3 Minute Thesis Competition 2017 – Winners

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University competition winner: The winner of the University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis 2017 competition was Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction’ Euan will now go on to represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.

Runner Up: the runner up was Issy MacGregor from the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, with her presentation ‘Meiotic Recombination: The Great Genetic Bake Off’

 ‘People’s Choice’: Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry also won the people’s choice prize with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction’

 Congratulations to all the finalists.

Find out more about the competition here

 

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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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

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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