and develop their skills through practice.

More information and booking here

How to be your own best editor

Tuesday 25th October 2016 (AM)

This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of good writing – such as clarity, conciseness and flow – and analyse, by means of written examples, how these qualities are realised linguistically. Working with a draft text, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

More information and booking here

 

 

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following workshops running next week:

Beating Writers Block (CAHSS)

Tuesday 18th October 2016

You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, and typically not only affects planning but well-being and motivation as well.  In this workshop, we’ll 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 and booking here: http://edin.ac/2dRiraL

Ease the Load – Feel good about your Busy Life

Wednesday 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.

More information and booking here: http://edin.ac/2cYObo5

‘Just Write’ for Research Students

Wednesday 19th October 2016

‘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 and booking here: http://edin.ac/1NGRHFB

Pitch Perfect – Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Thursday 20th October 2016

This workshop will cover various situations that academics are faced with regularly with regards to verbal interaction. We will cover delivery of oral presentations, how to get the most from your poster session at a conference, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt for a variety of situations; how do you respond to difficult questions? How do you turn a conversation to your advantage? How do you effectively engage with senior academics?

More information and booking here: http://edin.ac/2dgvn4b

 

 

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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Goodluck!

Louise McKay

Doctoral Training Manager at the IAD