PGR Summer Writing Retreats

These PGR summer writing retreats provide you with a quiet time and space to focus on your writing without the distractions of the office, emails and daily life. These sessions are not facilitated, it is simply a dedicated space and time to progress your writing projects.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:

•You will get the most out of the time by planning in advance and coming prepared to write

•Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with youuntitledgyh

•You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

• You can attend as many sessions as you wish

•You can attend for the full day or half a day, but please make sure you book a place on each session

•Catering is not provided – please bring your own refreshments with you

•Laptops are not provided

The sessions will follow the timetable below:

AM

09:30-10:15 – Writing

10:15-10:25 – Short Break

10:25-11:25 – Writing

11:25-11:35 – Short Break

11:35-12:25 – Writing

PM

13:30-14:15 – Writing

14:15-14:25 – Short Break

14:25-15:25 – Writing

15:25-15:35 – Short Break

15:35-16:25 – Writing

For more information see here

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3 Minute Thesis Competition 2018 – Winners Announced

DSC_0858The University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis Competition final took place on 22nd June 2018. Nine finalists from Three Colleges competed to deliver the best research presentation in 3 minutes with 1 slide.

University competition winner: The winner of the University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis 2018 competition was Phoebe Kirkwood from the Deanery of Clinical Sciences with her presentation ‘The Secrets of Scarless Healing’ Phoebe will now go on to represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.

Runner Up: the runner up was Owen James from the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, with his presentation ‘Human Myelin in a Dish’

‘People’s Choice’: Gavin Woolman from the School of Physics and Astronomy won the people’s choice prize with his presentation ‘Better Thermoelectrics through high pressure’

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Find out more about the competition here

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3 Minute Thesis Final 2018

3MT_Logo.jpgAudience tickets are now available for the University of Edinburgh 3 Minute Thesis Competition Final on the 22nd June 2018.  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:

Owen James CMVM
Phoebe Kirkwood CMVM
Danielle Leighton CMVM
Gavin Woolman CSCE
Sorcha Gilroy CSCE
Warwick Wainwright CSCE
Fabio Battaglia CAHSS
Vivek Bhatt CAHSS
Katie McGoohan 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

 

Structured Writing Retreat

Structured Writing Retreat for Postgraduate Researchers 11th April 2018

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.untitledgyh

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

  • 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

More information and booking here

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Time Management (online)

15th March 2018

This workshop will explain the basics of effective time management and will apply these principles throughout in the context of an academic role. More information here

Just Write for Research Students

16th March 2018

Just Write is a quiet time and place for PhD students to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. More information here

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques

19th or 20th March 2018

This workshop is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. More information here

Presenting with Ease (online)

22nd March 2018

This online workshop will explain the basic rules of giving presentations. More information here

Writing for Publication

28th March 2018

This workshop aims to demystify the publication process by breaking it down into stages and providing information and tips for each step. More information here

 

 

 

Preparing for Conferences

Will you be attending a conference or seminar to deliver a poster or presentation this semester? If so we have a number of workshops to help you prepare:

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster Workshop

14th March 2018

This workshop will examine in detail the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters. More information here

Presenting Made Easy – Presentation Techniques Workshop1428641_69358700

19th March 2018

This workshop is designed to equip participants with skills and techniques to develop and improve presentations for a variety of audiences. More information here

Presenting with Ease (online) Workshop

22nd March 2018

This online workshop will explain the basic rules of giving presentations. It is relevant for individuals from any subject area who either have little or no previous presenting experience, or those who wish to improve their presentation skills. More information here

Effective Conference Posters (online) Workshop

29th March 2018

This online workshop will examine the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters. More information here

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Simply Assertive

7th March 2018

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

Proof Reading

9th March 2018

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. More information and booking here

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers

9th March 2018

The workshop will focus on the needs and personal creativity styles of all the participants and explore a range of creativity techniques and how to apply and implement them and review a toolkit for evaluating ideas. More information and booking here

Writing Abstracts

13th March 2018

This workshop will identify the key components of an abstract and look at the purpose and impact of an abstract. More information and booking here

A full list of workshops can be found here

Lecture and Workshop with Jorge Cham Creator of PhD Comics

Picture1Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics is visiting the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 27th March 2018 to deliver a lecture and workshop:

Finding Humour in Academia Lecture

Tuesday 27th March 2018 (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PhD TV, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids from disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles. In this lecture, Jorge Cham will recount his experiences of bringing humour into the lives of millions of stressed out academics and will share stories from his travels to over 300 universities and research centres in the US and across the world. Thought-provoking yet humorous, Jorge Cham’s talks examine the source of academics’ anxieties, explore the myth of procrastination, and help academics figure out how to convey what they’ve learned to the outside world. There will also be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. More information and booking here

Communicating your Research Workshop

Tuesday 27th March 2018 (3.00pm – 5.00pm)

Now, more than ever, it is important that scientists and academics speak passionately and accessibly to the public about how and why they do research. For faculty and staff, it is a critical part of justifying their funding. For graduate students and postdocs, it is a key transferable skill that will prepare them for future careers. In this 2-hour workshop, Jorge Cham (creator of PHD Comics) relays his experiences creating successful science communication projects (videos and comics that have been viewed by millions of people and a book release from Penguin Random House) and helps participants discover the skills they need to communicate clearly with a broader audience. Participants will also create a 1-2 minute video that explains a complex topic to a general audience. More information and booking here

 

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster Workshop

How to Design an Effective Conference Poster Workshop 14/3/18

In research we are often called upon to present our work in the form of a poster at a conference. The design and layout of these posters is important, if we are to show our work in the best possible light. Many posters are, however, poorly thought out and badly designed. This workshop, using a series of short presentations and practical sessions will examine in detail the features of good poster design, will look at the relative importance of pictures versus words, and will equip the participants to play an active role in the design of their future conference posters.

After the workshop each participant will:1428641_69358700

• understand the purpose of the conference poster

• be familiar with the basic rules for poster design

• understand the importance of words, pictures and flow

• know how deliver a conference poster

• have a working strategy for designing a winning poster.

Find out more here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

 

Beating Writers Block

Thursday 15th February 2018

This workshop will 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

Writing a Literature Review

Tuesday 20th February 2018

This workshop will identify the Identify the key elements of a literature review and look at practical processes for writing the literature review.  More information and booking here

Academic Writing Peer Review

Wednesday 21st February 2018

The Academic Writing Peer Review workshop is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.  More information and booking here

How to be an Effective Researcher

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 2018

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. More information and booking here

How to be your own best editor

Monday 26th February 2018

This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively, and will identify the key aspects of good writing, including clarity, conciseness and flow. More information and booking here