Writing Courses for International PhD Students

English Language Education run a number of courses for international PhD students, including:

Writing a First Year Report for first year doctoral students  https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9; this course will start in the week beginning 29th January.

Reviewing the Literature for second year doctoral students (and students at the end of their first year, if they have passed their Board / been upgraded) https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit. This course will start in the week beginning 19th February.

For these two courses, there are also independent study materials available, for those students who are unable to attend face-to-face classes, or who already have a good level of academic written English and would simply appreciate some reference materials: https://www.edweb.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/independent-study-materials

Writing up your PhD: Quantitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/writing-phd. For this course, there are no independent study materials, as we use a very helpful course book, which students can buy at Blackwells: Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English by Hilary Glasman-Deal. The course starts in the week beginning January 22nd.

Writing up your PhD: Qualitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-qual . This course will start in the week beginning 5th February, and there are independent study materials available.

 

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‘Just Present’ Presentation Peer Practice Session 23/11/17

This session will provide you with an opportunity to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience, and give the option to receive constructive feedback from peers. You can use this session to practice delivering a presentation on anything related to your research.  Each participant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to preseimagesllnt, and feedback will be on the style and delivery of your presentation, not the content.

You do not need to have your final presentation prepared, it can be in draft format and you can bring notes or a script with you. It is simply an opportunity for you to practice delivering a presentation in front of a small audience.

This session is not facilitated, however a member of IAD staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Find out more here

PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event

Thursday 9th November 2017 (1.00pm – 5.00pm)

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:welcome_primarylogo_main

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

Find out more, and book a place here

‘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/

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 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 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