PGR Mid Semester Welcome Event

PGR Mid Semester Welcome Event – Wednesday 6th February 2019.

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

These welcome sessions are aimed at any new postgraduate research student who was not able to attend the September or January Welcome Week.

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You will be provided with information on:

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • Information from the Institute for Academic Development, Library Services and the Students Association
  • current PhD students’ experiences

Find out more here

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Go Abroad

Erasmus+ funding available – any subject area!

Going abroad isn’t just for undergraduates or language students. Find out how you could go abroad as part of your Research Masters or PhD – and get funded to do it.

PhD and Research Masters students can apply for Erasmus+ grants worth between €400-450 month, to help you undertake work or research abroad. As the funding is towards your travel and living expenses, it isn’t restricted to a particular activity or subject area; it just has to be in an Erasmus+ programme country, and last between 2 and 12 months.

Some examples of what you could do with the funding are:

  • A supervised research placement at another university, at an institute, or with an expert in your field of specialisation
  • Field work for data collection, or to test your research findings
  • Hands-on experience in a laboratory or specialised organisation
  • Using your expertise as a specialist within a work organisation

Erasmus + funding is available for both paid and unpaid placements, and you can still get it if you’re receiving a salary, PhD bursary, or student loan. Already received Erasmus+ funding during your undergraduate degree? Don’t worry, you’re still eligible!

Applications are open year-round. For full eligibility criteria and to find out more, visit https://www.ed.ac.uk/global/go-abroad/work-abroad.

Any questions? Email workplacements@ed.ac.uk or pop into the Go Abroad Office on central campus for our weekly drop-in sessions – Tuesdays 2-4pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm.

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists Online Course

Introductory Statistics for Life Scientists is a 10-week on-line course within Learn. It will introduce students to the basic principles of statistical thinking and outline some of the most common types of analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects.

You can access this course at any time of the year, there is no fixed start or end date.

Target audience

It is aimed mainly at students undertaking research projects (at either Masters or PhD level) in the College of Medicine (particularly 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 background in clinical research, public health and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

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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. 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:

  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
  6. Study design – randomisation and blocking
  7. Study design – power calculations
  8. Correlation and simple linear regression
  9. One and Two-way analysis of variance models
  10. Method comparison/ reproducibility studies

Find out more here: https://edin.ac/2QUXevt

Prepare for Doctoral Success

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Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online 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.

We hope  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.

Course dates: this course will run for four weeks from 8th October 2018

Time commitment: we estimate you should expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week reading the materials and engaging with the tasks and online forums. It will be run as an asynchronous course, which means you can look at the tasks and post in the forums at a time that suits you.

Structure:

  • 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.

More information and booking here: https://edin.ac/2D7dFNZ

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following workshops running in September:

The Writing Process: Getting Started  (CAHSS)– 17/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation 18/9/18

This workshop looks at different aspects of organising a text. Topics include creating coherence; ordering sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into sections; using signposting to highlight connections and support transitions; and developing an argument.

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE/CMVM) 20/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

The Writing Process Getting Started (CSCE/CMVM) 24/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Academic Writer – Creative Writer 25/9/18

This workshop will explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through exercises that first take us outside the realm of academic writing, and then back into it.

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS) 26/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

Just Write for Research Students 28/9/18

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.

 

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

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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