New Fund for Students: Keen to Go Abroad?

Desert IslandApril is a funny month in Edinburgh. There are days when the sun is splitting the stones, when the more foolhardy among us operate a ‘sun’s out, guns out’ policy and barbecue in vests and board shorts on the Meadows, in spite of a bone-chilling wind. There are other, more frequent, days when you have to drag out the woolly jumpers you had prematurely consigned to the winter, because it’s still raining as though it’s December. And so, we fast forward to idyllic summer in our minds. We dream of trips to places where ‘dressing for the weather’ means flip-flops – not light (and not-so-light) layers, waterproof shoes just in case, and a hat in case it’s too windy to keep an umbrella up.

Principal’s Go Abroad Fund for international trips

April is therefore the perfect month to announce a new Principal’s Go Abroad Fund for University of Edinburgh students to Go Abroad this summer. The University has set aside a pot of money to fund educational short-term trips abroad, be that for attendance at an international conference, or a cultural exchange with a peer in an international University with the same research interests – we are open to all ideas!

How much?

You could receive either £350 or £700 (depending on your means – something the Widening Participation office is helping with).

What’s the catch?

  • You must be a fully matriculated student at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Your international experience must have an educational component to it – so tourism doesn’t count!
  • The fund can’t go towards any other Study Abroad scheme for which you are already receiving funding.
  • You have to ‘Go Abroad’ by 1st September 2014 – so you really need to get your skates, and thinking (sun) hats on!
  • Students who are successful in their applications will be required to complete some reflective pieces while they are abroad/ right after they come back.
  • Pre-departure support and sessions will be available, as well as a Welcome Home event in semester 1 next year.

So if you would like the chance to experience a different culture, to open yourself up to new ideas, and broaden your horizons (…and be somewhere exotic and sunny, potentially) then you should apply!

Closing date: 5pm, 1 May 2014.

More details about how to apply and eligibility are available here:

Any questions, email Alison Treacy

Workshops: Dissertations and Writing

students studyingWriting a dissertation can seem like a daunting task for any PGT student. This year we are running a number of workshops that take you through the process of writing a dissertation.

Dissertation Planning and Writing Workshops:

  • 2 June           Dissertation Planning & Writing
  • 4 June           Academic Writing
  • 10 June         Dissertation Planning & Writing

Further information and booking:

There are a number of resources on the IAD website, including:


Effective Exams – 22 April 2014

calendarThis session aims to build confidence concerning exams by discussing/introducing approaches to reduce exam anxiety. This workshop will address preparation and planning for exams while focusing on effective strategies for revision and exam technique.

The session will cover:


  • Motivation and impact
  • Time management for revision
  • Effective revision focussing on active forms of study


  • Mind sets
  • Calming methods
  • Exam strategies
  • If it all goes wrong scenarios
  • What examiners want

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found:

Virtual Open Day, Digital Education – 26 March 2014

field of grass and sunsetFor those who would like to know more, we are hosting a series of “Virtual Open Day” events on Wednesday 26th March 2014.  This date coincides with a series of general open events organised by the University’s Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. Members of the programme team and current students or graduates will attend each of the three online hour-long Open Day sessions, and will be available to answer questions about the programme and about studying online.

Our meetings will take place at three times across the day, to allow a reasonably convenient opportunity for those from any time zone to join in.  The times will be 9:00, 15:00, and 21:00. All these times are UK time on the day.  You can convert to your time zone here.

We look forward to talking with any potential applicants on the day.

For more information:

Writing a Literature Review – 2 April 2014

bookThe literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue. 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.

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found:

The Writing Process: Getting Started – 31 March 2014

bookFor many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found:

Calling for Student Participants: Partners in Assessment and Feedback – 3 April 2014

Cropped_PGTStudentsJoin EUSA, and University staff and students for this one day event on Thursday 3 April 2014 at Pollock Halls.

The event aims to allow for the sharing of ideas and discussion of experiences about assessment.

The day has been organised round three themes : developing a shared understanding of assessment; designing assessments with students as active partners; improving student assessment experiences.  Please come along, even if you can only join us for part of the day – we really want to hear your voice in this discussion.

Further information is at the following link:

Register on eventbrite using the password Edinburghpartners (case sensitive).  There is no charge and lunch will be provided.

We look forward to meeting you there!

The Partnership in Assessment and Feedback team

Managing a Bibliography in Endnote – 19 March 2014

calendarEndNote is used for managing bibliographic references and is available for Windows and Macintosh. This is an introductory course aimed at getting you started in using EndNote. The course topics include adding records to your EndNote database, using EndNote to insert citations in word documents and generate bibliographies, and tips for efficient management of bibliographic sources.

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found:

Dissertation Planning and Writing – 17 March 2014

bookThis workshop is designed to help you with dissertation planning and writing techniques to keep you going. It should also provide an opportunity to think about and discuss:

  • Masters level examiners view – what do examiners want
  • Article analysis – how to improve your paper analysis skills
  • Critical reading of sources
  • Dissertation writing: big picture ideas such as the analysis of essay questions and planning
  • Practical advice for effective writing strategies

There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. This is suitable for all PGT students who are thinking about starting their dissertation or have started their dissertation

There are other dissertation workshops running:

  • (PGT) Dissertation Writing and Planning – 2 June 2014 on Central Campus
  • (PGT – SCE) Dissertation Writing and Planning – 10 June at King’s Buildings

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found: