Workshop: Dissertation Planning and Writing – 15 June 2016

PGT) Dissertation Planning and Writing

  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYWednesday 15 June 2016 at 13:30-16:30

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it? This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Practical Proofreading and Editing – 14 June 2016

(PGT) Practical Proofreading and Editing

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016 @ 10:00 – 12:30

students at UoEA dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.

This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process.  It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Mini writing bootcamp – 14 June 2016

(PGT) Mini writing bootcamp

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on  your dissertationan or an assignment?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them.students studying

The aim of a ‘writing bootcamp’ is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2.5 hours of writing split over 3 sessions. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Revisiting your structure – 7 June 2016

(PGT) Revisiting your structure

  • TuesdaEDINBURGH UNIVERSITYy 7 June 2016 @ 10:00 – 12:30

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Resources for Dissertations

Most taught masters programmes include a substantive individual dissertation.Research paper

Dissertations are often based upon independent research but can take other forms (such as consultancy or work placement based). The specific requirements and format varies from programme to programme.

If undertaking a dissertation, it may help to develop the necessary skills you need to help you succeed with your dissertation.

Knowing what’s expected

The dissertation period can be extremely busy, therefore it is important you develop the necessary level of scholarly practice throughout your studies. Think about the skills you may need to develop to help your with your dissertation. Have you thought about the literature you may need to research? Or how you are going to manage your workload?

Clarify with your dissertation supervisor the standards expected of you and how your dissertation should be presented (including referencing conventions). This will help you to ensure your research, critical thinking and academic writing skills are at the right level.

We will also be offering a number of workshops in May and June related to dissertation writing.  Booking details can be found:http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Useful Resources

Workshop: Dissertation Planning and Writing – 2 and 15 June 2016

students(PGT) Dissertation Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 2 June 2016 at 09:30-12:30
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 13:30-16:30

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it? This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Academic Writing Skills – 27 May 2016

calendar(PGT) Is my writing academic enough? 

  • Friday 27 May 2016 at 09:30-12:30

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Masters Dissertation Question Session

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  • Thursday 26th May 2016 at 12:30 – 13:30 Online Session

Have you questions about doing your dissertation? Why not come along to our Dissertation Question Session where you can ask previous masters students about what it is like to do a dissertation.

What does this session include:

  •     Panel open question session

What does this workshop not include:

  •     Subject specific guidance
  •     Specific referencing styles
  •     Proof reading

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Critical Reading, Writing, Thinking – 25 May 2016

22(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:30-12:30

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students

  • Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 08:45 to 17:00 AND Wednesday 22 June 2016 at 08:45 to 17:00student with laptop

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write a publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

This Writing Bootcamp shall give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. By the end of the Bootcamp we will have discussed writing strategies, and you will have a personalised writing plan and, most importantly, done some writing!

There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Bootcamp. Split into ½ day sessions, each section will begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques, followed by writing blocks. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Bootcamp.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • There will be over 8 hours of writing, split into 10 blocks over the two days.
  • You will get most out of the time by doing the preparatory work, following the instructions in the “Guidance Information for Participants”.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets. If you don’t have a laptop let us know, we will have a small number available.

Places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend the Writing Bootcamp in full (2 days)

Due to the popularity of this Bootcamp, booking will close on Thursday 16th June 2016.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops