Diverse Edinburgh – Photography competition for international students

The 6th annual photography competition hosted by the International Office at the University of Edinburgh.

Entries will close on Sunday 2 November 2014 at midnight.

The theme is ‘Diverse Edinburgh’.

Photo competition previous entries

Entries from the competition in 2013.

The competition is open to all current international students at the University of Edinburgh.

One category is open to all current students who are on, or have been on, a ‘Go Abroad’ experience or exchange, and current Online Distance Learning students outside of the UK.

If you are interested in this competition and would like to find out more, please visit

Peer Proofreading for Non-native English speakers

EUSA proofreading

The Peer Proofreading Scheme was developed by EUSA in recognition of the demand among non-native English speaking students for help in proofreading assignments.  The Scheme is powered by reliable student volunteers, who proofread the work of fellow students.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

Eligibilityeusa

  • EUSA can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.

Please note that the scheme operates on a first come-first serve basis, and EUSA cannot guarantee to read all work submitted to the scheme.  If EUSA are unable to proofread your work, they will endeavour to let you know within 24 hours.

For further details, including submission guidelines and eligibility can be found: http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/getinvolved/peer-support/search/peerproofreading/

What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh

On the 5th and 6th of November the IAD is hosting events for taught master students who are considering applying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Students will have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh via a panel discussion. There will be representatives from Registry, Admissions, IAD, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office.

What students said about the event last year:

“Got a good idea about applying for a PhD. Since the presenters were members of the selection committee, feedback given by them was more useful.”
“Most Useful Aspect: The panel of experts answered queries from a wide range of perspectives.”

calendarThere are two sessions available, for more information and booking, please use the links below.

(PGT – HSS) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh
05th November 2014
13:00-14:30
IAD, Lecture Theatre 3, 7 Bristo Square (Central)
Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=11783

 (PGT – CSE/MVM) What You Need to Know – applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh
06th November 2014
11:00-12:30
Room 7.15, Michael Swann Building (KB)
Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=11784

One to one study consultation for online distance learners

These one to one consultation sessions are open to all postgraduate online distance students at the University of Edinburgh. 

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To find out more and to book a place, please click here.
The session will take place through Skype.
Please note: places are limited.

Description:

This half hour one-to-one session with a Study Development Adviser can help students develop effective study strategies and enhance current study skills. The session could be used to discuss such things as (but not limited to) effective reading, time management and dissertation planning.

Please have in mind one or two specific study skill issue(s) you wish to discuss.

This consultation will not cover:

-Subject or discipline specific guidance.

-Proof-reading/editing service.

Cancellation:

If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the appointment. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Please email iad.masters@ed.ac.uk if you wish to cancel or change your appointment.

 

(PGT) Quick Consultation Sessions (on-campus)

These quick consultation sessions are open to any on-campus taught postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh. calendar

To find out more and to book a place, please click here.
Please note: places are limited.

Description:

This half hour one-to-one session with a Study Development Adviser can help students develop effective study strategies and enhance current study skills. The session could be used to discuss such things as (but not limited to) effective reading, time management and dissertation planning.

It is important for students to have in mind one or two specific study skill topics that you wish to discuss.

This consultation will not cover:

  • Subject or discipline specific guidance
  • Proof-reading/editing service

Cancellation:
If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the appointment. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Please email iad.masters@ed.ac.uk if you wish to cancel or change your appointment.

 

Introduction to online library for distance learners

Introduction to the online Library for distance learnersbook

  • Thursday 16 October  7-8pm UK time
  • Saturday 18 October 12-1pm UK time

These sessions are designed for new online distance learners, but if you’re in your second or third year, you’re still welcome. The sessions will cover accessing and using Library resources. When you register, you’ll be asked to indicate any particular things you’d like covered, so the sessions will be tailored to cover as much as possible of what is requested in advance. Before the session, you might find it useful to watch this induction presentation http://forth.mvm.ed.ac.uk/onlinelibrary.

The sessions will be held online, using the virtual meeting space Collaborate. Details on how to set up your computer to access the session will be sent to all registrants.

To register to attend, please complete the pre-session questionnaire for the date you’d like to come. Please note that registration will close at 9am UK time on the day of the session.

Thursday 16 October  7-8pm UK time – register with this online form: http://tinyurl.com/qdg4opu

Saturday 18 October 12-1pm UK time – register with this online form: http://tinyurl.com/pu24hhb

Time and goal management workshop for online distance learners

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(PGT – ODL) Time, Flow and Managing our working lives: A new time and goal management course for ODL Students

  • Thursday 16 October 2014 16:00-17:00 GMT

‘Time, Flow and Managing Our Working Lives’ is a new course which will try to challenge the way you think about traditional time management and goal setting models.

This is a highly interactive exploration of the importance of understanding and working with new models in time and personal management. The course is designed to focus on the work of both professionals and students.

We’ll explore themes in self management such as:

  • Chronological preferences and their importance
  • Schedule time and flow time
  • Self management tips that work and those that don’t
  • How to prioritise and set time for ‘flow’ work
  • How to stop worrying about the work/life balance
  • How to take control of our well-being and performance
  • Why work doesn’t always happen at work
  • Models for goal setting and effectiveness that work

Aims:

  1. To explore your personal time and goal preferences
  2. To understand your working day and how to make it more fulfilling and effective
  3. To help plan core time for key projects and core tasks
  4. To prioritise workload and become relaxed and effective under pressure and to understand the concept of ‘flow’

This course is open to all postgraduate online distance students. 
The session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate.
To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

Diverse Edinburgh – Photography competition for international students

The 6th annual photography competition hosted by the International Office at the University of Edinburgh is now open.

The theme is ‘Diverse Edinburgh’.

Photo competition previous entries

Entries from the competition in 2013.

The competition is open to all current international students at the University of Edinburgh.

One category is open to all current students who are on, or have been on, a ‘Go Abroad’ experience or exchange, and current Online Distance Learning students outside of the UK.

If you are interested in this competition and would like to find out more, please visit

Entries will close on Sunday 2 November 2014 at midnight.

Mendeley (Bibliographic tool) tutorial for distance learners

Mendeley (Bibliographic tool) tutorial for distance learnersbook

  • Thursday 30 October at 7-8pm UK time

This session is intended for any online distance learner who would like get help or advice for using the Mendely to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily.

*Before* the workshop, you should

1.Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop client: http://www.mendeley.com/

2.Follow these video tutorials for getting started: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/

The sessions will be held online, using the virtual meeting space Collaborate. Details on how to set up your computer to access the session will be sent to all registrants.

To register to attend, please complete this pre-session questionnaire linked to below. Please note that registration will close at 9am UK time on the day of the session.

Thursday 30 October at 7-8pm UK time – register with this online form: http://tinyurl.com/pyl9kyt

PGT Newsletter – October 2014

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (October 2014) is now live. PGT October newsletter 2014You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about

Resources