Recommended training

Recommended training for PGR students.

Timetable for 2022/23

Year 1 students

Date/Time Course

Tue 04-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 11:30

How to Plan Your PhD (IAD)

A PhD is a major undertaking yet many people spend more time planning a weekend away than they do planning the next three years of their life. This generally leads to missing deadlines, running overtime, regular crises and lots of stress. If you want to finish on time and enjoy the process along the way then it is important to have a good plan. You need some very specific skills and tools to plan a PhD. This workshop will introduce you to the PhD Planning Toolkit.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Wed 05-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 16:00

How to be an Effective Researcher (IAD) (two day course)

What can you do to make yourself a more effective PhD researcher and get the most out of your PhD? This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Thur 24-Nov-2022, 10:00 - 16:00 and Mon 13-Feb-2023, 10:00 - 16:00

Wed 12-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 12:00

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Mon 17-Oct-2022

 

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research (IAD)

The next course will start on the 17th October 2022 and run for three weeks.

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. There are no 'live' elements to this course, it can be completed at your own pace. 

Structure:

  • Week 1: Getting to know you and starting out – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants and to cover the essential information and expectations

  • Week 2: Focus on achieving the first milestones – identifying milestones, planning and skills development, the supervisory relationship

  • Week 3: Overcoming common challenges – identifying challenges, tips and strategies to overcome

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Fri 11 Nov 2022, 09.30 to 12.30

How to do an Informatics PhD (internal) - Prof Mike O'Boyle

This workshop will explore the nature of Informatics research and the diversity of methodologies that it employs. In particular, it will investigate the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes, and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated.

Pre course work: Students will be required to bring a 1000 word summary of their research project to the workshop. Guidance will be sent out prior to the course.

Direct Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=58276

Tue 08-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

 

Managing Your Research Project (IAD)

Project management is a core skill for many jobs and being a researcher is no different.  This workshop is designed to help you take control of your research and support you in the successful completion of your PhD and future project inside and outside academia.  This workshop, which is aimed at all postgraduate researchers, explores how you can apply project management principles to research projects.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also,  Tuesday 14-Mar-2023, 13:30 - 16:30

Wed 7 Dec 2022, 10.00 - 12/30

(IN PERSON) Preparing for First Year Review: School of Informatics - Dr Mary Cryan

2.14 Appleton Tower

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3N7Yk4U

Mon 8 May 2023, 10.00-12.30

(IN PERSON) Preparing for First Year Review: School of Informatics - Dr Mary Cryan

Room TBC in Central Area

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3SygOfW

Date/Time TBC

Managing your PhD and your supervisor (internal)

 

All PGR Students (Semester 1)

The courses list below are just a small, relevant selection from the IAD course lists.

There are many other courses available so please do take a look at their full lists and sign up for anything you think will help you with delivering your PGR research.  

Date/Time Course
Fri 30-Sep-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking and Engaging

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Wed 05-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

 

Critical Thinking Workshop for PGR's

What does your supervisor mean when they tell you that your writing is ‘too descriptive’ or ‘not critical enough’? How can you write ‘critically’, making sure that your work meets one of the key academic requirements? In this workshop we identify how critical engagement with your research manifests in your reading and your writing, and how you can apply critical values to your dissertation.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wed 01-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 12:30, Wed 12-Apr-2023, 09:30 - 12:30 and Wed 24-May-2023, 09:30 - 12:30

Thur 06-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 11:00

 

Final Year Focus

Are you several years into your PhD journey, but feel like there is a long way to go? Are you finding finishing your research or thesis hard going? Does it feel like there is a lot to do - and not all of it seems clear? This session might be helpful for you! Final Year Focus is a 1-hour webinar to encourage PhD candidates as they work through their final year.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Fri 07-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 10:50

 

Finding Academic Literature (CSCE)

This session is for students in the College of Science & Engineering. One of the first tasks undertaken by research students is a review of the literature. This course introduces resources and services available from the Library and will cover the use of online literature databases to help you find relevant research literature effectively.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Tues 07-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 10:50 and Thur 09-Mar-2023, 09:30 - 10:50

Fri 07-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 13:00

Viva Survivor

The viva is almost the end of the PhD. A lot of work leads to this point, but often anxiety can mix with the sense of achievement at completing the thesis. For many candidates the time before the viva is filled with uncertainty about the day, uncertainty about how to prepare well - and stress for what the viva might be like.Viva Survivor is for postgraduate researchers who want to know how to be ready for their viva.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Wed 12-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 12:00

Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Also, Wed 15-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 12:00

Fri 14-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 15:00

Handling Presentation Difficulties (PGR)

To paraphrase an old military saying – “no plan survives first contact with the enemy.”  We prepare our talk and in rehearsal we are perfect.  We feel confident and ready to share our work.  But then something happens that derails you.  For many presenters the key challenge at conference or seminar is handling the moments where they lose control. All excellent and experienced presenters have had these situations.  Come along and learn some tips and tricks for dealing with the presentation stumbling blocks that you can’t control.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Thursday 23-Mar-2023, 09:30 - 11:00

Fri 14-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Archiving your research data

In this workshop you will learn how to approach the key decisions around archiving your research data, such as whether to release your data under an open licence.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Mon 17-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

 

Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (CSCE and CMVM)

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and clear? This workshop explores the standards and  conventions (as well as the myths) that surround writing in an academic context. Our focus will be on identifying key requirements for strong research writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your  text meets relevant expectations.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wed 15-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 12:30

Tues 18-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Wed 19-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Thur 20-Oct-2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Improve Productivity - Reduce Stress

Staying on top and in control of our work in this fast-paced world is becoming increasingly difficult. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and have a knock on effect to our personal life. How can we continually improve management of an ever-increasing and complex workload, in a world of unprecedented change … and still have time for personal life?

This session has been developed to help effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support us as we focus on the important, plan our work effectively and attack it with confidence.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Tues 04-Apr-2023, 10:00 - 12:00, Wed 05-Apr-2023, 10:00 - 12:00 and Thur 06-Apr-2023, 10:00 - 12:00

Wed 19-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 15:00

The Inner Game - Exploring Stress, Balance, Resilience and Self-Belief

The academic community prides itself on its critical ability.  But constant criticism has a cost.  Moreover, research is fraught with knockbacks from journals, job applications and funding rejections.  How we build our confidence and retain our self-belief is pivotal to our success.  Failure to do so leads to the so-called ‘imposter syndrome’ that talented and high-performing professionals frequently feel.  Moreover, people want to lead a rounded life, but simultaneously may feel that to be successful they need to be constantly working.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Also, Friday 03-Feb-2023, 13:30 - 16:30

Wed 26-Oct-2022, 09:30 - 11:00

An Introduction to Public Engagement with Research

Public engagement is one of the many ways that research can have positive impact beyond the four walls of the University – not to mention benefits to the researcher. Done well, it can boost your communication skills, give you fresh perspectives on your research, inspire others and maybe even lead to a practical change in how society does things. But how do you get started? And would members of the public honestly be interested in what you do?  This introductory workshop helps answer these questions.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Tues 01-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 10:50

Finding Academic Literature (CSCE)

This session is for students in the College of Science & Engineering. One of the first tasks undertaken by research students is a review of the literature. This course introduces resources and services available from the Library and will cover the use of online literature databases to help you find relevant research literature effectively.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Tues 07-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 10:50 and Thur 09-Mar-2023, 09:30 - 10:50

Thur 03-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

Creative Problem Solving for Researchers

The core business of a PhD or early career researcher is to have new ideas and then explore them. Originality is our shared currency regardless of academic discipline. And yet many researchers report finding themselves stuck in a rut, having the same thoughts again and again, when what they really need are fresh insights, new concepts and original ideas.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N)

https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Thur 03-Nov-2022, 10:00 - 11:00

Final Year Focus

Are you several years into your PhD journey, but feel like there is a long way to go? Are you finding finishing your research or thesis hard going? Does it feel like there is a lot to do - and not all of it seems clear? This session might be helpful for you! Final Year Focus is a 1-hour webinar to encourage PhD candidates as they work through their final year.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Fri 04-Nov-2022, 10:00 - 13:00

Viva Survivor

The viva is almost the end of the PhD. A lot of work leads to this point, but often anxiety can mix with the sense of achievement at completing the thesis. For many candidates the time before the viva is filled with uncertainty about the day, uncertainty about how to prepare well - and stress for what the viva might be like.Viva Survivor is for postgraduate researchers who want to know how to be ready for their viva.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Also, Wed 08-Feb-2023, 10:00 - 13:00, Fri 21-Apr-2023, 10:00 - 13:00
Wed 16-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 11:30

Staying well and being productive during your PhD

Research can be challenging at the best of times. In these difficult days you can get worn down by the isolation, the setbacks and the uncertainty. If you want to stay well, don’t leave it to chance. You need to look after yourself.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Tue 22 Nov 2022, 09.00 - 12.00

(IN PERSON) Preparing for the Viva – School of Informatics - Dr Ajitha Rajan

Room 3.2 – Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, Lister Building

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3f1Lc4u

Wed 23-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

 

Collaborative Writing and Publishing

Collaborative writing is often stimulating and rewarding, but it can also be stressful. In this workshop, we explore both the benefits and the challenges of writing in collaboration with others; the affordances and drawbacks of different types of collaboration; issues around ownership, contribution and authorship; co-authoring and technology; and communication habits of strong collaborators.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Mon 12-Dec-2022, 09:30 - 12:30 and Tue 21-Mar-2023, 09:30 - 12:30

Wed 23-Nov-2022, 13:30 - 16:30

Communications Toolkit for a Public Audience

Do you know how to capture your audiences’ attention? And how to keep it once you’ve got it?

This workshop is ideal for researchers who would like to improve their research communication skills and are new to engaging members of the public with their research. The skills we develop when we talk about our research with people outside our subject area can directly improve our skills when communicating with our research peers.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Mon 28-Nov-2022, 13:30 - 15.30

(IN PERSON) Writing an Informatics Research Paper - Prof Andy Gordon

Room 4.3 – Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, Lister Building

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3f1Khky

Mon 28-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 11:00

Presentation Skills for the Terrified (PGR)

You know the theory, you’ve seen hundreds of talks and lectures and you’ve probably even been to a Presentation Skills course where a slick expert stands at the front and makes it all look so easy. But none of this helps. Your insides turn to jelly and your voice wobbles at the mere thought of standing on stage and telling an audience about your work. This, then, could be just the session for you.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Wed 30-Nov-2022, 09:30 - 12:30

Critical Thinking Workshop for PGR's

What does your supervisor mean when they tell you that your writing is ‘too descriptive’ or ‘not critical enough’? How can you write ‘critically’, making sure that your work meets one of the key academic requirements? In this workshop we identify how critical engagement with your research manifests in your reading and your writing, and how you can apply critical values to your dissertation.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wed 01-Feb-2023, 09:30 - 12:30, Wed 12-Apr-2023, 09:30 - 12:30 and Wed 24-May-2023, 09:30 - 12:30

Wed 7 Dec 2022, 10.00 to 12.00

(IN PERSON) Preparing for First Year Review: School of Informatics -  Dr Mary Cryan

2.14 Appleton Tower

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3N7Yk4U

All PGR Students (Semester 2)

The courses list below are just a small, relevant selection from the IAD course lists.

There are many other courses available so please do take a look at their full lists and sign up for anything you think will help you with delivering your PGR research.  

Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.00 - 12.00

(IN PERSON) Writing your Informatics PhD thesis - Dr Peter Bell

Room TBC in Central Area

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3Su2vsN

Tue 9 May 2023, 10.00 - 12.00

(IN PERSON) Preparing for the Viva – School of Informatics - Dr Ajitha Rajan

Room TBC in Central Area

Direct Booking Link:  https://edin.ac/3N1LtBb

Tutors and demonstrators (all years)

Date/Time Course

Wed 05-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 15:30

Assessment and Providing Feedback

This workshop is intended for tutors and demonstrators from across the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for marking and/or providing feedback. It provides an overview of assessment processes and explores the students' needs for support at different stages. It identifies some of the challenges faced by markers, discusses strategies for coping with these challenges; and examines good practice in providing feedback on students' work. Please note we do not do any practical marking exercises in this workshop due to the varied practices across disciplines and subjects.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wednesday 01-Feb-2023, 13:30 - 15:30

Wed 12-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 16:30

Enhancing Tutorials

This course is intended for tutors from across the University of Edinburgh who have already started teaching tutorials. It contains a stocktaking exercise of your recent teaching experiences; discussion of tricky issues and coping strategies; suggestions for how you can get feedback on your teaching; and a facilitated discussion on using technology tutorials.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Wed 19-Oct-2022, 13:30 - 16:30

Designing and Delivering Lectures

This workshop is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are relatively new to lecturing or embarking on it for the first time. It considers what is involved in planning a lecture, and discusses strategies for engaging students’ attention.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wednesday 01-Mar-2023, 13:30 - 16:30

Wed 09-Nov-2022, 13:30 - 15:00

Advising on Personal and Academic Matters

This workshop is for more experienced tutors and demonstrators. It discusses the full range of support that students can require (from study development to personal matters); the boundaries to your responsibilities; recording and confidentiality issues; and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations. It points to University Support services and resources for study development.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Also, Wed 29-Mar-2023, 13:30 - 15:00

Wed 16-Nov-2022, 13:30 - 15:30

Supervising Projects and Dissertations

This workshop is intended for more experienced tutors and demonstrators who are taking on supervising responsibilities. It discusses the students’ needs at different stages and the type of support you might provide, the boundaries to your responsibilities, recording and confidentiality issues, and strategies for handling potentially tricky situations.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Also, Wed 22-Mar-2023, 13:30 - 15:30

Wed 18-Jan-2023, 13:30 - 16:30

Effective Tutoring Introduction (On Campus)

This workshop is for tutors who are new or relatively new to teaching tutorials from across the University of Edinburgh with a focus on open-discussion classes. We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

Book via the IAD course list (A-N) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/a-n-course-list

Wed 25-Jan-2023, 13:30 - 16:30

Tutoring in the Sciences

This workshop is for tutors who teach problem-solving tutorials in science courses, who are new or relatively new to teaching. We consider what makes for an effective tutorial; examine the students’ perspectives and their needs in particular contexts; and share experiences of strategies that might be adopted in different contexts.

Book via the IAD course list (O-Z) - https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/o-z-course-list

Presentations and Transkills materials for students

Follow these links for access to materials and presentations used as part of these workshops:

UPDATED 20 SEPT 2022