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

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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Structured Writing Retreat

We are running a structured writing retreat on Tuesday 7th February 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. 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.

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

  • 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

As places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend this session in full

Find out more, and book a place here

Places available on upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists – Level 1

Monday 30th January 2017

This online course will introduce 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

Managing a Bibliography in Endnote

Thursday 2nd February 2017

This is an introductory course aimed at getting you started in using EndNote. 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. More information here

Prepare for Doctoral Success

Monday 6th February 2017

This online 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

Find out more about all our workshops here

Prepare for Doctoral Success

banner-prepare-for-doctoral-successPrepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive course for all doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh. Starting a doctorate is a very exciting time, but it can also be difficult to know where to start. This course aims to help you settle in by sharing essential information, tips and advice and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage. The course is structured as follows:

Week 1: Getting to know you – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants

Week 2: Starting out – the essential information and expectations

Week 3: The first year- milestones, planning and skills development

Week 4: Working with your supervisor – hints and tips, expectations and supervisor styles

The course will start on the 6th February 2017 and is hosted in Learn.  You can 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

PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event 26/1/17

Postgraduate Research Mid Semester Welcome Event – 26th January 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

Happy new year from the IAD!

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017 from the IAD!  imagesCAJDXVCV

As a new year starts we continue to provide a range of resources and workshops for Postgraduate Researchers.  Take a look at some of the things we are offering this year:

  • Writing Workshops: We offer a range of writing workshops including Getting Started, Grammar, Writing for Publication, Is my Writing Academic Enough and Writing Abstracts.
  • Online Statistics: We run a 5 week online Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Course
  • PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event: This morning is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently.
  • 3 Minute Thesis: The fifth annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition will take place on the 22nd June 2017.  Training is available to anyone interested in taking part in this competition, this will take place on the 15th and 27th February 2017.
  • Follow us on twitter @iad4phd to keep up to date with the latest workshops and events

For more information on all of the above please see here

Famelab 2017

Get ready to compete in Famelab 2017!

Applications open shortly for this international science communication competition. Competitors get just three minutes to communicate a scientific concept accurately, clearly and charismatically. Slides are banned, and props are limited to what you can carry!

Although FameLab is a competition, the real benefits are the training, high quality feedback on your performance and a chance to meet like-minded people. Nevertheless, the chance of a cash prize and the prestige of being a FameLab winner don’t hurt!

To take part, you need to be aged 21+ and working or studying in science (including medicine), technology, engineering or maths. You cannot be a professional science communicator.

So get ready, sign up and liven up your winter with a sci comm challenge!

Find out more here

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017

Are you thinking of entering the Three Minute Thesis Competition but not sure if its for you?

The 5th annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition will take place on the 22nd June 2017. The competition requires doctoral researchers to compete to deliver the best research presentation in just 3 minutes (and one slide).

We have a range of resources and information on our website to help you prepare for the competition, as well as two ‘Competition Preparation’ workshops, running on the 15th and 27th February 2017.  You can also view previous competitions on the University’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about the competition, as well as details on how you can enter, here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/3mt

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