‘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/


PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event

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Thursday 10th November 2016 (9.00am – 1.00pm)

Postgraduate students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events.

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 Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • current PhD students’ experiences

More information and booking here

Tips for Effective Networking

The term networking can conjure all sorts of images for people, but the truth of it is that networks provide you with colleagues to discuss your research ideas, potential collaborators, peer support to get you through the tough times, and contacts to help you find future jobs. So you might as well make the most of the potential contacts around you. Here are our top tips:

  1. Have your contact information available to give people – consider having business cards ready.
  2. Be aware of your body language – if you are, like me, someone who doesn’t find networking very easy, this can sometimes mean that your body language will give you away, even without you being aware of it. So if you are at an event, make an effort to stand up tall, smile and make eye contact.
  3. Have a plan – if you are attending a conference, try to get hold of a delegates list before the event so that you know who you want to make contact with while you are there.
  4. Have a question ready to get conversation flowing.
  5. Split up – force yourself to leave the comfort of your friends group and make new contacts.
  6. Go for it…if you are at an event or conference, thats what you are there for.
  7. Have a strategy ready for how to leave a conversation.
  8. Keep a note of interesting people or ideas to follow up on afterwards.
  9. Networking can happen anytime (not just at events) so be sociable.
  10. Don’t leave an event too early.

For more information and suggestions on where to get started, look at the Networks and Forums pages on the IAD website.

Next post: Thinking about careers…coming soon!

Fiona (Doctoral Training Manager, IAD)