‘Just Write’ Sessions for Research Students

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?

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.

‘Just Write’ will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing, the session is not facilitated, however a member of staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:333

  • You will get the most out of the time by coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you
  • You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

For a full list of dates please see here

In addition to the ‘Just Write’ Sessions there are also weekly ‘Shut up and Write’ drop in sessions, these take place as follows:

  • Wednesdays 10am-1pm @ Red Box Marchmont, Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh
  • Fridays 2-5pm @ Room 2.01, Old Infirmary (Geography), Drummond Street, Edinburgh

More information about “Shut Up & Write” here: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

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PhD Writing Courses for International Students

English Language Support for International Students

A wide range of courses are available to help international students with their English and academic skills. For first year PhD students, there’s “Writing a PhD First-Year Report”, which aims to help students to prepare the paper (or report, or proposal) that they will be writing for their first year review (or ‘panel’ or ‘progression board’), towards the end of the first year of their doctoral studies.   This course starts in the week beginning 23 October 2017, and the application deadline is Friday 13 October.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9

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For second and third year PhD students there’s Writing your PhD: Reviewing the Literature.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit

This course starts week beginning 2 October 2017

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  • Writing up Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Social Speaking Skills
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Academic Writing
  • Grammar for Academic Writing

Find out more here: www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-education

 

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Course

We have places available on the following online course:

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1

2nd October 2017 (for 5 weeks)

This is a 5 week course delivered entirely on-line within Learn (the University’s virtual learning environment, VLE). It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly in lab-based subjects), but it may be of more general use, too – we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the instructors’ backgrounds in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

Each week, participants will use resources such as recorded PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and directed reading to investigate a topic, and will try some practical examples in Minitab, a statistical package available on the University’s Managed Desktop and in general-access computing facilities. Support is available through discussion boards that allow queries on specific points, as well as more general interaction with the course team. The course runs asynchronously – participants work on course material and exercises in their own time, and interact via the discussion boards when required.

The following topics are covered in the 5 weeks:dddd

  1. An introduction to the course and VLE
  2. Basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis
  3. Some basic concepts in probability
  4. Confidence intervals
  5. Hypothesis testing

Each topic is expected to take around 2.5 hours per week to complete.  The full course should take around 12.5 hours.

The course runs for 5 weeks. A Level 2 course will run in the second half of Semester 1 and 2 to describe a number of additional topics and methods of analysis to enhance participants’ knowledge of, and confidence with, statistical methods.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Describe and apply the basic principles of statistical inference and exploratory data analysis.

2. Identify and apply basic concepts in probability

3. Define and construct confidence intervals and be able to apply hypothesis testing appropriately

For more information and booking see: http://edin.ac/2dd5UOL

Places available – Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE&CMVM)

20th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information here

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS)

27th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information here

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists (online)

2nd October 2017

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking (statistical inference) and one or two of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects. More information here

Prepare for Doctoral Success (online)

9th October 2017

This course will help you settle in to your doctoral studies by sharing essential information, tips and advice, and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage. More information here

For information on all of our workshops please see here

 

Places available – Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have the following workshops running in September for Postgraduate Researchers:

The Writing Process – Getting Started (CAHSS)

Monday 18th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Tuesday 19th September 2017

This workshop focuses on what makes a text ‘hang together’ in a way that makes sense to your reader.  More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE&CMVM)

Wednesday 20th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE&CMVM)

Monday 25th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Academic writer – creative writer

Tuesday 26th September 2017

In this workshop we explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through short writing exercises that initially take us outside the realm of academic writing, and eventually back into it. More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS)

Wednesday 27th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

For more information on all our workshops please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/course-list

 

 

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, and catering is not provided, 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 you

•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

•Please bring your own refreshments with you

The sessions will take place as follows:

 

 

Date Time
Monday 7th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 7th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 8th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 9th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 9th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 10th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 10th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 11th August 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 11th August 2017 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Find out more here

 

 

 

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

 

Dr. Kirsty Ross reflects on the experience and opportunities of Explorathon

My EXPLORATHON Experience

It has been a while since I thought about EXPLORATHON, but the notification emails for 2017 have started coming in from the University and from Beltane, leading me to reflect on what happened last year and how we can make it bigger and better this year.

For those of you yet to join us at an EXPLORATHON event, EXPLORATHON is Scotland’s contribution to European Researchers’ Night. This is one night a year when researchers from across Europe come together the celebrate the wealth of research, EU funded or not, and try to engage with as many people as humanly possible.

Last year, our team of 21 researchers interacted with over 500 people over the course of 24 hours. By and large we were interacting with either children or family groups. As part of our engagement strategy, we always try to make sure we are engaging with hard-to-reach audience, such as those at WHALEArts.

My top tips for participants would include; counting interactions at each activity you organise vs just total number of people visiting your stand. Say you have 3 activities and 100 people visit your stand. That is 100 visitors, which is great. However, some of those visitors may have interacted with you once, twice or three times. In this example, you could have as many as 300 interactions or engagements, if you count visitors to each activity.

Another point is that it is worth breaking down your visitors into men and women, boys and girls. Obviously this is not perfect and doesn’t take into consideration the full diversity in society. However, it can be used as a short hand to work out if your activities are appealing equally to males and females, adults and children. It is important to consider whether you are deterring anyone in your audience by the way you are presenting and to make sure everyone has equity of access.

Finally, try not to fall into the habit of delivering the same old engagement activities to the same audience that you always do. EXPLORATHON is a fantastic opportunity to try reaching audiences you might never have considered, or using more collaborative and consultative methods. For example, we are going to try live drawing of scientists by comic books artists this year (not that sort of life drawing! No nakedness required). What new and innovative methods can you think of? Feel free to get in touch if you need any help to take your engagement ideas to the next step.

EXPLORATHON 2017

Registration to be part of Explorathon 2017 closes on Friday 30th June. You do not have to have any experience in public engagement to take part, as all participants will have the opportunity to attend specialised training that will help you develop engaging activities from your research interests. Further information, including the link for registration, can be found here: http://www.beltanenetwork.org/news-blogs-reports/beltane-news/fancy-being-part-of-explorathon-2017/

Biography

Dr Kirsty Ross is the outreach officer for two groups of researchers; Bionanotechnology @ Strathclyde University, and the EPSRC/MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging (OPTIMA) which shared between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde. Kirsty is a microbiologist by training, discovered her public engagement vocation during her postdoc, and jumped in feet first in 2011. She has been on the Glasgow EXPLORATHON committee for 3 years, but took a step back last year into a delivery focused role.

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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